The state of Iowa currently has approximately 8,200 hairdressers and this number is expected to grow over the next few years. However, the size of the job pool for hairdressers in Iowa is expected to be much slower than the growth in other parts of the country. Iowa hairdressers shampoo, cut and style hair. They also provide scalp massage and treatment services. The average hourly rate paid to Iowa hairdressers is $10, which is $1 per hour less than the national average.
To receive a cosmetology license from the state of Iowa, you must provide proof that you are a high school graduate or have your GED. You are also required to complete the cosmetology program at a hairdressing school in Iowa that includes at least 2100 hours of cosmetology training. When you apply for your cosmetology license from the state of Iowa, you will need to provide proof that you have graduated from a hairdressing school in Iowa. There is a $60 fee to receive your cosmetology license.
Unlike most states, the state of Iowa does not offer reciprocity. However, if the state you received your license from requires the passage of a national exam rather than a state licensure examination, you can apply for licensure by endorsement. If your license is from a state where the exam is administered by the state, you will need to complete the normal requirements to receive a cosmetology license in the state of Iowa.
For more information on licensure in Iowa:
Iowa Board of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319