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Full-Timers Applying to Beauty School For Back-Up

Frenchie may have been on to something when she gave beauty school a shot, but these days many students considering cosmetology aren't dropping out of high school like the Grease redhead. An increasing number of full-time workers are enrolling in cosmetology programs to serve as a back-up plan in the uncertain economy or to gain skills for a second career to bring in additional income.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates for growth in the field during the next several years, it seems like a smart option for some people — between 2006 and 2016, the personal appearance field will grow an estimated 14 percent. Cosmetology does have its costs, though: the average tuition is $6,000 to $10,000, with some schools charging up to $20,000, and starting out as a stylist is hardly a simple endeavor.

As with any profession, there are pros and cons when it comes to getting a degree in the personal appearance field. Is it something you've ever considered?

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Spectra Spectra 6 years
I've thought about it very briefly. I do my own manicures and I think I've learned how to do a pretty dang good job (everyone always asks me where I get my nails done, lol). I don't know that I'd want to cut hair, though. I need more mental stimulation in my job in order to not get bored, I guess.
scissorz scissorz 6 years
i am a hairdresser. it is a cool job and i like it a lot. i plan on going back to school within the next couple of years because as fish said, it isn't easy! plus, unless you work corporate or in a really big salon, you usually don't receive benefits like a 401k or health care. also, even though it is a safe and still profitable job during slower times, there is no guarantee on how much money you will make each week. this can make financial planning difficult. i do plan on keeping my license - its a great option to have!
fishbulb fishbulb 6 years
Being a hairdresser is definitely not easy nor glamourous. It really is like working a manual labor job. You're on your feet constantly. You don't have a conventional schedule. It takes a long time to build a base. My sister has shoulder problems from holding a dryer in her hands all day. Plus, it's cutthroat. Your co-workers are essentially your competition. It's rewarding, but you really need to have a passion for it.
fishbulb fishbulb 6 years
Being a hairdresser is definitely not easy nor glamourous. It really is like working a manual labor job. You're on your feet constantly. You don't have a conventional schedule. It takes a long time to build a base. My sister has shoulder problems from holding a dryer in her hands all day. Plus, it's cutthroat. Your co-workers are essentially your competition. It's rewarding, but you really need to have a passion for it.
Erika-Giselle Erika-Giselle 6 years
that's funny! i was considering cosmetelogy school...but only because i love doing hair! i do my own hair, from relaxers and color.
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