Many cosmetology schools have a dress code. There are no rules on whether to wear your hair up or down, but you should always take the time to style your hair for the day. A regular old ponytail or unkempt hair left down doesn't communicate "beauty professional." So put some thought and time into your hairstyle, and put some of those new cosmetology skills you're learning to the test! This is to prepare you for the reality in working in salons that require their stylists to wear their hair stylishly and professionally. Some schools and salons do not allow bright, unnatural colors that come off as ostentatious, but others actually encourage this. Please note that esthetician school may actually require hair up to keep it out of the way when working with clients. The best thing to do is always to ask your instructors or employers how they expect you to be dressed and styled when you come in.
The old adage "dress for the job you want" should be followed closely in all steps of your professional life. This is extremely important when you are first starting out in your career and training to become a professional cosmetologist because you're working toward becoming a beauty professional that clients look to for style tips and advice. You need to look the part! As a representative for the beauty industry, you need to look polished and well put together yourself. You are projecting the image that you can create when clients see you for the first time. If they like what they see, as in a well groomed and coiffed professional, then they are more likely trust you and your beauty recommendations wholeheartedly. However, if you look sloppy, messy and unkempt, do not expect many return clients!