How Long is Cosmetology School in Michigan?

Oct 08 2022

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If you’re considering a cosmetology education, you are probably wondering how long it will take before you can jump in feet first to a career that you’re passionate about. It is SO exciting to get started on your cosmetology career training, and we hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you can’t start working at a salon or any other dream job right away. There is a process in place for cosmetologists to gain and maintain their licensure in Michigan to protect clients and cosmetologists alike.

So how long is cosmetology school in Michigan?

The short answer is 1,500 hours.

How Long is that in Months?

We can’t speak for any other institution, but at Douglas J Aveda Institutes in Michigan, you can complete our program in as little as 11 months during our daytime program, and as little as 14 months in our evening program.

Why 1,500 Hours?

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs handles the licensure of Michigan cosmetologists (and other professionals). They regulate how many hours are required to become a licensed professional. It has been decided that 1,500 hours gives aspiring cosmetologists the time to complete a thorough education in the practical and theoretical skills they will need to provide services to the public. These skills include but are not limited to:

    • Haircutting
    • Haircoloring
    • Manicuring
    • Safety
    • Sanitation
    • Anatomy
    • Physiology

They also hold standard who can apply for a license. You can become eligible for licensure after you:

        1. Complete 1,500 hours of cosmetology training in a licensed school of cosmetology.
        2. Submit your application at, and pay the $39 fee.
        3. Pass the theory and practical exam administered by PSI Services, LLC (PSI), and pay the exam cost of $161.

See the official Bureau of Professional Licensing Michigan Cosmetology Licensing Guide

Can I get an Education at Douglas J Aveda Institute?

The Cosmetology programs offered at our Ann Arbor, East Lansing, Royal Oak and Grand Rapids campuses all meet the requirements to prepare you to apply for licensure in Michigan. To find out if you can get started at Douglas J Aveda Institute, contact us!

To top it all off, we offer this program in day and evening schedules at all of our Michigan locations! Click here to request more information!

Sounds Great! I Want to get Started!

How exciting! If you’re ready to train your messy bun off, contact us! We know that the process is totally worth it, and we can’t wait to help you on your way to your dream job. Not sure about the best way to get program information or how to get in touch? Check out our blog post on the five easiest ways to get more info.