Cosmetologists are part of a creative sect of the health and beauty field that aspires to make individuals look their most appealing. They have the unique ability to style hair, polish nails, and apply makeup, among many other skills. Being a specialist in beauty and makeup they are aware of current trends and are constantly striving for professional improvement by attending conferences and other development opportunities to learn new skills. Cosmetologists are licensed professionals who have attended school, passed an exam, and often participate in an internship program. Schooling takes between one and two years. The course curriculum is designed to give the cosmetologist a wide range of learning experiences in each field to ensure they have a basic skill level in the various elements of beauty design. Along with classes in cutting hair, coloring hair, makeup application, and nail design, cosmetologists must also learn business practice.
Their area of expertise can be cutting, styling, and coloring hair as well as skin treatments such as facials, waxing, electrolysis, make-up application, and applying acrylic nails. Some are even interested in the newest technologies in the field such as permanent makeup, hair extensions, threading, and other innovative concepts in beauty. Cosmetologists can work in a variety of settings including salons, day spas, retail beauty stores, out-of home salons, and department stores. The earning potential of cosmetologists spans a large range, but there is a great deal of opportunity in the field. Careers in cosmetology include salon manager, massage therapist, hairdresser, manicurist, esthetician, or a cosmetics artist. This is an exciting career path for individuals that desire freedom and flexibility in their work environment to exercise their creative spirit and bring happiness to their customers by helping them achieve their desired look.
Maintain and clean work areas and tools.
Maintain and develop style techniques and best-practices.
Style hair and apply aesthetic treatments per customer requests.