What Could Be Your Cosmetology Specialty?

Different cosmetology specialist jobs

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There are many cosmetology specialties out there, but many people don’t know about them. When you enter cosmetology school, you might just assume you’re studying to become a cosmetologist. Although this is definitely true, it’s also a good idea to look at specialties and see whether you want to work toward one of them. If you’re planning to become a cosmetologist, consider one of these specialties as your eventual career choice.


A colorist specializes in ensuring clients get exactly the hair color they want. In smaller salons, hairstylists may also be colorists, but in larger salons, colorists can sometimes do nothing but hair coloring. If that’s something that interests you, it’s a good idea to pay more attention to coloring throughout your cosmetology education and to get contacts in a salon that has a dedicated colorist.

Eyelash Extension Applicator

Eyelash extensions can be a great way for someone to avoid having to apply mascara all the time. They make eyelashes look longer and fuller 24/7, and they can stay in for up to about a month. However, they’re also hard to apply, as an expert has to apply every single eyelash strand individually to the lash line. However, if you’re good at it, you can make an amazing career out of it.

Makeup Artist

This can even be a bit of a broad umbrella to fall under, but it’s still less broad than just “cosmetologist.” As a makeup artist, you’ll be responsible for anything from a date night look to a prom night look to just a simple club look. There are a variety of styles and concepts you’ll need to be able to accommodate, but it’s a great way to flex your creativity on a day-to-day basis.

Bridal Specialist

A bridal specialist is a type of makeup artist and hairstylist, but it’s also much more than that. Bridal specialists most frequently go to the wedding venue and spend multiple hours there helping the bride get ready. They’ll help with the makeup and hairstyle, and they may even bring accessories and jewelry to help with the bridal style overall. You get to choose which clients you take, and you get to help them look amazing during the biggest day of their lives.

Stylist for Film and TV

A film and TV stylist needs to understand what looks great on film, which isn’t the same as what looks great in person. Someone who looks overdone and fake in person could look perfectly natural on film. As a stylist for film and TV, you’ll often do work for films rather than individual people.

Plus, stylists who work on film and TV more often do SFX work. How else are they going to make something inhuman look totally natural?

Wig and Hairpiece Specialist

Wigs and other hairpieces require a lot of special touches to make them work properly, especially if you’re going to wear them out on a day-to-day basis. Many women choose to go to a professional to have a day-to-day wig applied so it looks as natural and seamless as possible. As a wig and hairpiece specialist, you need to have a lot of dexterity and the ability to make people feel comfortable. That will make them more likely to come back to see you again and again.


Picking cosmetology jobs and specialties

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These are all different specialties that cosmetology school can prepare you for. If you’re interested in moving toward any of these specialties or something different, you might want to look into the different beauty courses at Evergreen Beauty College. From general cosmetology to courses on individual eyelash extensions, Evergreen Beauty College can help prepare you for your cosmetology experience, whatever that might be.

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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