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How to Become a Cosmetologist in Florida?

Are you ready to enter a world where creativity meets transformation? Picture yourself as the visionary behind stunning makeovers; the master of beauty with a palette of endless possibilities. Welcome to cosmetology, where artistry and science come together to create captivating looks and ignite confidence in others. A cosmetologist is not merely a hairstylist, a makeup artist, or a skincare specialist – they are true artists who possess the power to enhance natural beauty, unveil hidden potential, and make dreams come true. If you have ever wondered what cosmetology truly entails and the career opportunities it offers, you’ve come to the right place. Continue reading to learn more about becoming a cosmetologist in Florida.

What is Cosmetology?

Cosmetology is the art of beautifying the hair, skin, and nails. It is a broad field that encompasses a variety of different areas, including hairstyling, hair coloring,

skin care, makeup, and nail care. A profession where artistry, skill, and passion intertwine to create stunning transformations, boost confidence, and empower individuals to embrace their unique beauty. Cosmetologists possess a special blend of creativity and technical expertise. They use their artistic flair, knowledge of products and techniques, communication, and interpersonal skills to provide exceptional experiences to their clients.

How Do I Become a Cosmetologist in Florida?

To become a licensed Cosmetologist in the state of Florida, you will first need to find a beauty school, such as American Institute of Beauty, and meet our requirements to enroll. After enrollment, you’re ready to start our Cosmetology program, which is offered at both of our campuses conveniently located in Largo and St. Petersburg, Florida.

In our Cosmetology program you could learn:

  • Hair cutting, design, styling
  • Redken hair coloring (highlights, lowlights, balayage, etc.)
  • Chemical services (perms, relaxers, etc.)
  • Hair removal (waxing)
  • Facials
  • Manicuring & pedicuring
  • Nail enhancements (such as acrylic)
  • Makeup
  • And more!

In AIB’s Cosmetology program, you also have the opportunity to elect to become certified in Bella Lash eyelash extensions**. In the state of Florida, you must have a Cosmetology, Skin Care, or Full Specialist license to offer this service.

After completing the Cosmetology program, you will need to pass the state board exam to become licensed. Our goal is to prepare you to take the state board exam through teaching the foundational and theoretical principles behind hair care, coupled with real-world guest experiences in our student salon.

**Additional fees will apply if certification is elected. This is not completed during program hours.

How Long Does It Take to Become a Cosmetologist in Florida?

The Cosmetology program at American Institute of Beauty can be completed in as little as 9 months*! We offer full-time/part-time day and part-time evening classes for ease and schedule flexibility.

*Based on a full-time schedule

What Career Opportunities are Available for Cosmetologists?

Cosmetology is the apex of the beauty industry, with a license that offers versatility in career opportunities. As a licensed Cosmetologist, you have the freedom to become whatever you would like! You could express your creativity as a hair color specialist, try your hand as a hair extension specialist, offer facials and nail enhancements, or dive headfirst into makeup artistry. Whether you aspire to work in a salon, own your own business, pursue freelance opportunities, or delve into the realm of education, cosmetology provides a platform for you to flourish. The world of beauty is vast, ever-changing, and a Cosmetology license could put you at the forefront of it all.

Additional career paths as a Cosmetologist include:

  • Salon or spa owner
  • High-end salon stylist
  • Platform artist (such as for Redken)
  • Hair and makeup for theatre
  • Salon stylist
  • Cruise ship hair stylist
  • Eyelash extension specialist
  • Educator
  • Social Media Influencer
  • Hair Care Product Creator/Manufacturer
  • Hair Brand Ambassador

Start Your Cosmetology Program Today!

Are you excited to learn more about the benefits of a Cosmetology license and want to experience them for yourself? In our Cosmetology program, we cover a variety of different techniques to help you prepare for the State Board exam and take the next step in your career. Contact us to learn more about how you can get started. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Largo Campus
3665 East Bay Drive, Suite 164
Largo, Florida 33771

Campus Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
*Appointments Recommended*

St. Petersburg Campus
2800 34th St. North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33713

Campus Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Sunday: Closed
*Appointments Recommended*