Why you should consider a career as a hairstylist

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If you’re lucky enough to know what you’re good at from a young age, you should believe in yourself and pursue it wholeheartedly.

If you’re one of those creative souls with many hidden talents and like to dip your toe in different artistic fields, including hair coloring and styling, continue reading to learn if cosmetology is right for you.

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Is cosmetology school right for you?

The beauty industry is full of immense creative visionaries, and most of these trendsetters started as students learning basic hair styling techniques in beauty school.

There are a few revealing signs that a cosmetology program might be right for you. To be sure, schedule a tour and speak with other students and instructors. Getting a glimpse of what you will learn in a class setting may help you make a more informed decision.

Do you enjoy practicing hair-cutting techniques?

Most people have taken the scissors to their bangs or tried coloring their hair. For those of you who routinely search hairstyling tutorials and have a genuine desire to develop these skills, you may want to consider touring a beauty school.

Are you personable and love being on your feet?

Many beauty professionals, except nail technicians, are on their feet all day. You meet many different types of people from other professions, allowing you to engage in various conversations throughout the day.

While being a good conversationalist isn’t a requirement for a career in cosmetology, it certainly doesn’t hurt. Some hairstylists are on their feet for six to eight hours per workday. The beauty about working in beauty services is you can usually choose your schedule.

Are you interested in gaining a deeper understanding of hair care and hair types?

As a cosmetology student, you will plunge into studying hair types, chemistry, color theory, and which formulations will work best for different hair types. If this is something you are truly curious about, look for a cosmetology school that the NACCAS supports.

Cosmetology schools backed by the NACCAS ensure that students learn from a comprehensive curriculum before taking the state board exam and becoming licensed cosmetologists.

Students will learn everything about cosmetology, including safe and sanitary practices, hair cuts, hair removal, hair color, makeup application, skincare, chemistry, and color theory. Once they advance to more complex techniques, they get hands-on training on bewigged mannequins, fellow students, and real clients.

Are you knowledgeable about the latest skincare and facial treatments?

Some cosmetology schools offer esthetician programs where your focus is on skin care techniques and skin treatments. An esthetician can work at a salon or a medical setting, performing non-invasive procedures. Most people schedule an appointment with an esthetician to get hydrating skin treatments, like facials tailored to their skin types.

Do you keep up with the latest trends in the beauty industry?

People who do well in any career are the ones who have a one-track-minded focus on reaching their goals and keeping up with the latest tastemakers, especially those pursuing cosmetology careers.

Working in beauty can be rewarding if you work on honing your skills regularly and enjoy learning about new techniques and styles.

Do you follow makeup artists and hairstylists on social media?

If you love makeup artistry, whether costume makeup, everyday wear, or more glamorous looks for events, consider studying with an esthetics program. While esthetics focuses on skincare, you also dive into learning about makeup artistry.

Are you searching for professional growth in the beauty industry?

Before earning your cosmetology license, people usually attend a beauty school. Once they graduate, it’s up to the student to enroll for their licensing exam before they can become a licensed cosmetologist. A cosmetologist can work in a salon or spa or strike out independently.

Beauty school is the gateway to developing professional growth in the industry. According to an Indeed report in November 2023, hairstylists in Washington state earn $27.81 per hour. (Where is the $27.81 reference being sourced, when I click on the link it shows $25.08.) Hair stylists in California earn $26,432, as reported by salary.com. (Remove california wage sentence)

Evergreen Beauty College

At Evergreen Beauty College, we have seven campuses spanning Washington State and offer the following programs:

  • Cosmetology
  • Barbering
  • Esthetics
  • Nail Technician
  • Instructor Training

Our instructors nurture students and help them work independently. We have an on-campus salon at each location where students get to work with real clients while guided by instructors. Schedule a tour today to see if Evergreen Beauty College is a perfect fit for you. You can learn about the admission requirements and how local beauty schools compare to colleges.

FAQ: Why you should consider a career as a hairstylist

Why should I be a hairstylist?

As a hairstylist, you can flex your creative muscles whenever someone sits in your chair. If you like creating your own hours and working with hair, this would be an excellent professional choice.

What is interesting about being a hairstylist?

Hairstylists get to meet new people and form friendships on the job. It can be a highly creative and refreshing field to work in. When you work in beauty, you can travel or work in a salon or a spa.

How can I be successful in hairstyling?

Most salons require hairstylists to be licensed in the state they are working in. If you want to be successful, you must work hard, apprentice if you have to, network, and promote your services consistently online.

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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