Hair Design

Hair styling and design is a career that enables you to express your artistic and creative talents towards the satisfying goal of helping clients look good and feel good about themselves.

Your artistic work shows prominently in the attractive hair styles you are able to create that earn your clients compliments from friends and family on how good they look.

State License Requirements

Individuals wishing to practice hair styling and design in the state of Connecticut will need to pass a licensing exam given by the Connecticut Board of Cosmetology. To be eligible to take the exam you will need to complete a minimum of 1500 hours of classroom instruction. There are several schools of cosmetology within the state, and some community colleges offer programs in cosmetology leading to a two year associate’s degree. After you have completed the required classroom training, you will need to take a licensing exam consisting of both theoretical and practical tests. You will then be eligible to receive your license, after you have paid the requisite feel.

Education Details

The typical curriculum for hair design at a school of cosmetology in Connecticut will train you in hair cutting techniques, hair styling, the use of tools and products, different methods of hair coloring, highlighting, and shampooing and conditioning, and specialized techniques such as keratin-based hair straightening methods and permanent waves. You will also learn about how to behave professionally, sanitize your work tools, and satisfy clients so they will want to keep coming back.

License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
License Renewal Period

Licenses must be renewed every two years, and to be eligible for renewal you must take ten credits of continuing education, although many hair designers find they take much more in order to stay current.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists in Connecticut earned an average of $23,800 in 2013, according to statistical analyses reported by O*Net. As you gain experience and develop a reputation, along with a regular client base, your income potential grows along with you. And specialists in hair design may earn higher incomes if they specialize in elaborate, hard-to-do hair designs, or designs for special situations such as bridal parties, fashion and photo shoots. The field of hairdressing, hairstyling and cosmetology is expected to grow between 8% and 15% between 2012 and 2022, making this a career option with a good outlook for new graduates.

Working as a Hair Designer

Hair designers engage in a number of different activities during the course of a day, and must be flexible individuals who can move comfortably from one activity to another. If you work in a salon or spa, clients will come in to see you, and you may perform shampooing and conditioning, haircutting, coloring, and other services as well as hair design. If you specialize in hair designs for special situations such as fashion and photo shoots, or bridal parties, chances are good that you will have to travel to the location of the even t to create the hair designs, so a willingness and ability to travel are necessary. In between clients, you will need to be cleaning and straightening your work station so it remains fresh and attractive for the next client you will see that day.

State board Contact Information

Connecticut Dept. of Public Health - Cosmetology & Licensing
410 Capitol Ave., MS #13PHO
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
Phone Number: 860-509-7603 x6
Fax Number: 860-509-8457
E-mail Address:

The Connecticut State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating a change of name or change of address information, and acquiring out-of-state and other useful forms, as well as answer additional questions about obtaining a Connecticut cosmetology license.

Connecticut’s hair care industry has proven itself to be a satisfying field to
enter. The proliferation of salons and spas offering premium services in the
state have stoked an economic fire. For those looking to learn the fine art
of hair design, they look to these organizations.

Connecticut Board of Barbers, Cosmetologists and Hair Dressers
Associated Hair Professionals

Find the Beauty Schools in Connecticut that interest you below,

Academy Di Capelli

1010 Main Street,
East Hartford, CT 06108

Program: Cosmetology

Sono Academy

84 North Main Street,
Norwalk, CT 06854

Program: Cosmetology

Oxford Academy of Hair Design

153 North Street,
Seymour, CT 06483

Program: Cosmetology

Academy Di Capelli

950 Yale Avenue #20,
Wallingford, CT 06492

Program: Cosmetology

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