10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Went to Beauty School
1. That you’ll be a “thera-stylist”
Once you get on the floor and start taking clients in the salon, you’ll learn an awful lot about people that you don’t necessarily want or need to know. They’re in your chair for at least an hour with nothing else to do but talk. Plus, people feel comfortable with their stylists, they’re trusting them with their image so it’s natural for that self-disclosure to be a part of the “stylist-client” relationship. Sometimes it can be heavy and intense while other times you’ll likely be laughing and smiling right along with them. This is how repeat customers are born, embrace it.
2. It’s not as easy as it looks on Instagram
Beauty school is hard work, instructors, graduates and long-time stylists agree that one of the greatest challenges to overcome is the intensity of the program. These programs are designed to prepare students in approximately one year for the industry. The basics of the industry are learned at a comfortable pace and the hands-on testing is thorough so that students performing services can be truly prepared and qualified to take on clients. You know what they say, nothing worth having comes easy. You’ll appreciate your education more, and have more pride in something that you worked hard for.
3. How difficult makeup REALLY is
Makeup seems like it would be a pretty simple thing to do, but when asked most beauty professionals, instructors, and students agreed that makeup is one of the hardest units. It tests your patience, and can be the source of some stress if your forte is more on the hair color and style side of cosmetology. However, the challenge is satisfying when you see the progress that you can make and have a chance to explore the depths of your creativity. Though beauty school has definitely got its rewarding challenges, it also provides you a great deal of room to grow!
Fortunately at Hair Professionals Career College we work hard to make sure that our students have the resources and the time that they need to excel through every unit in their program.
Check out our esthetics program, here.
4. How much dedication and commitment this takes
Attending school is very much like having a full-time job, you spend most of your time in class or on the salon floor with customers. When you’re not doing that, you’re in a class lecture on theory and technique or working on building your clientele. There is a lot of information to familiarize yourself with, and attention to detail is key. Beauty school is incredibly rewarding, but it isn’t for the faint of heart.
5. How much I would bond with my instructors
Spending nearly every day with the same people, you’re bound to develop some good relationships. Instructors understand the struggle of the student, because they were students once too. They’ve also battled through the struggles of finding clients and work after graduation. Instructors truly are the greatest resource for students as they have navigated that same professional terrain and have industry and network connections that prove to be helpful for many students.
At Hair Professionals Career College, our instructors still actively work in the field and are constantly working to further their own education for the benefit of their students. We believe in the power of unity and collaboration, we are more powerful when we work together to achieve success!
6. About the out-of-pocket expenses
The out-of-pocket expense is different for every student due to financial aid eligibility, and program choice. There are often scholarship available through third party sources that can help to alleviate the financial burden, or students can look into educational financing to cover costs.
Speak with an admissions representative from Hair Professionals career college to get an idea of what start date will be the best for you, and what resources are available to make your transition into a beauty career as smooth as possible.
7. That I would make such great friends
Just like you bond with your instructors, you will also bond with your classmates and probably some of your customers too! Your job is to make people feel as beautiful as they look, and that happens when a stylist is able to truly connect with their client. Cosmetologist apply makeup, and perform beauty services but a truly great stylist has the power to make their clients feel important and cared for beyond the scope of their services.
At Hair Pros, students learn about the art of client retention and networking through both the taught curriculum and the supplemental learning and lecture opportunities provided by the school. We pride ourselves on creating a legacy of driven professionals.
8. The cost of testing and professional equipment
Though the cost of the kit used by students is factored into their cost of attendance, it will be well worth your investment. How cool is it to start your education on day one in the classroom with professional tools to learn with? Very cool.
Hair Pros uses the highest quality products in our student kits and work to help students make the transition from student to professional as simple as possible.
9. If you’re truly passionate about this work, you’ll never want to do anything else.
Even with the long hours, and the sometimes hectic scheduling it’s clear to see that passion is often the driving force for so many beauty professionals. The sense of satisfaction that stylists get from seeing the joy that they have helped to create is one of the most cited reasons for choosing this career.
“If you do what you’ll love you’ll never work a day in your life”- we’ve all heard the old adage. Becoming a beauty professional is hard work, but when you’re passionate about what you do it’s the kind of work that you will choose to do over and over again.
10. That it would be the best decision I ever made
While current stylists, instructors and students alike had similar sentiments about the more challenging aspects of pursuing a cosmetology career; they all agreed that they career they chose to pursue was undoubtedly the right one for them.
Whether you’re seeking a career with flexible scheduling options, or a high earning potential the beauty industry attracts motivated and passionate people.
Hair Professionals Career College is dedicated developing highly-skilled, and prepared professionals. Call us to find out our next start date and being your journey in the beauty industry today!