If you feel you have an artistic flair and enjoy working with people, our Cosmetology Program could be the right career path for you! The Academy of Hair Design is dedicated to providing you with the marketable skills you need to succeed and we are nationally accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Science. Cosmetology training offers a wide variety of career options. You might consider specializing in one of the following: Hair Coloring, Skin Care, Make-Up Artistry, or Product Demonstration. These are only a few areas that you can consider.

In order to succeed at any of these specialized areas, you will need to develop a wide array of knowledge, skills and competencies ranging from a strong understanding of beauty concepts to “cutting-edge” technologies. Our goal is to combine your unique talents and abilities with the skills and knowledge specific to a career in cosmetology. We maintain high standards of teaching effectiveness and focus attention to each student’s individual learning and motivational needs.

The occupational outlook for cosmetology careers is very promising. The salon industry continues to grow and continues to employ large numbers of professionals. Most of these workers are employed in beauty salons or barber shops, but they are also found in department stores, nursing homes and drug and cosmetics stores. Approximately half are self-employed.

Jobs as a hairstylist and cosmetologist were ranked by Money Magazine as among “America’s 50 hottest jobs.”


12/18 months of continuous training is required which will consist of a maximum of 30/20 hrs/week. There shall be a minimum total accumulation of 1500 (clock) hours. This program is offered at our Grenada, Pearl, and Hattiesburg campuses which are licensed by the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology.

The Academy of Hair Design uses the latest Salon Fundamentals text book and Study Guide published by Pivot Point International.

Course of Study

  • Academic and Demonstration
  • Shampooing
  • Wet Waving, Hairsetting, Pincurls
  • Scalp Treatments
  • Permanent Waving
  • Comb-outs Iron Curls, Blow Waving
  • Facial Massage
  • Facial Make-up
  • Eyebrow Arch
  • Hairshaping
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Relaxer
  • Color Rinses
  • Hair Tinting
  • Bleaches
  • Eyelash and Eyebrow Dye
  • Manicuring
  • Written and Oral Test
  • Electricity Pertaining to Salon Work
  • Lectures and Instruction on Sanitation, Sterilizer, Care and Treatment of Skin, Scalp and Equipment
  • Salesmanship, Business Training and Law Relating to Cosmetology
  • Employment
  • Safety Practices

Graduation Requirements

Students must compete the 1500 hours as designated by the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology, complete all assigned credits, all assigned projects, passed all tests with an 85 average and, passed pre-state examinations.

State Examination

Graduates must complete application with the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology for approval to take written and practical exams.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition: $18,000
  • Registration: $100
  • Books: $250
  • Kit: $900

Total: $19,300

Please Note: students are required to pay registration fee on or before the first day of class. Tuition and fee rates, which are established annually by the Academy, are subject to change without notice. Effective 07/01/2022. Academy of Hair Design utilizes the following methods of payment: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Subsidized and Un-Subsidized Stu­dent Loans, VA Educational Benefits, Check, Money Order and or/Cash. Tuition and fee rates, which are established annually by the Acad­emy, are subject to change without notice. In the event of default on any monthly installment, after a period of ten (10) days, a delinquency charge not exceeding 5% of the past due installment or $5 (whichever is less) may be collected by the school. For the most updated information, please contact the Corporate Office at (601) 372-9800.