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What to know before enrolling in a Cosmetology School

Deciding to pursue a career in cosmetology is a great first step to the future you’ve always dreamed of. But to make getting to that future a little easier, it’s a good, no – great idea, to do your research and be prepared for what lies ahead. To help you hit the ground running, we’ve rounded up the things you should know before you enroll in cosmetology school.

Learn about the requirements

When you’re considering where to go for your cosmetology training, it’s important to find out what is required to enroll. Most schools require a high school diploma or GED and that students be at least 18 years old. You’ll also want to inquire about the enrollment process, application fees or other criteria.

Program length

You should understand up front how much time you need to commit to your cosmetology training. Each state has its own requirements for the number of hours required to obtain your license, but the national average for a full cosmetology program is 1,000 hours.

Speaking of licensing

You will need to take a state licensing exam after you complete your cosmetology program. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the licensing requirements in your state and make sure the school you are considering will help prepare you to pass the test.

What kind of skills will I need?

The most important thing you need is the willingness to learn and having a passion for beauty and creativity. As a cosmetologist, you’ll be learning a variety of skills through hands-on training and classroom instruction. But being able to tap into your inner artist can help you set yourself apart.

You’ll be learning more than hair

Cosmetologists are not just heroes of hair. When you attend cosmetology school, you’ll be learning a whole lot more like nails, facials, makeup application, waxing, skincare and more. You get to choose what path within the field of cosmetology interests you the most and specialize in that.

One of the most important things to consider before enrolling in cosmetology school, is actually researching the school itself. Make sure the program you select is properly accredited by your state. The best way to know if a school is the right fit for you is to go and schedule a tour. Go check it out for yourself to see if it feels right for you. If you live in upstate NY, you should check out the hairdressing and cosmetology program at Continental School of Beauty. With three campus locations to choose from, Continental has been training the next generation of beauty professionals for decades! Contact us today to learn more and we’ll have one of our admissions representatives reach out to you. It’s a great time to explore what the world of beauty can do for your future.

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