Hair Schools in Rhode Island

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How to Become a Hair Designer in Rhode Island

Rhode Island Hair Design Careers At a Glance
  • 1,500 education hours 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 Rhode Island is $28,130 ($13.53/hour). This is higher than the national average of $26,090 ($12.54/hour).
  • There is a predicted 6% job increase between 2016-2026 for cosmetologists. This is lower than the expected national growth of 9%.

If you like working with hair, you likely know how many ways you can change hair to make it look fantastic. Starting a career in hair design can give you plenty of experience in different hair styling techniques and treatments, allowing you to work with customers of many different beauty needs.

To learn more, keep reading about hair design programs in Rhode Island, then contact the schools below that you want to learn more about.

State License Requirements

1,500 Education Hours

Required to earn a hair design license

To become a hair designer in Rhode Island, you will need to complete cosmetology training and meet the additional state exam requirements. This may seem excessive to students who just want to focus on hair. But, having this type of license can help you learn new skills in nails, makeup and skincare.

Education Details

Hair design is one of the most comprehensive programs in the cosmetology field, so plan on spending many months completing your education. Early in your program, you may focus on non-chemical hair processes. This includes cutting, styling, and updos. As you learn more about the theory of hair dressing, you may move on to chemical processes like coloring, perming, and straightening. Practical experience is just as important as theoretical education in this field. You may start by working on mannequin heads and move on to actual customers once your instructors think you are ready. This helps you develop your skills with feedback and critiques.

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

If you pursue your cosmetology license to become a hair designer in Rhode Island, you will need to renew your license every two years, with a September 30th deadline. The cost to renew is $67.

Rhode Island Hair Design Careers


Average yearly salary for hair design in Rhode Island

Rhode Island has a fairly strong cosmetology industry, which may be great news for you once you are ready to start your career. Currently, the average salary for a Rhode Island cosmetologist is $28,130 per year (O*Net, 2019). Between 2016 and 2026, job openings for Rhode Island cosmetologists are expected to increase by 6% (O*Net, 2019).

Since hair designers can provide so many diverse and in-demand services, you may find that no day is quite the same as the day that came before it. This is great if you like a work environment that is challenging, always changing, and fast-paced. After graduation, you may decide to become employed by a spa or salon. However, you can also rent a chair at one of these businesses and technically be self-employed. If you have dreams of business ownership, you may want to look into owning your own salon. As you work with clients and learn the ins and outs of this industry, you may become more confident with customers.

Contact the Rhode Island State Board of Cosmetology

Department of Health

The Rhode Island State Board of Cosmetology is your best resource for help with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating your change of name or change of address information, or for acquiring out-of-state license applications and other useful forms.

There’s a fresh new horizon for hair care professionals in Rhode Island. In fact, the state projects that the industry will surge over the next six years. Those eager to get into hair design go to these groups to start.

Professional Beauty Association
Associated Hair Professionals

Hair Design
Rhode Island

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