Chicago is one of the most stylish cities in the United States! Known for cutting edge fashion and style, Chicagoans set the pace and the rest of us try to follow! Illinois is a great place to start your hairdressing career and choosing a great hairdresser school is your first step in the process. You won’t be disappointed by the wealth of choices afforded you in this state. With over 50 hairdressing schools in Illinois, one is sure to be exactly what you’re looking for. Do you want to stay close to home or venture out on your own? The possibilities are endless as you begin your journey! In order to make the best decision, make sure you choose a few different schools and visit each one, taking note of what you like and dislike so you can make an informed choice.
You must be 16 years of age, have the equivalent of an 8th grade education and a high school diploma (or have passed the Ability to Benefit test). You must also complete 1500 hours of course work, though there is no apprenticeship requirement. Home salons and mobile salons are permitted in the state of Illinois and reciprocity is given by comparing the laws of the issuing state to the laws of Illinois at the time the applicant was licensed. Credit is given for work experience as well.
Hairdressers in Illinois can expect to earn between $23,000 and $31,000 yearly according to the U.S. Bereau of Labor Statistics in 2010.
For more information on licensure in Illinois:
Illinois Dept. of Professional Regulation
320W. Washington St., 3rd Fl.
Springfield, IL 62786