Cosmetology Schools in Oklahoma

Oklahoma has a bustling beauty industry, with the state cosmetology board issuing approximately 56,000 licenses every year to beauty students in the state. Ready to join their ranks? Browse our directory of cosmetology schools in Oklahoma, or skip ahead to learn about the state's cosmetology licensing requirements and job outlook.

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Academy of Hair Design – Accredited

2501 West Memorial Road #228
Oklahoma City, OK 73134

Autry Technology Center

1201 West Willow
Enid, OK 73703

Beauty Technical College Inc – Accredited

605 East Downing Street
Tahlequah, OK 74465

Bethany Beauty College

3900 North Peniel
Bethany, OK 73008

Bixby Beauty College – Accredited

8510 East 131st South
Bixby, OK 74008

Broken Arrow Beauty College – Accredited

11122 East 71st Street
Tulsa, OK 74133

Caddo Kiowa Technology Center – Accredited

1415 North 7th Street
Fort Cobb, OK 73038

Canadian Valley Technology Center – Accredited

6505 East Highway 66
El Reno, OK 73036

Central Oklahoma College

14820 Serenita Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73134

Central Technology Center – Accredited

3 Court Circle
Drumright, OK 74030

Chisholm Trail Technology Center

283 State Highway 33
Omega, OK 73764

Clary Sage College – Accredited

3131 South Sheridan
Tulsa, OK 74145

Durant Institute of Hair Design – Accredited

2836 West University Boulevard Suite 128
Durant, OK 74701

Elite Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

912 Southwest C Avenue
Lawton, OK 73501

Elite Beauty College – Accredited

221 North 32nd Street
Muskogee, OK 74402

Enid Beauty College – Accredited

3905 South La Mesa Drive
Enid, OK 73703

Formations Institute of Cosmetology

502 Texas Avenue
Woodward, OK 73801

Francis Tuttle Technology Center – Accredited

12777 North Rockwell Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73142

Francis Tuttle Technology Center – Accredited

7301 West Reno Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73127

Gordon Cooper Technology Center – Accredited

1 John C Bruton Boulevard
Shawnee, OK 74804

Great Plains Technology Center – Accredited

4500 West Lee Boulevard
Lawton, OK 73505

Hair Arts Institute – Accredited

15001 North May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73134

I.T.S. Academy of Beauty – Accredited

200 Southwest C Avenue Suite 108
Lawton, OK 73501

Indian Capital Technology Center – Accredited

2403 North 41st Street East
Muskogee, OK 74403

Indian Capital Technology Center – Accredited

401 East Houser Industrial Boulevard
Sallisaw, OK 74955

Jenks Beauty College – Accredited

535 West Main
Jenks, OK 74037

Kiamichi Technology Center – Accredited

1763 West Liberty Road
Atoka, OK 74525

Kiamichi Technology Center – Accredited

3205 Lincoln Road Northeast
Idabel, OK 74745

Kiamichi Technology Center – Accredited

1410 Old Military Road
Stigler, OK 74462

Meridian Technology Center – Accredited

1312 South Sangre Road
Stillwater, OK 74074

Metro Technology Centers

1900 Springlake Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73111

Mid-America Technology Center – Accredited

27438 State Highway 59
Wayne, OK 73095

Mid-Del Technology Center

1621 Maple Drive
Midwest City, OK 73110

Moore Norman Technology Center – Accredited

4701 12Th Avenue Northwest
Norman, OK 73069

Northeast Technology Center – Accredited

19901 South Highway 69
Afton, OK 74331

Northeast Technology Center – Accredited

450 North Highway 59
Kansas, OK 74347

Northeast Technology Center – Accredited

6195 West Highway 20
Pryor, OK 74361

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

3030 William Pereira
Norman, OK 73072

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

14002 East 21st Street Suite 1050
Tulsa, OK 74134

Pioneer Technology Center

2101 North Ash
Ponca City, OK 74601

Ponca City Beauty College – Accredited

3010 North 14th Street
Ponca City, OK 74601

Pontotoc Technology Center – Accredited

601 West 33rd
Ada, OK 74820

Premier Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

910 North Main Street
McAlester, OK 74501

Red River Technology Center – Accredited

3300 West Bois D Arc
Duncan, OK 73533

River Valley Cosmetology Institute – Accredited

1309 South Broadway
Poteau, OK 74953

Shawnee Beauty College – Accredited

2024 North Harrison
Shawnee, OK 74801

Southern Oklahoma Technology Center

2610 Sam Noble Parkway
Ardmore, OK 73401

Southern School of Beauty – Accredited

140 West Main Street
Durant, OK 74701

Southwest Technology Center – Accredited

711 West Tamarack
Altus, OK 73521

Totally Cosmo School of Modern Cosmetology – Accredited

110 North Broadway
Broken Bow, OK 74728

Tulsa Technology Center – Accredited

4000 Wes Florence Street
Broken Arrow, OK 74011

Tulsa Technology Center – Accredited

924 East Charles Page Boulevard
Sand Springs, OK 74063

Tulsa Technology Center – Accredited

3420 South Memorial Drive
Tulsa, OK 74145

Western Technology Center – Accredited

621 Sooner Drive
Burns Flat, OK 73624

Western Technology Center – Accredited

2002 Northeast Highway 66
Sayre, OK 73662

Yukon Beauty College – Accredited

221 West Main
Yukon, OK 73099

Woodward Beauty College

502 Texas Avenue
Woodward, OK 73801
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How to Become a Cosmetologist in Oklahoma

Oklahoma 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 year.
  • 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for cosmetologists in Oklahoma is $27,100.
  • There is a predicted 8% job increase between 2018-2028 for cosmetologists.

If you want to work as a cosmetologist in Oklahoma and provide beauty services, you need a cosmetology license. Aspiring cosmetologists must meet several Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering requirements before licensure, including:

  • Being at least 16 years old
  • Having at an eighth-grade or higher education
  • Completing 1,500 hours of training at an approved school or a 3,000-hour apprenticeship
  • Passing written and practical exams
  • Applying for a cosmetology license
  • Paying the relevant fees

Those with a criminal background may need to fill out additional paperwork as part of their license application, but it doesn’t automatically disqualify you from earning your license.

Oklahoma Cosmetology Careers

$27,100

Average yearly salary for cosmetology in Oklahoma

Cosmetologists in Oklahoma earned an average salary of $27,100 annually in 2020 or $13.03 per hour. This wage is below the national average of $32,740, but Oklahoma is a much more affordable place to live than many other parts of the country. Salaries vary across the state, ranging from under $17,600 to $40,630 and above. Employment projections are also promising for cosmetologists in Oklahoma, with an 8% estimated job growth between 2018-2028.

The amount you can earn as a cosmetologist in Oklahoma will vary depending on several factors, such as the services you offer, your level of experience, and where you’re based.

These are median cosmetologist salaries in several metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in Oklahoma:

Metropolitan and Non-metropolitan Areas 2020 Median Salary
Southwest Oklahoma non-metropolitan area $29,690
Oklahoma City, OK $26,810
Fort Smith, AR-OK $23,730
Tulsa, OK $23,650
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area $23,490
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area $23,350

Table information sourced from O*Net (2022)

State License Requirements

1,500 Education Hours OR 3,000 Apprentice Hours

Required to earn a cosmetology license

Before obtaining a cosmetology license in Oklahoma, you have to complete at least 1,500 training hours at a licensed cosmetology school. The exact curriculum of each program may differ slightly, but according to state law, they must all cover the following:

  1. Theory: 150 hours
  2. Manicuring and Pedicuring: 90 hours
  3. Facials: 30 hours
  4. Scalp Treatments: 30 hours
  5. Shampooing and Conditioning: 60 hours
  6. Hair Styling: 390 hours
  7. Hair Color Treatments: 120 hours
  8. Hair Cutting and Shaping: 180 hours
  9. Lashes and Brows: 30 hours
  10. Personality and Shop Management: 180 hours
  11. Hair restructuring, Permanent Waving, and Chemical Relaxing: 240 hours

Can I Apprentice as a Cosmetologist in Oklahoma?

It is possible to gain cosmetology licensure in Oklahoma via an apprenticeship. Cosmetology apprentices in Oklahoma must complete at least 3,000 hours of training. All apprentice training hours need to occur in an approved establishment under the supervision of a licensed instructor.

Oklahoma Cosmetology Licensing Requirements

To get licensed via a cosmetology program, you must complete at least 1,500 hours at an approved school. Once you’ve completed your hours, you should be ready to take your exams and apply for your license.

You need to take and pass a written theory exam and a practical exam to be eligible for licensure. Currently, PSI Services administers the written portion of the exam, and the state board administers the practical exam in association with the National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC). You must achieve a passing grade of 75% on both tests.

You can apply for your exams, $45 each, up to 100 hours before completing your training program. You never lose your training hours, but you do have to pass the exams within one year of course completion. If this date passes, you must complete extra review hours to be eligible to register again.

The written exam takes 90 minutes to complete and is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean. In accordance with American Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations, students who believe they may need additional accommodations with their exams may request it at the time of registration.

The exam covers several topics, including scientific concepts, hair care and services, skin care, and nail care. You’ll receive your score immediately after exam completion.

On the day of your practical exam, plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start time, with all of your supplies labeled in English. You’ll cover the following topics:

  1. Work Area and First Client Prep: 15 minutes
  2. Thermal Curling: 10 minutes
  3. Hair Cutting: 30 minutes
  4. Work Area and New Client Prep: 15 minutes
  5. Chemical Waving: 20 minutes
  6. Predisposition Test and Strand Test: 10 minutes
  7. Highlighting with Foil, Virgin Application: 15 minutes
  8. Hair Color Retouch: 10 minutes
  9. Virgin Hair Relaxer Application: Untimed
  10. Blood Exposure Procedure: 10 minutes

If you fail either of the exams, you can re-register within one year and take it again. If you have not achieved licensure after one year, you must retake both parts of the exam.

Oklahoma Cosmetology Licensure Reciprocity

If you currently hold a cosmetology license in another state, you may be able to transfer it to Oklahoma via reciprocity. To apply for this, you must provide the state board with a completed application form, as well as proof of your current license from the agency that granted it. Applying for a cosmetology license via reciprocity costs $65.

Cosmetology Specialties in Oklahoma

If you already have your license but want to expand your services and skills, you can train to become a teacher. With your cosmetology license, two years of recent licensed work experience, and 300 hours of training, you can earn your license as a master cosmetology instructor helping students realize their goals of becoming beauty professionals.

License Renewal

1 Year

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

Cosmetology licenses in Oklahoma are valid for one year and must be renewed annually. They expire on the last day of the licensee’s birthday month and cost $25. There are no continuing education requirements, but it’s always wise to stay on top of new techniques in the field to ensure your services are relevant.

If your license has been expired for more than two months, you have to pay an additional $10 penalty fee. Licensees who let their license expire for longer (up to five years) might still be eligible for renewal, though back fees and penalties may apply. After five years, you must complete additional review hours and retake your written and practical exams to become licensed again.

Contact the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology

Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering

Oklahoma is state for trailblazers, further underscored by the many individuals who forge their own paths there. Cosmetologists are starting to make up a lion’s share of this group. To that end, their journey to become purveyors of fine hair care begins with these provided resources.

The Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering
The state board in charge of licensing provides extensive resources for cosmetologists on their site, including FAQs, forms and applications, licensing and renewal information, and more.

Professional Beauty Association of Oklahoma
This organization for beauty professionals in Oklahoma shares industry information and seeks to further conversations about the future of the beauty industry in the state.

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