If there is anything that is true in the beauty industry, it is that fashions are constantly changing. Todays hairstyle is passé by next month, and clients are always seeking the freshest, most up to date look. They read about these looks in the style and fashion magazines, and come in to see you expecting you to be able to interpret them in a wearable, attractive way. In fact, nothing in the industry is more constant than change!
For this reason, it is not enough to have gotten a certificate or a degree from a reputable beauty school or community college program you need to constantly be finding ways of keeping up on the latest trends. This is why continuing education opportunities are so important in the hairdressing, hairstyling, and cosmetology industry they can give you the edge you need to keep your clients satisfied and keep you on top of the latest looks and trends.
Continuing education is offered in many formats. The school where you studied hair dressing, hair styling, and cosmetology undoubtedly offers continuing education courses, usually at times that are convenient for busy professionals, such as evenings and weekends. That is a good place to start. Some of the larger salons offer periodic workshops and seminars, sometimes bringing in a renowned expert, other times utilizing someone on their staff to train everybody else. And manufactures of products and tools hold seminars in how to correctly use their item. Often, these are held at trade shows where a number of manufacturers display their wares under one roof, so you can get a chance to walk around and take in everything that is new and current, while visiting and networking with colleagues.
The range of continuing education courses is also very wide, so you can pursue a direction that is of particular interest to you. For instance, if you have been considering moving into a management position, it could be very helpful to take some business courses. If youre wanting to be able to provide the latest cut and style, classes in that are available. There are even classes in improving customer service, which can lead to bigger tips!
Currently, no continuing education hours are required to renew your cosmetology license in Kentucky, but CEUs are always recommended to stay current in the industry.
The average salary earned by hair dressers, hair stylists, and cosmetologists in Kentucky in 2013, the last year for which statistics are available, was $20,500. Of course, one of the major advantages of taking continuing education courses is that each one enhances some aspect of your skills and experience. As you gain additional skill, you may be able to charge a higher fee for them. Some of the newer hair straightening procedures, for example, command fees of $250 to $350 per treatment. The career outlook for professionals in this field is bright, and is expected to grow between 8% and 14% from 2012 to 2022, meaning there is room for growth in the field as well as for new professionals to get a start.
Once you have upgraded your skills, or added a new one to your repertoire, you will want to let people know! The spa or salon you work for may choose to advertise your new offering in the newspaper, on radio, or online. You may wish to send out announcement cards to your existing clients whom you feel may be interested. And you might consider performing the service for a couple of people free of charge to generate excitement and get people talking! If you have been taking business courses, you may want to explore the possibility of becoming an assistant manager at your current salon, or applying for management positions elsewhere. You will still continue to work primarily in a one-to-one setting providing services to individual clients. This means that you have at least some scheduling flexibility, although you will need to be available when your clients want to utilize your services, so some evenings and weekends are probably inevitable. Still, this is a great career to fit in with an active and busy home life! The beauty industry is constantly changing, and to thrive, you must be willing to change with it. This means staying current by taking continuing education courses in Kentucky! The investment of time and money is worth it for the payoff of being able to offer your clients the looks they are asking for. And by staying fresh, you grow and expand, staying more involved, interested, and challenged. A win-win for everyone! Check out beauty schools in your area to request information today!
Kentucky Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists
111 St. James Court, Suite A
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
Phone Number: 502-564-4262
Fax Number: 502-564-0481
E-mail Address: Website Contact Form
The Kentucky State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating 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 Kentucky state cosmetology license.