If you are a practicing hairdresser, skin care specialist, or cosmetologist, your clients expect you to keep abreast of the latest styles, trends, tools, and techniques hitting the beauty industry. And these fashions change often quite rapidly!
Pick up the latest issue of a style or hair fashion magazine, and you will see products, services, and looks that were never offered before but that now are all the latest rage! Basically, if you work in the beauty industry, you have to keep up. It is just a part of being in the industry. In order to make that happen, taking continuing education courses on a regular basis is a must!
Continuing education courses are offered in a variety of different settings. Cosmetology schools all offer continuing education courses, and you may want to look into the school you attended to see what they have on offer. Some of the larger salons offer workshops and training seminars, although sometimes you must be an employee of the salon to attend. And companies offer training directly to beauty professionals, usually at trade shows and professional meetings. There, you will have a chance to mingle, see the latest offerings, and get trained in how to use them. A great opportunity!
The good news is that you can use continuing education to take your career in whatever direction interests you. If you are interested in the business side of the beauty business, you can take courses in salon management and leadership, salon finance, and other business-oriented courses. If you want to be able to offer the latest and greatest to your clients, there are course that will teach you these. There are even courses geared to improving customer satisfaction. And since, in the beauty industry, a good portion of income is usually earned from tips, improving customer satisfaction can translate into a higher income.
Some continuing education credits may be needed for this renewal.
Hairdressers and cosmetologists in Hawaii earned an average of $28,500 in 2013, the last year for which statistics were reported, according to O*Net. Of course, the more experience you have, the more you have a loyal and committed client base, and the more skills and techniques you can offer, the higher the income you can command. Continuing education courses can help you on all these fronts, and hence, may have a direct impact on your bottom line!
As you gain new experiences and expertise, you will want to let people know informing both existing clients, and potential new clients. Your salon or spa may wish to advertise your expanded service offerings in the newspaper, on radio, or online. You may want to send out announcement cards to your existing clients informing them of your new skills. And, of course, word of mouth is always important. You may even want to perform one or two of the new services gratis, to get existing clients talking and spreading the word! Of course, as a hairdresser or cosmetologist, you work mostly one-to-one with clients, providing specific services as requested. In between your client appointments, you will clean and neaten your work station in preparation for the next client. Your schedule will be flexible, making it possible to fit in other commitments around your working life. The beauty industry is a great field in which you can make a difference in peoples lives, while you yourself grow and develop in new directions. It is a career that can last you a lifetime. Consider a career in the beauty industry in Hawaii!
Hawaii Board of Barbering & Cosmetology
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
Fax Number: 808-586-3031
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hawaii State Board of Cosmetology can help answer additional questions about obtaining a Hawaii state cosmetology license.