What to Expect in Cosmetology School

You may know someone who went to cosmetology school. You may have even walked into a cosmetology school and received a treatment from them. But when it comes to enrolling in school, you may feel a little lost.

Don’t worry! You are not alone when it comes to deciding on where or why you should go to cosmetology school. At The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), DC, many of our students had the same concerns and questions that you do. We decided to make a blog that answers the most commonly asked question about starting cosmetology school.

Here are our top five questions and answers we had when deciding on cosmetology school.

    1. Is Cosmetology Hard?

      This is a great question! Cosmetology school isn’t easy, and it does require hard work and dedication. Working hard for something you love is very rewarding and cosmetology is no different. If you enjoy doing hair, cutting hair, and applying makeup there is a good possibility that you will love cosmetology school. Students find that they each have different strengths and weaknesses throughout their cosmetology school. Each student is given the opportunity to improve their skills and techniques while allowing their strengths to shine.

    2. What Skills Do I Need to Be a Cosmetologist?

      Another great question. Many people think of that there are only practical skills involved in cosmetology, but they’re wrong! Here are a few skills they should posses in addition to their hands-on skills:

      • Communication Skills
      • Organizational Skills
      • Interpersonal Skills
    3. What to Look for in a Cosmetology School

      There are many options for cosmetology school and choosing just one can feel overwhelming. There isn’t one school that is right for everyone but there are specific aspects that set certain schools apart. We suggest taking a tour of the school to get a feel for the building and find out what kind of culture they foster! If you feel like you don’t fit in there, it probably isn’t the best option for you. You want a school that you can feel comfortable and thrive in. We suggest that you choose a school that offers a variety of courses and opportunities for you to try out!

    4. What Opportunities Can I Expect at Cosmetology School?

      We can’t speak for other schools, but at TSPA DC you can expect to learn in a beautiful facility. Not only will you be practicing your skills in a great facility, you will also be using professional products from Redken. With one-on-one training, students can feel confident when they start giving treatments to clients. At TSPA, DC we strive to give our students opportunities to try popular treatments found in salons such as our Keratin treatments. We offer advanced courses where you can learn the necessary skills for the makeup industry with our courses from the Make-up Designory (MUD).

    5. Is Cosmetology School Worth It?

      Our answer is a resounding yes! Cosmetology school is a great place to enhance your hair and makeup skills. Not only are you learning amazing skills, you also have the opportunity to meet amazing people! You could make life long relationships with people or find your next business partner at cosmetology school. You can challenge yourself by adding skills to your skill set and learning new cutting techniques. While it does take time and energy, the people you meet and the experiences you have in cosmetology school truly make it a priceless experience.

At TSPA, DC we enjoy answering questions about cosmetology school and what kind of experiences we have had as cosmetology students. Cosmetology school is a wonderful place for people who are passionate about hair and makeup.

Still have more questions? We have your back! Give us a call at (202) 216-9700 to ask about our programs and set up a time to tour our campus!

Where Can I Work as a Cosmetologist?

If you are interested in becoming a cosmetologist you have probably given a good bit of thought as to what awaits you after you have completed school. After all, once you completed your cosmetology course, sit for the state board, and receive your license – that’s when the real fun begins!

The careers that await you after your licensing date aren’t all salons, either. There is a wide variety of careers available to cosmetology professionals, no matter if you want to work in a salon, or somewhere more exotic, here are a few of the possibilities.

    Haunted Houses

    Theatre Jobs as a Cosmetologist

    With Halloween so close we had to mention this one first. There are so many opportunities for cosmetologists this time of year! Haunted houses are almost always in need of people with skills in hair to make all of their performers look their best!

    Everything from complicated updos and spiral wound Medusa-type snakes will be needed here. If you want to bend and twist your skill in new and unique ways, this is a great opportunity to do that!

    Plus, if you have knowledge of makeup that added skill could really come in handy here. Luckily, we offer MUD Makeup classes, to help give students the skills they need to create perfect monsters.

    Movie Magic

    Speaking of monsters, nobody makes them better than the movie industry. But that’s not all that they need cosmetologists for.Getting a character’s hair right is a skill that can be mastered with enough determination. If you want to push yourself to reach consistent perfection consider this career option. It’s perfect for the perfectionist inside of all of us.

    Print Work

    print Jobs as a Cosmetologist

    Do you love seeing your work being used for another creative project? Great! A job working in the frenzied world of print photography could be right up your alley. Not only can some of the work really stretch your creativity, but seeing your art on film, in magazines, and on billboards can give you quite a rush!

    The particular industry can take some work to break into, but the rewards can fly as high as the hairstyles you will certainly create. With hard work, passion, and determination, we think there won’t be anything stopping you!

    Salon Owner

    So far, we have listed careers that work alongside or underneath someone else’s creative lens. But what if you have your own creativity bursting to escape? What if you have an independent streak that strives to be in charge? If that is the case, then owning your own salon might just be for you. It’s hard work, but having the freedom to create your own brand and image could be exactly what you are looking for to give yourself, and your skill, room to soar.

    Lover of Hair

    Jobs as a Cosmetologist

    All of these things sound great, and maybe they are even something that you could enjoy. However, truly and honestly, your passion is just in hair.

    You worked for your license to do hair, you dream of working in a salon, your passion is in working in a salon. You dream of the creativity and the life-changing impact you can have on people. You love making people feel their best, and you know that is your calling.
    You know what your passion is and you are ready for it.

    Follow Your Passion!

    No matter which path your cosmetology journey takes you on, we know that you will accomplish great things. If you are interested in pursuing an education in cosmetology, our programs could help you get there. Contact us today to set up a tour and see what we can offer you. No matter where you are, or where you end up, the future is bright in this amazing industry.