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Beauty Careers

Learn more about different types of beauty careers available to you.

Career as a Salon Owner

As a salon owner, licensed cosmetologists will have the ability to control all operations necessary to establish a profitable business. This is where your ideal salon vision comes to life, as you are in charge of all decision-making. One of the first steps an owner will do is seek out available locations and property types that would bring the most profit. This includes buying, renting, or leasing a property and understanding zoning regulations.

A key aspect of salon ownership is positive client interaction and offering a selection of beauty services such as haircutting, hair coloring and styling. Optional procedures can include manicures, spa services and skin care. An owner sets the prices for products and services, as well as the pay scales for employees.

As a business owner, you will be expected to hire and manage staff, design the salon, order inventory and offer retail products for sale. It’s important to market the salon, establish pricing, balance budgets and offer superior customer service.

The Hair Design School offers helpful courses for cosmetology students to learn about the beauty business and how to create and execute an effective business plan. The best owners will spend time working to gain significant knowledge before embarking out on their own.

Career as a Salon Manager

Beauty professionals who have gained experience from working in a salon can advance their career to the next level by becoming a salon manager. For those with keen business savvy, it offers cosmetologists a unique opportunity to blend technical skills with service skills by managing people on both sides of the chair.

A salon manager will help to hire, train and supervise staff once the stylist team is established. The manager ensures that policies are in place and followed. The rules often regard dress code, cleanliness and sanitization compliance. Above-average financial skills are needed to order inventory, balance budgets, and discover profitable opportunities, such as creating sales and marketing events.

The best salon managers are comfortable dealing with people in all situations, communicate well, and flourish in a leadership role. They should understand the importance of delivering top-notch customer service and maintaining a steady customer base.

Career as a Colorist

Since changing hair color is becoming common in today’s beauty-oriented world, the cosmetologist that specializes in artistic hair coloring is usually the most sought-after stylist in a salon.

A colorist enjoys the art of change. Most beauty transformations often feature hair color enhancement, and a color artist is specially trained to identify problem areas and make the correction that will be the most flattering.

As a hair colorist, the beauty school graduate has many duties that include product knowledge, especially of hair color lines used in the salon, and mixing color chemicals according to what was learned in school. Attentive customer consultations and chemical application techniques are also high on the list of colorist duties. Keep in mind that although a colorist specializes in the creative role of color change, he or she will need to cut, shampoo and style hair, and recommend the best salon products to protect the finished look.

Careers in coloring are reported to be trending upward, and recent statistics reflect that a color specialist typically earns $42,000-$46,000 annually. (Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics). Even more encouraging is that hair color changes are extremely common in today’s beauty-oriented world. This tendency ensures that a cosmetologist specializing in hair color will likely enjoy a promising future while allowing a creative outlet.

Career as a Hair Stylist

Hairstylists have versatile training and career options in the beauty world. The first step to being a part of this interesting occupation begins with attending cosmetology school.  Here a student will learn basic theory, new trends, and have the opportunity to practice and perfect learned skills on actual clients. Upon completion of school, it’s important for a graduate to take a state board certification test in order to be licensed to practice in their state.

Once working as a hairstylist, the beauty professional will interact with a variety of different customers in a salon setting. Some stylists choose their own hours and set appointments while others may accept walk-ins in addition to appointments. A new stylist will work to build a growing group of steady repeat customers, sometimes referred to as a “book”.

A menu of services to offer clients is decided upon and offered based on the specialties of stylists. Theses usually include haircutting, hair coloring, hair styling and more. A hairstylist performs the requested service while offering suggestions on upkeep. She or he will do their best to ensure that the client receives the most flattering finished look. A stylist will also be responsible for following sanitation guidelines and proper use of chemicals.

Customer service is key to establishing rapport and generating repeat customers and referrals. Once the stylist has gained experience and a strong customer book, they may choose to open their own salon.

Career as an Esthetician

An esthetician specializes in the care and treatment of skin. They learn the trade by taking courses in cosmetology school, and then secure employment in a spa, salon, or private service. The training an esthetician receives enables them to perform non-surgical procedures to improve a client’s skin and facial appearance.

An important technique employed by an esthetician is massage. A massage can be done on the face, hands, feet, or full body. The art of facial treatments and massage to relax clients is an interesting part of the course. Treatment of skin on other areas of the body is explained and services such as paraffin waxes and body wraps are performed. Estheticians will also be trained in expertly applying makeup and how to bring out a person’s best features.

When an esthetician meets with a client, they will begin with a consultation to find out their needs and analyze their skin. You can suggest different therapeutic treatments such as facial massage to relax the muscles or a facial service to improve skin tone. At times, chemical masks and peels to exfoliate the skin may be in order in addition to waxing services.

A skilled esthetician can identify skin types and trouble areas and then recommend the best products for each client’s skin type. An understanding of how cosmetic and skin care ingredients interact with skin is desirable in order to advise customers of what will make them look and feel best.

Career as a Platform Artist

A platform artist is one of the most exciting jobs in the beauty industry today. These individuals get an opportunity to travel around the country showcasing their skills and demonstrating products to live audiences at beauty shows. To succeed in this career, it’s important to be confident and have a strong stage presence. A platform artist specializes in product knowledge and sales, as the goal is to sell as many products that are used during the show as possible. There is interaction with the audience, who will ask questions, and they should educate as they perform, inspiring others.

Career in Spa Services

Another field showing a growth for cosmetologists is working in a spa, and even managing or owning one. The demand for spa treatments is building as relaxation, massage and anti-aging remedies are more popular than ever. Spas can be located in hotels, resorts, cruise ships and more. Many estheticians enter into this line of work as skin care treatments and products are a key aspect of working in this industry.

Career as a Nail Artist

The field of nail care is growing as young and old alike desire manicure and pedicure services. Clients desiring interesting nail color designs for everyday wear in addition to special occasions keep nail artists busy. The decorative element of nail design creation makes this a smart career choice for cosmetologists with an artistic flair. An ability to pay attention to detail is also a plus for those entering this expanding market. A nail artist will need to learn the tools and products to use for all requested services, how to sanitize them properly, and the importance of a proper client consultation.

Career in Writing/Marketing

Cosmetologists with good written communication skills can get hired to write for beauty websites and blogs. There are opportunities for employment as a writer or consultant for explaining cosmetology techniques in educational materials used in beauty school, magazines, and reference materials for retail supply lines.

Career in Sales

If a beauty school graduate is passionate about products and has a knack for spot-on client recommendations, perhaps a career in retail sales would be ideal. There are opportunities to demonstrate and sell products in salons, beauty supply chains, department stores, or as an event specialist promoting a vendor line at hair and beauty shows. This can be a job with versatile duties as a key part of making a sale includes product promotion during an entertaining demonstration of styling or coloring hair.

Career as a Teacher

Spread the knowledge and inspire others by becoming a cosmetology educator. Upon graduating and becoming licensed, those who are great motivators can take a brief course to learn how to teach the cosmetology craft to students. A major emphasis would be learning to prepare lesson plans to meet state requirements for curriculums. A classroom educator will teach cosmetology theory of anatomy, chemistry and design principles with a focus on safety principles and state board preparation. Another avenue to pursue as an instructor is advising students as they practice hands-on skills in a salon setting. This is an option for those who prefer a more interactive teaching environment.