Cosmetology Schools in North Carolina

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1520 South Boulevard Suite 150
Charlotte, NC 28203

Cosmetology, Esthetics
Aveda Institute – Accredited

201 South Estes Drive Sutie 200-B
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Cosmetology, Esthetics

4901-B North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28226

(800) 920-4593

10075 Weddington Road
Concord, NC 28027

(800) 920-4593
Cosmetology, Barbering

1312 Bridford Parkway
Greensboro, NC 27407


8700 Pineville-Matthews Road Suite 700
Pineville, NC 28226

Cosmetology, Cosmetology Teacher Training

7740 North Point Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC 27106

(800) 920-4593

1100 South Stratford Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27614

Cosmetology, Massage Therapy

A.R.T.C. Beaute & Aesthetics College – Accredited

4853 NC Highway 55
Durham, NC 27703

Aberdeen Beauty Academy – Accredited

3140 Highway 5 Suite F1
Aberdeen, NC 28315

Absolute Beauty College – Accredited

1004 Palmer Plaza Lane
Charlotte, NC 28211

Alamance Comm Coll – Accredited

1304 Plaza Drive
Burlington, NC 27215

Alamance Community College

1247 Jimmie Kerr Road
Graham, NC 27253

Alexander Paul Institute of Hair Design – Accredited

1011 Charles Boulevard Suite A
Greenville, NC 27858

Anson College of Cosmetology – Accredited

1217 East Caswell Street
Wadesboro, NC 28170

Asheville High School (high school students only) – Accredited

419 McDowell Street
Asheville, NC 28803

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College – Accredited

340 Victoria Road
Asheville, NC 28801

Avalon Cosmetic Art Institute – Accredited

6111 Rumple Road
Charlotte, NC 28262

Bath Academy Lab

6406 Westwind Drive
Greensboro, NC 27410

Beaufort County Community College – Accredited

5337 U.S. Highway 264 East
Washington, NC 27889

Beltine Education Center – Accredited

3200 Bush Street
Raleigh, NC 27610

Bladen Community College – Accredited

7418 NC Highway 41 West
Dublin, NC 28332

Blue Ridge Community College – Accredited

180 West Campus Drive
Flat Rock, NC 28731

Brunswick Community College – Accredited

50 College Road
Bolivia, NC 28422

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute – Accredited

2855 Hickory Boulevard
Hudson, NC 28638

Cape Fear Community College – Accredited

4500 Blue Clay Road
Castle Hayne, NC 28429

Cape Fear Community College

411 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Carolina College of Hair Design – Accredited

1302 Patton Avenue Suite 20
Asheville, NC 28805

Carteret Community College – Accredited

3505 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557

Catawba Valley Community College

2550 Highway 70 Southeast
Hickory, NC 28602

Cavelia Institute of Cosmetology – Accredited

3130 Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC 28205

CCC&TI Watauga High School Campus (high school students only) – Accredited

300 Go Pioneer Drive
Boone, NC 28607

Central Carolina Community College – Accredited

995 East Cornelius Harnett Boulevard
Lillington, NC 27546

Central Carolina Community College – Accredited

1105 Kelly Drive
Sanford, NC 27330

Central Carolina Community College – Accredited

501 Martin Luther King Boulevard
Siler City, NC 27344

Central Piedmont Community College

1141 Elizabeth Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28204

Charisma Beauty Institute – Accredited

6441 C Yadkin Road
Fayetteville, NC 28303

Circle of Love Academy – Accredited

409 Stanley Chapel Church Road
Dudley, NC 28333

Civella Beauty Academy – Accredited

1021 North Spence Avenue
Goldsboro, NC 27534

Cleveland Community College – Accredited

137 South Post Road
Shelby, NC 28152

Coastal Carolina Community College – Accredited

444 Western Boulevard
Jacksonville, NC 28546

College of the Albemarle

1208 North Road Street
Elizabeth City, NC 27906

College of Wilmington – Accredited

3500 Oleander Drive Suite 1111
Wilmington, NC 28403

Davidson County Community College – Accredited

297 Dccc Road
Thomasville, NC 27360

Dermacademy Spa Lab – Accredited

210 North Main Street Suite 106
Kernersville, NC 27284

Dudley Cosmetology University – Accredited

519 South Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27406

Durham Technical – Accredited

3404 North Duke Street
Durham, NC 27704

East Rutherford High School (high school students only) – Accredited

331 East High Road
Bostic, NC 28018

Edgecombe Community College

225 Tarboro Street
Rocky Mount, NC 27801

Edgecombe Community College – Accredited

2009 West Wilson Street
Tarboro, NC 27866

Elevate Beauty Institute – Accredited

300 East Main Street Suite 100
Durham, NC 27701

Fayetteville Technical Community College – Accredited

2201 Hull Road
Fayetteville, NC 28303

Flashlight Beauty Academy

1058 West Club Boulevard #227
Durham, NC 27701

Forsyth Technical Community College

2100 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston-Salem, NC 27103

Gaston College

201 Highway 321 South
Dallas, NC 28034

Gaston College – Accredited

511 South Aspen
Lincolnton, NC 28034

Gifted Hands Academy – Accredited

971 Salisbury Ridge Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27127

Grace College of Barbering

1206 Dickinson Avenue
Greenville, NC 27834

Guilford Technical Community College – Accredited

601 East Main Street
Jamestown, NC 27282

Halifax Community College – Accredited

100 College Drive
Weldon, NC 27890

Haywood Community College – Accredited

185 Freedlander Drive
Clyde, NC 28721

Health And Style Institute – Accredited

500 Four Seasons Town Center
Greensboro, NC 27407

Hoke County High School (high school students only) – Accredited

505 South Bethel Road
Raeford, NC 28376

Holton Career and Resource Center – Accredited

401 North Driver Street
Durham, NC 27703

Isothermal Community College – Accredited

286 Icc Loop Road
Spindale, NC 28160

J Evans Beauty Academy Of Cosmetic Art

1256 Plaza Drive
Burlington, NC 27215

J. Evans Beauty Academy of Natural Hair – Accredited

1221 South Main Street
Graham, NC 27253

James Sprunt Community College – Accredited

133 James Sprunt Drive
Kenansville, NC 28349

Johnston Community College – Accredited

245 College Road
Smithfield, NC 27577

Lenoir Community College – Accredited

231 Highway 58 South
Kinston, NC 28502

Leons Beauty School Inc – Accredited

1305 Coliseum Boulevard
Greensboro, NC 27403

London International Barber and Beauty Academy

3211 Yanceyville Street
Greensboro, NC 27405

Martin Community College – Accredited

1161 Kehukee Park Road
Williamston, NC 27892

Mayland Community College – Accredited

200 Mayland Drive
Spruce Pine, NC 28777

McDowell Sr. High School (high school students only) – Accredited

600 McDowell High School Drive
Marion, NC 28752

McDowell Technical Community College – Accredited

54 College Drive
Marion, NC 28752

Miller-Motte College – Accredited

5000 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28405

Mitchell Community College – Accredited

500 West Broad Street
Statesville, NC 28677

Mitchell's Academy – Accredited

1301 Buck Jones Road
Raleigh, NC 27606

Mitchell's Academy – Accredited

2616 Forest Hills Road
Wilson, NC 27893

Myrangel Beauty Institute Charlotte – Accredited

9101 Kings Parade Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28273

Nash Community College – Accredited

522 North Old Carriage Road
Rocky Mount, NC 27804

NC Skincare Academy – Accredited

3808 West Gate City Boulevard Unit G
Greensboro, NC 27407

North Mecklenburg High School (high school students only) – Accredited

11201 Old Statesville Road
Huntersville, NC 28078

Northampton County High School (high school students only) – Accredited

152 Hurricane Drive
Gaston, NC 27832

Pamlico Community College – Accredited

703 Main Street
Bayboro, NC 28515

Pamlico Community College

5049 Highway 306 South
Grantsboro, NC 28529

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

1516 Elizabeth Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28204

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

505A Cross Creek Mall
Fayetteville, NC 28303

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

284 East Garrison Boulevard
Gastonia, NC 28054

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

8551 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27612

Piedmont Community College – Accredited

1715 College Drive
Roxboro, NC 27573

Piedmont Community College – Accredited

331 Piedmont Drive
Yanceyville, NC 27379

Pinnacle Institute of Cosmetology – Accredited

461-C East Plaza Drive
Mooresville, NC 28115

Pitt Community College Hairstyling Academy – Accredited

426 A East Arlington Boulevard
Greenville, NC 27858

PITT Community College

1986 Pitt Tech Road
Winterville, NC 28590

Randolph Community College – Accredited

629 Industrial Park Avenue
Asheboro, NC 27205

RDT Academy of Cosmetology School – Accredited

5110 NC Highway 87 South Suite 106
Fayetteville, NC 28306

Roanoke-Chowan Community College – Accredited

109 Community College Road
Ahoskie, NC 27910

Robeson Community College – Accredited

5160 Fayetteville Road
Lumberton, NC 28360

Rockingham Community College – Accredited

215 Wrenn Memorial Road
Wentworth, NC 27375

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College – Accredited

489 North Cannon Boulevard
Kannapolis, NC 28081

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

1333 Jake Alexander Boulevard South
Salisbury, NC 28146

Sampson Community College

1801 Sunset Avenue
Clinton, NC 28328

Sandhills Community College – Accredited

3395 Airport Road
Pinehurst, NC 28374

Shear Grace Institute of Cosmetology – Accredited

229 First Avenue Southeast
Hickory, NC 28602

Sherrill's University of Barber & Cosmetology

2110 New Bern Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27610

Southeastern Community College – Accredited

4564 Chadbourn Highway
Whiteville, NC 28472

Southwestern Community College – Accredited

447 College Drive
Sylva, NC 28779

Stanly Community College – Accredited

141 College Drive
Albemarle, NC 28001

Summit Salon Academy – Accredited

4900 Old Pineville Road
Charlotte, NC 28217

Surry Community College – Accredited

630 South Main Street
Dobson, NC 27017

The Beauty Health and Wealth Institute

109 Muirs Chapel Road Suite 200
Greensboro, NC 27410

The Dooby Shop School of Cosmetology – Accredited

2107 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC 28216

The Fila Academy

1114 Eastchester Drive
High Point, NC 27265

Tri-County Community College – Accredited

21 Campus Circle
Murphy, NC 28906

V Tran Beauty Academy – Accredited

605 Phillip Davis Drive #1
Charlotte, NC 28217

Vance Granville Community College – Accredited

1547 South Campus Drive
Creedmoor, NC 27522

Vance Granville Community College – Accredited

210 West Ridgeway Street
Louisburg, NC 27549

Vance-Granville Community College

200 Community College Road
Henderson, NC 27537

Vernon Malone College and Career Academy – Accredited

2200 South Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

Wake Technical Community College – Accredited

9101 Fayetteville Road
Raleigh, NC 27603

Walter Bickett Cosmetic Arts & Sciences Academy – Accredited

704 South Washington Street
Monroe, NC 28112

Wayne Community College

3000 Wayne Memorial Drive
Goldsboro, NC 27534

WCC-Ashe Campus School of Cosmetic Arts – Accredited

626 Ashe Central School Road Unit 15
Jefferson, NC 28640

West Charlotte High School (high school students only) – Accredited

2219 Senior Drive
Charlotte, NC 28216

West Mecklenburg High School (high school students only) – Accredited

7400 Tuckaseegee Road
Charlotte, NC 28214

Western Piedmont Community College – Accredited

1001 Burkemont Avenue
Morganton, NC 28655

Willow Tree Body and Skin Care

2511 Neudorf Road Suite A
Clemmons, NC 27012

Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools Career Center – Accredited

910 Highland Court
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

World of Excellence Beauty College – Accredited

3519 Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC 27707

Gaston College

201 Highway 321 South
Dallas, NC 28034

Miller-Motte College

3901 Capital Boulevard Suite 151
Cary, NC 27518

Miller-Motte College

1021 WH Smith Boulevard Suite 102
Greenville, NC 27834

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How to Become a Cosmetologist in North Carolina

North Carolina Cosmetology Careers At a Glance
  • 1,500 education hours or 1200 apprentice hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 3 years.
  • 24 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for cosmetologists in North Carolina is $22,690 ($10.91/hour). This is higher than the national average of $26,090 ($12.54/hour).
  • There is a predicted 17% job increase between 2016–2026 for cosmetologists. This is higher than the expected national growth of 9%.

Who doesnt feel pampered by a new haircut, a hot new hair color, or a relaxing pedicure? People of all ages and styles love looking good.

If you love beauty and everything about it, why not create a career in cosmetology and do something you love for a living?

State License Requirements

1,500 Education Hours OR 1200 Apprentice Hours

Required to earn a cosmetology license

In North Carolina, cosmetology licensing is regulated by the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners. Applicants have to pass a written test and a skills test before being considered. With your application, you must submit a $49 licensing fee.

Education Details

Cosmetology is all about beauty, and as a cosmetology student you can look forward to learning about hair, skin, and nails. To be accredited, a North Carolina school must include at least 1,500 hours of training for cosmetology students. In that time, you have to get sufficient instruction on specific subjects.

Beauty Topics in North Carolina

  • Professional image
  • Sanitation, bacteriology, disinfection, and first aid
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Electricity and chemistry Professional ethics
  • Draping Shampooing
  • Roller sets
  • Pin curls
  • Ridge curls
  • Braids
  • Artificial hair
  • Blowdrying and brush control
  • Thermal hair treatments
  • Haircutting
  • Perm wraps
  • Relaxer sectioning
  • Color application sectioning
  • Scalp treatments
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Artificial nails
  • Arranging, dressing, curling, waving, cutting, cleansing, and bleaching of hair

Cosmetology schools in NC may help you get started with mannequin heads. Once you reach a specific amount of hours and your cosmetology skills are at a high level, you put your techniques to work on clients.

License Renewal

3 Years

License renewal period

24 Hours

Continuing education required

Professional beauty licenses expire on October 1 across the state, but different professions renew in different years. Cosmetologists must renew licenses every 3 years, completing 24 continuing education hours during that 3-year period. Estheticians, manicurists and cosmetology instructors all renew annually, and 8 hours of continuing education must be completed during that time. Cosmetologist licenses are $49 to renew, whereas estheticians, manicurists, instructors and apprentices all pay $20 to renew.

North Carolina Cosmetology Careers


Average yearly salary for cosmetology in North Carolina

North Carolinas beauty industry is growing, so this is a great time to get involved. Job openings may swell 17% between 2016 and 2026 (O*Net, 2019). The average salary for a North Carolina cosmetologist is $22,690 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020).

There are many beauty employers in North Carolina; its one of the biggest benefits of starting a beauty career in this state. Chain salons prioritize speed and high-quality cuts for people of all ages, while boutique salons focus on a specific clientele. Nail salons hire skilled nail artists, and spas give you the chance to make clients skin glow.

Contact the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetology

North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners

If you need help updating a change of name or address, acquiring out-of-state transfer forms, or need help with additional questions about obtaining a North Carolina cosmetology license, contact the NC Board using the information above.

North Carolina views cosmetologists as a cherished part of its society. As more individuals add to the number currently operating in the state, beauty care takes on a more dynamic outlook. Those looking to learn more go to these groups.

North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners
American Association of Cosmetology Schools

North Carolina