Cosmetology Schools Near Harligen / Weslaco / Brownsville/ McAllen, TX
If you are thinking about becoming a cosmetologist in Texas, consider Harlingen, Weslaco, Brownsville, and McAllen. According to BestPlaces, all these towns enjoy a lower than average cost of living, and both Brownsville and McAllen were named in the top 10 places to live in the state by U.S. News and World Report. Houston—about five hours away—hosts a yearly beauty expo, and Greyhound buses are available from all towns except Weslaco—which is very close to both Harlingen and McAllen—to take to Houston if you don't want to make the drive yourself.
As of 2019, cosmetologists in McAllen earned a mean salary of $24,860 per year ($11.95 per hour); Weslaco is in the same county as McAllen, so it's likely the salaries are similar. Those in Brownsville-Harlingen made $21,880 ($10.52) that same year. Texas expects cosmetology jobs to grow by 19% between 2016 and 2026, more than double the national average.
Texas requires cosmetologists to complete 1,500 hours of training and pass two exams to earn licensure. The schools below can all help you on your way.