Cosmetology Schools in New Hampshire

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Empire Beauty Schools - Hooksett – Accredited

1328 Hooksett Road
Hooksett, NH 03106

Empire Beauty Schools - Laconia – Accredited

566 Main Street
Laconia, NH 03246

Empire Beauty Schools - Somersworth – Accredited

465 High Street
Somersworth, NH 03878

Keene Beauty Academy – Accredited

800 Park Avenue
Keene, NH 03431

New England School of Hair Design – Accredited

12 Interchange Drive
West Lebanon, NH 3784

Paul Mitchell The School Portsmouth – Accredited

140 Congress Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
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You must attend a school that meets any licensure requirements as defined by your state. Most states require that you graduate from an accredited or state-approved school.

How to Become a Cosmetologist in New Hampshire

New Hampshire Cosmetology Careers At a Glance
  • 1,500 education hours or 3,000 apprentice hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for cosmetologists in New Hampshire is $23,670 ($11.38/hour). This is lower than the national average of $26,090 ($12.54/hour).
  • There is a predicted 13% job increase between 2016-2026 for cosmetologists. This is higher than the expected national growth of 9%.

You know the power of a haircut, new hair color, or makeover, and you've seen how little tweaks can completely change someone's appearance.

Now you're ready to put that knowledge to work in a beauty career.

State License Requirements

1,500 Education Hours OR 3,000 Apprentice Hours

Required to earn a cosmetology license

Licensing is regulated by the New Hampshire Board of Barbering, Cosmetology, and Esthetics. They require at least 1,500 hours of training, in addition to passing scores on a written exam and a skills exam. When you get your first license, you must pay a $30 licensing fee.

Education Details

What You Can Learn at Beauty School in NH

  • Hairstyling
  • Hair cutting
  • Hair curling, straightening, and relaxing
  • Hair bleaching and coloring
  • Shampooing and conditioning
  • Cosmetology chemistry
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Nail care, including artificial nails and nail tips
  • Skin care and esthetics
  • Facial massage
  • New Hampshire law and statutes
  • Cosmetology standards

Between working with mannequins and customers, you should spend the majority of your time practicing techniques. You get lots of feedback from instructors—use it to become the best cosmetologist you can be!

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

Cosmetology license renewal in New Hampshire happens every two years in the licensee's birth month. You must have submitted your renewal application by the last day of your birth month. The cost to renew a beauty practitioner's license is $40. Currently, 28 hours of cosmetology continuing education is required for cosmetology instructors during each licensure period. Though continuing education is not required for most other beauty practitioners' licenses, cosmetology CEUs are always recommended to stay current in the industry.

New Hampshire Cosmetology Careers


Average yearly salary for cosmetology in New Hampshire

New Hampshire has a solid beauty industry, so this is a great time to get involved. From 2016 through 2026, job openings for New Hampshire cosmetologists may increase 13% (O*Net, 2019). On average, New Hampshire cosmetologists earn $23,670 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020).

One of the best parts of working in the beauty industry is the diversity of career options. Of course, you can work in a salon, build a client base, and enjoy a regular schedule. However, you can also customize your career path by renting a chair at a salon and setting your own hours or opening a salon in your community. Love cutting hair and mastering different cutting techniques? Make sure to fill your schedule with people of different styles.

Contact the New Hampshire State Board of Cosmetology

New Hampshire Office of Professional Licensure and Certification

Even though continuing education may not be a required part of maintaining your license, you may still wish to take advantage of local training events for the sake of your career, which you can find through the Board's website.

New Hampshire has shown itself to be a state where cosmetologists can thrive. The beauty industry has become a more alluring profession for people in the state thanks to more fashion-forward salon establishments and trends. Interested parties utilize these resources.

Professional Beauty Association
International SalonSpa Network

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