Hey guys this is Heather with Beauty Schools Directory again. This time I want to talk to you about the education level requirements to enroll in beauty school. There are some high schools that allow people to enroll in a vocational technology cosmetology program at the school and get a head start on their cosmetology training hours, so anywhere from juniors to seniors could be getting a head start and actually earning hours that they can apply toward being able to sit for the board exam.
But barring that, typically to enroll in a cosmetology school you must be at least 16 years of age and have either a high school diploma or a GED. Now this completely depends on your state and its cosmetology board license requirements, so I’m going to link to a list of the 50 states plus Washington D.C. cosmetology boards so you can do your research and find out for sure.
But it’s not just up to the state. Some schools individually may also require different ages or different education levels. But as a general rule, 16 years of age or older and with a high school diploma or GED. So as long as you have those, you should be good to enroll in cosmetology school. Always check with the board and always check with the school to be sure. Thank you so much for watching, and have a great day!
Posted on: February 5th, 2013 by Beauty Schools Directory No Comments
Hey gang! We have a new Q&A video for you. You have more options than ever before when it comes to getting educated, licensed and started on your beauty career. It can be overwhelming and tough to know where to begin. So one question we get a lot at Beauty Schools Directory is, “Cosmetology school – where do I start?” I shot a little video to answer this question in 5 easy steps. Let us know what you think in the comments. Thank for watching!
Hey everybody, this is Heather with Beauty Schools Directory again. And today I just want to give you a high level view for people who are just considering a career in cosmetology. Maybe you’re just starting to do your research and you haven’t decided yet whether a career in beauty is right for you. So really it’s just a guide to all the cosmetology information you need to know to make an informed decision.
The first thing I recommend that you learn about if you’re thinking about a career in beauty is the different career options that are available to you. So there are a number of different beauty disciplines, whether it’s hair, nails, makeup, skin care, laser hair removal, permanent makeup and a handful of others. But each one of those beauty disciplines has a different job description and different job options available to them. So when you’re researching the careers you could have in the beauty industry, keep that specific area you want to study in mind, and look at the kinds of companies that are hiring people who would do what you do, and what the education requirements are to do that job. What are the different ways you can break into that business and actually start your career in that beauty discipline?
The second thing that I recommend you learn about is salary. Salary varies on a number of different things, so you do need to keep that in mind. But it varies by your location – are you in a vast, expansive state where cities or major metropolitan areas are fewer and far between like Wyoming, or are you in California where every 50 miles is a new major metropolitan area? Take a look at location. Another thing to keep in mind is work experience. You’re not going to graduate beauty school and be making $100,000 a year, you know? So it does take time in the industry to build up your skill and your clientele and market yourself to grow your salary. So keep that in mind. There’s always going to be a range of less experienced to more experienced salary levels. Salary can also depend very highly on your level of customer service, because a huge part of the cosmetology business is tip-based. So you really need to treat your clients well, do a great job, treat them with respect and listen to them in order to bring in those tips and affect your salary. The other one is time spent at your salon employer. A lot of younger people fresh out of school tend to salon hop either because they haven’t found the right one for them, or because they think they might make more money somewhere else. But what they’re not doing is really allowing themselves to establish their place and build their clientele in one spot. So keep that in mind – salon hopping can really affect how much salary you earn earlier in your career.
So look into careers, look into salary and decide if a career in cosmetology sounds right for you based on what you’ve learned. But then the next step is to actually look at cosmetology schools. So you’ll want to research several schools near you to compare your options, and you can actually use our How to Choose a Beauty School checklist if you want. It’s a really helpful guide to help you compare and contrast the different schools you’re considering, it has questions you can ask the admissions reps. So you get all your questions answered, learn about your different options for attending school like scheduling, and then your different options for paying for school like scholarships, financial aid or payment plans. And really do your research here and decide which school is right for you.
But that’s just a real high-level view, a high-level cosmetology information guide of the few things you should start looking into. It’s for the people who are going, “Maybe a career in beauty is right for me, but I don’t know where to begin.” I hope you enjoyed this video, I know it’s really high level, but again it’s for the people who are just now starting to think about it. Let me know if you have any questions we haven’t answered so far and we’d be happy to shoot a video and share with you some advice. So check out BeautySchoolsDirectory.com, and we’ll talk to you soon!
Thank you so much to Charlotte Howard, the beautiful and talented hostess of the Hair Artist Association Radio Show, for having me on the show on May 31! We covered so much ground about the importance of beauty education and continually growing and learning in your field. Charlotte, of all people, would know best – she has worked in countless different roles in the beauty business and has the knowledge and experience to back it up. The Hair Artist Association does some great things, so I urge all of you stylists and other beauty professionals to go check it out. We talked about all sorts of things, such as what today’s beauty school student looks like, what students look for in a beauty school, how students are finding ways to pay for school, and why it’s important to turn your passion into a profession. If you care at all about beauty and you are thinking about entering the beauty business, then take the plunge and talk to cosmetology schools about your options. You can have a career that matters, and that you are passionate about.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Charlotte Howard, she’s worked in all sorts of roles in the beauty industry and can attest to the value of a cosmetology education. She shared with us how she got into the beauty business in the first place.
Charlotte said, “I started right after high school. I’ve always loved doing hair, since I was 16 actually. I was doing family members’ hair and that’s how it actually started, because my mom couldn’t fix hair! [Laughs] I got tired of getting teased at school and I decided that’s what I wanted to do. I went to Trident Tech right out of high school, having that hands-on atmosphere doing people’s hair in the clinic really helped me, because it helped me build the confidence and looking at the results after someone got their hair done made me feel good. That’s how I got started in the industry, and after that I became a salon manager and did that for 10 years.
Then I started my own salon and have been freelancing ever since. There’s so much opportunity, because I’ve been helping other people get started in their businesses as well, coaching them and speaking. There’s so much you can do with your cosmetology license. I don’t think a lot of people realize the power of it.”
I thought this was great advice from Charlotte Howard, who’s worked all across the industry, for aspiring cosmetology students: ”The one piece of advice I would give is to always plan ahead and follow your passion. If you really are passionate about the industry, don’t be scared of following your passion. If you want to do hair, you can go ahead and start planning it out right now. And even if it’s 6 months down the line, you’re able to say, ‘Here’s my plan. Here’s what I’m going to do.’ Plan that financial aid and plan your schedule of classes, that’s my recommendation. Keep up with all the industry resources that are available to you, like this information we’re providing for you.”
Interview with Kathy Jager - Cosmetology Author It takes more than just being great at cutting hair to be a huge success in the beauty business. It takes top notch client consultation, relentless marketing, a growing and steady clientele, professionalism and poise, and much more. We interviewed author Kathy Jager, who has more than 30 years of experience in the beauty business, about what it takes to really make it in the cosmetology business.
Interview with Meg Haas - Blowdry Bar Owner Blow Dry Bars are the hottest new beauty salon on the scene, and one has opened up in the heart of Kansas City. No cutting and coloring here, though – it’s all about hair design and styling! Parlor is Kansas City’s first blow-dry and cosmetic bar. We checked in with Meg Haas, the owner of Parlor, a “beauty bar” located on the Kansas City Plaza to find out more about what a blowdry bar is, what kinds of clients they serve and services they perform, and what she looks for in blow dry bar employees as a salon owner.
Interview with Brenda Corona - Scholarship Winner It was an incredibly special moment when the Beauty Schools Directory team was able to surprise Brenda Corona from Las Vegas, Nevada on Skype with a $2,500 scholarship for esthetics school. We would like to thank every single applicant who told us their story and applied for the scholarship to pursue their dreams and attend a beauty school or cosmetology school, and everyone who had a hand in making this scholarship possible. Congratulations, Brenda! We are so excited for you!