What Does It Take to Succeed in Cosmetology?

Cosmetology is a rapidly increasing industry throughout the world. Even though the demand for cosmetologists is high, success in this competitive industry is by no means assured. If you are considering a creative career in the world of cosmetology, it does not come easy. So, if you want to turn your passion for hair and beauty into a successful career, there are some steps you need to take.

Complete A Cosmetology Program

If you want to succeed in cosmetology, you need to go about it in the right way. The first step to take on your journey to success is to complete a cosmetology course at an accredited institution. You need a qualification from an accredited beauty school to be eligible to take the exam to get your cosmetology license. Without this license you cannot legally practice as a cosmetologist and no reputable salon will hire you. This will be a lot of work, but it will be so worth it. You simply cannot put a price on the valuable experience you gain at cosmetology school. Get in touch with Ogle School and find out the next enrollment date and start that journey today.


A Portfolio Is Key

As a cosmetologist you are an artist, and every artist needs a portfolio to show potential clients what they can do. You will need a strong portfolio to show employers the talent and creativity you have and an in what areas of cosmetology you really excel in. It is never to early to get your portfolio started — throughout your training at cosmetology school, ask your clients if you can take pictures of their new hair and beauty looks. Furthermore, if you want to try something new, but don’t have a client to do it on, ask a friend if they will be happy to be your model for the night.


A wide and varied portfolio is definitely going to be a plus when applying for jobs, so may sure you include many different styles and techniques. Furthermore, if you get the chance to attend any hair or beauty competitions, it is a great opportunity to add to your portfolio as well as being a good learning experience.

Start Your Career

Once you have your cosmetology certificate and have a varied and exciting portfolio, you are ready to start your career. Here is where you have a big decision to make — you can either work for a salon or spa, or you can go it alone as a freelance cosmetologist. Working for a salon, you have the security of a constant paycheck, but you will not always get to do what you want with clients. If you go it alone, you get to choose your clients, have more exciting and varied days, but there will be periods when you have lots of free appointments.


No matter where your career starts, you will need to put the effort and hours in to keep gaining experience. Every little bit of extra experience will work in your favor, plus you will learn how to deal with every type of client, so you can gain repeat business. When you are at Cosmetology School, take up any opportunities for work placement. It is a good way to make connections in the professional world once you graduate. Even if it is just someone you can turn to for advice on finding a job,or starting your own business.

Be Dedicated and Passionate

You won’t succeed in the world of cosmetology if you aren’t passionate and dedicated to your craft. There will be days when you will have one difficult client after another; there will be days when you make a mistake that you can’t stop thinking about; and there will be days when you feel so exhausted and drained. It will be your dedication and love for cosmetology that will get you through these difficult days, and keep you pushing on, wanting to be better.

Your passion for hair and beauty will drive you to constantly learn and practice new trends and techniques that are gaining popularity each season. Therefore, you will never be unprepared if a client asks for something new, giving you a great reputation with customers and employers alike.

It can be a long journey to success in Cosmetology, but it is sure to be worth in the end. If hair and beauty are what you really love in life, you have half the battle won. All you need to do is enroll in a cosmetology program, like Ogle School, and turn that love into you dream career.

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.