How to Become a Hairstylist in New Jersey

How do you become a hairstylist in Ewing, NJ?

If you’re into beauty as much as we are, you’ll often hear people talking about whether or not you need a license to be a hairstylist here in Ewing, New Jersey. In order to style hair professionally, the state of New Jersey requires that you obtain a Cosmetology-Hairstyling license. The New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling is the government entity that regulates these licenses.

The New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling enforces the rules in the state’s cosmetology law statutes. Those statutes outline the rules and requirements to become a practicing Hairstylist or Cosmetologist. If you want to style hair for a living (and be honest, who doesn’t!?) you first need to complete a course in Cosmetology at an accredited school recognized by the New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling.

Is There a Difference Between Hairstyling and Braiding in New Jersey?

No. Any type of hairstyling that involves styling or structuring of the hair such as braiding, weaving, wig design, and texture services requires a cosmetology license. If you want to style hair in any professional environment, you’ll need a license.

Are Cosmetology and Hairstyling the same thing?

According to the Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling,” ‘Cosmetology and hairstyling’ means any … practices when performed on the human body for cosmetic purposes and not for the treatment of disease or physical or mental ailments and when performed for the general public, for male or female customers.” Basically, New Jersey law doesn’t differentiate between cosmetology and hairstyling. To them, they’re the same thing.

Can You Style Hair Outside a Salon Without a License in New Jersey?

No. It is illegal for you to practice any type of haircutting, styling, or any other beauty service for profit without a license. There’s a lot of misinformation around this topic, but the law states that even if you want to work outside of a salon styling hair for things like weddings, public appearances, movie sets, or photo shoots you still need to have a license!

The state takes this pretty seriously, so if you’re longing to become a hairstylist, we recommend you start where the state says you should: in an accredited program!

Give it a Shot!

If your dream is to become a professional hairstylist, don’t let the complicated legal rules deter
you. We can explain everything in a way you’ll easily understand. To learn more about what makes our Cosmetology program unique, contact us today! If you’re still unsure if hairstyling is right for you, check out “8 Reasons to Attend Cosmetology School”.

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