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Beauty Student Advice — 11 February 2014

If you are reading this, chances are the thought has crossed your mind at one time or another-should you become a cosmetologist? It certainly seems fun and interesting enough, but is it the right fit? Well first of all, kudos to you for thinking it out. Career decisions should not be made impulsively.  Secondly, there are some known predictors to indicate if you have a future in cosmetology. It’s helpful to know if you possess the same character traits that are common to the best in the beauty business and can ultimately be regarded as a good match.

While there are many variables to success in any field, the following 5 statements can reveal if you should pursue a cosmetology career:

1) You tend to follow trends (and even create new ones).

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If you are the person in your group that always stands out for wearing the latest styles and coolest haircuts, then you share something already with cosmetology professionals. The most in-demand stylists tend to be fashion leaders, inspiring clients with vogue designs. Since you are not shy about making bold style statements and have fun keeping current, why not learn more and see where your flair takes you?

2) You aim to please. 

Customer service is a key factor in client retention. If you have been known as a people pleaser with a positive attitude, then you have the right stuff for success in many careers.  Clients of cosmetologists can be tougher at times since your service influences their appearance and self-esteem. Knowing how to read people and please them accordingly will keep your appointment book filled.

3) Variety is Your Spice of Life.

With cosmetology, no two days will ever be alike. There will be daily interactions with customers, co-workers, vendors and walk-in clients. You’ll be challenged constantly to work your magic and make people look and feel beautiful, and each time you’ll learn something new.  Work schedules can change according to peak customer traffic times and your general availability. Some people thrive on change and will welcome this type variety. These people are often known as successful hairstylists.

4) You enjoy learning new things.

If you choose cosmetology, you will continue to learn throughout your career. This is a must, as trends develop and styles change constantly. New techniques are created and older ones evolve, changing to keep in synch with popular demand. If you are naturally inquisitive and seek out how things are done, then you have the thirst for knowledge that it takes to be a lifelong learner.  You just might find it fascinating to discover the facts and secrets of the beauty world.

5) You have a knack for artistic creativity.

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To fit in this category, you usually have a very intriguing home décor, love to fuss with seasonal decorations, and like to color your world with fun designs. This can be a burden for some people, but if you have a knack for artistry, then arranging colors and patterns to achieve a certain vibe is rewarding and pleasant. Just take the satisfaction that comes from creating art and provoking good feelings, and imagine those possibilities applied in the fashion and beauty business.  Cosmetologists see beauty in art, and strive to create works of art in their individual designs.

So there you have it, my observation on what personality traits fit the mold for becoming a cosmetologist. If this assessment somehow speaks to you, it would be a good idea to contact your local beauty school and see what courses are available. A professional admissions counselor can give concrete statistics on the outcomes for this profession. Then, it’s all up to you to take a step towards a rewarding career…that suits you perfectly.

 

Readers, how did you know when it was a good decision to go to cosmetology school? Do you fit the profile listed here? Can you add more qualities? We always love to hear from you!

About Author

Lorraine Letcavage
Lorraine Letcavage

Lorraine has been involved with the beauty school industry for over 5 years, having been employed as a copywriter, editor and blog writer for Empire Education Group. Most of her career has been in Education, as she has a passion to learn and share knowledge to benefit others. She has a BA in English and enjoys writing newsletters, marketing material, and informative pieces for various companies and websites. A self-professed beauty product junkie, Lorraine reads about all the latest trends and uses her connections in the salon industry to stay current in cosmetology.

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