Alaska Cosmetology and Beauty Schools

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Not only does Alaska boast more than a dozen licensed cosmetology schools with programs in every specialty, but it has also proven to be a great state to consider if you want to open a startup in the beauty industry.  In the last few years alone, Alaska has given life to its own cosmetics line and is home to Makeoverly.com,  an online makeup advisory service covering every beauty topic imaginable.

Ready to join the beauty industry in Alaska?

Choose an Alaskan cosmetology school and you will be on your way to making a name for yourself in a beauty career.  Regardless of which program you decide to pursue,  the Alaska Board of Barbers and Hairdressers will need to issue your cosmetology license in order to work in the state.   You will need to meet the following licensing requirements in order to be eligible:

  • Cosmetologist:  1650 classroom hours or a 2000-hour apprenticeship  within 12-24 months
  • Esthetician:  350 classroom hours of a 350-hour apprenticeship  within 6-24 months
  • Nail Technician:  12-hour nail technician course
  • Advanced Manicurist:  250 classroom hours and a nail technician license
  • Barber:  1650 hours of training or a 2000-hour apprenticeship within 12-24 months
  • Cosmetology Instructor:  3 years experience as licensed cosmetology practitioner and completion of written and practical exams or one-year experience as licensed cosmetologist, 600-hour classroom instructor training, and completion of written and practical exams

Alaska is unique in that it is one state that will allow you to become licensed in the state by waiver of examination.  If you have a license in another state that is active and have successfully completed both the written and practical exams along with 1650 school hours, you may be exempt from the Alaska licensing exam.

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