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Why I Chose Cosmetology School
From a young age, I was obsessed with beauty. I used to beg my mother to let me use her lipstick because my “lips were chapped”. I was the cause of several pixie cuts for my friends because I got a little wild with a round brush before we all learned our lesson. For my 8th birthday, my parents bought me a beautiful pink bike, but I was too enamored with my Polly Pocket makeup kit to even notice. A person would assume that a career in cosmetology would be only natural, right? Unfortunately, it took me a solid 10 years to figure that out.
As a preschool teacher, I thought I had the best and most rewarding job in the world. I truly did love it, and since it came very naturally to me, I assumed I would be working in early childhood for the rest of my career. But I would still go home and watch hair and makeup tutorials on YouTube and dream about working behind the scenes at NY Fashion Week. One day, a parent in my class told me that she thought I always looked nice and asked me for some advice on how to style her hair and makeup. My husband and I refer to this as the “beginning of the end”. Soon, multiple parents were asking me for advice and one of them introduced me to her niece, who was a student at Entourage.
I’d always made up excuses when people asked me why I didn’t go to cosmetology school : We can’t survive on a single income, I don’t want to stand all day, I don’t want to work crazy hours, etc. After giving one of the parents a 2 page direction list to style her hair and detailed diagram of a smoky eye, my best friend sat me down and very nicely told me that if I didn’t enroll in cosmetology school, I was an idiot. That very night I sat down with my husband and we made a plan. I scheduled an appointment to meet with admissions the next day and within a month, I started classes.
During my time at Entourage, I have had the privilege of working three fashion shows (KC Fashion Week being one of them!), doing hair and nails for a developmentally disabled prom, and I now spend every day making people feel great about themselves. I have made lasting friendships and connections that I know will help me to build a solid foundation for my career. Through these connections, I was able to gain employment and am working towards becoming a platform artist for Christian Dior. Cosmetology school is hard work, but loving your life and living your dream is a happiness everyone deserves!
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Cosmetology is working with skin, hair and nails. Which includes things like hair styling, cutting, coloring, shampooing, manicures, waxing, facials, etc. "More than a half a million people work as cosmetologists." (Careers For Woman Without College Degrees 254) It is a great profession for people who would like to have a career in the beauty industry. It's a great career for a mother in a two income family or if you're just living on your own. This career is not only for woman, it is also great for men.
The pay is not that bad, but usually wouldn't workout for a single mother with more than one kid, unless she owned her own business. A beginner will make between $12,000 and $13,000 a year. After you are more experienced you could make between $18,000 to $24,000 a year.
There are not any benefits that are definate. When you find a salon to work at, you discuss benefits with the person who hires you, but if you own your own
salon, you have no benifits, but you can decide your own vacations.
As a cosmetologist you usually would work a full work day. Most people work 44 hours a week, but some work 48 hours or more.
There are many ways to get schooling to be a cosmetologist. You could go to either a public or private vocational school, which some high schools offer. You could also go to a beauty school. You must be 16 or older to go to a beauty school. In your classes your training courses may include lectures, demonstrations and practice. Students usually practice with mannequins. After schooling, you must take a state licensing exam consisting of written and practical parts. You renew that license every two years by taking the test again each time.
You get a lot of experience in the vocational school, but some shops still require some experience in a salon, but some will start beginners. Usually when they start beginners, they will start them with just shampooing, after a while you can do everything.
There is not many drawbacks in this profession, but there are a few. One risk is that with each customer you take a risk, if you mess up, people could end up losing there hair. Also you must do a lot of cleaning and sterilization. Many cosmetologist end up
with arthritis, so you also have a chance of getting that, because you are always using your hands.
If you like to socialize with people, you will like this job. If you have a great personality, it is definitely a plus. The customer likes a friendly yet professional person with a lot of good advice and a good attitude. You should also feel good about yourself after a major accomplishment.
It seems really easy, but it's not. There is a lot you need to remember. You should also stay educated with the new styles in hair and beauty. Also "you should always be tactful, courteous and in control of your emotions." (Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance 217).
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