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What kind of training do I need to become a cosmotologist?

I really enjoy makeup and the art behind the profession #beauty #cosmetologist

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Aleta Rose’s Answer

You need to make sure that what your passion is something that cosmetology school offers. Look for schools around you schedule appointment to a walk through and feel the vibe. You should narrow your search to the top three schools to visit. #askforthegraduationrate #talk to graduates #make-goals #communication #strategy #businessoriented

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Caroll’s Answer


Depending on the state you're in, a certain number of hours are required in theory and in practical application before you can apply to take the cosmetology exam. Then, you can augment your education into makeup, hair or nails. Truly, getting your license is an amazing achievement ... but then the real education begins!

From the TexasCosmetologyLicenses.org site:

To apply for a cosmetology license in Texas, you must be at least 17 years of age and have obtained a high school diploma or GED. Before you apply, you must complete 1500 hours in a beauty culture school (a public or private cosmetology school that is subject to regulation under the Texas Occupations Code), or 1000 hours in a beauty school and 500 hours of high school related courses in a vocational or career and technical public school, or 300 hours of cosmetology in a training program approved by the commission and hold a class A barber certificate. You can also apply for esthetician (750 hours of instruction) or eyelash extension specialist (320 hours of instruction).

IA passion for people and ongoing education is a must too, for the beauty industry. New products and techniques come out regularly, and it's important you keep up your skills as your clients will often know about something new before you do! #socialmedia

In addition, I would strongly suggest acquiring at least some basic understanding of business practices. I can't emphasize this enough. You may be an incredible artist, but if your paperwork isn't in order it will catch up with you. Best to hire a bookkeeping service if this isn't your forte.

From a physical standpoint, this job requires physical stamina. You stand on your feet all day, and it can be tiring. As you become older in this industry this may become more problematic.

I know this sounds like a lot, but if you choose this profession it will all make sense as you go along. Most, *MOST importantly though, remember to understand the rules before you break the rules of beauty and fashion. Each hair color and cosmetic line has it's own idiosyncrasies; it will take you time to figure out which line you prefer for which type of client/hair/skin/complexion.

Just have fun, too!