Cosmetology Programs in Illinois

If you want to pursue a career in the beauty industry, you should consider cosmetology training in Illinois. Whether you want to become a hair stylist, nail technician, esthetician, or massage artist, we can help you locate schools in your area and contact the ones you’re interested in.

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Earn your cosmetology license!

To become a cosmetologist in Illinois, you must be pass the professional license examination given by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation. Professional cosmetologists, cosmetology instructors, and hands on clinic teachers must renew by September 30th of even years like 2010 and 2012. They must also prove that they have completed 14 hours of continued education and received the appropriate CEU credits. Professional barbers must renew by July 31st every odd year like 2013 and 2015, and are advised to renew within the month of June.

If you are a licensed personal care professional from another state that would like to work in Illinois, you must present your cosmetology license to the board. If you only have access to a copy of your license, it must display your legal name, the issuance date, the expiration date, the cosmetology license number, and a listing of the licensing exams you have completed, the degrees you received and any disciplinary actions (if any) pending against your license.

There are many reasons you might want to choose a career in cosmetology. You will graduate in much less time than if you pursue your studies at a four year institute and the job market is quite good for people that work in this field. You will start your professional career in less than two years, whereas people that attend four year schools might not enter the workforce until after college and might not start their actual professional careers for many years after that.

Job and Employment Outlook for Cosmetologists in Illinois

Whether you enjoy the fast pace of Chicago, the pleasant life in nearby Northern Illinois, or if you prefer the other suburban areas in the state, Western or South Western Illinois, there is a personal service customer base waiting for you. Most people that work in this field get sizable tips on a regular basis while earning over $20,000 a year as a base pay.

We have direct relationships with over 45 cosmetology schools in Illinois, so we can get you directly in touch with ones that you are interested in! Simply click on the “Request Information” button and submit some minor information to the school. They will get in touch with you to chat about what programs might make the most sense. Generally speaking, you should send your information to a 3-4 schools so you can figure out which program and campus would be right for you.

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Cosmetology Schools in Illinois


The New Age Spa Institute Arlington Heights, IL
Empire Beauty School Arlington Heights Chicago Arlington Heights Chicago, IL
Naperville Skin Institute Aurora Naperville, IL
Alvareita’s College of Cosmetology Belleville, IL
Paul Mitchell The School Bradley Bradley, IL
Tricoci University of Beauty Culture Bridgeview, IL
Innovations Design Academy Canton, IL
Douglas J Aveda Chicago, IL
G Skin & Beauty Institute Chicago, IL
Make Up First ® School of Make Up Artistry Chicago, IL
Steven Papageorge Hair Academy (DBA Mac Daniel’s Beauty School) Chicago, IL
Success Schools LLC Chicago, IL
University of Aesthetics Chicago, IL
International Academy of Makeup London Eyes, Inc. Chicago / Rosemont, IL
International Skin Beauty Academy/ International Training Academy Chicago Area/Schaumburg, IL
Skin Care and Spa Institute Chicago Area/Skokie, IL
Tricoci University of Beauty Culture Chicago NE, IL
Tricoci University of Beauty Culture Chicago NW, IL
Cosmetology & Spa Institute Crystal Lake, IL
New Age Spa Institute Des Plaines, IL
Universal Spa Training Academy Downers Grove, IL
University of Aesthetics Downers Grove, IL
Alvareita’s College of Cosmetology Edwardsville, IL
The Salon Professional Academy Elgin, IL
Hair Professionals Academy Elgin West Dundee, IL
Vatterott College Fairview Heights Fairview Heights, IL
Tricoci University of Beauty Culture Glendale Heights, IL
Alvareita’s College of Cosmetology Godfrey, IL
Empire Beauty School Hanover Park Chicago Hanover Park Chicago, IL
Professional Choice Hair Design Joliet, IL
Educators of Beauty La Salle, IL
The Nail Inn & School of Cosmetology Lemont, IL
Tricoci University of Beauty Culture Libertyville, IL
Empire Beauty Schools Lisle Chicago Lisle Chicago, IL
Niles School of Cosmetology Niles, IL
G Skin & Beauty Institute Oak Brook , IL
John Amico School of Hair Design Oak Forest, IL
Cameo Beauty Academy Oak Lawn, IL
International Academy of Makeup London Eyes, Inc. Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Hair Professionals School of Cosmetology Oswego, IL
Haskana Institute of Cosmetology Palatine, IL
Hair Professionals Career College Palos Hills, IL
Tricoci University of Beauty Culture Peoria, IL
Oehrlein School of Cosmetology Peoria/Pekin/East Peoria, IL
Unity Cosmetology College Pontiac, IL
Vatterott College Quincy Quincy, IL
Educators of Beauty Rockford, IL
Tricoci University of Beauty Culture Rockford, IL
Cosmetology & Spa Institute Schaumburg, IL
The Salon Professional Academy Shorewood, IL
University of Spa and Cosmetology Arts Springfield, IL
Educators of Beauty Sterling, IL
Empire Beauty School Stone Park Chicago Stone Park, IL
Hair Professionals Career College Sycamore, IL
Paul Mitchell The School Tinley Park Tinley Park, IL
Empire Beauty School Vernon Hills Chicago Vernon Hills, IL
Ms. Roberts Academy of Beauty Culture Villa Park, IL
A Little Spa Institute Wheeling, IL