Do you love styling people’s hair? Putting makeup on others? Do you have a burning passion for making people beautiful? What does it take to become a cosmetologist?
Stylists, barbers, and beauty and nail care professionals are all cosmetologists. The job is defined as a person who specializes in personal care and beauty. Who does not want people to look better and feel better about themselves?
Cosmetologists should have great people skills, tons of knowledge, and the will to further their education to keep up with trends, fads, and new technologies and strategies. That is a big job to take on. Luckily, there are plenty of schools that give you all the necessary skills and knowledge to be successful as a cosmetologist.
How to Become a Cosmetologist
It is actually quite simple. You go to school. Not a traditional college, unless you want to have degrees in all things cosmetology, like barber training, electrolysis therapy, permanent and non-permanent beauty care, hair and makeup special training, tattooing, hair, nail, and makeup instructor training. Yes, there are plenty of associate’s degrees in these niches. If you look hard enough, you may find bachelor degrees in some of those fields.
For example, if you live in Atlanta and search the Internet for cosmetology schools, you find that there is The Paul Mitchell School and the Aveda Institute.
For the average person, a certificate or associate’s degree is required to be licensed to practice cosmetology. If you live in a bigger city, you can be confident that you have at least one cosmetology school near you. Search for schools on the Internet to find one that suits your needs and interests.
Check out its Website and speak to an advisor to figure out a plan that works for you. These programs are sensitive to people’s needs, as they have a lot of students who work full-time, or are parents who need flexibility in their scheduling.
Most schools can give some online training, but most of it is hands-on training. Which makes sense. You cannot learn how to cut hair or do nails and makeup without actually doing it.
After you receive your certificate or degree, you take a state regulated test that you must pass to get your license to practice cosmetology. The licensing varies from state to state. So again, do a quick Internet search to see what you must do to be legal in your state.
A Day in the Life
Well, as you can imagine, a cosmetologist does lots of different things from day to day and can specialize in many niches. A hair stylist or barber cut and style hair all day. A makeup artist puts makeup on others all day. If they are trained in special equipment, like electrolysis for hair removal, they perform those procedures daily. The industry also includes waxing specialists, who remove hair from clients all day. Some cosmetologists have training in several different niches, so they cater to what the client has an appointment for that day and adapts to any situation as it arises.
There are many salons and shops that offer a smorgasbord of services that each technician is trained in. All these services are usually included with the certificate training or degree in which you study for. Your school should be up to date with all the latest trends, fads, and fashion styles that you need to know. Some of your time during the day is spent researching and furthering your knowledge on new hairstyles, products, and strategies. Fashion changes quickly. It is not easy, and it is time consuming to keep up with what is trendy around the world. It is pretty embarrassing when a client sits in your chair and wants an “aardvark with an up-do,” but you have no idea what that is. Surely, that does not exist, or at least let us hope it does not, but you get the point. Do not be that stylist and do your research!
If your dream is to become a cosmetologist, search for a school and get started with classes immediately. The sooner you start, the faster you get into a shop to give those “aardvarks” out to everyone. Why not look online now for nearby schools?