Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re looking into attending beauty school, odds are you’ve got a few questions. So did we when we started! We want to help you find answers to your questions, so here are the answers to some of the questions we get asked most often.

Questions About School Tours

When can I schedule a tour?

Tours are available Tuesday through Friday from 9 am to 2 pm with occasional Saturdays by appointment. You can submit a request here, text us, or send us an email to schedule a tour with our Director of Admissions.

How long does a tour take?

Tours typically take about 45 minutes.

What can I expect to see when I come for a tour?

  • See student stylists in action working on clients on the clinic floor!
  • See educators teaching in each classroom!
  • See the technology we use
  • See what comes in our top-notch supply kit that equips you with what you need throughout school, the state board exam and beyond!
  • See what sets us apart from other cosmetology schools and why we can boast a 100%
  • licensure rate and more than 90% job placement rate
  • How we set you up for success in the beauty industry!
  • Get information on the enrollment process and applying for financial aid!

What questions do you wish you would have asked or you’re glad you asked before starting school?

“I am glad I found out ahead of time that students are encouraged to park in the parking lot behind the building, especially Freshmen and Sophomores. The front lot is for clients, staff, and upperclassmen.”

“I am glad I found out more about the dress code.”

“I am glad I found out about what my payments were and when I was to turn them in each month. I am glad I found out that I could have a payment plan while I was in school and as long as 4 years after graduation.”

Is cosmetology school the same as a trade school?

Trade schools are post-secondary learning institutions that offer hands-on training for those interested in specialty skilled professions, so cosmetology school is a type of trade school. However, not all trade schools offer cosmetology as one of their courses.

Questions about Applying

What are the requirements for enrollment? What do I need to apply to cosmetology school? How do I apply to beauty school?

  • Must be 17 years of age
  • High School Diploma, Official High school transcripts, or GED
  • Proof of age (birth certificate, green card, or passport)
  • Application for enrollment and $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Submit a 500-750-word essay on “Why I Chose This Industry”
  • Show driver’s license or I.D. card
  • Show Social Security Card
  • Successfully pass the Wonderlic Entrance Exam with a score of 18 or above.
  • Make $500 down payment towards supply kit/books

What is the Wonderlic Entrance Exam and why do I need to take it?

One of the items needed for acceptance to the Keune Academy by 124 is passing the Wonderlic entrance exam. Most post-secondary technical schools require passing this test to attend school, since most do not require submission of SAT or ACT scores. These tests include basic language and math principles. You will have 15 minutes to complete the test. There are 50 questions, and a score of 18 is passing. You have the opportunity for one retake. 95% of our students pass this exam. Just breathe, you got this!

How long does the enrollment process take?

The entire process can be done in 2-3 short visits.

  1. Tour
  2. Bring in enrollment paperwork, take your entrance exam, discuss financial options
  3. Complete financial plan and sign enrollment agreement

Some applicants choose to apply for financial aid prior to their tour and bring enrollment documents and choose to take their exam on the day of their tour. This eliminates a visit, which can improve the chances of being able to enroll for popular start dates where classes fill up quickly, such as Summer and beginning of the year.

How often do new classes start?

Our classes start every 8 weeks, so there are typically 6 class starts per year. Click here to see our current academic calendar.

I have experience in cosmetology through my high school, how can this benefit me?

If you have completed 350 or more hair hours through a cosmetology pathway in high school (i.e. Maxwell High School of Technology, Loganville High School, Lanier College & Career Academy) or an approved cosmetology program and can submit an official transcript from that school, you could be eligible for a $1500 scholarship* towards tuition.
*Financial Aid is available only to those students that qualify.

Do you take VA Funds?

Yes! Because we are an accredited school, financial aid, including funding from the GI Bill®, is available to students who qualify.
*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

Who do I contact with questions about beauty school?

Contact the Director of Admissions, Christine Hinton, at 678.735.4769 (office) or 470.235.9985 (cell), and [email protected]

Questions about Our Programs

What programs do you offer?

We currently have two programs: Hair Design and Master Cosmetology.

How much is tuition for beauty school?

Hair Design is $17,300 + kit and fees. Master Cosmetology is $18,500 + kit and fees.

What supplies come in the kit?

Everything you will need for hands-on training during class, supplies you will need for your practical state board exam, the fee associated with scheduling the exams, use of a locker and lock. There will be nothing you need after graduation to start a career.

How many students are in a class?

For an optimal learning environment, we cap our class size to 18 students.

What’s the difference between the Hair Design and Master Cosmetology Courses?

Keune Academy by 124 offers a Master Cosmetology program that is 1,500 hours in length, and is formulated to help students become licensed cosmetologists. Students in this program can learn about hair styling, coloring, cutting, and more in addition to nail and skin care services.
We also offer a 1,325 hour Hair Design program that can allow students to earn their hair design license in less time. This program focuses exclusively on hair, which is perfect for people who are less passionate about nails or skin care.

Master Cosmetology is a 1500 clock-hour course that includes Hair, Make-up Application, Lash & Brow Tinting, Basic Nail Care (manicures and pedicures), Basic Skin Care (basic cleansing facial) and Facial Waxing, Basic Sculptured nails (acrylic product with manual filing only; no drill files).

Hair Design 1325 clock-hour course that includes Hair, Make-up, and Lash & Brow Tinting.

How long does it take to finish each program? If I work fast, can I graduate earlier than the course says?

It typically takes approximately 9 to 12 months to complete your program depending on which program you choose and your attendance. Our programs are “Clock-hour” courses, meaning that you are given a certain number of hours, based on your program, to complete a specific number of haircuts, manicures, waxing services, color services, etc. as required by the State Board. Although you may finish these requirements earlier than the time frame allotted, you must also complete the remaining clock hours through attendance at school. Once you have completed your course requirements, you will continue to work on live clients until your clock hours have been satisfied as well.

What can I learn in your programs?

Both programs are designed to teach:

  • How to work with all hair types, cutting, coloring, styling
  • How to work with children and experience men’s cutting.
  • How to work with textures of hair unlike your own.
  • The molecular structure of hair.
  • How chemicals affect hair.
  • General principles of chemistry, safety and sanitation, along with electricity and anatomy.
  • Make-up artistry
  • Various aspects of the beauty industry.
  • How to prepare a model for a photoshoot and for the runway.
  • Exposure to advanced industry techniques and business building tools like client acquisition, retail selling, color formulations, consulting.
  • Job search skills, as well as how to build and maintain a social media portfolio and following.
  • The biggest mistakes new graduates make when entering the industry
  • How to take care of your body and mind so that you have longevity in the industry.
  • The art of customer relations and working communicating with people from various backgrounds.

Our Master Cosmetology program also teaches:

  • Nail care, skin care, and artificial nail enhancements.
  • The molecular structure of skin and nails.
  • How chemicals affect the skin and nails.

What careers can I get with a cosmetology license*?

  • Stylist Behind the Chair
  • Beauty Consultant
  • Runway Stylist
  • Personal Stylist
  • Make Up Artist
  • Salon or Spa Manager
  • Lash Technician
  • Body Waxing
  • Beauty Trainer/Educator
  • Platform Artist
  • Manufacturing
  • Product Distributor
  • Hair Loss Specialist
  • Salon Owner
  • Esthetician
  • Extensionist
  • Colorist
  • Nail Technician
  • Film and TV Stylist
  • Editorial and Advertising Stylist
  • Brand Artistic Director
  • Wedding and Event Stylist
  • Cruise Ship/Resort Stylist

*Keune Academy by 124 cannot guarantee employment for students after graduation.

What school schedules do you offer?

Courses are currently available full-time, Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 pm

Does your school observe holidays?

Our school closely mimics Gwinnett County School schedule. Click here to view our current academic calendar.

Do you offer courses or services like applying hair extensions (lace frontals) and sew-ins?

Our programs are designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to complete GA State Board requirements for licensure as well as the foundation needed to add to this knowledge. Our programs cover introductory theory and foundations of hair addition services and wigs with experience in cornrowing. Following licensure, individuals will choose to enhance their education based on a specialty or clientele they desire to serve through additional certifications. Application of lace frontals and weaves is a certification you could obtain after you are licensed.

What happens after I finish the program?

  • Exit Interview with Financial Aid Director
  • You can interview at various salons
  • Fun Graduation ceremony with friends, family, and fellow students
  • You are scheduled for your written and Practical State Board Exam
  • You pass the state board exams
  • Your license is mailed to you

Questions about Our Student Salon

What types of services do you offer in the student salon*?

We offer a wide range of services including: Color, Cutting, Highlights, hand-painted Balayage, Make-up, Manicure, Pedicures, Gel Polish, Paraffin Wax, Facial Waxing, Relaxers, Permanent Waving, Children’s Cuts, Formal Styles, Color Correction, Natural Curl Styles like Twist or Rod Sets, Corn Row Braids, Silk Wrap, Blow Outs, Lash and Brow Tinting.
*All services provided by students under the supervision of licensed instructors.

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