Hair styling and design is a creative field that lets you help other people by enabling them to look and feel their best. If you see yourself as creative and artistic, enjoy the area of beauty, and like helping people look and feel good, this could be a great career option for you!
Hair stylists and designers start by going to beauty school and studying all about hair and skin, as well as the latest cutting and styling techniques. Use our directory of beauty schools in Alaska to start your search for quality programs!
A typical school program lasts about nine months. To become a hair designer in Alaska, you must be licensed by the Alaska Board of Barbers and Hairdressers in Cosmetology. The Board requires 1650 hours of classroom time in order to be eligible for the license, and, upon completing your required hours, you must take and pass an exam testing both your theoretical and practical knowledge in cosmetology.
Most schools of hair design require that you hold a high school diploma or equivalent for entrance into their program, and when you graduate, you receive a certificate in cosmetology. Part of your beauty school program may include an apprenticeship, where you work under the supervision of a licensed professional practicing in the same area that you wish to practice in. Another route to becoming a hair designer is to earn your associates degree. Students in associates degree programs get even more depth of knowledge in the science of skin and hair, as well as in-depth knowledge of hair styling and design. With an associates degree, you are likely to find even better job opportunities. You can check into the availability of associates degree programs at your local community colleges.
Alaska licensees must renew their licenses every odd-numbered year by the end of August. It costs $140 to renew a hairdresser specialist license as long as you renew by the due date. The cost goes up to $180 after August 31.
According to O*Net, the median income earned by hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists in Alaska in 2013 was $25,800. Hair designers in Alaska tend to earn a premium in income compared to hair designers in the lower 48 states, largely because of the states remoteness, so it can be a great place to earn a higher than average income. Most of the interest in hair designers comes from the larger cities, such as Anchorage and Juneau, but small cities and towns typically have beauty salons employing hair designers as well. And it may be possible to find employment in alternative settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living settings. If you know specialized hair design techniques, such as sculptural cutting and design, you may be able to earn a premium fee for that skill.
If you practice hairstyling and design in a salon setting, or even in one of the alternative settings such as a nursing home, you will have a number of tasks you are responsible for. In addition to the styling and design the creative part of the job, you will need to keep the area around your work station clean and presentable at all times. You will need to provide consultation to clients and potential clients, as well as to management, and continue your education by taking additional courses, so that you can remain fresh and up-to-date. Being a good listener is a skill needed by every hairdresser and hair designer, as many clients like to talk while their hair is being done, and expect that you will listen and respond with empathy. You will need to handle chemicals and tools that are routinely used in the performance of your trade. Most hairstylists and designers have flexible schedules, allowing them to work either full or part time, and work around family responsibilities, making this a great career choice for a person with young children in the home. Evening and weekend hours may be necessary to fit in with your clients busy schedules. If you are doing hair design for special events, such as weddings, you may need to travel to the clients locations.
Alaska Board of Barbers and Hairdressers
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
333 Willoughby Avenue, 9th Floor
Juneau, AK 99801-1770
Phone Number: 907-465-2547
Fax Number: 907-456-2974
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Alaska Division of Occupational Licensing can help you with additional questions about obtaining an Alaska cosmetology license.
The state of Alaska has seen modest increases in those looking to make
a living in hair care over the past decade. Hair design for many there
has proven to be a viable career path with great rewards. Anyone looking to
be a part of it consults with these sources.
Alaska Board of Barbers and Hairdressers
International SalonSpa Network