What is cosmetology?
The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines cosmetology as the cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair, and nails.
Licensed cosmetologists provide a variety of personal services that help clients look and feel their best. These services primarily include the care and treatment of hair, nails and skin.
What is the difference between a beauty school, hair school or barber school?
In some cases beauty schools and hair schools are the same. What is important to look at is the programs offered by each school to see if they fit your needs. Barber schools include programs for students interested in becoming a barber. Some barber schools are strictly for a barber license, while others also offer other cosmetology programs.
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines barber as one whose business is cutting and dressing hair, shaving and trimming beards, and performing related services.
What programs do cosmetology schools offer?
Each school is different, however common programs include:
Cosmetology: a full cosmetology program generally covers hair styling, skin-care, nail care and make-up.
Esthetics: the study of applying make-up and performing facials, massages, waxing and reflexology.
Nail Technology: the study of the art of nail art, design, tips, forms, wraps and gels.
Electrolysis: a medically recognized permanent hair removal method for face and body.
Teacher Training: a program of instruction to prepare a cosmetologist to teach future cosmetologists.
What are my career options after I complete cosmetology school?
There are a wide variety of professional careers you can pursue after earning a degree from a cosmetology school. These include Cosmetologist, Hairstylist, Haircolor Specialist, Perm Specialist, Esthetician, Nailcare Artists, Manicurist, Salon Owner, School Instructor, Salon Manager, Salon Coordinator, Salon Sales Consultant, Manufacturer Sales Representative, Makeup Artist, Director of Education, Distributor’s Sales Representative, Fashion Show Stylist, Photo and Movie Stylist, Platform Artist and Educator, Beauty Magazine Writer, Beauty Magazine Editor, Cosmetology School Owner, Beautycare Marketing, Salon Franchisee, Salon Chain Management, Beautycare Distributor, Salon Computer Expert, Beautycare PR Specialist, Research Chemist, Beauty Product Designer, Beauty Business Consultant, and Trade Show Director.
How do I get started?
Your first step is to find out the requirements in the state you would like to attend cosmetology school. Go to the licensing page for state contact information. And begin researching the best school for you.