June 7, 2022

What Can I Do With My Cosmetology License?

cosmetologist at work

Choosing a future in cosmetology is a great way to express your creativity, learn practical skills, and pursue your passion for beauty. If you’ve decided that this is the path, you may still have questions about where cosmetology can take you. There are a wide variety of paths a cosmetology license can lead you down, it’s just up to you to find what is the best for you! To make it easier, we’ve compiled a list of possible opportunities your cosmetology license can give you.

Cosmetology: The Rundown

Before we can dive into our list, we need to understand what cosmetology is and decide if it really is right for you. With so many areas in the beauty industry, it can be confusing to know exactly what a cosmetologist does.

Cosmetology is the study and application of beauty treatments that range from simple hair care to more advanced beauty techniques. These treatments can include:

  • Hairstyling
  • Skincare
  • Nail Technology
  • Hair Coloring
  • Makeup Application
  • And more!

Cosmetologists are experts when it comes to beauty. With a cosmetology license, you can gain skills in any of these areas. At Crave Beauty Academy, our cosmetology program offers classes in many of these areas to help you reach your dream future.

hairstylist cutting man's hair

What Can I Do With My License?

Now that we have a basic knowledge of what cosmetology is, we can see just what the world of beauty can offer you. There are many things you can do with a cosmetology license, and while some may require additional education, they are all exciting opportunities. Here is our list of just some of the potential paths you can take.

Hairstylist or Barber

We commonly associate hairstyling with cosmetology, which is why it’s one of the more popular choices for those with cosmetology licenses. Hair stylists know the ins and outs of hair care and can learn the skills to create and maintain hairstyles for their clients. In addition to cutting, coloring, and styling hair, a stylist may educate their clients about hair and scalp care. Many people enjoy this job because it helps others look and feel their best. Some hairstylists can build strong friendships with their clients and can be very social in their day-to-day life.

Some cosmetologists prefer the more technical side of haircutting and choose to specialize in barbering. Barbers reflect a lot of what hairstylists do, but specialize mainly in men’s haircuts and styling. This can include beard trimming/shaving, specialized haircuts, and facials. Our barbering expansion course combines what you can learn in barbering school with more cosmetology information. A barbering license is required for this course.

Skin Care

The Kansas Board of Cosmetology allows licensed cosmetologists to perform the “cleansing, stimulating or performing any other noninvasive beautifying process on any skin surface by means of hands or mechanical or electrical appliances, other than electric needles, provided for esthetic rather than medical purposes.” This includes make-up application and temporary hair removal that does not use electric needles. These services must be purely cosmetic, as opposed to medically necessary.

woman getting a facial

If you’re passionate about skin care, becoming an esthetician may be the right path for you. Doing so will require additional classes outside of your cosmetology hours, as there are skills estheticians specialize in that cosmetologists do not. Crave Beauty Academy offers an esthetician program to all those who want to further their education in skincare.

Makeup Artist

Some cosmetologists may choose to follow their dreams of makeup artistry. This involves using cosmetics to alter or accentuate the appearance of the face and body. In this field, you’ll use tools like applicators, eyebrow shapers, sponges, lip liners, and brushes to apply makeup, accentuate facial structure, or create stunning looks for various events. Makeup artists can work in a salon or freelance their services for special events like weddings or proms.

Nail Technician

Becoming a nail technician is a great way to express your creativity and artistry. In addition to creating beautiful nail art, nail technicians shape nails, groom cuticles, remove calluses and provide synthetic nail treatments. Manicurists are artists who can create ornate nail art. Whether it’s painting delicate flowers or adding sparkly gems, being a nail tech can give you a great opportunity to flex your creative muscles.

nail technicians practicing

At Crave Beauty Academy, our nail technician program can help you develop your personal style and enhance your future as a professional nail technician.

Where Can Cosmetologists Work?

You can find cosmetologists working in a variety of different settings. Cosmetologists can work in a salon or spa setting helping clients look their best. Others may be hired directly by salon owners, or they may rent out a suite in the building. While a salon and spa may be ideal for some cosmetologists, some cosmetologists prefer to operate as freelancers or work with staffing agencies to be hired for specific jobs.

Interested in Learning More?

If becoming a cosmetologist is something you’re ready for, it’s time to start your journey. At Crave Beauty Academy, we offer many programs that can help you pursue whichever beauty future you’d prefer. Contact us today to get started! We’d love to help you on your journey.

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