Hairstylists are under the cosmetologist license, along with many other areas like manicuring or pedicuring, facials and electrology. Cosmetologists need 1,500 training hours to take the examination. They may also challenge any specialty licensure exam under cosmetology once they pass the licensure exam.
Cosmetologists licensed from another state can take the examination in DC if they have proof of training or other similar credentials that satisfy the board and have reached 1,500 hours of training experience.
Licensed cosmetologists can also become licensed barbers in DC. The board gives them 1,000 training hour credits for the same subjects given during their cosmetology training.
Cosmetologists should then complete a number of training hours for the following subjects:
- Sanitation – 40 hours
- Shop management – 50 hours
- Haircutting – 210 hours
- Hairstyling – 100 hours
- Shaving or beard trimming – 100 hours