California Cosmetology License Information

In order to obtain a license in Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Barbering, or Electrology in the state of California, individuals must have completed the requirements listed below. Other requirements may apply.
Cosmetologist: 1600 hours
Esthetician: 600 hours
Manicurist: 400 hours
Barber: 1500 hours
Electrologist: 600 Hours
All applicants must be at least 17 years of age and have completed the 10th grade in the California public schools its equivalent. Other conditions may apply – please see web site or contact the state for more information.

Continuing Education Requirements:

No reciprocity is available. Individuals will need to take a written exam and a practical exam. Barbers will also need to take both a written and a practical examination.

Contact Information:
California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology
P.O. Box 944226
Sacramento, CA 94244-2260
1-800-952-5210 (phone)
916-575-7281 (fax)