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!
Some people out of the loop don’t take cosmetology seriously. They think we sit around all day just making people pretty. While that’s definitely part of it and easily the best parts of our jobs, there is so much more to cosmetology school, and you might be surprised at some of the things students learn. Cosmetology students take substantive courses that teach them far more than the processes for creating the latest hair styles or achieving the perfect shade of highlights. In cosmetology programs, students are often required to take courses that educate them about the anatomy and physiology of the body, trichology, and the proper sterilization procedures for hair styling equipment, and so much more. Cosmetology schools help a student obtain a well-rounded, serious and meaningful education so that the student can provide the best services for the client. So check out the top four things you would never guess a student learns in cosmetology school and discover why cosmetology is a career that is valuable and should be taken seriously!
Anatomy and Physiology of Hair, Skin and Nails
Stylists will take extensive courses in cosmetology school that cover the physical make-up of the body and an understanding of anatomy. Because cosmetologists come into contact with the scalp region, it is important that cosmetologists understand its construction so as to spot potential issues and avoid harmful effects of treatments like infections or rashes. Ever heard of trichology? It deals with the scientific study of the hair and scalp, and it’s not something to be taken likely!
Safety, Sanitation and Sterilization
Hairstylists learn how to properly clean hair rollers, irons, brushes, scissors, combs and every other tool they use in a cosmetology program. Cosmetology students also learn how to maintain an immaculate work station for client safety and their own safety. They learn how to spot illnesses in the scalp and protect other clients from being exposed to a client’s dandruff or lice problem. By learning these skills, cosmetologists learn how to avoid negligent situations in the workplace for which they and their salon would be held legally liable, and prevent customers from ending up with serious health conditions that will tarnish your and your salon’s reputations.
Chemistry of Color, Treatments and Beauty Products
The typical program at a cosmetology school requires 1500 to 2000 hours of coursework depending on your state, and that includes real, hands-on practice styling hair and performing other beauty services. A majority of these hours are spent in learning how to properly mix hair color and perform special hair treatments for clients. Stylists will learn how to use relaxers and perform a partial or full set of highlights. A student can complete these hours over a 9- to 15-month course depending on their state. There are specific requirements that must be met within the program in order to take board exams and get licensed. One of the most important requirements a student must meet is a set number of hours (determined by the boards of cosmetology or cosmetology schools) dedicated to theory and the study of chemistry. Studying the chemistry of hair color is one of the most important skills a beauty student learns, because more often than not they will work in a salon where stylists are responsible for mixing their own color.
Business Skills like Salesmanship, Ethics, Client Relations and Shop Management
Working with clients and being able to relate to them is an important aspect of being a stylist or other personal appearance worker. Many salons depend on stylists to market to new clients and promote the salon. A stylist is largely responsible for building their own loyal client base. A stylist will usually study professionalism and communication with clients in a beauty school program. Cosmetology students will often find that sales and marketing skills, critical thinking for ethical decisions, client relations and retention, and salon and spa management are skills they get with the cosmetology school package.
These are 4 things that every cosmetologist should learn in beauty school. Cosmetology school exposes students to valuable information that directly helps them become better professionals in the workplace, and keeps the public safe and satisfied.
In an era where traditional professions that could long be entered into with confidence are crumbling as a result of a changing world and a sagging economy, the cosmetology field is as popular as ever. Regardless of what is happening on Wall Street or in Washington D.C., people will always seek out professionals that can make them look good on the outside and feel good on the inside. Here are the top 5 reasons that your next career move should be to enroll in cosmetology school.
It’s a perfect fit for working parents.
Millions of Americans that are raising young children are currently locked into a monotonous cycle of working long, 40+ hour weeks in order to be able to cover the rising cost of childcare. As a cosmetologist, you can often structure your schedule on your own terms. Part-time, full-time, nights, mornings or even weekend shifts can be worked in order to preserve your valuable time with your children while substantially cutting down on the costs of raising them. Cosmetology is an especially popular profession among parents and single parents.
Express yourself artistically every single day.
The cosmetology business thrives on creative and challenging work that allows you to express yourself artistically. Few professions that come with economic stability allow a person to engage in forms of art, but cosmetologists get to practice their love of art and beauty in various mediums every single workday. When a job is fresh, rewarding and allows personal expression, the environment never becomes stale or tiresome. And you will constantly be asked for your creative input and suggestions.
Get into the work force sooner.
People who embark on a career in medicine or law often submerge themselves in gargantuan workloads that come with many years of expensive schooling, only to emerge several years later saddled with massive debt in a shaky and uncertain job market. Cosmetology is the perfect profession for the modern era, as it allows a person to become qualified and certified in a fraction of the time and for a fraction of the cost of the traditional college route. It’s still important to plan for the financial and scheduling aspects of attending cosmetology school, but plan on getting into the work force within 2 years or less!
The job demand is increasing.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for cosmetologists has steadily increased in the past ten years, and the average annual income of a cosmetologist continues to rise. The BLS.gov report says that job demand for personal appearance workers is expected to continue to grow through 2018! The population is growing, we all have hair and skin and nails that need tending to, it makes sense that the job demand for cosmetology professionals is growing!
Then there are the unspoken rewards.
Much like great coaches or teachers, great cosmetologists get extensive gratification out of helping people to feel great about themselves. Most cosmetologists embark on a lifelong career in which they are able to combine their expert consultation skills and knowledge, with their artistic and creative side, with precise and effective technical skills learned in cosmetology school to make their clients feel great. When you truly love your job, the positive impact you can have on the people you work with is immeasurable.
If you were on the fence about starting a career in cosmetology, hopefully this list of the top 5 reasons to go to cosmetology school will help you make the decision and take the plunge. If you ever need help finding a cosmetology school near you to get started, don’t hesitate to contact us!
The Cal-BBC warns that a business called the “California License Renewal Service” has been mailing fake “renewal notices” to California cosmetology licensees. These notices offer to file the licensee’s renewal application and fee with the board in exchange for a “service fee” of up to $40.
The Cal-BBC wants cosmetology professionals within the state to know that the California License Renewal Service is neither associated with, nor endorsed in any way by the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. When the time comes for you to renew your cosmetology license, the board will mail you its own notice within 90 days of your license’s expiration date.
The real notice will include instructions on how to file for renewal directly with the board. Most importantly, there is no service charge associated with filing your license renewal directly with the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.
Check out this copy of the phony cosmetology license bill and warn all your California beauty friends to beware. Scammers are trying to get their hands on a piece of your hard-earned money!
Posted on: April 15th, 2009 by Beauty Schools Directory 2 Comments
It’s almost that time of year – graduation season! For graduates of all ages, it can be an exciting, yet anxiety-inducing time. Some are preparing to complete their education from traditional institutions, while others are about to graduate with a more specialized skill set. If you chose to pursue an education in cosmetology, esthetics or makeup and you’re about to transition to the “real world,” you may have more career options waiting for you than you realized.
1. Entrepreneur: If you’re a no-nonsense, business-minded individual, you could become your own boss! Entrepreneurs with a cosmetology background could start their own salons, spas, schools or beauty product lines.
2. Platform artist: If you thrive in front of an audience, working as a platform artist at hair shows could be an exciting career choice. Many platform artists act as ambassadors for professional hair care companies. They often travel to hair shows around the country and demonstrate new techniques or products.
3. Makeup artist for a major line: This is a prestigious career choice for talented, dedicated cosmetology professionals. Many makeup artists pick a product line, and begin their career track at the retail level, and work their way up.
4. Beauty Educator: Many companies value educators with a background in retail or marketing. Earning your cosmetology license will most likely be the best way to get your foot in the door.
5. Cosmetology Teacher: If you thrived during your time in cosmetology school, maybe you’re cut out to help cosmetology students work toward their own career goals. If you like to teach, and love cosmetology, this could be a great career path for you.
Need some more tips for landing the perfect job? Marianne says it always pays to be assertive and ambitious. In the beauty industry, networking is key. Make sure your professional beauty connections know what you want – you never know who could help you get somewhere. Finally, discover your own traits and skills that set you apart from the crowd. When you know more about your own strengths you can make others see why you’re the right one for the job!
What’s your plan for after beauty school graduation? Have any beauty job search tips or stories of your own? We’d love to hear them!
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!