Should You Become a Cosmetology Instructor?

Nov 13 2018

Many of the best cosmetologists and beauty professionals of the world begin their journey in beauty school. At some point during your career, you can also take the opportunity to return to a cosmetology to give back and make a difference by becoming an instructor! Teaching cosmetology, esthetics, or another beauty trade is a great way for you to continue to hone your skills, add to the lives of students, and build the next generation of beauty professionals. Would you be cut out to be a beauty educator? Here are a few things for you to consider.

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Beauty Instructors Are People People

If you’re a people person, becoming a cosmetology instructor could be a great option for taking your career to the next level. If you’re already a professional cosmetologist, there’s a good chance you already love working with people. The difference as an instructor is that you would be working with a classroom of students, working with all of them at once with opportunities to give them one-on-one time. Not only would you be working with students, but you would have many opportunities to work with faculty and staff as well. A love for being around people is essential for being a great instructor!

Beauty Instructors Don’t Have to Give up Their Clients

Some people worry that if they start teaching at a beauty school that they have to give up their practice. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Many beauty schools offer part time options for instructors, which allows them to keep many of their original clients and keep their skills sharp. This can even open up opportunities for you to keep learning new things as an instructor if you want to dedicate time to learning new services while you’re at it. You definitely can decide to work at a beauty school full time if that’s what you would like, but it’s not a requirement for all positions at all schools.

Beauty Instructors Have Advancement Opportunities

Some people may wonder if they are limiting their future opportunities by becoming a cosmetology, esthetics, or other beauty school instructor. The good news is that cosmetology instructors have even more opportunities than if they had simply remained as a beauty professional. Senior instructor and management positions can come later during your teaching career, and you could even have the option of applying to become a program or department director. Some people even go on to open up their own beauty schools! Regardless of where you want your career to take you, there are many career options you can explore along the way.

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Beauty Instructors Can Teach in Different Ways

When you think of a beauty instructor, you probably think of someone standing in front of a classroom full of people teaching them about hair, skin and nails. There are many options besides just teaching in a classroom. Other teaching opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Cosmetology school instructor
  • Esthetics, nails, barbering, or makeup instructor
  • Advanced beauty course instructor
  • Beauty school manager or owner
  • Student salon or spa manager
  • Platform artist
  • Independent educator or consultant

The way that you build your educational career is completely up to you. If you have a passion for teaching students in a classroom setting and getting to know them, then becoming a beauty school instructor could be a great fit for you. If you want to travel abroad and perform your services across the country in product demonstrations, you could consider becoming a platform artist. The world is wide open and ready for you to explore!

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Start With Hair Pros

If you already a licensed beauty professional, the first step to becoming a beauty instructor is to complete an instructor course. At Hair Professionals Career College, we offer instructor programs for both cosmetology and esthetics so that you can choose to teach the subject you are most passionate about. Contact us to learn more about our instructor programs and the doors they can open for you today!