How to Get a Cosmetology License in New York

By Renee Gerber , last updated December 22, 2011

Professional cosmetologists are always in demand, in New York as well as generally everywhere else in the United States. In the difficult economy in which we live, it is important to have a career that is always in demand. However, if you are studying or considering studying to become a cosmetologist in New York, you may wonder about the requirements for obtaining your license.

First and foremost, you must find a good cosmetology school in the New York area. Go on your computer and access the Internet. Do a search on beauty schools in New York and do thorough research on as many that happen to catch your attention. It is important to do this so that you can compare not only prices for your education but also whether the schools are reputable and have every class you need so that you can get your license.

On that note, you are probably still wondering exactly what goes into a person obtaining a cosmetology license. You will have to meet certain requirements of testing in school, which are as follows: 1,000 hours as a cosmetologist (hairdresser), 600 hours as an esthetician, 250 hours for nail specialist, 300 hours for natural hairstylist, 75 hours as a waxer, reciprocity. Also, if you are from another state and have previously studied cosmetology, you must have the equivalent amount and level of education from that area.

Keep in mind that you must also be at least 17 years of age to apply for your cosmetology license. You will have to file an application after completing and passing the above mentioned exams. These must be completely by your school's director. You must also pass a physical to be able to obtain your license in cosmetology, and there is a $20 charge.

In the end, it will all be worth it, as you will have a wonderful and exciting career that is highly in demand!

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