4 Ways to Your Creative Cosmetology Career

Who says all jobs have to be dull? While I was still a teenager, I enrolled in cosmetology school. At the time, I had no idea what to expect. Modern mannequins, colorful rollers, and new makeup looks. When I finally started school, I met a lot of really great future friends, and I had the pleasure of learning from a truly skilled pro. I may never forget the correct strokes of the straight-razor shave or the perfect way to position a pin curl. I never knew exactly where my license in cosmetology and hairstyling would take me, and you might not know where you want to work in the industry. My goal is to share more than a handful of possibilities so you can see just how many options beauty lovers have.

These eight areas are all great ways to put your new license to good use.

1. Salon Owner

Do you feel like a natural-born leader? Have you ever dreamed of owning a business? If these sound like traits that describe you, becoming a salon owner might be the perfect way to put your studies to work. You might even want to pursue a degree in business or marketing to help your efforts, though these aren’t required.

2. Colorist

Highlights, lowlights, and foils… oh my! A career as a professional hair colorist can be fun for anyone who loves chemistry and change. The art of painting someone’s strands and watching them transform into a more flattering shade can be gratifying. It can also be a great way to focus your creativity and make money in the process. For the truth about natural hair color, check out this informative site about henna.

3. Stylist

It never surprises me when someone tells me they enjoy cutting hair. Honestly. If I had a dime for every time a friend mentioned trimming their own bangs or layering their own hair, I wouldn’t be rich, but I’d be able to buy myself a few venti-sized drinks from Starbucks. If you enjoy measuring and making a big change to someone, the path of the stylist may be perfect for you. It’s also great for people who don’t enjoy working with smelly or toxic chemicals.

4. Makeup Artist

If working with hair isn’t your forte, no worries! There are plenty of other areas to focus on when it comes to beauty. For example, the face is a big one. It’s one of the first things people see, and there are many places to leave your mark. Smoky eyes, bold lips, and powder perfect complexions are all sought from women and girls around the world. If you always get compliments on your own makeup, or if you’re the go-to gal for sweet sixteen makeup, you may want to consider a career as a freelance makeup artist.

If any of these areas sound intriguing to you, I recommend finding someone who already works in your desired field. Contact them to schedule an informational interview or choose a time to shadow them while they work. People tend to be honest when talking about work, but it’s always helpful to prepare a few honest questions to ask. It’s okay to ask what the not so great parts of a certain career are. If you follow in someone’s footsteps, you want to know how deep in the mud you might wind up. Remember to judge these answers fairly. Not every gripe will be something you come in contact with.

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Did you find the job of your dreams in the beauty industry? If so, don’t be shy about it. Share your secrets and tips so future cosmetologists can see what’s possible.

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