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Beauty school is your opportunity to use your creativity in an amazing career. During beauty school, students learn the basics on hair cutting, coloring and styling, as well as skincare, business techniques and marketing – and this is just within a single program.

It can be a bit overwhelming when you start, though. To get a feel for what the process looks like, and important things to consider about your new career path, check out these four tips before starting beauty school:

You Have Tons of Career Options

Before you start beauty school, take time to learn about all the beauty career possibilities available to you after graduation. Take the cosmetology program, for example, where you can pursue careers ranging from hair stylist to platform artist to salon owner, and everything in between (you can read all about your beauty career options here).

If the amount of exciting career choices seems like too much to choose from before you’ve even attended a class, don’t worry – most beauty schools offer career services to their students and even help place them in a job upon completion of the program. Plus, you can always ask your instructors for more information on different career options.

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Understand Your Financial Aid Options

Some beauty schools can take financial aid just like a four-year university, which is really beneficial for cosmetology students. All students applying for federal financial aid are required to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This financial aid is provided by Federal Student Aid under the Department of Education. This provide grants, loans, and work-study funds to students attending college or career school. The FAFSA is extremely important, so make sure you fill it out. Without it, you won’t qualify for any financial aid. If you want financial aid, you need to complete and return all necessary paperwork in timely manner. If you have already filed out a FAFSA for the current year, great! You don’t need to submit a duplicate application.

You can also apply for scholarships to help with your cosmetology education. Contact your high school’s guidance counselor or your beauty school for information about what’s available. At VICI, some past awards have come from the ACE Grant, OPI & AACS ACE Scholarship program, Sports Clips & American Crew ACE Scholarship Program, The Alice Madden Barton Scholarship Program, Beauty Schools Directory $2,500 Cosmetology Scholarship, and The Joe Francis Hair care Scholarship Foundation. We’re also a qualifying school for Beauty Changes Lives scholarships!

Many businesses, religious, and civic organizations provide scholarships and grants for post-secondary educational pursuits. This is an area which is often overlooked. You should speak to people like your high school guidance counselor, your pastor or your volunteer leader to obtain more information. Also check out local hair salons. You might be able to convince a salon owner to provide you with a scholarship if you agree to work for the salon after you finished your education.

Learn About the Beauty School Enrollment Process

After looking into the types of beauty careers you can have and learning more about paying for beauty school, you should take a look at the beauty schools in your area and what their enrollment process looks like. In many cases, this includes submitting an application and touring the campus.

Here at VICI, we have our future students meet with our advisers to go over their background and goals, as well as discuss what the programs are like. We take this time to really get to know future students, and we encourage students to come with any questions they have about the school itself, careers in beauty, or general advice about working in cosmetology.

Sometimes, enrolling in a program can feel intimidating. By looking this process ahead of time, you’ll understand what you should be preparing for, and starting your education in the beauty industry suddenly won’t seem so daunting.

Prepare Yourself for Hands On Learning

And finally, one of the most important things (if not the most important) to understand before starting cosmetology school: expect hands-on learning. If you are coming out of high school or have taken some college courses, expect cosmetology classes to be different. While there are times when you’ll be in a classroom setting taking notes (it is really important to understand the fundamentals before you start working with people), a good portion of your education is hands-on. You’ll cut real hair, apply makeup to real people, and be in a real salon environment.

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This direct experience is valuable for many reasons, as it allows you to learn by doing. It also helps you decide which career path is best for you. Maybe you entered beauty school planning on being a professional makeup artist, but after seeing how much you enjoyed working with hair, your goals changed – and that’s great!

At the end of the day, going to beauty school is about pursuing a career that allows you to be creative and work in a field that you are truly passionate about. To learn more about how you can launch an exciting career in cosmetology, just click here to download our free guide!

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