The Duties of a Cosmetology Instructor

The cosmetology industry is dynamic. There are always new trends in the market that one has to keep up with. In addition to this, there are thousands of students who join cosmetology schools worldwide. Therefore, someone has to be at the center of it all, monitoring the new trends and imparting knowledge unto the students. That person is the cosmetology instructor.

Who are Cosmetology Instructors?

Cosmetology instructors are trained professionals, whose work is to pass on hair styling, manicure, make-up artistry and other beauty skills to cosmetology students. The instructors are well trained in cosmetology and have a passion for it. Simply put, they are teachers of cosmetology.

Qualities of a Cosmetology Instructor

The instructors are usually licensed beauty professionals. In addition to this, they possess a lot of knowledge in the field of cosmetology.  They have a passion for teaching and lead by example by demonstrating to the cosmetology students what they are meant to do. Apart from imparting trade skills to the students, the instructors train the students on how to effectively operate in the customer service industry.

Instructors teach students according to the provided curriculum. The courses offered in the program are divided into two parts. There is theoretical training and practical sessions.

Theory Sessions

During the theory sessions, all the technical aspects of beauty are covered. This training involves chemical theory, cutting diagrams and color theory among many other things. The sessions take place in a normal classroom setting.

Practical Lessons

Students first work with dummies, and after mastering the skills, they are allowed to work on real clients. The practical lessons involve interacting with clients and students. Therefore, one must be more involved.


An instructor can choose to either teach theory or practical lessons. Teaching practical lessons is more difficult. This is because it requires one to interact with clients as well as unqualified students.

One must have a certain level of patience, since most of the students are green and require practice in order to be able to do some of the simple procedures. On the bright side, it is an exciting environment.

In addition to teaching basic cosmetology skills, instructors also teach business, marketing and management skills. These skills come in handy when the students go on to run their own business.


For one to become an instructor, he or she must fulfill the set academic requirements and be a licensed cosmetologist. In some states, instructors are required to have been in the industry for a specific period of time. A cosmetology instructor also has to do some coursework which includes teaching methods, teaching theory and developing evaluation techniques. The program takes about a year to complete. After graduating, one is required to apply for a teaching license.

If you would like to learn more on how to become a cosmetology instructor, contact Evergreen Beauty School today. We offer various beauty courses as well as instructor training.

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.

Happy Evergreen Beauty College Students


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