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Beauty School: It's More Than Just Hair and Makeup

Beauty School: It's More Than Just Hair and Makeup

When you think of beauty school, what comes to mind? Frankie Avalon crooning away about dropping out? Or perhaps you picture a "blue hair" waiting for her roller set to be styled. These days, the stereotypes about obtaining a cosmetology license have almost vanished. In fact, enrollment has spiked over the past three years, according to Jim Cox, executive director of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools.

"It used to be most schools were small and privately owned, but now brand names like Paul Mitchell and Aveda are also getting into the business," said Cox. True, there are some disadvantages to the career (back pain or varicose veins associated with constant standing, chemical exposure, possible carpal tunnel) but experienced professionals can earn upwards of six figures, with plenty of job availability.

Plus, it's not all about the basics anymore. Students are often trained in massage and holistic treatments. It's also not all about the newly graduated high-schoolers, either, as the college-educated often seek enrollment as well. While each state varies in the amount of training required, and each school varies by price (some are up to $18,000!), a career in the beauty industry is becoming more and more prestigious, with flexible hours to boot. Oh, and I imagine making people feel good is quite rewarding, too.


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LimaEchoPapa LimaEchoPapa 8 years
Beauty School (or "pretty school," as my fabulous father refers to it) was one of the best decisions I've ever made...couple tips to those considering aesthetics... 1. You may not be able to just work anywhere...each state has different licensing go to school in a state where you can get lots of hours, like Ohio. 2. Being an Aesthetician is great...but having a dual licensure is even better. Aesthetics fits beautifully with Nail Care training...and I guarantee that it will pay the bills in lean times. 3. I'm an Aesthetician and Nail Technician...but I no longer practice. Now I run a four star resort Spa...Spa Management is a booming field...and it's so young that people without much experience (but with talent, drive, and enthusiasm) can go far, fast. If you can't tell...I love what I do! (And I went to an Aveda Institute.)
honeycreepshow honeycreepshow 8 years
i can't imagine doing anything with my life other than working in the beauty industry (makeup artist specifically.) makeup has been my passion since i was a little girl. i love it as an art form, and i see most jobs in beauty as artistic jobs. i graduate high school next year and i'm going to paul mitchell beauty school.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I have a friend who had an awesome position in a large bank that ended up being bought out and she lost her job. She is using her severence to go to beauty school - she can now follow what her dream always was - to become an esthetician.
redchick152 redchick152 8 years
this is so good to hear. i graduated college 2 years ago and have been struggling to decide what i want to do for the rest of my life. makeup/skin care has been the only constant passion for 24 years, so i'm considering becoming an esthetician. i like that i can do it anywhere!
plasticine1 plasticine1 8 years
actually, i dont think any beauty school charges less than $18,000. it is a career!! i don't understand why people view beauty school as a sort of career cop-out, when the school is so expensive and has so many opportunities, not a dead-end at all. however, a lot of the students at my school (and the schools in my area) are immigrants who used to do the same thing in their country: it's a good career for them because even though knowing english would be better, it isn't as limiting to speak another language in this field (in fact, some people love going to "exotic" people with their beauty needs).
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