If you really want to be a top notch hairdresser, try obtaining your license in Idaho. The steps towards getting your license are rather strict, but it’s only through these challenges that you’ll realize if hairdressing is really for you – if you have what it takes to make hairdressing your chosen career.
To become a hairdresser in Idaho, you’ll need to be at least 16 years old with two years of high school (or its equivalent) under your belt. Next you’ll need 2000 hours at a state licensed beauty school, OR 4000 hours of apprenticeship.
As a student in beauty school, you’ll learn not only cutting and styling hair, but marketing, sales, advertising, management, and customer service. Home salons are legal in Idaho, and the right cosmetology school will prepare you for running your own business. (Just make sure it’s fully accredited by the Idaho State Board of Cosmetology before you enroll.)
As an apprentice you’ll receive hands-on training and mentorship as you learn the in and outs of the industry. Just make sure the school registers your apprenticeship with the Board within the first five days of the start of your training, or the Board might not accept all your hours when you’re through.
Cosmetology licenses are renewed once a year with a fee. Reciprocity is granted to licensed applicants with at least three years’ work experience in another state, or those who can provide the documentation proving they were licensed in a state with equal cosmetology standards as Idaho.
Idaho hairdressers can anticipate making between $14,000 to $20,000 a year depending on location.
For more information on licensure in Idaho:
Idaho Board of Cosmetology – Bureau of Occupational Licenses
1109 Main St, Suite 220
Boise ID 83702