How to Become a Hairdresser; Where Does the Search Begin?
The decision is made, you’re going to become a hairdresser! You’ve always enjoyed doing your own hair and your friend’s hair, so why not make it a career? So where do you begin the search on how to become a hairdresser? The options are endless in the schools available, the cost and the curriculum they use. The cost of school can range anywhere from $7,000 to $20,000. At all beauty schools, you receive the state required hours of education that varies from state to state. The difference in cost usually is in the beauty school kits, the cosmetology course books offered and extra tools they use.
Often, prospective students will check out the cosmetology schools in their own area first, although it is not uncommon to commute a distance to beauty school, or even to rent an apartment because the beauty school may be in a different state or country.
Many beauty schools offer financial aid for the cost of education, food, housing and more supplies that may be needed. To qualify for financial aid is pretty much like applying for a student loan. Financially, you have to fit into a certain income range for the government to assist you in your education. The tuition and additional costs will have to be paid back, usually starting after graduation from beauty school.
Some beauty schools have a better reputation in the hair salon industry than others. The Beauty School Directory is a great resource to begin your search. You will also find information there on programs that teach Esthetics, Skin Care Nail Technology, Barbering and more.
Try calling some reputable hair salons to ask for their opinion for the better beauty schools in your area. Just keep in mind, at any beauty school, you learn the basics needed to pass state board exams. The majority of your life skills in hairdressing will come from hands on experience, extra classes and your peers.
It’s a good idea to visit any prospective beauty school you are considering, during the school day. You will be able to get a feel of which school is a better fit for you. Call to set up an appointment with the admissions office for a tour and remember to dress nice. Some schools may reject prospective students because of how they dress for the tour, always remember to dress for success!
Pay attention to the students – are they are all busy and not just sitting around or even sleeping? (I’ve seen it!) Get a feel, good, bad or ugly from your surroundings and you will know if it feels right. Talk to the students, hopefully you will not pick a Negative Nellie from the group who will have nothing good to say about the school!
Don’t be afraid to ask any questions like:
- How long does the course take if you are full-time?
- What are the full-time day hours?
- Is there a dress code?
- What if you miss a day, can you make it up?
- Do we come every Saturday? (Saturday’s, once your on the floor is the best day for experience)
Hairdressing is an art and you have to pay your dues to make the big bucks. A clientele is not handed to you; you earn it with your skills. Continuing education is the key to success and passion for the industry is a must in how to become a great hairdresser!
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