There are about 23,000 people who work as hairdressers in Michigan and a 10% increase is expected by 2016. This projected growth will bring the total number of hairdressers up to around 25,000. The growth rate projected for Michigan is about half of the growth projected on a national level, and the income for a Michigan hairdresser is lower as well. In Michigan, the average wage for a hairdresser is around $9 per hour. Nationwide, the average is $11.
To become a licensed cosmetologist in the state of Michigan, you must be at least 17 years old and have a minimum of a 9th grade education. In addition, you must complete 1500 hours of cosmetologist training at a hairdressing school in Michigan. After completing the training, you must apply to take the state licensing examination and pay the associated fees. You will then be able to schedule your examination. After you pass the two-part state licensing examination, which includes both a written theory section and a hands-on section, you will receive a photo ID card at the location where you take the test. Your wall license will be mailed to you following the examination.
If you are licensed in another state, you can apply for a reciprocity license through the state of Michigan. You must have either the minimum amount of cosmetology training required for a Michigan license or an equivalent amount of licensed work experience. Work experience is counted as 100 hour for six months of work experience.
For more information on licensure in Michigan:
Michigan Bureau of Commercial Services – Board of Cosmetology
P.O. Box 30018
Lansing, MI 48909