I started cosmetology school right out of high school and in the state of Florida it was required that I completed 1200 hours of study prior to examination. In my experience, I had the most amazing time! When interested the first thing I did was contact the local technical college that offered the program and make an appointment with the adviser. After meeting, we were able to achieve getting my financial aid documents completed, my registration going and a start date. Initially you will be in more of the theory portion of the class that requires classroom (lecture) time and then you will be brought into the practice (hands on) portion. So once we started using the salon we had salon days and we had study days plus days with both. Our salon opened to the public certain days of the week and allowed us to do real hair, nails, waxing, and facial services on clients. I bonded with many different kinds of women of all different ages and backgrounds and loved it! I always recommend to anyone thinking of cosmetology to prepare for if you would rather do day or night class (I did day class because that allowed me to complete the hours faster), contact your local technical college and speak with an adviser, and lastly know that the commitment is typically a year and a half to two years (I finished in a year and a half and that includes the licensing exam). Best of luck to you! I am here to answer any questions that you may have, feel free to reach out!