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If you want to succeed in the cosmetology industry, you can’t just be good at hair. There’s a lot more that goes into a successful beauty career than knowing how to curl hair or pin an updo. Here are 3 big ways you can succeed as a cosmetologist.

1. Take Educational Classes

Your education doesn’t stop when you graduate from beauty school. One of the coolest aspects of the beauty world is that it’s always changing and growing, which means there is always something to learn. Beauty school only lasts a year, and while we wish we could teach students absolutely everything, they would never graduate! Take the inititative to attend additional education classes. Many salons offer education to their stylists, or you can search for classes being held in your area. There are also huge conferences and beauty shows like America’s Beauty Show where you can learn about new techniques and products.

2. Build Your Network

Get to know other people who work as cosmetologists. These are the people who will keep you informed about what’s happening in your area. They can let you know about new jobs, educational opportunities, photo shoots, new product lines and more. Your network can help you get jobs and help you cross-promote. For example, if you’re a bridal hair stylist or makeup artist, you should have a wedding photographer in your network. They can recommend you, and you can recommend them.

3. Take Every Opportunity that Comes Your Way

It’s important, especially when you’re starting, that if an opportunity arises for you, you snap it up! You never know where these opportunities may lead, and for many of the biggest cosmetologists, their careers really started when they took a chance. It can be scary, but it can also push your career in a new and exciting direction!

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