New Jersey is known for its over-the-top styles, perfect makeup, and complex hairstyles. Thats why its such a fun place to begin a career in cosmetology.
No matter what your personal style is or what your favorite part of the beauty industry is, use this chance to learn about all areas of cosmetology!
All beauty professionals are licensed by the New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling. When you submit your application, you must pay a $50 filing fee and a $60 licensing fee. In addition, you must submit proof of your passing scores on the written exam and the skills exam.
To become a cosmetologist in New Jersey, you must get at least 1,200 hours of training at an approved school. In the classroom, you tackle beauty theory, terminology, laws, and ethics. On the salon floor, you practice skills on mannequin heads. Once youve gotten enough experience that way, you work on clients under instructor supervision. This experience is invaluable, since it helps you perfect your techniques and learn how to work with real-life customers. Specific topics must be covered at beauty schools in NJ.
Beauty Courses and Subjects
- State laws, rules, and regulations
- Decontamination and infection control
- Professional image and hygiene
- Shaving and facial hair trimming
- Facial massage
- Skin care
- Shampooing and rinses
- Hair and scalp treatments
- Clipper cuts with razors, scissors, and thinning shears
- Hairstyling, including pin curls, finger waving, and blow waving
- Hair tinting and bleaching
- Permanent waving
- Chemical relaxing and pressing
- Thermal curling and waving
- Manicuring and pedicuring
- Chemistry of cosmetology materials
Cosmetology license renewal in New Jersey happens biannually on even-numbered years. The cost to renew a beauty practitioner's license is $60. Cosmetology continuing education is not required for most licenses, although electrology licensees must do 2 CEUs each licensure period. Though continuing education may not be required for some practitioners' licenses, cosmetology CEUs are always recommended to stay current in the industry. If licenses are expired more than 7 years, you must take a 250-hour refresher course and you must re-take the exams.
From 2016 through 2026, O*Net expects cosmetology job openings in New Jersey to increase 24% (2019). Furthermore, the average salary of $37,230 per year is higher than the national average (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019).
New Jerseys beauty industry is huge, giving customers tons of options in cities, suburban areas, and rural areas. This is great for beauty professionals. Depending on what work setting works best for you, you can check out options at beauty salons, spas, family-owned beauty shops, and nail shops. There are many conventional employment options, but you can also explore self-employment by renting a salon chair or opening a salon.
New Jersey Board of Cosmetology & Hairstyling
PO Box 45003
Newark, NJ 07101
Phone Number: 973-504-6400
Fax Number: 973-504-6477
The New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology can help you with updating your name or change of address information, acquiring out-of-state licensing, renewal and other useful forms, as well as answer other questions about obtaining a New Jersey cosmetology license.
The Garden State is home to a multitude of elite beauty professionals. This
is due in part to a solid cosmetology infrastructure in New Jersey from the
bottom up. Those looking to be a part of it find out more from these groups.
New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hair Dressing
American Association of Cosmetology Schools
Associated Hair Professionals