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Cosmetology Schools & Programs in California

A career in cosmetology offers students experience in many areas such as hair styling, color, nail techniques and skin care. California is an ideal state for pursuing a career as a cosmetologist, since it is a large and highly diverse area with constant progress in trends and fashion.

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Bellus Academy – Accredited
Chula Vista, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
Bellus Academy – Accredited
El Cajon, CA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Make-Up Artist Training
Bellus Academy – Accredited
Poway, CA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Make-Up Artist Training / Nail Technology
Stockton, CA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Palm Desert, CA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
Vacaville, CA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
Milan Institute – Accredited
Bakersfield, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Milan Institute – Accredited
Clovis, CA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Massage Therapy / Nail Technology
Milan Institute – Accredited
Merced, CA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Milan Institute – Accredited
Palm Desert, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Milan Institute – Accredited
Visalia, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Massage Therapy
Granada Hills, CA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
Paul Mitchell – Accredited
Modesto, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering

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Rosemead, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
San Diego, CA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
ABA Beauty School – Accredited
Panorama City, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
ABC Adult School – Accredited
Cerritos, CA
Cosmetology
ABC Adult School – Accredited
Cerritos, CA
Cosmetology
Los Angeles, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Northridge, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
Academy of Beauty – Accredited
Culver City, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
San Fernando, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Tracy, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Turlock, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Garden Grove, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Laguna Hills, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Corona, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Alhambra, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Santa Maria, CA
Cosmetology
Brawley, CA
Cosmetology
Palmdale, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
West Covina, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
San Diego, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Rosemead, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy
Amy Beauty School – Accredited
Corona, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology
Lakeside, CA
Cosmetology
Asel Beauty College – Accredited
Garden Grove, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Barbering
San Rafael, CA
Cosmetology
Westminster, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Baldwin Park, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
San Leandro, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Barstow, CA
Cosmetology
San Francisco, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
National City, CA
Cosmetology
Lakewood, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Santa Fe Springs, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Pasadena, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Victorville, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Butte College – Accredited
Oroville, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Sacramento, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Barbering
Modesto, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Seaside, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
La Mesa, CA
Cosmetology
Garden Grove, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Stockton, CA
Cosmetology
Cen Beauty Academy – Accredited
Riverside, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
El Dorado, CA
Cosmetology
Cerritos College – Accredited
Norwalk, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Massage Therapy
San Francisco, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
San Jose, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
Citrus College – Accredited
Glendora, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Massage Therapy
Citrus Heights, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Hemet, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
La Quinta, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Fountain Valley, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Hemet, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Coba Academy – Accredited
Anaheim, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
San Mateo, CA
Cosmetology
Visalia, CA
Cosmetology
Compton College – Accredited
Compton, CA
Cosmetology
Vallejo, CA
Cosmetology
San Diego, CA
Cosmetology
Sacramento, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Cosmotek College – Accredited
San Jose, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
Garden Grove, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Fairfield, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
San Francisco, CA
Cosmetology
Paso Robles, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
South El Monte, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy
Vacaville, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Thousand Oaks, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Los Angeles, CA
Cosmetology / Hair Design / Nail Technology
Los Angeles, CA
Cosmetology / Hair Design / Nail Technology
El Camino College – Accredited
Torrance, CA
Cosmetology / Massage Therapy
Visalia, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology
Los Angeles, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Pomona, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Nail Technology
Sacramento, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
Federico College – Accredited
Fresno, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Santa Clarita, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
Eureka, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Fremont, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training
Fullerton College – Accredited
Fullerton, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Massage Therapy
Gavilan College – Accredited
Gilroy, CA
Cosmetology
Woodland Hills, CA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Glendale, CA
Cosmetology
Golden West College – Accredited
Huntington Beach, CA
Cosmetology
La Puente, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Orange, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Hesperia, CA
Cosmetology / Hair Design / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training
Daly City, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Nail Technology
Vallejo, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Hoss Lee Academy – Accredited
Roseville, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
Stockton, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Santa Maria, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Clovis, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
South Gate, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
San Francisco, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Los Angeles, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Oakland, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training
Palm Desert, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Canoga Park, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
San Diego, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Danville, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
JLC Beauty School – Accredited
City of Industry, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Los Angeles, CA
Cosmetology
Long Beach, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Katie Skills Center – Accredited
Oakland, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
KC Beauty Academy – Accredited
Los Angeles, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
King Beauty College – Accredited
Garden Grove, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Milpitas, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Lancaster, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Laney College – Accredited
Oakland, CA
Cosmetology
Hanford, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology
Selma, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Los Angeles, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Los Angeles, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Lu Ross Academy – Accredited
Ventura, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
Bakersfield, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Fresno, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Santa Rosa, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
Upland, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology
Whittier, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology
South Gate, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology
San Rafael, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
North Hollywood, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Master Academy – Accredited
Long Beach, CA
Cosmetology / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
La Quinta, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
Oceanside, CA
Cosmetology
Sacramento, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Oxnard, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Hayward, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
Oakland, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
San Pablo, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Santa Clara, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Sacramento, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Sacramento, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Sacramento, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology
Oakland, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
Los Angeles, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Modesto, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Los Angeles, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
San Marcos, CA
Cosmetology
Concord, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy
Pasadena, CA
Cosmetology / Massage Therapy
Paul Mitchell – Accredited
Costa Mesa, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
Paul Mitchell – Accredited
Fresno, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Paul Mitchell – Accredited
Pasadena, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Paul Mitchell – Accredited
Pleasant Hill, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Paul Mitchell – Accredited
Sacramento, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Paul Mitchell – Accredited
San Diego, CA
Cosmetology
Paul Mitchell – Accredited
Sherman Oaks, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Paul Mitchell – Accredited
Temecula, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Paul Mitchell – Accredited
Truckee, CA
Cosmetology
Pomona, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Reedley, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
El Monte, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Nail Technology / Barbering
Reseda, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Redondo Beach, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Bakersfield, CA
Cosmetology
Bell, CA
Cosmetology
Riverside, CA
Cosmetology / Massage Therapy
Rosemead, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy
Temecula, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
RTC College – Accredited
Jurupa Valley, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
SABA Beauty School – Accredited
Lake Forest, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Sacramento, CA
Cosmetology / Massage Therapy
Laguna Hills, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Mission Viejo, CA
Cosmetology
Salinas, CA
Cosmetology / Hair Design / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Corona, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Fontana, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology
Redlands, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Riverside, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
Upland, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
West Covina, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
San Bernardino, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
San Diego, CA
Cosmetology
San Francisco, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
San Jose, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
San Luis Obispo, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Santa Ana, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Santa Ana, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy / Barbering
Santa Barbara, CA
Cosmetology / Massage Therapy
San Jose, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
Santa Monica, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Massage Therapy
Orange, CA
Cosmetology / Massage Therapy
Woodland Hills, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
Redding, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Merced, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Simi Valley, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Skyline College – Accredited
San Bruno, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Massage Therapy
Fairfield, CA
Cosmetology / Massage Therapy
Sonora, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Escondido, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Torrance, CA
Cosmetology
Los Angeles, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Barbering
Garden Grove, CA
Cosmetology / Teacher Training / Nail Technology
Oakland, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
San Jose, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
Sacramento, CA
Cosmetology / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
Woodland, CA
Cosmetology / Make-Up Artist Training / Barbering
Los Angeles, CA
Cosmetology
Santa Ana, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology / Barbering
Los Angeles, CA
Cosmetology / Nail Technology
Inglewood, CA
Cosmetology / Hair Design / Nail Technology / Make-Up Artist Training
City of Industry, CA
Cosmetology
Chowchilla, CA
Cosmetology
Huntington Beach, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care
Torrance, CA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Massage Therapy / Nail Technology
Salinas, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Barbering
Woodland Hills, CA
Cosmetology
Reseda, CA
Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology
San Francisco, CA
Cosmetology / Barbering
Marysville, CA
Cosmetology
ZMS The Academy – Accredited
Los Angeles, CA
Cosmetology / Esthetics/Skin Care / Nail Technology / Permanent Make-Up / Electrology / Barbering
Manteca, CA
Cosmetology
Modesto, CA
Cosmetology
Santa Monica, CA
Cosmetology
School Accreditation

You must attend a school that is approved by your state to provide training in the discipline you want to practice. Check with the school and the state board to be sure that your program of study will prepare you for any applicable state licensure.

According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, California is one of the top five states for employment of cosmetologists!

Since California has many choices for a cosmetology education, prospective students should select an accredited program that not only prepares them for licensure, but also fits their specific career goals.

To be a cosmetologist in the state of California, you first need to get training and become licensed. Click the link below to view the list of all of our schools in California to get some information about each school’s programs (we have direct relationships with over 75 schools in CA!), or read on to learn more about licensing requirements and career opportunities in the state.

Cosmetology License Requirements in California

The California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology allows individuals to complete their initial application for licensure online. Applicants must have completed an approved program within the state or have documentation of program completion or experience in other states. This documentation must be mailed to the licensing board and approved before applicants can register for the exam. Applicants must pay a fee of up to $125 for the exam, and a fee of $75 if re-examination is needed. The re-examination fee only applies if applicants retake the exam within the same year; otherwise the full exam fee applies. After initial licensure, renewals are $50 and $40 for personal and establishment licenses, respectively. Late fees and processing fees may also apply.

Passing the National Cosmetology Exam is required for licensure. The exam is approximately three hours long, and is divided into timed sections. The topics include: the initial setup and client protection, blow drying and curling, haircuts, chemical waves, hair coloring, virgin relaxers and retouches, facials, manicures, sculpted nails and hair removal. Each section begins with verbal instructions, and examinees are expected to complete their task within the allotted time.

Candidates for the exam must bring their own supplies for each section of the exam, as well as their own appropriate supplies for disinfection. The California licensing board provides detailed information about the exam, including suggested supplies on their website in the Candidate Information Bulletin.

Career Opportunities

With many metropolitan areas in the state, graduates should find ample career opportunities. For those interested in careers as a celebrity stylist, some high-profile areas of California such as Los Angeles are ideal to begin their career. Depending on the particular career path in cosmetology or specialty, opportunities may vastly differ depending on locality. For more information on what employment looks like for cosmetologists in California, view the Employment Development Department Information Sheet for the barbering and cosmetology industry published by the State of California. It is especially helpful for anyone that is considering owning and operating as a self-employed individual.