Cosmetology is the practice of arranging, dressing, curling, waving, cleansing, cutting, singeing, bleaching, coloring, or otherwise treating the hair of any person for compensation.
Median Yearly Salary in 2020*
Projected growth from 2018-2028, faster than average
Number of jobs based in 2020
*In Massachusetts, the annual mean wage is $46,310
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Barbers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists.
How to become a Cosmetologist in Massachusetts
To become a Cosmetologist, you need to:
Complete a 1,000 Cosmetology Program at a Board-approved cosmetology school
Have a U.S. Social Security Number or Tax I.D. Number
Pass a Criminal Offender Record information (CORI) check
Pass the written and practical state exam
Our 1,000 hour Post Graduate Cosmetology education is a planned sequence of lessons that reinforce the State Board of Cosmetology’s required learning objectives. In just 12 months you will be prepared to take the Massachusetts State Board examination. We are proud of our near 100% passing rate for our students and the improvements we make to offer a professional adult learning experience.
As of August 2021, Financial Aid is not available. However, we do offer several payment plans and students have funded their education through private loans.
You will be standing for long periods of time, wearing appropriate footwear is important.
You will need a live model to sit with your state board exam, the model must have hair that is approximately shoulder length. This will be at the end of class but it’s good to start thinking about in advance.
You will be working on your classmates and they will be working on you, all services that are not permanent such as manicures, pedicures, facials, shampoos, and blow dry’s are required. Hair color, cuts, or any chemical services are optional.
You must have a social security number or tax ID number to take your state board exam.
Mrs. McCann was such a great teacher! I learned so much from her and my experience here at Assabet was amazing.
Mrs. McCann is the best teacher I have ever had. She never let me give up on doing layer haircuts. I thought I was never going to learn how to do it and now 1,000 hours later, I feel like I’ve been doing this for years.
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