As a high school student, you may not have your entire life figured out, but you probably know what your interests are and the type of career you want. If you love helping people feel better and caring for their well-being, esthetics could be the career path for you. In esthiology school, you’ll learn about skincare, waxing, facials, makeup and more. If you really want to succeed, there are ways you can prep for esthiology school when you’re in high school.
Take Anatomy and Biology Class
If your high school offers an anatomy class, take it! Otherwise, take biology, which should have a chapter about humans and anatomy. You might not realize this, but anatomy and physiology are a big part of esthiology. You need to understand how muscles work, how skin functions and how different products interact with the human body. Taking science classes in high school will prep you for the science you’ll learn in esthiology school.
Art Classes Will Teach You about Color
Color theory is a guide to color mixing and the visual effects of a specific color combination. There are also definitions (or categories) of colors based on the color wheel: primary color, secondary color and tertiary color. You may think painting is the only time you’d need to know about color theory, but you learn about it in esthetics, too. When applying makeup, you need to know what types of primers or concealers correct pigments in the skin. You’ll need to know what colors of makeup work harmoniously with someone’s eye color or lip color. Makeup deals with color theory a lot, so take an art class in high school that will teach you about the color wheel. Then you’ll be ready when you start your color chapter in esthiology school!
Esthiology focuses on helping others. When you’re an esthetician, you want others to look and feel good. It’s a very giving-focused career. When you’re in high school, you can give to others by volunteering. Start working with others and learn how to better their lives. This mindset will prepare you for helping others when you start esthiology school. While cleaning up your environment or working at an animal shelter are great volunteer opportunities, try to focus on areas where you’re working with people. Volunteer at a nursing home, a homeless shelter or with kids.
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