Ohio Beauty School Chain Shuts Down with Little Notice



Imagine that you are studying hard to become a cosmetologist and show up to school one day to find a note on the door that the school will soon shut down. Students of Carousel Beauty & Spa Institute faced just this nightmare scenario in early September.

The notes read “We deeply regret to announce that after 57 years, Carousel Beauty Colleges will not reopen…after the labor day holiday.”

The school gave no reason for this. According to WDTN 2 NEWS, the chain did not even give a reason in its email to the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology announcing its closure.

Students can get a refund for the tuition they already paid according to Ohio law. The state’s law also requires that a permanently closed school make arrangements for its students. In addition, the school has 14 days to forward the students’ complete, certified training records to the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology. That way, the students can get their records.

Carousel eventually placed a notice on its website citing “ongoing market conditions coupled with a third-party purchase that did not materialize” as the reason for its closure. The school wrote that it would continue to work with the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology to assist all students.

The school claimed that it would help these students transfer their hours to other programs. In addition, the website stated that Carousel is working with other beauty schools in the area to place students.

Local beauty schools quickly reached out to the affected students. Elite Hair Academy told 2 NEWS that it would accept all Carousel hours approved by the state as transfers to Elite.

In a rough day for students across the country, notice came on the same day that ITT Technical Institute shut down all of its campuses in the US. The chain faced federal sanctions.