2016 Data: How Long Is Cosmetology School In CA (And The Los Angeles Area Too)?

Map of United States with California highlighted in redIn and around the City of Angels, everybody wants to be somebody. If you want to be somebody who learns how to harness their creativity and craft show-stopping hair, then hair salon school will be the first step on your way to stardom.

One of the questions we get asked most frequently is "How long does hair salon school school take?" To help answer it in the most thorough way possible, we'll cover each of the following below:

  1. How long hair stylist school takes (on average) in California
  2. How long cosmetology programs take (on average) in and around the Los Angeles area
  3. How long the cosmetology program at our TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy in Santa Monica, CA, takes

#1 - What's the average cosmetology program length in California?

In order to meet California's cosmetology pre-licensing requirements (mandated by the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology), students must accrue 1,600 clock hours of classroom education and clinic floor experience during their time at an accredited hair deisgn school. These clock hours are delivered by programs ranging in length from 10-18 months*. The average length of a California hair school program is 12.63 months*.

*As of January 2016. Based on data from 106 accredited California hair schools. Additional cosmetology program information can be found at the U.S. Department of Education's College Affordability and Transparency Center.

#2 - What about in and around Los Angeles?

Including accredited hair schools in Santa Monica and the greater Los Angeles area (including Alhambra, Burbank, Canoga Park, El Monte, Granada Hills, Long Beach, Pico Rivera, Rosemead, San Fernando, Santa Fe Springs, Sherman Oaks, and West Covina), cosmetology program lengths range between 10-16 months**, with the average program taking 12.7 months** to finish.

**As of January 2016. Based on data from 20 accredited hair design schools throughout the greater Los Angeles metro area.

#3 - And our Santa Monica cosmetology school?

Because our TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy offers two different programs – 5 days per week and 3 days per week – program completion lengths will vary:

  • Five-day schedule: Students can complete our cosmetology program in as few as 46 weeks (10.62 months)***, attending 35 hours per week
  • Three-day schedule: Students can complete our cosmetology program in as few as 53 weeks (12.23 months)***, attending 30 hours per week

***As of January 2016. For more information, please check out the details of our cosmetology program.

Have more questions?

Check out our academy FAQ to find answers to a bunch of common questions. Need more information? Contact an admissions rep" for immediate assistance. Ready to see what we have to offer? Schedule your academy tour, and we'll show you why our TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy in Santa Monica, CA, is the perfect place for your cosmetology education!