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What are the Age Requirements for Cosmetology School?

Students of all ages enjoy cosmetology school and go on to successful careers in the industry. In most states, you must be at least 16 years of age in order to meet admission requirements for cosmetology school. Young students, people looking to change careers in mid-life, and even those looking for a new challenge after retirement do very well in cosmetology school. Utah beauty school students of all ages graduate, pass the state board exam and take their new jobs in great salons and spas.

So, for high school students ready to start a fun and rewarding career as a professional cosmetologist, congratulations on your decision to embark on your chosen career path at this time! And, for working people ready to switch to a more creative and personally satisfying field, congrats!

In this blog, you will learn…

Basic Age and Educational Information for Enrollment

The only criterion for enrollment that is age-related is a document showing proof of your age. American Beauty Academy requires a high school diploma, GED, or a training agreement with your high school for students who want to start cosmetology courses while still in high school.

Applicants have an interview before enrollment. Two of the required documents for admission are proof of age and current educational status:

Proof of Age 

Any one of these three documents is acceptable to confirm that an applicant is at least 16 years of age. So, you need just one of these three:

  1. Driver’s license
  2. Birth certificate
  3. State identification card

Proof of Educational Status 

Any of these four documents is acceptable to confirm that an applicant has achieved the necessary level of education to qualify for enrollment in cosmetology school:

  1. High school diploma
  2. High school transcript
  3. Certificate of G.E.D.
  4. A High school training agreement

Starting Cosmetology School as a Later Career Choice

If you are wondering, “Am I too old to start beauty school?” the answer is “No.” Cosmetology students come in all ages. If you have a desire to become a cosmetologist, and you’re eager to start training for a new career in the beauty field, prepare for a fun and exciting student experience. You’ll find students and professionals of all ages working together and thriving in their beauty school programs and in your professional salon after graduation.

Learning Knows No Age Limits!

Three things to think about and help you as you consider getting started in beauty school:

Your age is right

Whether you just barely meet the minimum age requirement or are excited about a new career later in your life, if you are passionate about becoming a cosmetologist, go for it!

You want a great career

If you love the idea of having a career as a stylist, esthetician, makeup artist, nail technician, or in another area of the cosmetology field, you can make your desire a reality.

Learn. Graduate. New Job

 Once you start taking the steps necessary to qualify for a beauty career you really want, the faster you can start enjoying your new professional life in a job you love.

Some Options to Consider when Changing Careers

Changing careers at a later age may feel a little daunting, especially if you really want to become a hairdresser, but have some physical limitations. For example, if you find you can’t really stand on your feet all day long, why not consider pursuing a new career as a makeup artist or a nail technician? Or, you might consider working part-time at first, and see if you like that pace, and then increase if you wish.

Cosmetology Training at American Beauty Academy

Like all other students, you’ll be going to cosmetology school with no experience. You’ll learn a lot about the school during your campus tour. There is also an abundance of information in the American Beauty Academy Course Catalog, to help you become familiar. Here are just a couple of questions students ask prior to enrollment:

What are the typical career interests and the average age of cosmetology students?

The majority of cosmetology students are female and most are from 18 to 30 years of age. But, the field continues expanding, and now includes many males in training for cosmetology and barbering careers.

What are some key priorities of students who enroll in a top cosmetology school?

Most cosmetology students want to get an advanced education in a good school that is easy to start and does not involve a lot of upfront enrollment cost. They also want to graduate in less time than it takes to get a four-year degree, and they want to get a job and start their career in their chosen profession.

Why Choose American Beauty Academy?

There are many advantages in selecting one of the best cosmetology schools. Just a few of the most important benefits of attending American Beauty Academy include these, among others:

  • American Beauty is a full-scope cosmetology program, not a quick partial program offering a shortened version of training in one or two skills of the profession.
  • We are a small academy, which allows us to get to know each of our students and work with their individual learning styles.
  • Our students receive more hands-on salon experience, with the opportunity to work with many clients every week.
  • Schedules can be flexible to fit personal needs after the freshman class.
  • The Academy’s pass rate at the state board has been 100%. Because of our strong reputation and relationships throughout the beauty business community, our students are highly sought for employment, and many have jobs before they graduate.

American Beauty Academy, Salt Lake City, & Payson, Utah

We are an accredited Utah cosmetology and barber school. American Beauty Academy campuses are located in Salt Lake City and Payson UT. Our modern professional salon provides an abundance of experience for our students, and it offers the public affordable salon services.

For information on courses, enrollment, financial aid, or other questions, call American Beauty Academy, Salt Lake City, or Payson, Utah at (801) 406-7386, or use our online contact request. We’re here to help you anytime!

American Beauty Academy does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, race, color, religion, or ethnic origin and admits students without discrimination of any circumstances and/or processes.

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I like the establishment a school the student was guided the whole time teacher was very professional they did a good job thank you better than Great Clips
Jerry Vicory
Jerry Vicory
01:22 02 Sep 21
Davone did an amazing job cutting my hair! I loved the atmosphere of the school and all the space. Very relaxing. I recommend them to anyone.
Tracy Taylor
Tracy Taylor
14:10 30 Jul 21
Amanda and Danica were just so awesome thank you so much I appreciate every bit of it I recommend you guys I've been going for years but thank you so much
Tamara Damerell
Tamara Damerell
02:03 30 Jul 21
🤩🤩🤩
Sabra Crompton
Sabra Crompton
19:20 06 Jul 21
Yes, I thought student was trying but not confident. Wasnt quite 5 star because: Student was nervous at first, having trouble understanding what I was asking. Cursed once, accidentally nipped self with scissors. Slightly uneven cut above the ears....one side cut more than other. So, I couldn't honestly give 5 star for tgat.
Alphonso Reyna
Alphonso Reyna
17:53 06 Jul 21
Excelente
Olg Esperanza
Olg Esperanza
05:22 02 Jul 21
Maria and Melanie were absolutely amazing!!
Darlene Kaufusi
Darlene Kaufusi
20:23 26 Jun 21
Kalli Jenkins dyed my hair purple and IT LOOKS AMAZING!!!!! I hasn't sure I would like it but WOW! It is amazing!
Mandy Jenkins
Mandy Jenkins
21:23 24 Jun 21
I had a great experience and everyone was super nice!
Bricely Rosales
Bricely Rosales
03:42 17 Jun 21
Andrea is my go to girl, since she has started at the academy, She has cut, colored and deep conditioned my hair. I have always been pleased with my hair. She listens to me and does what I want and not what someone else thinks should be done to my hair. Her advice has been spot on. When she graduates I think I will stay with her. The school has taught her well.
Dianne Talbert
Dianne Talbert
14:10 15 Jun 21
Lillian shaved my undercut and it’s amazing! I absolutely love it! She made it look amazing and she was super nice!
Azurdee Larsen
Azurdee Larsen
02:59 15 Jun 21
The lady was very knowledgeable and did a good job. My haircut passed the "wife" test.
Bob Sanders
Bob Sanders
18:41 14 Jun 21
Great haircut.
Dave Jenkins
Dave Jenkins
04:14 12 Jun 21
I always have a good experience everytime I walk in the door. I have 5 boys and they always make us feel comfortable they are all vary nice. Travis did my 2 year olds hair at first my son didn’t want to get a hair cut but Travis made him feel vary Comfortable and started talking and playing with my son. Berta did vary good with my 4 year old. Dovone is always good with my boys we went and seen him a couple times and he always does a awesome job. Dovone did my 7 year old and his hair is really thick and grows really fast. Josh did my 6 year old and did a great job.
Ashley Castro
Ashley Castro
22:56 10 Jun 21
Travis was very professional and gave me a great fade. He is very friendly
Charles Hamilton
Charles Hamilton
18:24 09 Jun 21
I got a haircut from Becca. She absolutely killed it!! I came in after growing my hair out for over 8 months and wanted a good summer clean up. And she came through 100% very professional, talkative, and respectful. Thank you again. I will definitely be back again
Skyler Brown
Skyler Brown
00:08 09 Jun 21
Travis cut my hair the last few times and he was so careful to detail. I left feeling like a million bucks. Plus he’s funny and good natured. I could have just hung out there for hours.
Sonny Pope
Sonny Pope
22:40 08 Jun 21
My hair dresser is new only three months on the team. He put forth his best efforts and I'm looking forward to seeing the improvements toward perfection. Nice young man too.
Allan Gallegos
Allan Gallegos
19:15 05 Jun 21
Great place to get a hair cut good vibes and best of all it’s only $5
Alexander Lopez
Alexander Lopez
19:08 04 Jun 21
Berta attended me and did my nails and my hair just how I wanted.
Yadhira Alvarado
Yadhira Alvarado
18:39 03 Jun 21
I love my haircut! It looks so good! Thank you!
Emily Weldon
Emily Weldon
03:32 28 May 21
Lillian did an awesome job on my shave and even asked if she could fade my beard. She was very personable and enjoyed my time with her. Definitely will be back.
robert Mead
robert Mead
05:59 27 May 21
I went in for a wax. Both the student and teacher were professional and amiable. They did a really good job and it was one of the least painful waxes that I've had.
Sarah DeFusco
Sarah DeFusco
19:41 25 May 21
Best place for a haircut and color my family and I we love it 😍💕💕
Ingrid Alvarado
Ingrid Alvarado
19:13 19 May 21
The barber students are really nice and down to earth, as well as knowledgeable and talented. They take their time to make sure your haircut comes out looking good. Got a fade and it looked really well blended and smooth transitioning throughout. Definitely will be coming back.
Jordi Larios
Jordi Larios
03:07 14 May 21
This is the greatest school I️ have ever worked for! I️ am incredibly lucky to be here!!
Mikki Chacon
Mikki Chacon
22:38 12 May 21
I love the way the student took an interest in my hair care needs. They helped me know how to maintain my cut and color. I love this school because it’s so affordable.
Cyndi Mead
Cyndi Mead
20:47 12 May 21
Azurdee is my favorite! She did my hair, my sons hair and my nails! We get lots of compliments ☺
Mocha Miller
Mocha Miller
03:22 04 May 21
I'm very happy with my haircut, Becca it's really good and nice, I recommend this place 👌☺
Alicia Cortez
Alicia Cortez
00:13 29 Apr 21
Tess Blackburn does an amazing job
Kathi Bulow
Kathi Bulow
17:03 19 Feb 21
Great place good cut and experience. I love helping others to learn
Tom Fortie
Tom Fortie
18:00 15 Feb 21
Great haircut, Meaghan was super nice and made sure I was happy with it.
K
K
20:45 16 Jan 21
Great! Love it!
Arthur Oliveira
Arthur Oliveira
21:54 06 Jan 21
They gave my daughter's some great haircuts. It has been a while since I have been there.
Jason Eddie
Jason Eddie
19:15 16 Oct 20
They do a good job! Great with kids. I bring my kid here and we leave with a great cut.
Waqas Javed
Waqas Javed
02:29 09 Oct 20
Fabulous
Suzy Madsen
Suzy Madsen
19:16 02 Oct 20
Excelente atención, supervisado y detallado, como tu lo quieras...Voy a volver...
Diego Enrique Ibarra
Diego Enrique Ibarra
01:06 02 Oct 20
Great experience and hair cut
Sergio Mitre
Sergio Mitre
21:59 30 Sep 20
Always very professional, and there is always a supervisor on hand if students have questions about your particular hair cut or color.
Leigh Cooley
Leigh Cooley
22:49 22 Aug 20
The staff were kind and professional. My stylist did a great job.
Marlies Avery
Marlies Avery
05:35 15 Aug 20
This is my favorite place to get a haircut and today I came in to get 4 inches off. Sam did my haircut and she was so nice, gentle, and did such an amazing job. All these workers are amazing at their job.
Autumn Garrett
Autumn Garrett
20:42 11 Jul 20
I’ve always had an awesome experience here! I was able to leave with PERFECT platinum white hair after my first visit, and they’ve done a great job matching the roots each time I’ve gone back:)
Riah “riahpaan” Hansen
Riah “riahpaan” Hansen
13:19 10 Mar 20
Ricardo Carrasco es excelente y dedicado a su trabajo gracias por el trabajo qué haces en mi
Adriana Frausto
Adriana Frausto
04:03 08 Mar 20
When I got there I had a plane black hair style. But when they finished... it was the most gorgeous hair style I’ve ever had.Ricardo Carrasco was super nice and professional all the time.
Evelin Beltrán
Evelin Beltrán
01:35 08 Mar 20
I’ve been coming here for the past 6 months or so. I love it here. The staff is really nice and helpful. I was afraid of coming here due to it being a school, but they have the teachers look over and make sure your hair is on point. This is a great way to try different hair styles when you’re on a budget and gives students a chance to learn and grow each time you go. Highly recommended.
Liz Josephson
Liz Josephson
23:57 04 Mar 20
I've taken my kids here for haircuts multiple times and each time they are very good about making sure I'm satisfied with the look. The price is right too! I recommend bringing your kids here!
Tyese Blackhurst
Tyese Blackhurst
21:04 22 Feb 20
Makdeme fill very happy
Tabatha Anderson
Tabatha Anderson
22:02 21 Feb 20
Really caring in what they do. They make your feel very comfortable, are really friendly. My son got a perm and my husband got a haircut. Both of them really liked it. Would refer friends here and will come back ourselves!
Natasha Bess
Natasha Bess
02:31 21 Feb 20
Friendly staff, clean and they do an amazing job got hair colored and hair cuts. Love ❤👌
Brenda Almaraz-Cordova
Brenda Almaraz-Cordova
01:21 14 Feb 20
Staff was very friendly, and supervisors were extremely attentive and knowledgeable.#EthnicHairInUtah
D Harris (ssSlyck)
D Harris (ssSlyck)
21:10 06 Feb 20
The ladies were so nice and they did it so fast!!! Coming back jaja!! Neda did an AMAZING JOB!!!! :)
Maddie Hernandez
Maddie Hernandez
03:14 31 Jan 20
The warm welcome the receptionist gave was a great first impression. The instructor (Annette) was very hands on and helpful. The two students ( Stephanie and Jasmie) who rocked my hair, were very fun and polite and only needed minimal instruction. I felt like I was in good hands, the second I walked in the door. I'll be back again soon, thank you!
Cha Zie
Cha Zie
22:03 25 Jan 20
The teaching staff is friendly and helpful and the students are professional and know what they're doing. Would definitely recommend!
Ashley Durffee
Ashley Durffee
22:24 22 Jan 20
I have had my hair done multiple times here and the students and staff are awesome!!! I highly recommend this school!!
Aimee Powers
Aimee Powers
21:36 27 Dec 19
I had a great experience with Rachel Munoz, she did such a good job with my eyebrows! No pain at all!
Yanel Ruth Herrera Rojas
Yanel Ruth Herrera Rojas
16:48 17 Dec 19
Lucero is an amazing stylist. She’s fun to talk to and a good listener and makes getting your hair done enjoyable. I did have to come in a second time to do the color since here wasn’t enough time during my appointment but we were able to work everything out and overall a very good place to go. The cut was VERY affordable.
Julianna Armstrong
Julianna Armstrong
21:20 14 Dec 19
The students a very eager to learn and enjoy Constructive criticism.Thank you
Canyon Heinz
Canyon Heinz
21:54 12 Dec 19
Stephanie C. Did an amazing job, the staff is great.
Marco Arvizu
Marco Arvizu
23:24 11 Dec 19
Colton was fantastic! So talented!
Julia Carter
Julia Carter
21:57 05 Dec 19
Nicole is amazing!!
Brinnlee Newell
Brinnlee Newell
23:31 03 Dec 19
The school has great students and you should ask Karsyn to do anything you need. She is a very professional and will do her best every time you come in.
Colton Wilding
Colton Wilding
21:19 03 Dec 19
I have been coming to American Beauty Academy for years. The girls do a great job and very affordable.
Becky Westegaard
Becky Westegaard
21:05 03 Dec 19
I got my nails done by amber, and I absolutely love them! I will be back!
Ashley Diamond
Ashley Diamond
20:28 25 Nov 19
Amber is very friendly and she does a amazing job. Highly recommend them.
Alexis Wride
Alexis Wride
23:01 23 Nov 19
Everyone is so sweet and gentle. Absolutely darling! Constantly telling me what they're doing, and asking me what I would prefer. They got me in within a few hours notice, and got it perfectly. I loved this salon, and I don't know if I'm ever leaving it!
Allison Call
Allison Call
22:08 23 Nov 19
I love my new color amber was great
Pam Pappas
Pam Pappas
19:04 23 Nov 19
I loved the students that worked on me but the instructors gave me anxiety... I'm so baby smooth! I love Nicole and Angela! Made me feel super comfortable even with my severe low self esteem, they also didn't appear impatient though I'm sure they had to be...
Natasha Wallace
Natasha Wallace
06:25 21 Nov 19
(This has my husband's name..lol.) The service is very friendly and Cassidie took her time to understand what I wanted with my hair. The instructor was readily available to supervise and answer questions. I really like the end result!
Travis Young
Travis Young
00:00 21 Nov 19
Brinnlee did s wonderful job and is very friendly.
Aleta Mattinson (Suzie)
Aleta Mattinson (Suzie)
22:10 20 Nov 19
Always a good experience, kind, friendly staff. Easy to work with.
Ann Shumway
Ann Shumway
23:01 15 Nov 19
Staff was friendly and they did a great job on nails and hair for my daughters birthday party! Thank you
Amy Bastian
Amy Bastian
00:21 15 Nov 19
Nicole was Awesome. I’ll be back
Julie Cloward
Julie Cloward
01:40 14 Nov 19
My son loves coming here. He likes it better than sports clips. Everyone is friendly and does a great job.
Amanda Mattinson
Amanda Mattinson
23:34 13 Nov 19
Great service! Students are well trained. My family has been coming here for 9 years.
June Christensen
June Christensen
21:13 13 Nov 19
Good prices and they all are really friendly second time going here and both time they did an amazing job first time with me getting my roots colored second time with getting my boys hair cut
Robin Root
Robin Root
00:30 13 Nov 19
Love the environment, very friendly
Felisha Olson
Felisha Olson
21:04 12 Nov 19
I come here a lot and they always do a good job.
Leah P.
Leah P.
21:36 09 Nov 19
Very nice people and They did great job thank you very much G & daniala
N Alison Alisa
N Alison Alisa
20:22 22 Oct 19
American Beauty does a great job and have great students who take care of their clients
Heather Denison
Heather Denison
18:02 14 Oct 19
The atmosphere!! I'll be back!!
Jessie Wilson
Jessie Wilson
18:22 10 Oct 19
It's a good place and good price considering its students they do a pretty good job. I go in quite often and the experience is always different.
Veronica Gordon
Veronica Gordon
04:15 01 Oct 19
I always go here! They do a great job and I love helping train the next gen of hair stylists!
Hannah Taylor
Hannah Taylor
16:08 08 Sep 19
G was my barber. Great job with haircut, shave and shampoo. A great place to go.
john gale
john gale
21:00 30 Aug 19
Breanne was wonderful. Great service, awesome attitude.
JaLene Mochizuki
JaLene Mochizuki
18:01 17 May 19
Kaylee Did and amazing job on my haircut! Highly Recommend Kaylee.
Tanner Israel
Tanner Israel
14:14 25 Apr 19
I did a manicure and pedicure with Mary. She is so kind and has amazing talent! I love my nails! Definitely would recommend her to others!
Alicia Sofia Moran
Alicia Sofia Moran
01:36 18 Apr 19
Great place!! Mi eyelashes awesome! Nice job Ricardo Carrasco you are the best 😁
Lourdes Dtodo
Lourdes Dtodo
20:10 15 Mar 19
Great service, loved my 7 year olds hair cut! Can you say dapper??? However, the students smoke in the parking lot right in front of the school. Kinda tacky, in your car or on the side of the building. I saw at least 4 students and instructors smoking and all I could think was please don’t be the person helping me.
Nicole Bishop
Nicole Bishop
01:06 13 Mar 19
Marina and her instructor did a wonderful job!!
Kristi Alvey
Kristi Alvey
22:11 13 Feb 19
Went to get a cut and color and could not have had a better experience! Angela was thorough and patient with me and my questions. We went from dark brown to light ash blonde and she never got discouraged! Would definitely come back!
Robert King
Robert King
22:55 02 Feb 19
They did awesome! I love my hair
Shaylie Glatz
Shaylie Glatz
18:11 18 Jan 19
Jaidan Taylor did my nails and they look beautiful. I would recommend her for great nails and hair services.
Janice Jacobson
Janice Jacobson
17:28 03 Jan 19
Great teachers and Wonderful hair stylist.
Sandra Haskell
Sandra Haskell
20:05 06 Dec 18
I got my first set of acrylic nails done here. Kerissa did a fantastic job! Super happy with how they turned out!
Amber Cluff
Amber Cluff
00:30 14 Nov 18
Kerissa did an amazing job as always! Love all the students! Instructors are awesome! Will always recommend them!
Savanna Sheffield
Savanna Sheffield
15:57 02 Nov 18
I absolutely loved Anne's work, very friendly!
Cody Allen
Cody Allen
17:53 31 Oct 18
Friendly professional service. I'm always happy when I leave.
Brenda Marsh
Brenda Marsh
00:06 25 Oct 18
Bri Allred is so amazing! She’s got the cutest personality and is very knowledgeable. The instructors are always ready to jump in when they’re needed. Love how my hair turned out!
Marcie Hoffman
Marcie Hoffman
22:15 24 Oct 18
I have always had good experiencesExcellent customer service. I always feel good when I get my hair done there. Thank you
Shelley Hall
Shelley Hall
21:14 24 Oct 18
They are really nice and I love my scalp treatments I come to get!
Megan Atwood
Megan Atwood
19:28 24 Oct 18
I love ABA!!! They are very friendly and do a excellent job!!!
ashley atwood
ashley atwood
19:17 24 Oct 18
Awesome ladies and positive attitudes 😊 Love love the vibe!! Amazing job❤️
Paige Thompson
Paige Thompson
19:16 12 Oct 18
Kiana did a perm. Honestly I think it’s the best I’ve ever had.
gean hill
gean hill
17:20 10 Oct 18
Kerissa was great so nice nails looked amazing would definitely recommend
Alayna Booth
Alayna Booth
23:33 09 Oct 18
All the students here are very talented. The Instructors over see every step of each service. It is a very fun & professional environment.
Willow Evans
Willow Evans
19:27 06 Oct 18
I brought my mother here to get her hair done. I had never been here, but it's close to her home. The girls here are amazing. We were 15 minutes late, but they still got us right in. Her stylist payed very close attention to what she wanted and is making magic happen. Will definitely come again if I'm in town.
sarah mccomber
sarah mccomber
16:28 06 Oct 18
It’s been a great experience here! Super friendly.
Maddison Fillmore
Maddison Fillmore
16:24 06 Oct 18
The service was great. All of the people were nice and friendly. My stylist Amanda took the time to make sure I got exactly what I wanted, even though the appointment went into her lunch hour.
Nichole Frank
Nichole Frank
17:57 05 Oct 18