NEW YORK COSMETOLOGY LICENSES - EDUCATION INFORMATION

General

If you want to get a cosmetology license in New York, it is essential to go through state approved cosmetology training; therefore, you must enroll in a cosmetology school. Most of the schools in New York will require you to be at least 17 years old; moreover, you must hold a high school diploma or GED to apply at a cosmetology school in New York. You may have a personal interview with a representative of the school before being admitted.   
Make sure you research to find the appropriate school. Take your time to do an exhaustive research. The Division of Licensing Services of Department of State of New York requires applicants to graduate from a state approved school.  Schools in New York are licensed by the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision.  To see a list of licensed schools, visit: http://www.acces.nysed.gov/bpss/DIRECTORY1.htm. Here you can see all licensed schools; if you already found a couple, look for them on this list to make sure they are licensed.  You may also verify if the school is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS); find a list of accredited schools at: http://www.naccas.org/naccas/?q=node/74.  
The average tuition ranges between $7,000 and $10,000 for cosmetology and barbering. Specialties as nail or esthetics range from $2,000 to $5,000. Additionally, you may have to pay for equipment, books and supplies.  The length will depend on the career; barbering and cosmetology must be at least 1,000 hours to comply with the licensure, but the specialties take less. 

Makeup and Cosmetics

Makeup and cosmetics are part of all cosmetology programs; therefore, even if New York does not issue a specific license for makeup, you can get a cosmetologist or esthetician license and specialize in makeup. If you feel attracted to that idea, you must first go to a cosmetology school, get licensed and then you can take a makeup artistry training. Most makeup schools in New York offer several types of makeup trainings, especially theatrical makeup.

With a cosmetologist or esthetician license, you will be allowed to practice as a makeup artist. Nevertheless, you can register for cosmetic classes to learn more specific makeup content and refine your skills. The prices and length will depend on the type of makeup you choose, but the average costs ranges from $1,500 to $5,000 and the length from one up to four weeks.

To apply for a cosmetology school in New York, you must be at least 17 years old and hold a high school diploma or GED.  In your school search, verify the schools are licensed by the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision.  You can look for the schools at: http://www.acces.nysed.gov/bpss/DIRECTORY1.htm. You may also confirm if the schools are accredited by The National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS). To see a list of accredited schools in New York, visit: http://www.naccas.org/naccas/?q=node/74 . Select New York and then cosmetology from the drop down menu, and browse the options.  Once you graduate from your cosmetology or esthetician training, you must apply for licensure and then take and pass the cosmetology license examination.

Skincare

Cosmetologists in New York are taught the basics of skincare, but those interested in specializing in skin care can become estheticians. If you are interested in a skincare license, you must go through an esthetician training.

If you want to register in skincare classes, you must be at least 17 years old and have obtained a high school diploma or GED.  When looking for an esthetician training, make sure the school is licensed by the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision. If you already have the name of a couple of schools, verify if they are licensed at by the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision, to do so, go to http://www.acces.nysed.gov/bpss/DIRECTORY1.htm  and look for the schools you are inquiring about.  Also, search if they accredited by The National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS). To see the list, visit: http://www.naccas.org/naccas/?q=node/74. The cost of an esthetician course ranges between $5,000 and $7,000 and they last from one to five months depending on how many hours per week you assist, it must comply with 600 hours that are required to estheticians.  

The esthetician training must include:

  • Orientation   

4 hours

  • Safety and Health

8 hours

  • Bacteriology

18 hours

  • Anatomy, Physiology, and Nutrition

25 hours

  • Structure and Functions of the Skin

12 hours

  • Superfluous Hair

24 hours

  • Chemistry

3 hours

  • Chemistry as Applied to Cosmetics

21 hours

  • Electricity and Machines

18 hours

  • Body Procedures (No Machines)

48 hours

  • Make-Up Techniques

84 hours

  • Business Practices

50 hours

  • Job Skills

6 hours

  • Introduction to Paramedical Esthetics

18
hours

Hairstylist/ Barber

In New York, you can either become a barber or a hairstylist; moreover you can become a natural hairstylist. There are specialized barbering schools for individuals who want to become barbers. On the other hand, individuals interested in hairstyling must go to a cosmetology school and take hairstyling classes.

To apply to a barber school or a cosmetology school you must be at least 17 years and hold a high school diploma or GED. The length of the course depends on how many classes you assist per week and which program you choose. According to the Division of Licensing Services of Department of State of New York, cosmetologists must comply with 1000 hours of schooling while natural hair stylists and barbers must complete 300 hours. The costs go from $2,000 to $6,000. Choose a barber training licensed by licensed by the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision (find them at: http://www.acces.nysed.gov/bpss/DIRECTORY1.htm.) and accredited by The National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS). To see a full list, visit: http://www.naccas.org/naccas/?q=node/74.  Barbers are required to complete a onetime course called “Prevention of Contagious Disease Transmission.”

The natural hairstylist training must include:

  • Professional Requirements        
  • Safety and Health             
  • Anatomy and Physiology             
  • Hair Analysis
  • Hair and Scalp Disorders and Diseases
  • Chemistry as Applied to Natural Hair Styling
  • Shampoos, Rinses, Conditioners and Treatments
  • Hair Braiding, Locking, Weaving and Styling

And, the barber classes must include:

  • Professional Appearance, Preparation of Work Area and Client Preparation
  • Hair Cutting Techniques
  • Shampooing Techniques
  • Shaving - Facial Hair
  • Facial Massage
  • Clean Up of Work Area

Nails

In New York, cosmetologists are taught how to take care of nails, but if you want to be a nail expert, you should become a nail specialist. Most cosmetology schools in New York offer nail technician trainings for those interested in nail specialty.

To enroll in a manicure school, you have to be at least 17 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. You are required to complete 250 hours of training, which is approximately eight weeks on a full-time basis.  The courses cost approximately $2,000 to $4,000. Make sure you choose a manicurist school approved by the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision. Visit http://www.acces.nysed.gov/bpss/DIRECTORY1.htm  and look for the schools you have been doing research on. Additionally, you can verify if the school is accredited by The National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS). To see a list of accredited schools, visit: http://www.naccas.org/naccas/?q=node/74.

The manicurist school you choose must include the following topics:

  • Safety and Health 
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Nail, Hand, Arm, Foot and Leg
  • Bacteria and Infectious Diseases; Nail, Foot, Skin Disorders and Diseases
  • Methods of Infection Control
  • Client Consultation
  • Manicuring and Hand/Arm Massage
  • Pedicuring
  • Tip Application and Design
  • Nail Wraps
  • Liquid and Powder Nail Extensions
  • Gel Nails
  • Nail Art
  • Retailing Techniques
  • Business Practices
  • Job Skills                                                           

Electrolysis

New York does not have regulation through licensure for electrologists. If you practice electrolysis, you can practice as long as you are trained in the safe and permanent removal of hair. Even though licensure is not a requisite, you may wish to get the Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE) Certification. This certification is granted by American Electrology Association (AEA) and you will be required to take an exam to obtain it. Therefore, a complete and efficient education is vital in order to pass. Moreover, you may move to another state and have to apply for a license; education will be a “must.”

If you want to apply in an electrology school, you must be at least 17 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. The electrology training lasts from 120 to 250 hours. The AEA only requires 120 hours to get certified. These courses teach all methods of permanent hair removal and cost between $2,000 and $3,000. There are courses directed to individuals interested in obtaining a license from another state, these courses usually last at least 600 hours and cost from $6,000 to $8,000. The AEA recommends the schools found at: http://www.professionals.electrology.com/electrology-schools-and-scholarships.html.

According to the AEA, electrology education must include:

  1. Introduction to Electrology
  2. Basic Science
    1. Anatomy and Physiology
      1. Basics of biochemistry
      2. Cytology
      3. Histology
      4. Dermatology
      5. Hair
      6. Hypertrichosis, hirsutism
      7. Contraindications to electrology
    1. Microbiology
    2. Immunology
    3. Basic principles of electricity
    4. Modalities of electrology
      1. Single needle method
      2. Multiple needle method
      3. Thermolysis
      4. Blend method
    1. Electrology techniques and variables
    2. Operation, care, and maintenance of equipment & instruments
  1. Psychology
  2. Professional Considerations







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