4 Soft Skills That Can Help You Rock Your Cosmetology Program

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A cosmetology program requires a variety of skills. Many of those skills are things you’ll learn as you go through the program. For example, you’ll certainly learn how to cut and style hair as part of the program itself. However, “soft skills,” which are general life skills that you learn outside of an academic program, may be even more important in determining how successful you will be at getting through your cosmetology program. Here are four soft skills you need to hone so you can have a great time in your cosmetology program.

1. Communication With Clients

Being able to communicate with the clients you’re serving can be a huge help during a cosmetology program. Many programs have a clinical salon, where you start working with actual clients as you’re still learning. This allows you to get more comfortable working directly with clients. However, to do this well, you need to be able to talk to clients.

This may mean knowing how to determine exactly what your clients want, how to make effective small talk, and how to avoid conflicts when issues arise. Being able to communicate with your clients will make your job much easier, and it’s a necessity for many individuals.

2. Teamwork With Other People

Working well with other cosmetologists is one of the most important parts of working in a salon. Even if you’re not actively working on a client with other cosmetologists, it’s important to make sure you’re able to work with them, as teamwork will help you run the salon more effectively.

This is one of the things you’ll more actively learn as you go through a cosmetology program anyway. You can develop this skill, even if it doesn’t seem like something you have naturally. However, it is a good idea to work on teamwork in general before you enroll in a cosmetology program. That way, you won’t have as steep of a learning curve.

3. Ability To Keep Learning

The ability to constantly learn and grow is one of the more important things you can have as a cosmetologist. Of course, this is a hugely important skill for just about anyone—no matter who you are, you never want to stop learning. That may not help you very much in your day-to-day life. However, cosmetologists’ jobs are all but predicated on continuing to learn.

Remember, different styles will be in season every year, season and month. New techniques come in and out of style, with people constantly innovating to do things in a new and exciting way. If you’re not able to learn these new techniques, even after you get out of cosmetology school, you won’t be able to succeed in the industry.

4. Desire To Do Your Best

Last, but certainly not least, you need an element of desire to do your best. Cosmetology school is all about doing your best because what you do with your cosmetology skills can impact someone else’s life. A great hairstyle can give someone more confidence and make them love their appearance more; a poor hairstyle can negatively impact someone’s happiness.

If you don’t truly want to do your best in cosmetology, you won’t be as good of a cosmetologist as you could be. This is because cosmetology is all about striving to constantly do your absolute best. The more you strive toward greatness, the better your finished product will be, and the better you’ll do in school and in your career.


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These soft skills are all things you may be able to learn, but they’re things you should try to hone before you sign up for your cosmetology program. After all, struggling to learn these things as you’re trying to learn important technical skills is going to be much more difficult. If you feel like you have a great grasp of these soft skills, the cosmetology program at Evergreen Beauty College might be perfect for you. Get in touch today to learn more about how Evergreen Beauty College can help usher you into the perfect career for your skills.

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

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