Cosmetology Schools in South Dakota

South Dakota Beauty and Cosmetology Schools

South Dakota residents who are interested in studying cosmetology have several areas of interest to choose from. Whether they want to focus on hair, nails or overall beauty, one of South Dakota's cosmetology schools can help them achieve their goal. South Dakota have specific requirement that must be met to receive a state license. These requirements include:

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Must submit an application for a license to the state cosmetology commission
  • Evidence of payment of the examination fee.
  • Successful completion of the NIC National written, NIC national practical and state regulations

Prospective South Dakota cosmetologists must also attend and successfully complete an accredited cosmetology school. While at school, they must fulfill the following South Dakota Cosmetology Licensing requirements:

  • 2100 hours in cosmetology training
  • 600 hours in aestheticism training
  • 400 hours of nail technician training

Training will include courses in hair cutting, hair color, perms and other hair techniques, training for manicures, pedicures and massage, proper sterilization and sanitation techniques and other areas of cosmetology such as tanning bed training, facial techniques and proper makeup application techniques. Once a student has completed their training, they will be ready to take the NIC exams. The exams consist of a written test and a practical test to show their skill in hair techniques, nail techniques and the ability to maintain a sterile and safe work area.

Cosmetology schools can be found throughout the state. These programs are available for high school students and adults through the adult education program. According to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics(BLS) employment options nationally continue to be good. The BLS estimates that between 2010 and 2020, more than 200,000 cosmetologists, hairdressers, and hairstylists will be added to the employment rolls—an increase of 16 percent.

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Find out what is required of you to enroll in beauty school, and learn more about what to expect when you get started. We cover everything from what your first day of class is like, to the cost of beauty school, to what’s included in your student kit. We talk about age and education requirements to enroll, how to prepare for the state board exams and what accreditation really means. All that and more can be found right here in our Beauty School Information Section

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It’s never too soon to start thinking about what you’re going to do after you graduate. We talk about how to prep your beauty portfolio throughout school, discuss salaries and job demand, and share job descriptions for the beauty trades such as cosmetologist, esthetician, nail technician, makeup artist and more. Our Beauty Career Resources Section has it all.

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Apply for a scholarship to attend beauty school to help you pay for school. We award one $2,500 scholarship every 3 months to an aspiring student of the beauty disciplines such as cosmetology, barbering, esthetics, nail tech, makeup, laser hair removal, permanent makeup, cosmetology instructor training and more. The annual deadlines are January 31, April 30, July 31 and October

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