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How can I start learning about cosmetology as a freshman in high school?

Is there any beginner classes for cosmetology around my area I can take to get a head start to my future career path?

Thank you comment icon I would go to Google and search cosmetology schools in your area! A lot of cosmetology schools will allow students to begin taking classes while still in high school. Elizabeth May
Thank you comment icon Yes, exactly what Elizabeth May said. I would also maybe look for cosmetology camps or gatherings over the summer. Also if you even go to local makeup shops like Sephora you can sometimes ask professionals for advice to get knowledge or maybe ask how to get a job there to help clients. Julia Holmes

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Michael’s Answer

Hi Leslie:

Educational Pathway for a career in Cosmetology :

One needs to earn a high school degree or a general educational development (GED) before pursuing Cosmetology school. Cosmetology school is around 12 months at a private beauty school. At these schools, a number of hours are required to complete. According to the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS), the national average of required hours is between 1,400 to 1,600 to depending on the state where the school is located.

An Associates Degree can be earned at a community or technical college. This will take two years to accomplish. In either scenario at a private beauty school or at a community or technical college, there are costs involved for the programs, hands on training, etc. Cosmetology costs can be up to $20,000+ for tuition, books, fees, supplies, etc.

When considering a Cosmetology program, several things need to be researched:

- The Cosmetology program is state approved, especially for licensing.
- Program reviews will need to be considered from alumni and current students.
- Programs are checked for high rates for graduation.
- Career placement after graduation
- Financial assistance for the Cosmetology program
- Hands-On Training and Apprenticeship Programs
- Continuing education opportunities after graduation

Hope this information helps and best wishes for your career in Cosmetology!
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Jason’s Answer

Hey Leslie,

It's great you're already looking into career possibilities as a freshman! The first thing I would say is to speak with your guidance counselor. Many districts have some sort of pathways program which will potentially give you the exposure to different types of classes that will allow you to get first hand experience in cosmetology while still in high school. I would also speak to your own beautician or cosmetologist if you have one you see regularly. They can give you some insights on their pathway into the career field that might be insightful.
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