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Cosmetology License Requirements in Virginia

If you live in Virginia and would like to become a cosmetologist, you must first pass the state examination to earn your license. Whether you want to work specifically with skin care as an esthetician, specialize in hair braiding, focus on nails, or work in a variety of areas as a cosmetologist, completing a program at one of Virginia's many cosmetology and beauty schools can give you the knowledge and experience you need to pass the licensing examination.

Following are the classroom hours required to obtain several specific licenses:

  • Barber: 1,500 hours of class
  • Cosmetologist: 1,500 hours of class
  • Esthetician: 600 hours of class
  • Hair Braider: 170 hours of class
  • Nail Technician: 150 hours of class
  • Wax Technician: 115 hours of class

The Benefits of Virginia Cosmetology School Programs

Enrolling in a beauty school program is an excellent way to prepare yourself for a cosmetology career. You'll learn about health and safety, using tools efficiently, and professional business practices. You'll understand the base theories of cosmetology and apply them to real-life experiences in your job. If a career as a barber, esthetician, nail or wax technician, or hair braider interests you, explore one of Virginia's many top-quality beauty schools.

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