Hair Schools in Colorado

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3842 South Mason Street
Fort Collins, CO 80525

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Hair Design

2863 35th Avenue
Greeley, CO 80634

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Hair Design

8555 West Belleview Avenue
Littleton, CO 80123

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Hair Design

16534 Keystone Boulevard
Parker, CO 80134

(303) 810-1033
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Hair Design

5125 North Academy Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

(719) 390-9898
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Hair Design

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Academy of Cosmetology Arts

4201 East Yale Avenue Suite B135
Denver, CO 80222

Aveda Institute Denver – Accredited

801 Kalamath Street
Denver, CO 80204

Cheeks Beauty Academy - Loveland – Accredited

5010 Granite Street
Loveland, CO 80538

Cuttin'up Beauty Academy

8101 East Colfax
Denver, CO 80220

Designing Beauty Academy

419 Main Street
Windsor, CO 80550

Elevate Salon Institute - Westminster – Accredited

6775 West 88th Avenue
Westminster, CO 80031

JC Styles Salon Academy

14800 East Belleview Drive
Aurora, CO 80015

Kantor & Company Academy

949 Walnut Street Suite A
Boulder, CO 80302

Otero Junior College

1802 Colorado Avenue
La Junta, CO 81050

Paul Mitchell The School Colorado Springs – Accredited

118 West Colorado Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Pueblo Community College

900 West Orman Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81004

Red Rocks Community College - Arvada

10280 West 55th Avenue
Arvada, CO 80002

Red Rocks Community College - Lakewood

13300 West 6th Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80228

Trinidad State Junior College - Alamosa

1011 Main Street
Alamosa, CO 81101

Trinidad State Junior College - Trinidad

600 Prospect Street
Trinidad, CO 81082

Tuana European Academy – Accredited

826 South College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524

United Beauty College - Denver – Accredited

1701 South Federal Boulevard Unit A
Denver, CO 80219

Westland Beauty Academy

2484 Kipling Street
Lakewood, CO 80215
Accredited School

You must attend a school that meets any licensure requirements as defined by your state. Most states require that you graduate from an accredited or state-approved school.

How to Become a Hair Designer in Colorado

Colorado Hair Design Careers At a Glance
  • 1,200 education hours or 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 Colorado is $29,800 ($14.33/hour). This is higher than the national average of $26,090 ($12.54/hour).
  • There is a predicted 24% job increase between 2016–2026 for cosmetologists. This is higher than the expected national growth of 9%.

Are you ready to make the list of Denver's Hottest Salons, or rock the scene in your city in Colorado? It's no secret that hair designers in Colorado have a colorful, creative world of opportunity to explore. Whether you want to grab a chair at an existing salon or spa, or kick it on your own, the key to success starts with the right hair design program. Every stylist starts with a natural passion for beauty and love of hair. The next step is channeling that energy into a training program at one of your local Colorado cosmetology schools. In fact, that's where we come in.

Our passion is connecting students like you with the right hair design or cosmetology program. That's why we have all this critical info on our site. This way, we can help you get the skinny on hair design license requirements, costs, program timelines for completion, financial aid, and other important topics - before you start asking questions to local schools. So if you're still stoked about enrolling in hair design programs, keep reading. Or go ahead and narrow your school options with our search tools on this page!

State License Requirements

1,200 Education Hours

Required to earn a hair design license

Colorado is one of the few states with a separate hairstyling license. To become a licensed hairstylist, you need to earn at least 1,200 hours of training at an approved school. You can then schedule your skills exam and your written exam. This requires a $127 fee. All testing goes through PSI. Once you’ve met the education and testing requirements, you can become a licensed hairstylist.

Education Details

Colorado When choosing the best hair design program in Colorado, you will need to look at the courses and curriculum goals right off the bat. Look at all your options for training, and make sure you feel confident in what you can expect to learn. Not only will you want to learn the latest styling and applications, but why not seek training that can help you run your own salon, or help manage someone else's?

Colorado hair design topics

  • Cutting and styling
  • Braiding and extensions
  • Hair coloring
  • Facials
  • Salon management

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

Barber, esthetician, hairstylist and manicurist licenses expire on March 31 of even-numbered years and cost $26 to renew or $41 to reinstate if you have allowed your license to lapse. All cosmetologist licenses expire on April 30 on an annual basis. These licenses cost $32 to renew or $47 to reinstate. Currently, no continuing education hours are required to renew your cosmetology license in Colorado. However, continuing education should be considered part of the field and part of doing business as a cosmetologist.

Colorado Hair Design Careers


Average yearly salary for hair design in Colorado

CO hair design professionals have the opportunity to work in various professional settings, including hair and beauty salons that are privately owned and national franchises. Professional hair stylists work with their customers to find the best style that fits their taste. They work with various tools, including razors, scissors, gel and more. On an annual basis, hair stylists make an average of $29,800 and make up a work force of 656,000 people.

Contact the Colorado State Board of Cosmetology

Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure

The state of Colorado has seen significant jumps on account of those looking to make a living as hair designers over the past decade. A beauty culture that is enhanced by more European trends also adds to the influx. Anyone looking to join those ranks make it a point to get information from these groups.

Professional Beauty Association
International SalonSpa Network

Hair Design

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