If you’re looking for a career or a business opportunity where you can be creative, work with people, and have some flexibility in your schedule, then consider Maricopa Community Colleges’ Hairstyling program. Today’s hairdresser does more than just provide a simple wash, cut, and dry. Our program will teach you proper cutting, coloring, and hairstyling techniques. You’ll also learn how to braid, press curls, relax hair, and use proper sanitation and infection control techniques.

As well as hairstyling, the program will also teach you vital skills needed to establish and maintain a clientele, laws relating to hairstylists, and how to start and manage a successful salon. By graduation, you will be prepared to take the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology Hairstyling licensing exam.

Whether you want to pursue your dreams as a freelance hairstylist, salon worker, or salon owner, Maricopa Community Colleges can help you turn hairstyling into a lifelong career or business opportunity.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Due to building damage, the Deer Valley Campus is closed until further notice. Check your student email for more details from your instructor. For enrollment questions, please contact (602) 238-4350 or click here.

GateWay is the only Maricopa Community College that offers a suite of Beauty & Wellness programs -- aesthetics, cosmetology, hair styling, massage, nail technician and a specialized program for practitioners who wish to eventually become beauty and wellness instructors. These programs are considered clock hour programs, which are non-credit training programs that provide skills for quick entry into the workforce. All programs have specific year-round start dates.

You will learn your skills by practicing on each other and/or eventually serving actual clients, all with instructor supervision. Instructors supervise and receive feedback from clients to make sure you are providing adequate service. The school has a salon open to the public and holds clinics often.

You have to pass the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology exams to receive your respective license to practice. Visit the state board's website for details.

Hair Stylist

As a hair stylist, students will provide beauty services such as shampooing and conditioning, cutting, coloring, perming, and styling hair. Additionally, students will braid, press, curl and relax hair and design hairstyles. All work will be performed safely using proper disinfection and sanitation techniques.

Successful completion of your hours, with a score of 80% or higher, makes you eligible to apply for graduation to receive your certificate of competency but does not guarantee you a Hair Stylist License in any state.


Virtual Information Session

Beauty & Wellness

Information Session: Wednesdays, from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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Program Location

Central City

Program Cost Estimates

Certificate of Competency for Hair Stylist: $6,517 | 1000 hours/11 months*

Associate in Applied Science in Beauty and Wellness 

*Actual completion times may vary. Costs include tuition, lab and estimated book fees. Amount based on current estimates and will vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.