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Cosmetology License Requirements in Washington

If you love style, enjoy working with people, and want to start a whole new career in less than a year, cosmetology training may be perfect for you. In Washington, you can earn your license as a cosmetologist, barber, manicurist, or esthetician. Cosmetologists specialize in facial treatments and makeup analyses, barbers focus on hair cutting and styling techniques, manicurists perform manicure and pedicure treatments, and estheticians offer comprehensive skin care.

Beauty school programs in Washington focus on hair design, facial shapes, bacteriology, product chemistry, and other essential cosmetology topics. The hours of mandatory coursework depends on your specialization:

  • Cosmetologist: 1600 hours of class
  • Barber: 1000 hours of class
  • Manicurist: 600 hours of class
  • Esthetician: 600 hours of class


The Advantages of Washington Cosmetology Schools

While it is possible to obtain a license after completing an apprenticeship program, this route takes at least twice the time and lacks a lot of the advantages students receive from a beauty school education. Classes offer not only fundamental knowledge but also hands-on training and interaction with experienced instructors and other students. If you're looking for the most fast-paced, thorough, and enjoyable route to licensure and a new career, explore the variety of offerings at Washington's excellent beauty schools.


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