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Cosmetology Schools

Cosmetology schools are for those who are concerned with looking good, and who want to help others to achieve their full beauty potential.

Perhaps potential beauty school students are those who often cut their doll’s hair or were the first to experiment with Mom’s makeup kit. Cosmetology schools are for those who want to transform their lifelong interest in beauty into a career.

Those who enter cosmetology schools are usually the type of people who often take notice of other’s hair styles or cosmetics and make suggestions on how to improve. Many of these people realize that they can make a career out of designing makeovers for others.

The ideal beautician is a person who combines artistic flair with interpersonal skills, and it is important that those who work in this field have both traits.

There are many cosmetology schools in the country, and it usually isn’t difficult to find a beauty school close to your home. However, it is important to ensure that the beauty school in your neighborhood is accredited, since there are many schools that are not.

It isn’t sufficient to get a degree in cosmetology if you want to be licensed beautician. After completing a degree, each student should take a state Board Exam to qualify as a beautician.

Many cosmetology schools offer “Mock Board Exams” to help student get an idea of what is covered on the test and to practice their test-taking skills. Those who do not pass the first time are allowed to take the test again. Before moving to another state, you will want to ensure that you will be able to work as a beautician in your new state of residence; a move might entail having to take a new Board Exam.

To apply for admission to most cosmetology schools, you will need:

  • To be at least 16 years old (some schools require students to be at least 17)
  • To have a high school diploma, a GED or to pass an Ability to Benefit Assessment Test
  • To have an interview
  • To complete an application

The course length depends on the type of course one want to take. The core cosmetology course lasts around 1,000 hours and takes a year to complete if the student learns full-time, or more than a year if a student learns part-time.

It is possible to keep one’s current job, since most cosmetology schools have courses at night or on weekends. Those who study full-time often can get financial aid based on need, low-interest student loans, or work-study options.

The main degree at cosmetology schools gives the student an introduction to all areas of beauty technology, including:

  • Hair cutting and styling
  • Permanents and hair straightening
  • Applying makeup
  • Nail Technology, including manicures, pedicures and styling

Since many graduates from cosmetology school envision opening their own salon one day, there are also classes on business management, retail marketing and customer service.

For students at cosmetology schools who want a specialized degree, it is possible to study nail technology or Aesthetics in-depth. Aesthetics refers to the area of beauty technology that is often used in spas, resorts and salons on cruise ships.

The customers at these places put a premium on pampering, and aestheticians are taught how to give intensive treatments, including massage, aromatherapy, facials, detoxifying treatments and other luxury procedures. Nail technicians are employed as specialists at salons, and work as trained manicurists, pedicurist and nail stylists.

These classes at cosmetology schools instruct the students on the basics of nail care and nail styling to create an original, exotic look.

Whichever course at beauty school you choose, you can feel confident that your prospects for being hired are good, since the demand for beauticians these days far outstrips the supply.

Whichever course at beauty school you choose, you can feel confident that your prospects for being hired are good, since the demand for beauticians these days far outstrips the supply.

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