Thinking about attending cosmetology school? There’s a lot of amazing information available to help you decide on a school and career path, but all of that info at once might feel a little overwhelming. Here are 10 quick tips that you need to know when you start your research into cosmetology schools!
1. Cosmetology Careers are Growing
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Most job openings will result from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation.” This means there’s lots of room at salons and spas for recent graduates!
2. Every State Has Different Licensing Requirements
Do you know which state you want to work in? Every state has different laws regarding licensing. In Wisconsin, cosmetology students need 1,550 training hours in order to take their state boards and become a licensed cosmetologist.
3. You Can Apply for Scholarships and Grants
If your beauty school is accredited, you can apply for federal funding, which helps lots of students pay for their education. There are also tons of scholarships available for cosmetology students, single moms, children of veterans, minorities and more.
4. A Cosmetologist is a People Person
When you’re in beauty school, you’re always talking to someone new. Once you’re on the clinic floor, you’re constantly around clients and that continues into your career. Cosmetology school students have to be outgoing and love people.
5. Cosmetology is Always Changing
The trends are always changing, which means guest speakers are always teaching new topics, curriculum changes and the things that clients want are always new. If you want to be in a fast-paced, ever evolving industry, this is it.
6. Cosmetology School Only Takes a Year to Complete
If your attendance is good, you’ll get your diploma in a year. You can have a career you love and are passionate about in far less time than attending a four-year university.
7. Your Mannequin Head Will be your BFF
You don’t start working on actual clients until months into cosmetology school. Before that, you practice A LOT on mannequin heads – everything from coloring and perming to braiding and updos. You’ll become best friends with your mannequin.
8. You Need to Study Your Textbooks
You might be surprised to see how much time you’re going to spend in a textbook. There’s a lot of tests and coursework you need to complete before working with actual products. It may not seem as much fun as the hands-on activities, but it’s all necessary and really important.
9. Make Friends with Other Students
Students who make friends in class always have a partner to practice on, a study buddy and a sounding wall to bounce ideas off of. Your overall performance can actually improve by making friends during cosmetology school. Plus, many students stay life-long friends, even after graduation.
10. You’re in a Fun Industry, so Have Fun in School
Cosmetology is fun! This is an exciting and amazing industry, so don’t forget to have fun when you’re in school! Participate in dress up days, try a new hair color, and enter contests. You should take your education seriously, but you can have fun too!
Ready to start your journey in cosmetology school? Schedule your tour at VICI Beauty School today and get the ball rolling! Before you know it, your passion will be your career!