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Selecting the Best Beauty School for You

How do I choose a beauty school?

Before you make any decision about enrolling in a beauty school, be sure to conduct some research first. This preparation includes understanding your education needs, the options that are realistically available (such as location) and then identifying the institutions that are the best match for these requirements.  Contact these schools for more information after you prepare a list of questions for their admission representatives to address. The questions should be in order of priority as to what’s most important for you to know.


Some examples of what to ask are:

- Is the school accredited?

-Are both full-time and part-time classes available?

-Does the school have a job placement service?

-How much is tuition?

-Can I receive financial aid?

-Are books and supplies included with tuition?

-How long will each program take to complete?

-Can I schedule a tour of the school?


You can select any or all of these and add a few of your own, as no two situations are the same. The decision to attend cosmetology school is a big step toward a better future, but will require time and commitment. That’s why in taking your time to look at all available options, you’ll be more confident about your final choice. A Career Planning Specialist at The Hair Design School will assist you in making smart decisions and answering all of your questions. You will never be alone in the journey towards a great cosmetology career.

What makes for a top cosmetology school?

There will always be differences in programs that beauty schools offer, but there are some factors that the best cosmetology institutions have in common.

A few of these are:

-Cost of tuition and supplies

Will it be affordable for you?

-Location of school

Is it close to home or will you need to relocate?

-Many years of experience in providing cosmetology education

Will the school withstand the test of time and offer consistently strong programs?

-National Accreditation by NACCAS (   and outstanding credentials

Will the accolades help provide the best training and look good on a resume?

– Preparing students to pass cosmetology state boards

Will the program include preparation for passing state board exams?

-Graduation, drop-out, and placement rates

Do students remain in school, graduate and then find suitable employment?

-Providing business and professional career education

Will the training help students learn the business of cosmetology as well as the skills?

-Licensed by the state board of cosmetology?

Is the school licensed and have there been any violations or complaints?

Of course, these are important considerations but the best cosmetology school is really the one that suits your needs best according to your set priorities. Contact a school near you to learn what makes them the best in training future beauty professionals like yourself.

Do I need to visit a cosmetology school before choosing?

It’s probably a good idea to schedule a tour of the schools you are considering attending before making that all-important final decision. This way you can see what the classrooms and hands-on student salons are actually like to get a feel for the right fit. You should try and imagine yourself there and determine if the atmosphere pleases you. Since facilities differ in size, scope, and programs, you can perhaps make a better informed final decision by your on-site visit. Contact an admissions representative to schedule a time for your tour to ensure you are given proper time and attention.

Should I attend a beauty school near where I live?

It really depends upon you. If the school close to your home offers programs that interest you and is only a short commute, then it might be an ideal choice. In some cases, the programs of choice may not be available close by. More specialized training, for example makeup artistry or nail care, may only be offered in certain locations. Should this be the case, it might be necessary to relocate in order to acquire the most suitable cosmetology education. It’s also possible that some future professionals prefer to begin their career venture by moving to a new area. The move is exciting for some. If this is for you, be sure to remember that most beauty schools don’t offer on-campus housing. The cost of moving and associated living expenses would be additional financial responsibilities to take into consideration.

Is there any difference between beauty school, hair school and cosmetology school?

Beauty school and cosmetology school are basically the same. In general, any school that offers beauty courses of any type or length are known as beauty schools.  The term cosmetology school is applied only to those that teach comprehensive, full-length cosmetology programs. These programs include hair, skin, nails and makeup in the program. Beauty schools may only have one of the specialties in their curriculum.

A hair school is usually the same as a beauty school if they both teach full-length cosmetology programs. There are many schools that teach hair courses exclusively, where the curriculum includes specialized hair services like scalp treatments and hair relaxing.  In other words, it offers only hair-related training. These schools are sometimes known as hair design schools. Cosmetology or beauty schools will offer hair lessons and additional offerings such as nail care and related courses of a full cosmetology program.    To be certain you get the education you desire, contact schools of interest regardless of their label to get more precise information.

Is there any difference between beauty school, beauty college, beauty academy and beauty institute?

There really isn’t any difference between these school names, they are interchangeable terms. It is just a matter of the title a school chooses as part of its brand or title. What is most important is that the cosmetology courses that best fit your requirements are being offered, regardless of being called a beauty college, academy, school or institute. You’ll learn what programs are part of their curriculum when you contact a school with your questions.