Hair Schools in North Carolina

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A.R.T.C. Beaute & Aesthetics College – Accredited

4853 NC Highway-55
Durham, NC 27713

Beauty Institute – Accredited

5655 Western Boulevard Suite F
Raleigh, NC 27606

Carolina College of Hair Design – Accredited

1302 Patton Avenue Suite 20
Asheville, NC 28806

Civella Beauty Academy – Accredited

1021 North Spence Avenue
Goldsboro, NC 27534

Gifted Hands Academy – Accredited

971 Salisbury Ridge Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27105

Gobty Institute

5655 Western Boulevard
Raleigh, NC 27606

J. Evans Beauty Academy of Natural Hair

1221 South Main Street
Graham, NC 27253

Levels Hair Institute – Accredited

1230 Avondale Drive Suite 10
Durham, NC 27701

Millennium Trade Academy – Accredited

1912 Coliseum Boulevard
Greensboro, NC 27403

RDT Academy of Cosmetology School – Accredited

5110 NC Highway 87 South Suite 106
Fayetteville, NC 28306

Smith Natural Hair Academy – Accredited

215 East 3rd Street
Lumberton, NC 28358

The Dooby Shop School of Cosmetology – Accredited

2107 Beatties Ford Road Suite A
Charlotte, NC 28216

Western Piedmont Community College – Accredited

1231 C Burkemont Avenue
Morganton, NC 28655
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 North Carolina

North Carolina Hair Design Careers At a Glance
  • 1,500 education hours or 1,200 apprentice hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every year.
  • 8 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for cosmetologists in North Carolina is $29,210.
  • There is a predicted 12% job increase between 2016–2026 for cosmetologists.

Are you excited to join the cosmetology community in North Carolina? Well, we are too! After all, some of the nation's hottest salons call this state their home. Douglas Caroll Salon, Spa and Boutique is one of the many award-winning hair studios that you can emulate when your career gains momentum. Whether you want to run your own salon or work in an existing establishment, you need to get the best training you can find. Most programs can help you master a complete set of skills, such as coloring, shampooing, perms, and all the topics required on the North Carolina cosmetology exam.

Do you want to see your options right now, so you can start getting more information as quickly as possible? Perfect. That's why we put a simple search box at the top of this page and listed North Carolina beauty schools with hair design programs below. We always recommend contacting all the schools in your area to be sure you make the right decision. If you just want to get acquainted with the requirements for state licensure and what to expect in your program, just keep on reading - and good luck!

State License Requirements

1,500 Education Hours or 1,200 Apprentice Hours

Required to earn a hair design license

To work as a licensed hair designer in North Carolina, you will need to earn your cosmetology license. Since there is not a specific license for just hair skills, you have the opportunity to add makeup artistry and nail technician work to your services. Many programs also include esthetician courses.

Education Details

In North Carolina, you can become a hair designer with the right quality of training. It starts with having the right courses to build a solid, comprehensive skillset. But it ends with learning the professional and business skills that can help you go further, whether you work at a salon or run your own show. It all starts with comparing the course options at all the cosmetology schools near you.

North Carolina hair design topics should cover:

  • Barber basics
  • Cutting and styling
  • Coloring
  • Rinses and conditioners

License Renewal

1 Year

License renewal period

8 Hours

Continuing education required

Once you earn your license, you will need to renew it every year, which includes a $49 fee. You will also have to take 8 hours of continuing education courses between renewal periods to keep your license active.

North Carolina Hair Design Careers


Average yearly salary for hair design in North Carolina

NC hair design professionals work in hair salons and beauty parlors. They help choose the best hair styles for clients and then proceed to create that style with barber and hair stylist tools. Hair stylists complete secondary education by obtaining a certificate of completion from an accredited college. On average, hair stylists in North Carolina make $29,210 annually. There are over 656,000 people employed as hair design professionals.

Contact the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetology

North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners

If you need help updating a change of name or address, acquiring out-of-state transfer forms, or need help with additional questions about obtaining a North Carolina cosmetology license, contact the NC Board using the information above.

Many who have chosen hair styling as a career in North Carolina join in a rich tradition. With the further cultural development of cities like Raleigh and Charlotte, the state is also looking toward an uptick in the numbers of hair design professionals in the next few years.

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