Ready to start beauty school? Beauty school only lasts a year, so you’ll want to make the most of your time. With drive and passion, you can succeed as a cosmetologist. Make sure you’re putting in effort in order to get the most out of your education. Check out these five ways to succeed, and you’re ready to begin your career in cosmetology!
1. You need the right materials.
You’ll need school supplies and books to succeed in beauty school just like at any college. At VICI Beauty School, we encourage our students to stock up on pens, pencils, binders, highlighters, notebooks, Duck Tape, index cards, sheet protectors and more. These items are in addition to your kit and will keep your organized. Organization is key for success. You’ll need more supplies than a flat iron and curling wand if you want to succeed in beauty school.
2. Study your beauty school text books.
You’ve got the material – now use it! This may seem obvious, but the best way to succeed in cosmetology school is to study the material your instructors give you. Your first months in school will be in a classroom. You’ll study anatomy, chemistry and more. If you don’t focus, you may fail Midterm, which means you can’t get onto the clinic floor, and your whole graduation schedule will be off. If there’s ever a topic you don’t understand, ask questions and get help from your teachers. That’s what they are here for! No one is expecting students to get all of this cosmetology info right the first time. It can be a lot to take in, so listen, ask questions, take notes and read your books. That will put you on the track to success.
3. Use your time wisely.
One of the easiest ways to succeed in cosmetology school is by staying productive and using your time wisely. On the clinic floor, you’re responsible for your time, just like in a salon. You need to be self-motivated on the floor, just like at a real salon. There are a few ways to stay productive. Work on your guests’ hair, which is how most students prefer to stay busy. If your books aren’t filling up, start marketing yourself! Take advantage of the promotions going on at your school and let your friends and family know about sales. Advertise your skills on social media, pass out business cards to people you meet, and do amazing work – then you’ll stay busy through word of mouth. When you don’t have clients, practice on your mannequin or talk about retail with guests in the lobby. You could also read about the latest hair styles or work in your textbooks.
4. Practice makes perfect.
As we just said, working on your mannequin heads is a great way to stay productive. Your mannequin is also a great way to practice styles you don’t normally get to try like pin-up updos, corn rows or vibrant colors. One day your mannequin can be a vintage starlet with victory rolls and the next she can be an avant-garde hair model. You might not be able to try these hair styles on real guests, but when you graduate from beauty school, you’ll want to have learned as many hair styles as possible.
5. Avoid the drama.
Working so close to other students means gossip and drama can spread quickly. However, that’s not the way a professional conducts themselves. In a salon, you cannot get caught up in meaningless drama, so why would you in school? Drama can make your experience at any beauty school overwhelming and less enjoyable. Focus on you and your goals. If a problem arises, ask yourself if it’s worth fussing over. If it doesn’t affect your success and career, then whatever problem you run into isn’t really a problem. Keep the end game in mind and work hard towards graduating with the most knowledge possible.
Want to start? Schedule your tour at VICI Beauty School today and get the ball rolling.