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How to Start Your Cosmetology Career

Starting Your Cosmetology Career

Maybe you’ve always had a slight interest in cosmetology, but never knew it was something you should seriously pursue. It could have started when you found yourself styling your doll’s hair, then maybe playing with your own (possibly taking it upon yourself to color it at home).

Your friends have probably asked you to style their hair. They think you’re talented when it comes to hair and makeup, and you enjoy doing it. Now it’s no surprise you’ve found yourself thinking about starting your cosmetology career. 

Our cosmetology school is filled with students just like you. Follow along for a brief explanation of everything you need to know before starting your cosmetology career.

What is Cosmetology?

Before you enroll in cosmetology school, it is a good idea to understand what a career in the beauty industry really means. A cosmetology license enables you to provide a wide range of beauty services to clients, including:

  • Hairstyling: Cutting, coloring, styling, and treating hair.
  • Makeup application: Applying makeup to enhance clients’ features and create desired looks.
  • Nail care: Manicuring and pedicuring nails.
  • Skin care: Providing facials, waxing, and other treatments to cleanse, exfoliate, and nourish the skin.

Cosmetologists may also specialize in certain areas, such as bridal hair and makeup, hair extensions, or keratin treatments. They typically work in salons or spas, where they provide a wider range of beauty services, such as massage and body treatments. Some may also work independently or in other settings, such as fashion shows or film sets. The job can be physically demanding, as cosmetologists often stand for long periods of time and use their hands and arms extensively. However, it can also be very rewarding to see clients look and feel their best.

If you are interested in a career in cosmetology, there are many opportunities for advancement. With experience and training, you can become a salon manager, educator, or product specialist. You may also choose to start your own salon or spa business. Cosmetology school gives you the opportunity to decide what you are passionate about most. 

If you find you are interested in any — or all — of the above services, you should seriously consider starting your cosmetology career to find out whether life as a cosmetologist is right for you! 

Why Attend Cosmetology School?

Every state mandates that a cosmetologist must complete cosmetology school and become licensed in order to practice in the state. Starting your cosmetology career by enrolling in school is the first step toward receiving your certification, which prepares you for your state board exams. Once you have passed your exams, you will be licensed to perform services!

Laws and regulations vary depending on location. When you enroll at the Academy of Beauty Professionals, we work with you to ensure you are well prepared for your state exams and any additional regulations.

Cosmetology school not only provides you with technical knowledge about hair, skin, and nails; you will also learn what it takes to be a success in the industry, especially on the business side. Cosmetologists must be able to listen to clients’ needs and preferences to provide them with the exact services they are looking for, so a keen understanding of customer service is necessary. have a keen understanding of customer service

You will also learn how to market your services effectively, how to stay up to date with state and federal work guidelines, and the importance of continuing education.

Are You Ready to Learn?

Cosmetology school is hard work, but it’s worth it! For most people, the excitement comes from the hands-on learning experience you get in cosmetology school.

Here are the following subjects you can expect to learn during your time in cosmetology school:

  • Massage
  • Haircutting & Styling
  • Color Theory
  • Wave Reformation
  • Skincare & Makeup Applications
  • Presentation
  • Business
  • Electricity
  • Anatomy
  • Infection Control

All of these concepts and applications are an important first step in starting your cosmetology career. They will pertain to your skills regardless of which area(s) of the beauty industry you decide to specialize in.

Who Can Enroll in Cosmetology School?

Requirements to enroll in cosmetology school vary by location and school. Connect with us to learn about our requirements, class schedules, and career opportunities!