Your Beauty Career Paths

Ready when you are.

If you’re creative, like to work with people, and have a passion for the field, a cosmetology education from Hays Academy can be your pathway to a great beauty career. Hays Academy’s program is focused not just on getting you licensed, but giving you the professional skills and knowledge you need to become salon-ready

Where will your talent take you?

Your talent can take you anywhere in the world. Here are just a few of the careers options you can consider:

  • Professional Stylist
  • Salon Manager/Owner
  • Independent Contractor
  • Spa Manager/Owner
  • Skin Care Specialist
  • Nail Technician
  • Lash Technician
  • Makeup Technician
  • Professional Educator
  • Platform Artist
  • Product Representative
  • Retail Specialist
  • Cosmetology Instructor
  • State Board Member/Examiner

Areas of further specialization could also include journalism, advertising, marketing, or research and development with the right continuing education and opportunities. Training is the important first step to a rewarding, successful career in the beauty industry.

A secure income with a solid future.

You may know of college graduates who have trouble finding a job. But as a licensed cosmetologist, you’ll have a lot of career options. Many of our graduates have gone on to work in some of the finest salons and spas. You could be your own boss as an independent stylist. Maybe you’re on the fast track to opening your own salon. Who knows? You could even land a spot on the next reality show. For those with the talent, drive and business savvy, the sky’s the limit!

Read more about Careers in Beauty


  • Hays Academy of Hair Design is a great school. The owners and instructors truly seem to care about our success in school and afterwards. They do so much more than just preparing you for your state board exams. They help you build habits and character that will last a lifetime and help you in your career and life in general.

    Bailey J.

    Hays Academy of Hair Design provided me the tools, experience, and opportunity to go out and succeed. Whenever I was feeling down they always went out of their way to pick me back up. They made me realize you can go anywhere in life as long as you work hard and want it They definitely care about their students and it is so plain to see that. They made me feel like one of their own, I can definitely see why they say “Welcome to the family”.

    Lexie R.
  • I will absolutely miss my time as a student here and always have a special place in my heart for this school, staff, and the other students! I have made so many accomplishments in my short time here and made some lifelong friends along the way! I am very appreciative of the staff for always pushing me to do my best, and would ALWAYS recommend this school to anyone wanting to learn the best education they can receive for Cosmetology!
    – Salina Campus

    Kylie M.

    After graduating high school I was looking for an amazing school where I could start my career. I toured at Hays Academy and it was the perfect fit for me. After starting they soon became family and I created amazing relationships with fellow students. Hays Academy provided a great learning environment to create a foundation in skills that I will carry with me to the salon. In the past year my life has changed for the best and it is because of my experience at Hays Academy.
    – Hays Campus

    Tori D.
  • When I came to Hays Academy of Hair Design, I was nervous. But I quickly felt like part of the family. Hays Academy of Hair Design was like my second home. I loved getting up and going to school! I will always be grateful for the new path I’ve been given.
    – Hays Campus

    Kari N.

    “I loved my experience here. The teachers were great and always there when I needed something. I’m super excited to get out on my own and know that I always have people I can look up to!”
    -Salina Campus

    Paige P.

Hays Campus

1214 E 27th St,
Hays, KS 67601

(785) 628-6624

Salina Campus

115 S 5th St,
Salina, KS 67401

(785) 833-2280
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