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A Day in the Life of a Cosmetology Student

Let’s face it, there are jobs that just pay the bills and jobs that get you out of bed in the morning with a spring in your step! Yes, when it comes to earning a living, there’s no better way to do it than by doing something you love. And if creating swoon-worthy styles is what you love, you might be a perfect fit for a future in the world of cosmetology. If you’ve been pondering joining the talented cosmetologists out there making their mark in the beauty industry, you may be wondering what getting there looks like. To help you gain a better understanding of the path to a career cultivating great looks all around you, we’re doing a deep dive into what a day in the life of a cosmetology student is like. But first, let’s cover some basics.

What are the Requirements to Become a Cosmetologist?

The most basic requirements typically begin with obtaining a high school diploma or GED and completing a state-approved cosmetology training program. The specific requirements may vary from state to state, but the majority of states require a cosmetologist to be licensed. And in order to become licensed, students typically need to complete a training program and pass a state licensing exam. This exam usually includes a written portion as well as a practical portion, which requires students to demonstrate their practical skills.

Curriculum and Average Program Length

As a cosmetology student, you can expect the curriculum to cover a variety of topics including: hair styling, cutting, coloring, chemical treatments, makeup application, skin care, nail care, waxing, salon management and more. Depending on the state you’re in, a cosmetology program can require anywhere from 1,000 – 1,500 hours of training, which can take anywhere from 10-18 months to complete. During their training, students receive both classroom instruction and hands-on practice. Some programs may also offer specialized training in areas like barbering, esthetics, or makeup artistry.

What to Expect on an Ordinary Day as a Cosmetology Student

Your day as a cosmetology student may start with classroom instruction on hair, skincare, or a variety of topics covered in the program curriculum. But throughout the day, it’s likely that you’ll head to the salon floor to gain hands-on experience by practicing on real people. You may perform a variety of beauty services, including haircuts, styling, coloring, nail art, and facials. Each service is an opportunity to practice your technique and build your portfolio. You’ll also learn different aspects of salon management, including providing top-notch customer service, and how to communicate with clients and understand their needs. All of the above will prepare you with the skills and knowledge you need to pass the state licensing exam and possibly enjoy the benefits of working as a full-fledged cosmetologist.

Benefits of Working as a Cosmetologist

Doing what you love is definitely the best reason to become a cosmetologist.  But there are plenty of other great reasons to pursue a future in cosmetology.


Cosmetology is a field that offers a lot of flexibility when it comes to working hours. Whether you’re a salon owner or a freelance artist, you can choose the hours that work best for you.


As a cosmetologist, you have the opportunity to be creative every single day. Whether it’s designing new hairstyles or creating a flawless makeup look, you’ll never be bored in this field.

Career Growth:

Cosmetology is a career that offers a lot of potential for growth and advancement. As you gain experience and build your clientele, you can take on more responsibilities, possibly increase your earnings, and maybe even become a salon owner.

Helping People:

One of the best aspects of being a cosmetologist is helping people look and feel their best. You’ll have the opportunity to build meaningful, and often life-long relationships with your clients and make a positive impact on their lives.

Job Stability:

The demand for cosmetologists is expected to grow at a much faster than average rate for all other occupations by 2031, with a projected 93,000 job openings annually.  

There’s no question becoming a licensed cosmetologist requires a great deal of hard work, dedication, and commitment. However, for those who are passionate about the beauty industry, the rewards of a career in cosmetology can be both financially and emotionally fulfilling. Plus – what’s not to love about a career that’s all about making people look and feel great?

If you’d like to learn more about a career in cosmetology, check out the Hairdressing and Cosmetology program at Continental School of Beauty. With three locations to choose from in upstate New York, Continental is helping students get the hands-on experience and skills they need to join the world of beauty as licensed cosmetologists. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a campus tour.

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