Esthetician Schools in District of Columbia

If a career as an esthetician interests you, consider earning licensure and beginning a career in Washington, D.C. In a 2016 study of 150 major metros, D.C. ranked 20th overall in best cities for your skin; however, they ranked 131st in skin health and skincare (i.e., the quantity of skincare providers, businesses, and so forth). Additionally, in 2019, D.C. proved to be the 18th most stressed-out city in the country, with nearby Alexandria, VA, ranking even worse. Therefore, the city needs excellent estheticians to not just help with skin health, but to give D.C.-area residents a chance to unwind. Though D.C. doesn't publish individual growth or salary statistics, the metro of Washington-Arlington-Alexandria reported an annual median pay of $30,560 per year ($14.69 per hour) as of 2018, and the nation as a whole anticipates the field to grow by 11% between 2018 and 2028.

Working in nearby Maryland or Virginia will require different licensure than D.C., so if those areas interest you, check out schools in those states. The schools below will all help you complete the 600 required hours of training to become a Washington D.C. esthetician.

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

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671 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203

(571) 366-4809
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry
Cortiva Institute – Accredited

517 Progress Drive
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Esthetics, Massage Therapy
Hair Academy II – Accredited

3705 Branch Avenue
Hillcrest Heights, MD 20748

Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics

8435 Old Annapolis Road
New Carrollton, MD 20784

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering

12450 Parklawn Drive
Rockville, MD 20852

(301) 984-8182
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics

90 K Street Northeast
Washington, DC 20002

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Cosmetology Teacher Training

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Academy of Esthetics – Accredited

5900 Fort Drive
Centreville, VA 20121

Alure Hair Academy – Accredited

1020 East Main Street
Purcellville, VA 20132

Aveda Institute – Accredited

227 Archer Street
Bel Air, MD 21014

AVI Career Training – Accredited

10130 Colvin Run Road
Great Falls, VA 22066

Bennett Career Institute – Accredited

700 Monroe Street Northeast
Washington, DC 20017

Chesapeake School Of Esthetics – Accredited

1507 Ritchie Highway
Arnold, MD 21012

Cosmopolitan Beauty and Tech School – Accredited

4201 John Marr Drive
Annandale, VA 22003

Dermal Science International Aesthetics and Nail Academy – Accredited

11425 Isaac Newton Square South
Reston, VA 20190

Institute of Advanced Aesthetics

21165 Whitfield Place
Sterling, VA 20165

Institute of Epidermal Sciences – Accredited

312 Marshall Avenue
Laurel, MD 20707

International Beauty School 4 – Accredited

201 West King Street
Martinsburg, WV 25401

Jolie Hair Academy – Accredited

10134 Colvin Run Road
Great Falls, VA 22066

Le Arai Beauty & Barber Academy – Accredited

8630 Lee Highway
Farifax, VA 22031

Lilique Training Institute – Accredited

3609D Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA 22030


7700 Old Branch Avenue #D-205
Clinton, MD 20735

Neroli Skin Care – Accredited

1880 Howard Avenue
Vienna, VA 22182

Nova Derm Institute – Accredited

19450 Deerfield Avenue
Lansdowne, VA 20176

Nova Laser And Esthestic Training – Accredited

2785 Jefferson Davis Highway
Stafford, VA 22554

Paulette de Paris, International Beauty Academy – Accredited

8229 Boone Boulevard
Vienna, VA 22182

Skin Care Institute – Accredited

8403 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, VA 22309

Spectrum Beauty Academy – Accredited

25 South Quaker Lane
Alexandria, VA 22314

Sugaring House Beauty Academy – Accredited

46050 Manekin Plaza
Sterling, VA 20166

Synergy Beauty Academy – Accredited

8206 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182

The Esthetic Institute – Accredited

8381 Old Courthouse Road
Vienna, VA 22182

Unique U Academy – Accredited

8961 Ox Road
Lorton, VA 22079
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How to Become a Esthetician in District of Columbia

District of Columbia Esthetician Careers At a Glance
  • 600 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 6 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • Average salary for estheticians in Washington DC is $35,181 ($16.91/hour). This is higher than the national average of $34,090 ($16.39/hour).
  • There is a predicted 11% job increase between 2018-2028 for estheticians nationally.

Washington DC is a fast-paced metropolitan area with lots of busy people who want to look good. Clearly, this is a great place to start a beauty career!

If you like seeing how high-quality products, moisturizing procedures, makeup, and masks can completely transform someone's skin, why not become an esthetician?

State License Requirements

600 Education Hours

Required to earn a esthetics license

Ready to get your license and start working? Sign up to take your licensing exams through the Washington DC Board of Barber and Cosmetology. After they verify that you have met all of the requirements, they provide you with your initial esthetician license.

Education Details

At beauty schools in Washington DC, you can get the training you need to thrive in esthetics. Not only do you need a thorough understanding of theory and terminology, you must be able to put theory to work while providing services to clients. For that reason, training programs offer classroom time and salon floor time. As you work through your 600 hours of training, you should be able to spend a significant amount of time working with clients while being supervised.

Courses Required at DC Esthetic Schools

  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Body hair composition and growth
  • Histology and dermatology
  • Chemistry of esthetics products
  • Skin analysis
  • Treatment protocol
  • Cleansing of the skin
  • Skin steaming
  • Skin exfoliation
  • Facial masks
  • Facial massage
  • Hair removal methods
  • Body skin treatments
  • Eyelash extensions
  • Makeup application
  • Color theory

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

6 Hours

Continuing education required

Barbering licenses expire on September 30 of odd-numbered years. Cosmetology, esthetician, nail technician, electrologist, and permanent makeup licenses expire on April 30 of even-numbered years. Washington D.C. requires 6 cosmetology continuing education hours during each renewal period. Two hours must be in sanitation and hygiene, and the other four hours can be in any subject or area of study.

District of Columbia Esthetics Careers


Average yearly salary for esthetics in District of Columbia

Between 2014 and 2024, job openings for Washington DC estheticians are expected to increase 11% (O*Net, 2016). The average salary for a skin care specialist in this region is $35,181 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016).

No matter what your natural skills and interests are in skin care, you may find what you're looking for in Washington DC. There are many full-service hair salons that cater to busy professionals, lobbyists, and politicians. In these settings, discretion and efficiency are key. Still, everyone needs to unwind, which is why there are luxury spas located throughout Washington DC. In this setting, you may focus on creating an overall relaxing experience while giving clients effective skin care procedures.

Contact the District of Columbia State Board of Esthetics

Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
Esthetics/Skin Care
District of Columbia

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