The Life of a Trainee Hairdresser

Beauty schools are keen on providing their students with hands-on experience. This will give them much needed confidence to get the job done once they are out in the real world. It will also help them to breeze through the practical exam in the state licensure exam. The stint as a trainee hairdresser is a vital part of the education for anyone wishing to make it big in the industry or simply to complete the requirements of professional practice.

Upcoming talents have to enroll in a beauty school to satisfy the formal training requirements of their state.

People should look at the list of accredited institutions from the board of cosmetology and pick a suitable school from there. Considerations include program cost, scholarship offerings, curriculum, course length, faculty, campus facilities, school reputation, proximity, class schedules, and more. Those who are planning to work while studying must find an institution that has weekend or night classes. This usually means going to one of the bigger campuses which have enough enrollees to make this schedule feasible.

Requirements for Admission

Cosmetology schools generally have very basic requirements for their applicants. When it comes to education, people will only have to show proof that they finished high school through a transcript or a certificate of completion. Equivalent credentials given by the relevant board of education are recognized as well. When it comes to age, the youngest applicant allowed is 16 years old. It is possible to jump into beauty school directly after graduation from high school since there is no prior industry experience required. Anyone can start from scratch and learn all that they need from the instructors.

Duties and Responsibilities of a Trainee Hairdresser

While in training, students do exactly what the pros do in real life albeit in a more regulated environment. The main difference is that there are instructors that guide them in their daily tasks and they can ask questions whenever they are stuck. There is no pressure to be perfect at this point unlike when working at a salon being paid by the client. Of course, students must exert significant effort to do well in class to advance to the next segment. Trainees do the haircutting, styling, coloring, blow-drying and more. This usually happens at the campus salon where students can also practice building rapport with their clients.

Expected Earnings

The operation of beauty school salons are not motivated by profit but rather by the opportunity to expose students to as close of a realistic working environment as possible. Clients tend to be members of the local community including fellow students, their friends, and their family. Services are provided at a steep discount since the hairdressers are nonprofessional. These are barely enough to sustain the salon. Trainees are not given any compensation for their work since it is considered as practice. Those who persevere and make it will eventually appreciate their time as trainee hairdresser as it is incredibly useful preparation for the real world.

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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