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Consider These Five Things Before Attending Cosmetology School

Do you have a rapidly growing beauty collection at home? Are you smitten with new beauty products, or are you always testing new and improved skin care regimens? Have you styled various hairstyles (and like doing it) or perfected the cat-eye, reverse cat-eye, or any new makeup trend? You might be the perfect candidate for cosmetology school if you’ve answered yes to any of the above questions. Beauty School will allow you to parlay your creativity into a rewarding and successful career.

If working in the beauty industry sounds like the career of your dreams, cosmetology school is the first step toward making that dream a reality. It can be a long and sometimes arduous journey, but if cosmetology is your passion, it is one worth taking. There are some key things you need to know before you take that big first step and attend cosmetology school.

Choose What You Learn

Cosmetology school offers various programs and training courses that cater to different careers or specialties. Contact your advisor or school to ensure you choose the right program tailored to your needs. You will not only learn what the right course of study is for you but also if there are financial aid programs or scholarships that will help with the cost.

Get Ready To Break Out of the Classroom

If you are coming straight from college or high school, you may find cosmetology school’s format has a different approach and method of learning. The time spent in a traditional classroom or lecture hall will be relatively short. Of course, you will spend some time taking notes and learning the fundamentals in a classroom setting, but for the most part, you will be learning hands-on.

You will be spending time in a teaching salon, working with talented instructors and with real clients. You will be applying makeup, cutting and styling hair, and giving real manicures to actual clients. This hands-on experience is so valuable, as there is no better way to learn than by doing. Plus, you will see firsthand how a salon functions. Furthermore, you will get a chance to form relationships with long-term clients who may follow you once you graduate, giving you the best start when you embark on your career.

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Your Creativity Will Be Tested

The learning process at cosmetology school may be difficult at times, but you are sure to relish the opportunities to explore your own creativity. You may excel at looks you have seen on Pinterest, but the real challenge will come when your originality is called upon to create new styles and looks. With the guidance of your instructors and the support of clients, you can really push your creative vision and develop your skills. It will be this experimentation with different techniques that may lead you to your real passion. You may find that you love manicures or that you can’t beat the feeling of making your client feel beautiful with a special makeup look. This can really help guide you on your future career path

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Is This Really What You Want?

Before you enroll in cosmetology school on a whim, consider the hard work and time you need to invest inside and outside of class.  If cosmetology is your passion and you love working in the industry, it will be easy to attend those early classes and keep you trying when you are struggling with a particular technique. This love for beauty will give you the drive to succeed and help you push through any setbacks.

So before you click on the enrollment button, ask yourself this question: Is this what I really want? If you can say yes without hesitation, cosmetology school is the right choice for you. If you can’t say yes to this question with any form of certainty, take a little longer to decide. Contact a cosmetology school and ask for a little more information, or if they will let you shadow a student for a day so you can learn more. Ogle School is always happy to answer any questions a potential student has so you can enter beauty school knowing it is really what you want.

It Will Be Life-changing

If cosmetology and beauty are things you have a genuine passion for, you will never regret your decision to attend cosmetology school. You may have days where you feel like giving up, but if you stick with it and power through, you will feel such a sense of achievement each day. You are certain to love learning all the new and exciting techniques and having the chance to make people feel better about themselves. Cosmetology school will absolutely change your life.

Furthermore, a whole new world of career options will open up to you once you graduate, some of which may surprise you. A certified qualification in cosmetology can lead to a number of careers, including nail technician, beautician, aesthetician, makeup artist, and salon or spa manager. Cosmetology school can open many other doors to unconventional careers. As an aspiring cosmetologist, you can learn from the best industry professionals and become a celebrity stylist, a wedding or event stylist, or an artistic director spanning the arts, film or beauty brands. Consider becoming a platform artist, advertising stylist, or cosmetology Instructor.

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.