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10 Top Rated Cosmetology Programs in Utah

Utah’s gorgeous mountain ranges and outdoor culture drive the fashion statements of the state – from Salt Lake City to Cedar City. As a cosmetologist in the state, you’ll be able to create fashionable looks for clients and transform their hair, skin, and nails to fit the latest trends. The schools we’ve included on our list are not only committed to excellence, but are also extremely affordable: the average tuition cost for these ten schools is $14,407.

View details here on the criteria we used to select top schools.

Here’s our pick for the top ten beauty schools in Utah offering cosmetology programs that meet the requirements for state licensure:

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American Beauty Academy - Payson & Salt Lake City

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  • Tuition: $13,500
  • Kit Cost: $2,400
  • Program Length: 11 months

The American Beauty Academy offers a small class size and the opportunity to study business techniques as well as cosmetology. You’ll study courses such as Business and Salon Management, Professional Ethics, and Public Relations and Advertising. You’ll be able to connect with the community through student-led hair and beauty shows that benefit charities in the area. With a lower-than average tuition paired with the opportunity to earn a scholarship, this school is an excellent choice.

Avalon School of Cosmetology - Layton

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  • Tuition: $16,050
  • Kit Cost: $1,540
  • Program Length: 14 months

With four beauty schools across the state of Utah, the Avalon School of Cosmetology’s program has produced thousands of successful graduates. Surrounded by Utah’s mountains, the beautiful facilities are close enough to Salt Lake to enjoy the culture of the area. The school accepts VA education benefits and provides career services for all students. You might consider pursuing Avalon’s advanced education for licensed cosmetologists after graduation to stay current on developing trends in cutting and styling.

Aveda Institute - Provo

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  • Tuition: $16,200
  • Kit Cost: $2,500
  • Program Length: 15 months

Located in Provo, the Aveda Institute is perfectly centered in the midst of a rugged, outdoor culture. The institute, with its respected name, can help connect you to a variety of salons in the area after you become licensed. This is reflected in the Aveda Institute’s peaceful, modern facility. You’ll learn using the Aveda cutting system and products through a cutting edge curriculum that utilizes iPads to help manage your coursework and portfolio. If you’re interested in financial aid, the Aveda Institute accepts VA benefits and provides scholarship opportunities.

Collectiv Academy - Midvale

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  • Tuition: $13,900
  • Kit Cost: $2,000
  • Program Length: 12 months

At Collectiv Academy, you’ll learn through fun, hands-on techniques and personalized instruction. Rather than just graduating cosmetologists who have a knowledge of techniques, Collectiv seeks to graduate leaders in the industry who will be creating the next trends by incorporating business training into their curriculum. Using Toni & Guy techniques and products, your education at Collectiv will be based on a highly successful curriculum. The program is a value with its lower than average tuition, and the school offers career services.

Evans Hairstyling College - St. George, Cedar City, & Lindon

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  • Tuition: $12,500
  • Kit Cost: $1,500
  • Program Length: 12 months

Through the Evans Hairstyling College’s curriculum, you’ll become confident in cosmetology techniques as well as the laws and regulations affecting Utah cosmetologists. The school is extremely affordable, with a tuition that’s a few thousand lower than the average cost of the ten schools we picked, and you can also apply for a scholarship to help cut the cost. In a year’s time, you could be licensed and practicing as a cosmetologist through Evans Hairstyling College’s curriculum.

Francois D. College of Skin, Hair & Nails - Taylorsville

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  • Tuition: $13,500
  • Kit Cost: $2,000
  • Program Length: 11 months

At the Francois D. College of Skin, Hair & Nails, you’ll be able to choose from full or part time options to complete your cosmetology education. You can finish the program in as little as 10 months, and with a small class size, you’ll be offered plenty of personal instruction. The instructors will also guide you in your career search to help find the perfect cosmetology position for you. You’ll be well-prepared through the school’s curriculum, which places an emphasis on business procedures and leadership skills.

Mandalyn Academy - American Fork

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  • Tuition: $14,150
  • Kit Cost: $2,000
  • Program Length: 12 months

At Mandalyn Academy, you’ll be able to pursue your cosmetology education through a full time or part time schedule. The Mandalyn Academy has maintained a 100% passing rate on the state board exam for cosmetologists, so you’ll be sure to receive plenty of personalized attention to prepare you for the exam. Not only will you study relevant cosmetology topics, but you’ll also be trained in courses such as Professionalism and Leadership, Developing Clientele, and Business and Salon Management. If you’re concerned about financing your education, the school accepts VA benefits and offers a scholarship opportunity.

Paul Mitchell School - Ogden

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  • Tuition: $15,275
  • Kit Cost: $2,800
  • Program Length: 12 months

Paul Mitchell’s modern, state-of-the-art facility is located in the Junction area, surrounded by outdoor activities and a bustling community. You’ll become a vital part of that community through Paul Mitchell’s cut-a-thons, fashion shows, and other fundraising events that benefit Weber County charities. You’ll also have the opportunity to study the well-known Paul Mitchell cutting system and the business tricks of the trade. You might consider pursuing VA benefits if you’re a veteran, or one of Paul Mitchell’s other scholarship opportunities available to all students.

Sherman Kendall Academy of Beauty Arts and Sciences - Salt Lake City

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  • Tuition: $13,900
  • Kit Cost: $2,000
  • Program Length: 13 months

Using Redken brand products, Sherman Kendall Academy of Beauty Arts and Sciences takes a personalized approach to their cosmetology curriculum. You can choose to train in cosmetology or cosmetology and barbering, if you’d like to offer barbering services in addition to you full suite of cosmetology services. Students who show exceptional talent are offered the opportunity to participate in special events like fashion shows and volunteer services. All students have the opportunity to compete in hair competitions.

Taylor Andrews Academy of Hair Design - Orem, St. George, West Jordan, & West Valley

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  • Tuition: $15,100
  • Kit Cost: $2,400
  • Program Length: 15 months

With the feel of a high-end salon, you’ll be at home learning in Taylor Andrews Academy of Hair Design. The Academy starts new programs every seven weeks. The Academy has many exciting opportunities for students, including study abroad programs, student-led hair shows, and charity events that benefit the community. You’ll also be able to apply for a scholarship to help finance your education. After graduation, the Taylor Andrews Academy can support you through career counseling.

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