Tips and Tricks for Getting the Most out of a Beauty School

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When you apply to an esthetician or cosmetology program, you’re embarking on an exciting experience. Maybe you already know what cosmetology career you’re hoping to pursue, or maybe you’re just interested in learning about hair styling, makeup application, and other cosmetology skills. Regardless of your end goal, if you’re putting this much time, money, and effort into something, you deserve to get the best out of it. Here’s how to make the most of the adventure of beauty school.

1. Know what you’re hoping to get out of your schooling

Start by knowing what you want. Are you looking to become a licensed cosmetologist so that you can work for yourself? Do you have a special passion for cosmetology? Are you hoping to turn a career in cosmetology into the ability to teach? By deciding what you want upfront, you’re more likely to find success in cosmetology school.

2. Be prompt and attentive

Any time you’re in school, you should always show up when asked and pay close attention to the teaching. This is what prepares you for your future career as a beauty professional. Even if it doesn’t seem like the information you’re receiving is especially important, the cosmetology industry is built on all sorts of seemingly small pieces of information.

3. Practice as often as you can

In order to take your licensing exam, you’ll likely need a certain number of hours of hands-on experience. Whether you’re practicing with fellow students, working on mannequin heads, or working with real clients in your school’s student salon, practice truly makes perfect when it comes to your practical skills. Even if you don’t need the time to practice your skin care techniques, there’s no such thing as useless practice.

4. Use the tools the school offers

Chances are that the school you’re learning at offers their cosmetology students a variety of tools that would otherwise be quite expensive to purchase for yourself. Make sure you ask questions about what tools your cosmetology training program offers for your cosmetology journey; it may surprise you just how many tools they provide to help you eventually move into a successful career.

5. Ask for help when you need it

The beauty industry does not thrive on individualism. The most experienced students only got there because they got help from other people during their journey through beauty school. A good cosmetology education should provide you with the opportunity to ask questions and get answers when you’re struggling, no matter what you’re struggling with.

6. Have fun!

A passion for the beauty industry will be one of the best tools you’ll have for successfully pursuing your educational journey. You should love making people happy with your hair-cutting and hair-styling skills, and you should see cosmetology as an exciting adventure as much as you do a journey of education. By having fun, you’ll be more prepared for the journey.

Get started on your beauty school journey today

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If you’re interested in starting your beauty journey, check out Evergreen Beauty College. The education options available will be sure to interest anyone who’s interested in eventually becoming a cosmetologist, esthetician, barber, or nail technician. Schedule a tour today to learn more about how Evergreen Beauty College can help you achieve your goals.

FAQs: Getting the Most Out of Beauty School

How much practice do I need for my cosmetology license?

It depends on the state. In general, you’ll need at least a few hundred hours for an esthetics license, and you’ll likely need over 1,000 hours for a cosmetology license. If you’re not sure how much hands-on training is required for your specific licensing program, talk to your school’s experts to learn more about how long it’ll likely take to get the right amount of practice.

Will I need any prerequisites to enroll in cosmetology school?

Most of the time, you don’t need any prerequisites to enroll in cosmetology school. It’s generally enough to have at least a high school diploma or GED and to be at least 18. However, some schools or specific programs may have their own prerequisites. If you’re ever unsure about whether you need certain prerequisites, talk to your school to get specific answers.

Do I need to bring any of my own tools and supplies?

You will sometimes need to provide some of your own tools and supplies for your cosmetology program. However, the specific tools and supplies you’ll need will vary, and some cosmetology programs will provide you with the tools you need as part of the program cost. Again, this is a great question for the enrollment team, who will give you information about what you need to provide on your own.

Author
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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