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 2016 - 2026

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).

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,

Artistic Academy

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

Program: Cosmetology

Welcome Artistic Academy a cosmetology and aesthetics school where our objective is to prepare and educate the individual to be qualified to enter the many fields of cosmetology and aesthetics. To successfully allow the Welcome Artistic Academy a cosmetology and aesthetics school where our objective is to prepare and educate the individual to be qualified to enter the many fields of cosmetology and aesthetics. To successfully allow the individual to obtain security in a rewarding profession, while training the student to successfully pass the State Board Examination for his or her license. Mission We are dedicated to providing an opportunity to pursue a career in the Art and Sciences of Cosmetology (Hair, Skin, Nails and Barbering). . It is our desire to lay a foundation in both theory and practice that will prepare our students for an exciting journey leading to high self-esteem and a quality lifestyle. We strive to exceed not only what is expected from us, but also what we expect of ourselves. Course Outlines We offer programs in Cosmetology and Aesthetics. During the first part of both programs, your training will consist of lectures, demonstrations, practicing on mannequins and fellow students, written and practical examinations. After passing of both the practical and written midterm, recommendation of your instructor and a doctor's certificate, you will advance to the Senior floor. The remaining hours will consist of class projects, additional lectures, salon management and honing skills in the Senior Clinic. The Senior Clinic patrons pay a reduced fee for services performed by students in training. As a Senior student you will perform services on clients, building your self-esteem and knowledge. COSMETOLOGY The educational objective of the complete Cosmetology curriculum is to provide the student with sufficient training to pass the State Board Exam, become properly licensed, and perform duties required under such license to secure employment at an entry level. A cosmetologist/hairstylist license allows an individual to practice all phases of cosmetology. Hair, Skincare, Nails & Barbering. AESTHETICS The educational objectives of the Aesthetics curriculum is to provide the student with sufficient training to pass the State Board Exam, become properly licensed and perform all duties required under such license to secure employment at an entry level. An aesthetics license allows an individual to practice all phases of aesthetics. (Facials, Waxing, Body Treatment and Makeup Artistry). Financial Aid Financial Aid provides assistance to students who qualify for educational related expense. Artistic Academy of Hair Design provides financial assistance approved by the U.S. Department of Education for the following programs to qualified students in order to help meet the costs of education: Pell Grant (Government Funded) SEOG Grant Direct Student Subsidized Loan Direct Student Unsubsidized Loan Direct Parent Plus Loan ACE Grants Artistic Academy Scholarship We believe every student should be able to obtain an education regardless of financial status. Our Financial Aid office will assist students in completing the necessary forms and counsel students on money management and loan responsibility. To determine a student's financial need, we utilize the Federal Need Analysis set forth by the U.S. Department of Education. For funds to be available for students, we encourage candidate students to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at least 30 days prior to their start date. Career Opportunities Whether you like to work with hair, skin, nails, or barbering, once you acquire the appropriate license you will have the opportunity to explore the many different facets available to licensed cosmetologists and licensed aestheticians. . Here are just some of the many possibilities that you may be curious to explore once you graduate. Salon Owner Salon Manager Hairstylist Hair colorist Image Consultant Platform Artist Manufacturer's Representative Freelance Artist for film, theatre, fashion, or print Manicurist/Nail Artist/Pedicurist Facial Skin Care Specialist Make-up Artist in Spa/Salon Spa Therapist Body Treatment Specialist Temporary Hair Removal Technician Dermatologist Office Aesthetician Plastic Surgeon Office Aesthetician Freelance Make-up Artist
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