Cosmetology Schools in Texas

While cosmetology jobs are expected to drop nationwide, Texas anticipates significant growth in the field—meaning now may be the perfect time to pursue a career as a cosmetologist in the state.

Browse our directory of cosmetology schools in Texas, or skip ahead to learn about the state's cosmetology licensing requirements and job outlook.

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2015 East Riverside Drive Building 6
Austin, TX 78741

Barbering, Cosmetology

6001 Middle Fiskville Road
Austin, TX 78752

Cosmetology, Esthetics

1110 Ayers Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78404

Cosmetology, Esthetics

8188 Park Lane North Suite 150
Dallas, TX 75231

Cosmetology, Esthetics

21003 Encino Commons
San Antonio, TX 78259

(210) 222-0023
Cosmetology, Esthetics

19241 David Memorial Drive
Shenandoah, TX 77385

Cosmetology, Esthetics

8620 Burnet Road Suite 300
Austin, TX 78757

(512) 968-2835

500 East Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX 78704

Cosmetology, Esthetics

1400 North Mays Street
Round Rock, TX 78664

Cosmetology, Nail Technology

201 Harwood Road #218
Bedford, TX 76021


9605 Clark Road Suite 700
Dallas, TX 75249


1580 George Dieter Drive Suite 207
El Paso, TX 79936

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology

605 Southwest Military Drive
San Antonio, TX 78238

(210) 922-5900
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology
Milan Institute – Accredited

7001 I-40 West
Amarillo, TX 79106

Cosmetology, Esthetics
Milan Institute – Accredited

6804 Ingram Road
San Antonio, TX 78238

(210) 647-5100
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Nail Technology

935 North Expressway
Brownsville, TX 78520

(512) 437-7500

2422 Airline Road
Corpus Christi, TX 78414


238 Southwest Military Drive Suite 101
San Antonio, TX 78221

(512) 437-7500

311-A East Highway 303
Grand Prairie, TX 75051

(469) 610-6616
Cosmetology, Nail Technology

2716 West Irving Boulevard
Irving, TX 75061

(469) 610-6616
Cosmetology, Makeup Artistry

907 Highway 80
San Marcos, TX 78666

(512) 392-8862
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Cosmetology Teacher Training
Vista College – Accredited

3871 Stagg Drive
Beaumont, TX 77701

Vista College – Accredited

1905 West TX-281 Loop
Longview, TX 75604


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360 Degrees Beauty & Barber College – Accredited

10638 Fm 1960 Road West
Houston, TX 77070

5 Star Academy

17218 Preston Road
Dallas, TX 75252

89 Beauty School – Accredited

18910 Fm 529 Suite 8
Cypress, TX 77433

ABC Beauty Academy – Accredited

2109 Buckingham Road
Richardson, TX 75081

Academy of Hair Design – Accredited

348 Springhill Street
Jasper, TX 75951

Academy of Hair Design – Accredited

512 South Chestnut
Lufkin, TX 75901

Advanced Barber College and Hair Design – Accredited

2818 South International
Weslaco, TX 78596

Allgood Beauty Institute – Accredited

9741 Preston Road Suite 106
Frisco, TX 75033

Allstar Beauty College – Accredited

10925 Beechnut Street Suite B207
Houston, TX 77072

Amarillo College

2011 South Washington
Amarillo, TX 79109

American Beauty College – Accredited

1006 East Yager Lane #110
Austin, TX 78753

American Laser & Beauty Institute

1111 Babcock Road
San Antonio, TX 78201

Armstrong Beauty School

3904 Fredericksburg Road
San Antonio, TX 78210

Baldwin Beauty School – Accredited

8440 Burnet Road Suite 140
Austin, TX 78757

Baldwin Beauty School – Accredited

3005 South Lamar
Austin, TX 78704

Bale Beauty Academy – Accredited

100 West Pioneer Parkway Suite 105
Arlington, TX 76010

Barber Institute of Texas – Accredited

2430 South High Street Suite B4
Longview, TX 75602

Bella Beauty College – Accredited

4631 Airport Boulevard 101
Austin, TX 78751

Bella Beauty College

623 West Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX 78751

Bella Beauty College – Accredited

5817 Weber Road
Corpus Christi, TX 78413

Bella Beauty College – Accredited

720 Southwest Military Drive
San Antonio, TX 78221

Bella Beauty College – Accredited

3110 Franklin Avenue
Waco, TX 76710

Bella Cosmetology and Barber College – Accredited

5015 A Wesley Street
Greenville, TX 75402

Bessemer Beauty College – Accredited

9935 Bessemer Street
Houston, TX 77034

BK Cosmo College of Cosmetology – Accredited

320 West Water Street Suite E
Kerrville, TX 78028

BL Cosmetology School – Accredited

12357 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77099

Brighton Barber Institute – Accredited

133 West Harwood Road
Hurst, TX 76054

Caviar Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

6911 Indiana Avenue
Lubbock, TX 79413

Central Texas Beauty College – Accredited

2010 South 57th Street
Temple, TX 76504

Central Texas College

6200 West Central Texas Expressway
Killeen, TX 76549

Champion Beauty College – Accredited

3920 Fm 1960 West #210
Houston, TX 77068

Champions Barber and Beauty Academy – Accredited

1300 Lake Air Drive
Waco, TX 76710

Charles and Sues School of Hair Design – Accredited

1711 Briarcrest Drive
Bryan, TX 77802

Chic Academy of Nails and Cosmetology

111 North 23rd Street
Mcallen, TX 78501

Cisco College – Accredited

101 College Heights
Cisco, TX 76437

Clarendon College – Accredited

3211 Southwest 26th Street
Amarillo, TX 79201

Clarendon College – Accredited

1902 Avenue G Northwest Suite 1
Childress, TX 79201

Clarendon College – Accredited

1601 West Kentucky Avenue
Pampa, TX 79065

Coastal Bend College – Accredited

3800 Charco Road
Beeville, TX 78102

Coastal Bend College – Accredited

1815 Brahma Boulevard
Kingsville, TX 78363

Coastal Bend College – Accredited

1411 Bensdale
Pleasanton, TX 78064

College of the Mainland – Accredited

1200 Amburn Road
Texas City, TX 77591

Colour Beauty School – Accredited

16233 Clay Road #318-A
Houston, TX 77084

Cosmetology Academy of Texarkana – Accredited

4115 North Kings Highway Suite 110
Texarkana, TX 75503

Dallas Skin Institute – Accredited

11909 Preston Road Suite 289
Dallas, TX 75230

Del Mar College – Accredited

101 Baldwin Boulevard
Corpus Christi, TX 78404

Design Beauty College – Accredited

2566 Fm 1960
Houston, TX 77073

Diamonds Cosmetology College – Accredited

3321 Loy Lake Road
Sherman, TX 75090

East Texas Cosmetology College – Accredited

3302 College Drive
Lufkin, TX 75904

El Paso Community College – Accredited

9050 Viscount Boulevard
El Paso, TX 79925

Elite Beauty Academy – Accredited

8018 Boone Road
Houston, TX 77072

Evvaylois Academy School of Beauty

2244 South Market Street
Brenham, TX 77833

Exposito School of Hair Design – Accredited

3710 Mockingbird Lane
Amarillo, TX 79109

Fort Worth Beauty School – Accredited

4601 Boat Club Road
Fort Worth, TX 76135

Fort Worth Beauty School – Accredited

2901 Glen Rose Highway Suite 102
Granbury, TX 76048

Frank Phillips College – Accredited

1301 West Roosevelt Street
Borger, TX 79007

Franklin Beauty Institute – Accredited

13318 Almeda
Houston, TX 77045

Franklin Institute – Accredited

4745 Highway 6 North
Houston, TX 77084

G.A. Nails Beauty Academy – Accredited

3301 North Ware Road
Mcallen, TX 78501

Galveston College – Accredited

4015 Avenue Q
Galveston, TX 77550

Graham's Barber College – Accredited

3016 AL Lipscomb Way
Dallas, TX 75215

Grayson College – Accredited

6101 Grayson Drive
Denison, TX 75020

Hairmosa Beauty Academy Inc. – Accredited

928 South Cedar Ridge Drive
Duncanville, TX 75137

Health and Beauty Institute

2626 South Loop West Freeway Suite 200
Houston, TX 77054

Hill College – Accredited

2112 Mayfield Parkway
Cleburne, TX 76033

Hill College – Accredited

112 Lamar
Hillsboro, TX 76645

Houston Community College

3100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002

Houston Community College – Accredited

8001 Fulton Street
Houston, TX 77022

Houston Community College – Accredited

6815 Rustic Street
Houston, TX 77087

Houston Training School - Gulfgate Campus – Accredited

6630 Gulf Freeway
Houston, TX 77087

Houston Training School - Main Campus – Accredited

10314 East Freeway
Houston, TX 77026

Houston Training Schools - Gessner Campus – Accredited

3722 South Gessner
Houston, TX 77063

Howard College

1001 Birdwell Lane
Big Spring, TX 79720

I.T.S. Academy of Beauty – Accredited

2215 South Loop 288
Denton, TX 76021

I.T.S. Academy of Beauty – Accredited

750 Sunland Park Drive
El Paso, TX 79912

I.T.S. Academy of Beauty – Accredited

1802 Green Oaks Road
Fort Worth, TX 76116

I.T.S. Academy of Beauty – Accredited

1101 Melbourne Road Suite B-5A
Hurst, TX 76053

I.T.S. Academy of Beauty – Accredited

2426 Irving Mall B-5C
Irving, TX 75062

I.T.S. Academy of Beauty – Accredited

1900 Oates Drive #175
Mesquite, TX 75150

I.T.S. Academy of Beauty – Accredited

3033 West Parker Road 205
Plano, TX 75023

I.T.S. Academy of Beauty – Accredited

3111 Midwestern Parkway Suite #110
Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Institute of Cosmetology, Esthetics & Massage – Accredited

7011 Harwin Drive Suite 100
Houston, TX 77036

Instituto de Belleza y Arte – Accredited

112 South Broadway
McAllen, TX 78501

International Beauty College #3 – Accredited

1225 Belt Line Road Suite 7
Garland, TX 75040

Interstate Barber Stylist School – Accredited

3415 North 19th Street
Waco, TX 76708

Jay's Technical Institute – Accredited

11910 Fondren Meadow
Houston, TX 77071

Kilgore College – Accredited

1100 Broadway
Kilgore, TX 75662

Kilgore College – Accredited

300 South High Street
Longview, TX 75601

La Palm Beauty School

9910 Windmill Lakes Boulevard
Houston, TX 77075

Lamar State College – Accredited

1500 Proctor Street
Port Arthur, TX 77640

Laredo Beauty College – Accredited

3020 North Meadow Avenue
Laredo, TX 78040

Laredo CHI Academy Beauty School – Accredited

1710 Peaceful Meadows Court
Laredo, TX 78041

Latin America Beauty School – Accredited

5839 Bissonnet Street
Bellaire, TX 77401

Lee College – Accredited

511 South Whiting
Baytown, TX 77520

Lone Star College – Accredited

20000 Kingwood Drive
Kingwood, TX 77339

Mannequin Beauty School

26022 Budde Road
The Woodlands, TX 77380

Manuel and Theresa's School of Hair Design – Accredited

1315 Highway 105 #102
Brenham, TX 77833

Manuel and Theresa's School of Hair Design – Accredited

715 South Texas Avenue
Bryan, TX 77803

Manuel and Theresa's School of Hair Design – Accredited

1405 East North Street
Victoria, TX 77901

McLennan Community College – Accredited

1400 College Drive
Waco, TX 76708

Midland College – Accredited

3600 North Garfield
Midland, TX 78705

Mireya's Beauty Institute – Accredited

1208 North 7th Street
Harlingen, TX 78550

Mission Beauty Institute – Accredited

1123 East 9th Street
Mission, TX 78572

Modern Beauty Academy – Accredited

3030 North Josey Lane 128
Carrollton, TX 75007

Mystros Barber Academy – Accredited

1434 Cypress Creek Parkway
Houston, TX 77090

Natural Images Beauty College – Accredited

236 Old Angleton Road
Clute, TX 77531

Navarro College

3200 West 7th Avenue
Corsicana, TX 75110

Navarro College – Accredited

600 US-77 C
Waxahachie, TX 75165

Neilson Beauty College

416 West Jefferson Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75208

New Image Beauty and Barber School – Accredited

502 US-77 Frontage Road
Harlingen, TX 78550

North Central Texas College – Accredited

1525 West California Street
Gainesville, TX 76240

Northeast Texas Community College – Accredited

2886 Fm 1735
Mount Pleasant, TX 75455

Northwest Educational Center – Accredited

2910 Antoine B-100
Houston, TX 77092

Nuvani Institute – Accredited

801 East William Cannon Drive Suite 115
Austin, TX 78745

Nuvani Institute – Accredited

272 Commerical Street
Eagle Pass, TX 78852

Nuvani Institute – Accredited

2402 San Pedro Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78218

Odessa College – Accredited

201 West University Boulevard
Odessa, TX 79764

Ogle School of Cosmetology and Esthetics – Accredited

17174 Preston Road
Dallas, TX 75248

Ogle School of Cosmetology and Esthetics – Accredited

2208 West Park Row Drive Suite 100
Arlington, TX 76013

Ogle School of Cosmetology and Esthetics – Accredited

6333 East Mockingbird Lane Suite 201
Dallas, TX 75214

Ogle School of Cosmetology and Esthetics – Accredited

2324 San Jacinto Boulevard Suite 207
Denton, TX 76205

Ogle School of Cosmetology and Esthetics – Accredited

6125 Southwest Loop 820 Suite 128
Fort Worth, TX 76132

Ogle School of Cosmetology and Esthetics – Accredited

720-B Arcadia Street
Hurst, TX 76053

Ogle School of Cosmetology and Esthetics – Accredited

742 North Loop 410 Suite 226
San Antonio, TX 78216

Ogle School of Cosmetology and Esthetics – Accredited

12788 Fountain Lake Circle
Stafford, TX 77477

Palo Alto College – Accredited

1400 West Villaret Boulevard
San Antonio, TX 78224

Panola College – Accredited

1109 West Panola Street
Carthage, TX 75633

Paris Junior College – Accredited

2400 Clarksville Street
Paris, TX 75460

Parker University

2540 Walnut Hill Lane
Dallas, TX 75220

Pathway Vocational Academy – Accredited

3141 College Street Suite A10
Beaumont, TX 77701

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

309 Curtis Mathes Way Suite 101
Arlington, TX 76018

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

9503 Research Boulevard Building 3 Suite 310
Austin, TX 78759

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

2389 Midway Road Suite A
Carrollton, TX 75006

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

10516 Katy Freeway Suite A
Houston, TX 77043

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

5590 Summit Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78229

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

20807 Gulf Freeway
Webster, TX 77598

Pearlands Innovative School of Beauty – Accredited

1100 Pasadena Boulevard Suite B-1
Pasadena, TX 77506

Pearlands Innovative School of Beauty – Accredited

9330 Broadway Street #432
Pearland, TX 77584

PR Beauty College

580 West Arapaho #298
Richardson, TX 75080

Ranger College

1100 College Circle
Ranger, TX 76470

Remington College – Accredited

11310 Greens Crossing Boulevard Suite 300
Houston, TX 77067

Remington College – Accredited

20985 Interstate 45 South
Webster, TX 77598

RGV Cosmetology School – Accredited

935 South Travis Street Suite B
San Benito, TX 78586

Richland Hills Institute of Beauty

7600 Baker Boulevard
Richland Hills, TX 76118

Salon & Spa Institute – Accredited

2695 North Coria Street
Brownsville, TX 78520

Salon Boutique Academy – Accredited

4135 Beltline Road
Addison, TX 75001

San Jacinto Community College – Accredited

5800 Uvalde Road
Houston, TX 77049

San Jacinto Community College – Accredited

8060 Spencer Highway
Pasadena, TX 77505

Sebring Career Schools – Accredited

6672 Highway 6 South
Houston, TX 77083

Sebring Career Schools – Accredited

2505 Lake Road Suite 1
Huntsville, TX 77340

Seguin Beauty School – Accredited

214 West San Antonio Street
New Braunfels, TX 78130

Seguin Beauty School – Accredited

102 East Court Street
Seguin, TX 78155

Sinclair's Career Cosmetology School – Accredited

2200 North FM 157 Suite 157
Mansfield, TX 76063

Sol Barber & Styling Academy – Accredited

531 West Jefferson Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75208

South Plains College – Accredited

1401 South College Avenue
Levelland, TX 79336

South Plains College – Accredited

1920 West 24th Street
Plainview, TX 79072

South Texas Barber College

3917 Ayers
Corpus Christi, TX 78415

Southeast Texas Career Institute – Accredited

975 Highway 327 East Suite 150
Silsbee, TX 77656

Southern Texas Careers Academy – Accredited

601 East Nolana Suite C
Mcallen, TX 78504

Southwest Texas Junior College – Accredited

2401 Garner Field Road
Uvalde, TX 78801

Tarrant County College District

1500 Houston Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Texarkana College – Accredited

2500 North Robison Road
Texarkana, TX 75599

Texas Beauty College – Accredited

4123 Denton Highway
Haltom City, TX 76177

Texas College of Cosmetology – Accredited

117 Sayles Boulevard
Abilene, TX 79605

Texas College of Cosmetology – Accredited

3602 Slide Road Suite B-18
Lubbock, TX 79414

Texas College of Cosmetology – Accredited

3504 Knickerbocker Road
San Angelo, TX 76904

Texas Laser & Aesthetics Training Academy

4608 South Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78745

The Beauty Point Academy

4404 Callaghan Road
San Antonio, TX 78228

The Professional Cosmetology Academy – Accredited

1407 Calle del Norte Suite 116
Laredo, TX 78041

The Salon Professional Academy – Accredited

901 IH 35 Suite 102
Georgetown, TX 78626

The Salon Professional Academy – Accredited

2440 South Stemmons Freeway Suite B
Lewisville, TX 75067

The Salon Professional Academy – Accredited

16640 San Pedro Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78332

The Salon Professional Academy – Accredited

601 TX-110 North
Whitehouse, TX 75791

The Strand Institute of Beauty & Esthetics – Accredited

1018 US Highway 181
Portland, TX 78374

Tiffiny Luong Beauty Academy

2505 East Arkansans Lane Suite 117
Arlington, TX 76010

Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy – Accredited

1185 South Main Street
Keller, TX 76248

Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy – Accredited

1921 Preston Road Suite 2022
Plano, TX 75093

Top Beauty College

12830 Veterans Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77014

Top of the line Barber School – Accredited

2306 Austin Highway
San Antonio, TX 78218

Trend Barber College – Accredited

16950 Ella Boulvard Suite 330
Houston, TX 77071

Trend Barber College – Accredited

8250 West Bellfort
Houston, TX 77090

Trinity Valley Community College – Accredited

100 Cardinal Drive
Athens, TX 75751

Trinity Valley Community College – Accredited

2970 TX-19
Palestine, TX 75803

Trinity Valley Community College – Accredited

1200 East I-20
Terrell, TX 75160

Trucco Beauty Institute – Accredited

11385 James Watt Drive Suite B 44053
El Paso, TX 79936

UCAS University of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences – Accredited

4522 Fredericksburg Road A-85
San Antonio, TX 78201

UCAS University of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences – Accredited

913 North 13Th Street
Harlingen, TX 78550

UCAS University of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences – Accredited

724 East Expressway 83
La Joya, TX 78560

UCAS University of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences – Accredited

8401 North 10Th Street
Mcallen, TX 78504

UCAS University of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences – Accredited

910 Southeast Military Suite 100
San Antonio, TX 78214

United Beauty College – Accredited

1940 Walnut Plaza
Carrollton, TX 75006

Vernon College – Accredited

4400 College Dr
Vernon, TX 76102

Vernon College – Accredited

4105 Maplewood Avenue
Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Victoria Beauty College – Accredited

1508 North Laurent
Victoria, TX 77901

Vista College – Accredited

4620 50th Street
Lubbock, TX 79414

Vogue College of Cosmetology – Accredited

1836 Fredericksburg Road
San Antonio, TX 78201

Vogue College of Cosmetology – Accredited

1712 34th Street
Lubbock, TX 79411

Vogue College of Cosmetology – Accredited

800 Fern Avenue
Mcallen, TX 78501

Vogue College of Cosmetology – Accredited

6012 Ingram Road
San Antonio, TX 78238

Vogue International Academy – Accredited

14099 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77077

Wade Gordon Hairdressing Academy – Accredited

2520 Paramount Boulevard
Amarillo, TX 79109

Wade Gordon Hairdressing Academy – Accredited

7615 University Avenue
Lubbock, TX 79423

Weatherford College

225 College Park Drive
Weatherford, TX 76086

Wharton County Junior College – Accredited

911 Boling Highway
Wharton, TX 77488

William Edge Institute – Accredited

651 North I-35 Suite 330
New Braunfels, TX 78130

Yahweh Beauty Academy – Accredited

431 North 38th Street
Killeen, TX 76543
Accredited School

You must attend school in the state you want to practice in. Most states require that you graduate from an accredited school. Learn more about the requirements in your state.

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How to Become a Cosmetologist in Texas

Texas Cosmetology Careers At a Glance
  • 1,000 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 4 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for cosmetologists in Texas is $22,240 ($10.69/hour). This is lower than the national average of $26,090 ($12.54/hour).
  • There is a predicted 19% job increase between 2016–2026 for cosmetologists. This is higher than the expected national growth of 9%.

Before you can work as a cosmetologist in Texas, you must meet all requirements and get licensed. To do this, you need to:

  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (or take an "ability-to-benefit" test from a certified testing agency at a community college)
  • Pass both written and practical licensing exams
  • Apply for your cosmetology operator's license and pay a non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Undergo a criminal history background check (certain criminal convictions can result in denial of licensure)

You must also complete one of the following three routes unless moving from another state where you already earned your license:

  1. Complete 1,000 hours of instruction at a Texas-licensed beauty school
  2. Complete 1,000 hours of instruction in a Texas-licensed beauty school alongside 500 hours of related high-school courses as part of a vocational cosmetology program in a public school
  3. Already hold a Class A Barber Certificate and complete 300 hours of instruction in cosmetology through an approved training program in a Texas beauty school

Texas Cosmetology Careers


Average yearly salary for cosmetology in Texas

Cosmetologists in Texas earn an average of $22,240 ($10.69/hour).

The number of cosmetologist jobs in the state is predicted to grow by 19% from 2016 to 2026—vastly different from the 9% increase predicted nationwide.

The highest-paying areas for cosmetologists in Texas are:

  • West Texas Region: $38,050
  • Austin-Round Rock: $32,190
  • Abilene: $27,870
  • Corpus Christi: $24,430
  • San Antonio-New Braunfels: $23,990

What to Expect From a Cosmetology Program in Texas

1,000 Education Hours

Required to earn a cosmetology license

Your 1,000-hour program will cover hair cutting, manicuring, anatomy, sanitation, and more. Schools are expected to divide training as follows:

  • Haircare: 800 hours
  • Nail care: 100 hours
  • Skincare: 100 hours

The 300-hour pathway is split into more specific topics, as this path means you've already completed the 1,000-hour Class A Barber License:

  • Haircutting, styling and related theory: 30 hours
  • Hair coloring and related theory: 50 hours
  • Permanent waving including chemical hair relaxing and related theory: 30 hours
  • Orientation, rules, and laws: 20 hours
  • Manicuring and related theory: 50 hours
  • Shampoo and related theory: 10 hours
  • Chemistry: 20 hours
  • Salon management and practices: 10 hours
  • Hair and scalp treatment and related theory: 5 hours
  • Facials and related theory: 75 hours

Your school needs to be licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), so check on this before beginning your program. Beauty schools are regularly inspected and have to meet specific requirements. For example, the schools need to have different clinical and instructional workspaces, implement good hygiene practices, and keep their licenses current.

Can I Apprentice as a Cosmetologist in Texas?

Apprenticeships aren't permitted for cosmetology or other beauty training in Texas.

Texas Cosmetology Licensing Requirements

Once you complete 900 of the 1,000 required training hours, you can apply to take your written exam. You have to pass both the written and practical exams to earn licensure.

You can't take the practical test until you've passed the written one. You remain eligible to take the test for five years and can retake the test as many times as you need to within this period–though you need to pay for each attempt.

Written exams are $50, and practical exams are $72. You must have finished all training hours before applying to take the practical test.

Upon confirming your eligibility, the TDLR will contact you with instructions for scheduling an appointment to take the examinations created and managed by PSI. You can track your progress on the TDLR website.

Both exams are administered in English. You can request to take them in Spanish or Vietnamese for no additional cost. You may also ask to have the exam translated into other languages by contacting PSI and paying an additional fee.

PSl examination centers meet the  Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 standards. If you need accommodations, contact them directly.

When it's time to take the test, get to the site 30 minutes early with a valid photo ID and all your supplies and equipment. Your supplies have to be labeled as specified in the exam bulletin.

The written test has 100 scored items and takes two hours to complete. You need to get at least a 70% to pass. Points are divided across the following areas:

  • Licensing and regulation: 20 questions on health and safety and responsibilities of the licensee
  • Infection control: 28 questions on cleaning and disinfecting, safety procedures, skin analysis, nail analysis, hair analysis, and skin analysis
  • Hair and scalp care: 40 questions on physiology, products, hair cutting, hair styling, chemical texture services, and hair coloring
  • Nail care: Six questions on manicuring, pedicuring, and nail enhancements
  • Skincare: Six questions on facials, hair removal, and artificial lashes

The practical examination includes 130 scored items in total and takes three hours and 45 minutes to complete. Like the written test, you need at least a 70% to pass. The exam covers a range of practical tasks, in the following order:

  1. Pre-examination set up and disinfection: 10 minutes
  2. Monomer and polymer over nail tip: 32 minutes
  3. Blood exposure incident: 12 minutes
  4. Eyelash strip application: 14 minutes
  5. Facial: 17 minutes
  6. Waxing with soft wax: 14 minutes
  7. Haircut: 42 minutes
  8. Permanent wave: 22 minutes
  9. Blow drying and thermal curling: 22 minutes
  10. Mannequin preparation: 10 minutes
  11. Foil highlights: not timed
  12. Hydroxide virgin relaxer: 10 minutes
  13. Hydroxide relaxer retouch: 10 minutes
  14. End of examination disinfection: 10 minutes

After the test, a proctor will give you your results and a report covering your strengths and areas for improvement.

Texas Cosmetology Licensure Reciprocity

If you have a cosmetology license in another state, you may be eligible for reciprocity in Texas. This allows you to carry over your current license without new training or testing.

Eligibility requirements vary according to the state you originally trained in, but once you have confirmed reciprocity is possible, you need to do the following to gain licensure in Texas:

  • Provide required documentation
  • Submit a completed Cosmetology License by Reciprocity Application Form
  • Pay a $100 non-refundable application fee

Other reciprocity options are available for active-duty military, veterans, and military spouses.

Cosmetology Specialties in Texas

Once you're trained and licensed as a cosmetologist, you may choose to specialize in a specific area. Some of these specialties may require additional licensure. For example:

  • For eyelash extensions, you must apply for an eyelash extension specialty license, requiring 320 hours of training.
  • To specialize in hair weaving or wig application, you must complete at least 300 hours of instruction in cosmetology at a licensed beauty school, then apply for a hair weaving or wig specialty certificate.

For each of these, you must pass written and practical exams and pay a non-refundable fee of $50.

License Renewal

2 Year

License renewal period

4 Hours

Continuing education required

All Texas cosmetologists need to renew their licenses every two years. To renew, you need to complete four hours of state-approved continuing education courses (including a mandatory hour on sanitation) and pay a $50 renewal fee.

You can begin your renewal process 60 days before your license expires. Continuing education can be completed at any time in the two years before expiration.

If you are 65 years or older and have held a cosmetologist's license for at least 15 years, you only need to complete one hour of continuing education on sanitation.

If your license has been expired for more than 90 days, but less than 18 months, you can renew by paying a $100 fee. This is also true if your license has been expired for at least 18 months but less than three years, though you likely need approval from the licensure board. If your license expired three or more years ago, you have to retake your tests and get a new license.

Renewal can take several weeks, and you can't work as a cosmetologist in Texas if your license has expired, so plan ahead.

Contact the Texas State Board of Cosmetology

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations

Resources for Cosmetologists in Texas

Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation
TDLR is the state department for all matters relating to Texas licensure and job regulation.

PSI creates and manages all cosmetology exams in Texas.


How to Become a Cosmetologist in Your State