Have Questions?

We’ve compiled a list of some of our most frequently asked questions about our school and programs. If you’re looking into beauty school but aren’t sure if we offer what you need, check out this list and see if your questions are answered here!

If we don’t cover what you’re looking for in this list, don’t hesitate to call us at 800-209-9982.

Our School

What programs do you offer?

We offer a variety of programs to choose from!

  • Cosmetology – A great choice for anyone interested in learning all things beauty, this well-rounded program covers the basics of hairstyling, skincare, and nails.
  • Esthetics – If you have a passion for skincare, our esthetics program could be for you. This program is often much shorter than our cosmetology program, and you can learn facials, makeup, and more!
  • Barbering – Our barbering program is a shorter hairstyling program focusing on short haircuts, men’s cuts, shaves, and facial hair design. If you want to focus solely on the art of hair, this could be a good fit for you.
  • Educator Training – Take your licensure to the next level by learning how to become a cosmetology, esthetics, or barbering instructor!
What can I expect to learn in cosmetology school?

There’s a lot you can learn in beauty school, as it’s so much more than just cutting or styling hair. As a student at Innovate Salon Academy, you can learn hairstyling, haircutting, hair coloring, salon management, sanitation best practices, marketing, career development, and so much more!

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How long do your programs take?

We determine the number of hours based on New Jersey’s requirements and the class schedule, as full-time and part-time options are available for each program. Here is a general overview of the four programs we offer:

  • Cosmetology – 1200 hours, full-time program can be completed in as little as 41 weeks, the part-time program can be completed in as little as 80 weeks.
  • Esthetics – 600 hours, full-time program can be completed in as little as 21 weeks, the part-time program can be completed in as little as 40 weeks.
  • Barbering – 900 hours, full-time program can be completed in as little as 39 weeks, the part-time program can be completed in as little as 58.
  • Educator Training – 500 Hours, full-time program can be completed in as little as 18 weeks, the part-time program can be completed in as little as 35 weeks.
What do I need to enroll in cosmetology school?

Enrolling in our school is a pretty easy process, and our team is ready to help you every step of the way. The general enrollment requirements include:

  • Complete an admissions interview
  • Meet New Jersey’s state requirements for age to enroll
  • Complete pre-enrollment documents, enrollment agreement, and enrollment application
  • Provide proof of high school graduation through diploma, GED, or official transcript that shows high school graduation date
  • Provide identification
    • Government-issued photo ID through driver’s license and/or passport
    • Birth certificate
    • A SS card or a TIN
  • Submit registration fee

As a first step, we always recommend that you get in touch to schedule a tour of our school, so you can see if Innovate Salon Academy is a good fit for you!

When do classes start?

We have classes starting multiple times throughout the year. Whenever you’re thinking about starting beauty school, contact us! We’d love to talk further about when you can start and how to start the enrollment process, so you can enroll at a time that works for you.

How much do your programs cost?

The cost of each program varies based on the program you choose. We recommend talking to our team to learn more about what financial aid options are available to make paying for school possible. We know beauty school is a big commitment, but we want to make paying for school hassle-free.

Do you offer financial aid?

Yes! If paying for school is one of your concerns, get in touch with our team to learn more about what payment options are available to you! Financial aid is available to those who qualify. If you’re interested in seeing how you can pay for beauty school, we recommend filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), so you can see what federal grants and loans you may qualify for. For anything not covered by those options, you can also talk to us about:

It’s possible to add beauty school to your budget at Innovate Salon Academy!

Do you offer an online program?

Because of the interactive and hands-on nature of our programs, we do not offer an online only option, however, a portion of our course may be delivered via distance learning while the majority of education is delivered through in-person instruction.

Do you accept transfer students?

Yes! While we cannot guarantee clock hours will transfer, one of our licensed educators will evaluate per our transfer policy to determine how many clock hours would be eligible to transfer. Transfer students will then be placed in a class relative to the amount of hours they have already completed.

How do I schedule a tour?

You can contact us through a form or give us a call at 800-209-9982! If you fill out a form, we’ll be reaching out as soon as we can to find a time that works for you. When you come in for the tour, get ready to see our school and be prepared with questions. While we are happy to meet you, the tour is a good chance to see if Innovate Salon Academy is a good fit for you, too.

Is your beauty school accredited?

Yes, Innovate Salon Academy is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS). This allows us to offer federal financial aid to our students. We are also affiliated with the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS). We are a Redken Premier School, Dermalogica Partner School, and MUD Partner School. These connections help us provide a better education for our students.

Can you help me find a career after graduation?

While we cannot guarantee employment, we do offer career resources during the employment journey. Job listings are posted in the student lounge, and we offer career training during our education, including social media marketing, interview practice, and resume preparation.

Our Salon

How do I schedule an appointment in the salon?

We’d love to help you get a new look or relax in our student spa! If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with us, you can check out the full list of services and their prices on this page.

You can make an appointment by calling the location of your choice:

Or, you can download our free app to manage appointments, earn rewards, and get access to exclusive specials. It’s available on the App Store (iTunes), Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore.

All services are provided by students under the supervision of licensed professionals, so thank you for supporting our students during their education at Innovate Salon Academy!

Do you offer gift cards?

Yes! You can fill out this form on our website to purchase your gift card, which you can choose to get a copy of your card digitally or physically. You can choose an amount of up to $50, which can be a great gift to give a loved one or friend a new style or a chance to relax with a facial, manicure, or pedicure.

Talk To Us!

If you’re thinking about starting your beauty school education, we’d love to talk further about your goals and ambitions in the beauty industry. If you have any questions or concerns about starting beauty school, reach out to our admissions team at our Ewing, South Plainfield, or Brick campus. We’re always happy to help!

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4985 Stelton Road ( Hadley Ctr )
South Plainfield, NJ 07080


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Innovate Salon Academy
712 Route 70
Brick, NJ 08723

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25 Scotch Road
Ewing Township, NJ 08628

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