New Jersey

New Jersey is known for its over-the-top styles, perfect makeup, and complex hairstyles. That’s why it’s 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!

State License Requirements

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.

Education Details

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 you’ve 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
  • Makeup
  • Shampooing and rinses
  • Hair and scalp treatments
  • Clipper cuts with razors, scissors, and thinning shears
  • Tapering
  • 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
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years
License Renewal Period

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.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

From 2012 through 2022, O*Net expects cosmetology job openings in New Jersey to increase 18% (2016). Furthermore, the average salary of $35,390 per year is higher than the national average (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016).

Working as a Cosmetologist

New Jersey’s 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.

State board Contact Information

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

Find the Beauty Schools in New Jersey that interest you below,

Empire Beauty School - Bloomfield-East Orange

15 Ward Street,
Bloomfield-East Orange, NJ 07003

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Bordentown-Trenton

610 Route 206,
Bordentown-Trenton, NJ 08505

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Cherry Hill

2100 State Highway #38, Plaza Cherry Hill,
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Program: Cosmetology

Jolie Health and Beauty Academy - Cherry Hill

1490 Haddonfield Berlin Rd.,
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

Program: Cosmetology

Artistic Academy

Rt. 10 East, 301 Gibraltar Drive,Suite 1-A
Morris Plains, NJ 07950

Program: Cosmetology

Jolie Health and Beauty Academy - Northfield

801 Tilton Road,
Northfield, NJ 08225

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Paramus

Neptune Plaza, 332 Route 4 East,
Paramus, NJ 07652

Program: Cosmetology

Jolie Health and Beauty Academy - Turnersville

5200 Route 42,
Turnersville, NJ 08012

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Union-Newark

1126 Morris Avenue,
Union-Newark, NJ 07083

Program: Cosmetology

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