Do you envision yourself waking up every day and heading into a flexible job that uses your creativity and people skills to make clients feel amazing? That future could be here sooner than you think. Raphael’s School of Beauty Culture’s Cosmetology program can be completed in as little as 13 months, depending on the course schedule you choose.

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Cosmetology Program Overview

Our Cosmetology program is designed to provide you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you’ll need for a career in beauty today. With Raphael’s School of Beauty Culture, you get the best of both worlds: deep experience in the art and science of teaching beauty from our 50 years in the business, and modern, up-to-date curriculum and facilities that we maintain to stay on the cutting edge of what beauty practitioners need to be successful.

As a Cosmetology student at Raphael’s, you can expect to learn the technical skills for a wide variety of hair, skincare, and nail services. Over the course of 1,800 hours, our comprehensive training covers topics such as:

  • Cutting and styling hair
  • Hair color and highlights
  • Perms and texturizing hair
  • Facials
  • Relaxation massage
  • Waxing
  • Basic makeup application
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Acrylics
  • Chemistry, anatomy, bacteriology, and physiology
  • Working with and hiring employees
  • Understanding payroll and other business skills
  • Client relationship management

We strive to help successful graduates of this program prepare to sit for the Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board licensing exam to become a Licensed Advanced Cosmetologist.

In addition to the technical skills and knowledge to pass the state boards, however, our Cosmetology programs are also designed to pass on knowledge you’ll need to operate successfully in a salon environment. Our goal is that you will feel comfortable moving into any salon setting after gaining hands-on, real-world experience in our student salon. We even help prepare you for self-employment so you can be your own boss!

Our Salon Brands

As a Raphael’s student, you’ll have the chance to work with many top salon-quality product lines, including Paul Mitchell, Big Sexy Hair, and Pravana. Our philosophy is to expose you to a wide range of products, so that you are prepared to use different brands throughout your future career.

Possible Careers in Cosmetology

There are many ways you can put cosmetology training to use in a beauty career, either as a practitioner working with clients or using your knowledge of beauty trends and techniques. You can also choose to specialize in one of the beauty disciplines within the umbrella of cosmetology (such as makeup artistry) or leverage your knowledge of a broad set of skills.

Here are just some examples of job titles you might have with a cosmetology background:

  • Hairstylist
  • Makeup Artist
  • Salon Owner
  • Beauty Product Brand Marketer
  • Beauty Influencer
  • Freelance Beauty Professional
  • And more!

Cosmetology grads also can enjoy unparalleled schedule flexibility in many of the jobs they choose. From working part-time to full-time, or from salon life to entrepreneurship, the options can be endless!

Become Dual-Licensed in Barbering

If you want to provide all types of hair services to all clients, you may want to get barbering training as well. Students who have already completed cosmetology training (from any approved program in Ohio) can get trained quickly to get their 1,000 additional hours for a barber license. Our cosmetology-to-barber dual license program allows you to become a barber in 44% less time than if you start from scratch.

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Cosmetology Program Schedules and Course Length

Our 1,800-hour cosmetology program can be completed in as little as 13 months. We offer multiple schedules to accommodate the needs of our students. Talk to our admissions team about which schedule may be best for you!

Daytime Class Schedules – Cosmetology

  • Tuesday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm, with 16 Saturday hours per month (complete in 13 months)
  • Tuesday – Friday, 9 am – 4:30 pm, with 16 Saturday hours per month (complete in 14½ months)
  • Tuesday – Friday, 9 am – 3 pm, with 16 Saturday hours per month (complete in 16½ months)

New Cosmetology classes start on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

Evening Class Schedules – Cosmetology (Niles Campus)

    Tuesday – Thursday, 4 pm – 9 pm, with 16 Saturday hours per month (complete in 28 months)

Please note: Schedule availability is subject to change and may vary by campus. Students in any of our programs must be able to commit to attending in-person classes.

Student Testimonial – Hannah Conklin, Advanced Cosmetologist

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Cosmetology Kit

Our Student Kits

A moment that many students love is receiving their Cosmetology student kit. Not only is it fun to unbox a lot of goodies, but the student kit also represents receiving your tools of the trade. Our Cosmetology students receive a curated starter set of tools and supplies (including shears, brushes and combs, a hairdryer, curling irons, hair clips, mannequin heads, and much more) that will be indispensable during the program, as well as books, an apron, and Raphael’s nametag.

Your kit expands as your skillset does! When our Cosmetology students reach 300 hours of attendance, they receive an iPad to help with their learning, as well as access codes to Pivot Point, our curriculum provider. After 600 hours of attendance in our program, you’ll receive a Glo-Minerals mineral makeup kit.


I can say that this school has TRULY changed my life. The instructors are absolutely AMAZING and are so caring and understanding. I would recommended this school to anyone who has a passion to do hair.

Sarah Gwilt PhotoSarah Gwilt

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If you’re interested in learning more about careers in the beauty industry and exploring whether our Cosmetology program is right for you, contact us now! We have seven locations throughout the Ohio area. Our friendly admissions team is happy to answer any questions you have and help with everything from scheduling to financial aid. We can’t wait to talk with you!

Map of Brunswick / Medina Location
Map of Canton / Alliance Area Location
Map of Youngstown / Boardman Area Location
Map of Niles / Warren Area Location
Map of Niles / Department of Barbering Location
Map of Cleveland West / North Olmsted Location
Map of Willoughby Location
Map of Boardman/ Massage Therapy School Location

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Canton / Alliance Area

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Youngstown / Boardman Area

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Niles / Warren Area

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Niles / Department of Barbering

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Cleveland West / North Olmsted

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Boardman/ Massage Therapy School

Admissions & Student Salon:

  • Brunswick / Medina

  • Canton / Alliance Area

  • Youngstown / Boardman Area

  • Niles / Warren Area

  • Niles / Department of Barbering

  • Cleveland West / North Olmsted

  • Willoughby

  • Boardman/ Massage Therapy School