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After finishing my education i plan to go to college, and become a Hair Stylist, and build my own company.

I'm a sophomore. Looking for more important information to become a hairstylist , and how many years of college do i have t complete to reach my goal .#hair-stylist #cosmetology #beauty-industry


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Haley’s Answer

Hi Quaterya,

Becoming a licensed cosmetologist varies by state. You would have to check with your states board of cosmetology to find out your states requirements. You do not need to attend college to become a Cosmetologist, you complete "x" amount of hours of vocational schooling that is required by your state and then have to pass a licensing exam. If you are on a full time schedule this could take about a year or so. Some states have high school programs where you take classes at your school over the course of 4yrs that prepares you to take your board exam once you graduate high school.

Running your own business also does not require you to attend college however a college degree is always beneficial. I would look into colleges where you can obtain a business degree that will touch on all aspects of owning and running business. You would need to know about creating a business plan, financials, marketing etc. A typical bachelors degree takes approx. 4 yrs going full time.

I would agree with the response Emmy provided where you should reach out to local salons or even talk with your own hair stylist to get some advice on pursuing your dream career. Working as a receptionist or even an assistant if your state permits it without a license is a great way to explore your interests. The beauty industry has so many paths you can go in, you never know what will peak your interest. I went from working in the salon to now being on the product development side where I work with new launches negotiating their costs. Best of luck in all your future endeavors!

Haley recommends the following next steps:

https://www.tn.gov/commerce/regboards/cosmo/licensee-applicant-resources/how-do-i-get-an-individual-license/cosmetologist-license.html

This is very good advice, Haley. Sheila Jordan

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Emmy’s Answer

Hi Quaterya,

If you are interested in getting a business degree, it would be at least 4 years to reach your undergraduate degree. I would however recommend reaching out to some small salons owned by someone local and ask the owner if you can set up an informational interview with them. You can them ask them to explain what their path was to owning a salon. They can provide recommendations as to whether to work towards your degree first and then pursue a cosmetology license. Once you find some owners who are willing to meet, even virtually, then make sure to come up with a detailed list of questions to ask so you are prepared.
I would also consider getting a job in a salon. I worked as a receptionist at a salon through high school and college. Working in the industry even as a customer service person will give you a lot of good insight as to what it is like to work in a salon, what some good salon business models are, and to talk to people who work there to see what they like or don't like.

Best wishes,
Emmy

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Samantha’s Answer

I think you have a great plan ahead of you. Usually a business degree is 4 years. However, I do know there are some 2 year associate degree programs you could probably enroll in. I would also start to build personal connections and relationships with people who can help you get to where you want to go!

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