As you practice as a hairdresser, skin care expert, or other professional in cosmetology, you will soon learn that the number of new products that flood the market, and the number of new styles and techniques that make it to the pages of the womens fashion and hair magazines seems endless! Your clients will come in and ask you about these new products, styles, and techniques, and will expect that you can educate them on their finer points.
In a nutshell, you have to be able to do that, which means that you have to be staying a step ahead of your clientele in terms of knowing what is new, what is trending, and what is hot! There is no way that your education in cosmetology school can provide you with all the information you will need over the course of a career. To stay fresh and up-to-date, you will need to be constantly upgrading your knowledge and your skills. To do this, you will need to avail yourself of continuing education opportunities on a regular basis.
Many different institutions and organizations offer continuing education courses to practicing professionals. Schools of cosmetology are one good source, often offering courses that are designed to fit the busy schedules of working professionals. Salons, especially the larger ones, often offer one-day training seminars on particular subjects. And trade shows and product supply houses often offer workshops on how to use their latest products.
The good news about continuing education is that you can determine what you are most interested in, and choose courses and programs that fit with your interests and your career goals. Perhaps you want to stay current in the latest hair styling techniques. There are continuing education courses designed to help you do just that. Perhaps you have been thinking about opening your own salon. You can use continuing education courses to enhance your knowledge of the business end of the beauty industry.
The Connecticut State Board of Cosmetology issues licenses to individuals in the beauty industry in Connecticut. In order to renew your license you will need to complete ten hours of continuing education credits. You may find, however, that you need to complete more hours than is required in order to stay abreast of the latest trends.
Cosmetologists and hairdressers in Connecticut earned an average of $23,800 in 2013, according to statistics provided by O*Net (www.onetonline.org/link/summary/39-5012.00). As you gain experience in the field and develop a regular client base and a good reputation, your ability to command a higher salary grows. It will also be enhanced as you improve your skills and add new ones to your repertoire. Many clients are looking for the latest styles and procedures, and count on your expertise to guide them into new avenues that may be helpful to them. Some of the newest procedures may also bring in a higher fee, for instance. Some of the new keratin-based hair straightening methods enable practitioners to charge fees of $250 to $350 per treatment.
Once you have learned a new style or a new skill, it is up to you to advertised your recently gained expertise and market it to existing and new clients. Your salon may want to advertise the new services that are now offered. You may want to send postcards to existing clients, letting them know, as well. And you will certainly want to mention your expanded services to your clients when you see them for their regular care. Keeping up with the most current trends and techniques in your field is always a great idea for developing an edge over your competitors. Your new skills may just be the thing that puts you in line for a promotion, or gets you that job with the trendy salon in the next town. Dont wait to learn more about the benefits of continuing your education.
Connecticut Dept. of Public Health - Cosmetology & Licensing
410 Capitol Ave., MS #13PHO
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
Phone Number: 860-509-7603 x6
Fax Number: 860-509-8457
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Connecticut State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating a change of name or change of address information, and acquiring out-of-state and other useful forms, as well as answer additional questions about obtaining a Connecticut cosmetology license.