Cosmetology Schools in Tennessee

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1765 Galleria Boulevard
Franklin, TN 37067

Cosmetology, Esthetics

804 South Highland Street
Memphis, TN 38111

Cosmetology, Cosmetology Teacher Training

7106 Moore's Lane
Brentwood, TN 37027

(800) 920-4593
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Cosmetology Teacher Training

1433 Hollywood Drive
Jackson, TN 38301

Cosmetology, Cosmetology Teacher Training

568 Colonial Road
Memphis, TN 38117


755 Chancery Street
Mcminnville, TN 37110

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Nail Technology

1233 Comerce Park Drive
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy

222 East Unaka Avenue
Johnson City, TN 37601

(423) 926-9095

Arnolds Beauty School – Accredited

1179 South Second Street
Milan, TN 38358

Austin's Beauty College Inc – Accredited

585A South Riverside Drive
Clarksville, TN 37040

Bakers Barber and Cosmetology College – Accredited

3983 Brainerd Road
Chattanooga, TN 37411

Bella Donna's Academy

401 Commerce Street
Kingsport, TN 37660

Career Beauty College – Accredited

113 South Military Avenue
Lawrenceburg, TN 38464

Chattanooga College Medical Dental and Technical Careers – Accredited

248 Northgate Mall Drive
Chattanooga, TN 37415

Chattanooga State Community College

4501 Amnicola Highway
Chattanooga, TN 37406

Douglas J Aveda Institute – Accredited

516 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

Elite College of Cosmetology – Accredited

459 North Main Street
Lexington, TN 38351

Fayetteville College of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences

201 West College Street
Fayetteville, TN 37334

Franklin Academy

1605 Professional Park Drive Northwest
Cleveland, TN 37312

Franklin Hair Academy School of Cosmetology – Accredited

595 Hillsboro Road Suite 325
Franklin, TN 37064

Genesis Career College – Accredited

880-A East 10Th Street
Cookeville, TN 38501

Genesis Career College – Accredited

1505 Noah Court
Lebanon, TN 37087

Genesis Career College – Accredited

30 Rachel Drive
Nashville, TN 37214

Global Beauty and Barber Institute – Accredited

720 Rivergate Parkway Suite A
Goodlettsville, TN 37070

Goshen School of Cosmetology – Accredited

7680 Polo Grounds Boulevard
Memphis, TN 38125

Gould's Academy – Accredited

8000 U.S. Highway 64
Bartlett, TN 38133

Gould's Academy – Accredited

1203 Ridgeway Road #203
Memphis, TN 38119

Hamblen School of Beauty

133 West Main Street
Morristown, TN 37814

Image Maker Beauty Institute – Accredited

139 Maple Row Boulevard Suite 208
Hendersonville, TN 37075

Kimaura Innovative New Concepts in Cosmetology

6061 Appletree Drive Suite 5
Memphis, TN 38115

Kingsport Academy of Hair Design – Accredited

2617 East Center Street
Kingsport, TN 37664

Last Minute Cuts School of Barbering and Cosmetology – Accredited

2195 South Third Street
Memphis, TN 38109

Lebanon Beauty and Style Academy – Accredited

414 East Market Street
Lebanon, TN 37087

Love Beauty School Inc – Accredited

1161 Murfreesboro Highway
Manchester, TN 37355

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

235 East Main Suite 200
Hendersonville, TN 37075

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

8380 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

3419 Plaza Avenue
Memphis, TN 38111

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

1720 Old Fort Parkway Suite L200
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Premier Cosmetology Academy – Accredited

3410 West Market Street
Johnson City, TN 37604

Queen City College – Accredited

1594 Fort Campbell Boulevard
Clarksville, TN 37042

Rasco Radiant Academy of Cosmetology

1830 Highway 51
Covington, TN 38019

Roane State Community College

276 Patton Lane
Harriman, TN 37748

Sandra Academy of Salon Services, Inc – Accredited

907 Main Street
New Tazewell, TN 37825

Shear Perfection Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

5620 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

Sweeting Cosmetology & Braiding Institute LLC

4950 Linbar Drive
Nashville, TN 37211

Sweetwater Institute of Cosmetology – Accredited

9 Sweetwater-Vonore Road
Sweetwater, TN 37874

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Accredited

910 Miller Avenue
Crossville, TN 38555

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Accredited

740 Highway 46
Dickson, TN 37055

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Accredited

426 Highway 91
Elizabethton, TN 37643

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Accredited

1745 Harriman Highway
Harriman, TN 37748

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Accredited

813 West Main
Hohenwald, TN 38462

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Accredited

355 Scott High Drive
Huntsville, TN 37756

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Accredited

265 Elkins Road
Jacksboro, TN 37757

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Accredited

1100 Liberty Street
Knoxville, TN 37919

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Accredited

740 Hi Tech Drive
Livingston, TN 38570

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Accredited

241 Vo Tech Dr
McMinnville, TN 37303

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Accredited

550 Alabama Avenue
Memphis, TN 38105

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Accredited

821 West Louise Avenue
Morristown, TN 37813

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Accredited

1303 Old Fort Parkway
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Accredited

100 White Bridge Road
Nashville, TN 37209

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Accredited

340 Washington Street
Newbern, TN 38059

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Accredited

312 South Wilson Street
Paris, TN 38242

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Accredited

127 Industrial Drive
Ripley, TN 38063

Tennessee Institute of Cosmetology – Accredited

2438 East Andrew Johnson Highway
Morristown, TN 37814

Tennessee School of Beauty of Knoxville Inc – Accredited

4704 Western Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37921

The Hair Academy – Accredited

513 West College Street
Fayetteville, TN 37334

The Institute of Beauty

2962 North Stage Plaza
Bartlett, TN 38134

The Ivy Institute Of Esthetics

5200 Park Avenue Suite 100
Memphis, TN 38119

The Salon Professional Academy – Accredited

2710 Old Lebanon Road Suite 6
Nashville, TN 37214

Urban Beauty Barber Institute – Accredited

3250 Coleman Road
Memphis, TN 38128

Paul Mitchell

8000 U.S. Highway 64 Suite 108
Bartlett, TN 38133
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How to Become a Cosmetologist in Tennessee

Tennessee Cosmetology Careers At a Glance
  • 1,500 education 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 Tennessee is $24,430 ($11.74/hour). This is lower than the national average of $26,090 ($12.54/hour).
  • There is a predicted 25% job increase between 2016–2026 for cosmetologists. This is higher than the expected national growth of 9%.

Who wouldn't want to start a cosmetology career in Tennessee?

This state is known for its booming music industry, which means that entertainers need reliable cosmetology professionals who can master big hair, stage makeup, and age-defying skin treatments.

State License Requirements

1,500 Education Hours

Required to earn a cosmetology license

In the state of Tennessee, licensing goes through Cosmetology and Barber Examiners, which is part of the Department of Commerce & Insurance. This is a multistep process that includes verification of training hours, a background check, and payment of fees. You pay a $70 fee for your written test and a $70 fee for your skills test.

Education Details

There's lots to learn before you can become a licensed cosmetologist. Beauty schools, technical schools, and community colleges often have cosmetology programs that provide the 1500 hours of education you need to pursue a license. Before you get to practice a new skill or technique, you learn about it in the classroom. Once you have the theory down, you can start getting hands-on experience with the help of your instructors. This includes working with real clients.

What You'll Learn at Tennessee Cosmetology Schools

  • Sterilization and sanitation
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Chemical waving, relaxing, coloring, and bleaching
  • Sculptured nails
  • Hair structure and chemistry
  • Shampooing and rinses
  • Hair and scalp care
  • Hair shaping
  • Hairdressing and hairstyling
  • Facials
  • Arching
  • Lash and brow tinting
  • Manicures and pedicures

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

Cosmetology license renewal in Tennessee is required every two years, and you can renew your license up to 60 days before its expiration date. Barber license renewal costs $80. Cosmetologist, esthetician, nail technician, natural hairstylist and shampooer license renewal costs $50. Instructor license renewal costs $60. You must pay a $25 late fee if your application is received after the expiration date. Cosmetology and barber instructors must complete 16 approved CEUs every two years. There are currently no continuing education requirements for beauty practitioners.

Tennessee Cosmetology Careers


Average yearly salary for cosmetology in Tennessee

Job growth in Tennessee is promising. Between 2016 and 2026, job openings are expected to swell 25% in this state (O*Net, 2019). Currently, the average salary for a Tennessee cosmetologist is $24,430 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019).

Tennessee is home to many exciting and rewarding career paths that may not be available in other states. With the huge country music industry and tourist shows that occur year-round, cosmetologists who specialize in stage makeup and hair may find their calling here. In addition, there are hundreds of successful spas and salons all over Tennessee. Whether you prefer to work with hair, skin, or nails, you may find a salon that aligns with your style and career goals.

Contact the Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology

Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners

Tennessee has enjoyed a rich cosmetology industry going well back to the turn of the century. As such, many who want to take part have a slew of places to gain pertinent information. The following groups are the first stepping stone.

Tennessee Department of Barber Examiners
Associated Hair Professionals


How to Become a Cosmetologist in Your State