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Have you ever dreamt of  working side by side with some of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces?  If so, completing cosmetology school in California may be the first step you need to take!  With 240 schools to choose from, you will have not problem finding the beauty program most suited to your educational needs and career goals.

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Depending on which cosmetology specialty you are interested in pursing, you will first need to complete a required number of training hours which have been established by the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, the regulating board of the cosmetology industry in California. There are five different types of cosmetology licenses that you can apply for, with each type requiring a minimum number of training hours at an accredited post-secondary school. Your cosmetology license options include:

  • Cosmetologist: 1,600 classroom hours and 3,200 apprenticeship hours
  • Barber: 1,500 classroom hours and 3,000 apprenticeship hours
  • Esthetician: 600 hours of classroom training and 1,200 apprenticeship hours
  • Nail technician: 400 hours of classroom training
  • Massage therapist: 250 hours as a practitioner and 500 hours as a therapist

You must renew your cosmetology license every other year by the anniversary date of its issuance. License renewals are only granted in odd-numbered years.

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