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What is Cosmetology?

Cosmetology is a word that is thrown around and used to describe a lot of different things. When most people think of the word “cosmetology,” they often just think of people who cut hair. While cutting hair is one aspect of what cosmetologists do, there’s a lot more to it than that. So what is cosmetology? What are all the different aspects that fall under the cosmetology umbrella?

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History of Cosmetology

The art and science that is cosmetology goes back a long time. It has a rich history that is different in every part of the world that you look at. For example, in ancient Rome, baths, saunas, manicures, and massage were a big part of their culture. In the East, China valued pale skin so they used powdered lead to lighten their complexion. In Japanese culture, long hair was considered noble and women would spend significant time caring for their long locks. Cosmetology has been present in cultures around the world for centuries and will continue to play an important role.

What is Cosmetology?

So, cosmetology has a deep history and is a defining feature of culture, but what exactly do cosmetologists do? A cosmetologist can learn the full gamut of beauty services. This can include coloring, cutting, and styling hair as well as makeup artistry, and manicuring. Cosmetologists are the professionals when it comes to human beautification.

makeup artist doing makeup

Where Do Cosmetologists Work?

You can find cosmetologists working in a few different places. Some of the main ones are in spas and salons. These are the places where cosmetologists can practice their expertise most directly. They can also work in other capacities at cosmetic product companies, product sales, and salon corporate management. The wide variety of career paths and job possibilities is one of the great features of cosmetology. When you attend a beauty school, you will learn about many different things but you can choose something specific to focus on when you begin your career. It also offers the benefit of being able to start your own business. Many salon owners are cosmetology school graduates. You can also cut hair or do makeup on the side to make a little bit of extra money.

How to Become a Cosmetologist

Another great aspect of choosing cosmetology as a career is the relatively short amount of time it will take you to complete your education. In Kansas and Missouri, for example, you have to complete 1500 hours of education and pass the state board exam to become a licensed cosmetologist. Compared to a traditional four year college, you could be finished very quickly! Not only is it quicker to complete your education to become a cosmetologist, but it can be a much more hands on experience. You will spend some of 1500 hours getting practical experience in a student salon actually cutting and styling hair for clients. This experience can be very valuable and help you when you go from school to work.

woman getting hair cut in salon

Now that you know all about cosmetology, jump in and start getting your training today. Contact us to learn more about the possibilities of a career in the beauty industry. You can also schedule a tour of our campus to see what it’s like. Start your journey today!

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