Whether you're seeking to change or begin a new career, becoming a cosmetologist offers a rewarding option for a satisfying profession that is in constant demand. Best of all, Cosmetologists enjoy being a part of a service business that helps others look and feel great about their personal appearance.
According to the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS), cosmetology and aesthetics comprise a healthy, growing industry that generates over $ 60 billion a year in revenue for those in the beauty industry.
Depending on the state you plan to work in, becoming a licensed cosmetologist requires completing a set of practice hours and passing a state board exam in cosmetology. The number of practice hours will vary based on the type of services you wish to provide. Licensed cosmetologists can provide a variety of personal services which include hair, nails, and skin.
Cosmetology training programs provide all of the education and oversight needed to become a licensed cosmetologist. Instructors at cosmetology programs are accomplished practitioners who have chosen to teach others the skills necessary to seek employment in the beauty industry. Cosmetology programs can vary depending on their areas of specialization. Not all programs will teach every aspect of personal services for hair, nails and skin. Below are list of the major areas of study:
Hair Styling and Design: cutting and styling hair including coloring and use of wigs and hair extensions.
Esthetics: the study of applying makeup and performing facials, massages, waxing and reflexology.
Nail Technology: the study of the art of nail art, design, tips, forms, wraps and gels.
Barbering: cutting and styling of men's hair which may include coloring and beard trimming and shaving.
Electrolysis: a medically recognized permanent hair removal method for face and body.
Teacher Training: instruction to prepare a cosmetologist as teachers of future cosmetologists.
Besides working in an occupation that gives you the personal satisfaction of making others look their best, another benefit is that your salary can be commensurate to the level and class of services that you provide. If you want to go for glamor and the bright lights, you might want to consider working in the entertainment industry as hair stylist and makeup artist. If you want to run your own business, there is plenty of opportunity to open your own salon or work as a contractor in an established salon where the level of pay you receive depends on the clientele you attract and build in your practice.
Another fact to consider, especially during times of tough economic times, is that cosmetology will always be a service service because hair and nails never stop growing. Just like the restaurant business where eating is a primary human need, there is always room for new places to eat out. Likewise there will always be a need for hair salons and barber shops in every community. Also consider that styles are ever changing and the need to keep up with the current trends will provide economic opportunities for those who can provide the services that clientele demand.