What Cosmetologists Do
Cosmetologist, also called hairdressers or hairstylists, offer a wide range of hair services, such as shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling. They often advise clients, both men and women, on how to care for their hair at home. They provide scalp and facial treatments and makeup analysis. Some also clean and style wigs and hairpieces. They also keep records of products and services provided to clients, such as hair color, shampoo, conditioner, and hair treatment used. In addition, most cosmetologists actively sell skin care products.
Work Environment and Work Schedules
Cosmetologists work in pleasant surroundings mostly in a salon, although some work in a spa, hotel, or resort. Some lease booth space in other people’s salons. A good number manage salons or open their own shop after several years of experience.
Many cosmetologists work part time. Work schedules often include evenings and weekends―the times when beauty salons are busiest. Those who are self-employed usually determine their own schedules.
Important Qualities to be Successful
- Creativity. Cosmetologists must keep up with the latest trends and be ready to try new hairstyles for their clients.
- Customer-service skills. Workers must be pleasant, friendly, and able to interact with customers in order to retain clients.
- Listening skills. Cosmetologists should be good listeners. They must listen carefully to what the client wants in order to make sure that the client is happy with the result.
- Physical stamina. Cosmetologists must be able to stand on their feet for long periods.
- Cleanliness. Workers must keep a neat personal appearance and keep their work area clean and sanitary. This requirement is necessary for the health and safety of their clients, as well as to make the clients comfortable enough to want to return.
- Time-management skills. Time-management skills are important in scheduling appointments and providing services. For example, routine haircuts do not require the precise timing of some other services, such as applying neutralizer after a permanent wave. Clients who receive timely hair care are more likely to return.
U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Job Outlook for Barbers, Hairdressers and Cosmetologists
Job Search Assistance
Although, no school can guarantee post-graduate employment, International Cosmetology Academy has a job matching service when local salons recruit our graduates. We also provide training in job search skills and résumé writing.
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International Cosmetology Academy is approved to prepare students for licensing in Michigan.
State law requires an applicant for a Cosmetology License to have a high school diploma or an equivalent G.E.D. certificate prior to application for a license. International Cosmetology Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, or ethnic origin in its admission, instruction and graduation policies.