Beauty School VS Cosmetology School

by Empire Beauty School
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Are you trying to decide which type of schooling will help you reach your end goal? We know it may be tricky- researching your schooling options, types of programs, possible career paths, and finances. At Empire Beauty School, we work together to make this process as seamless as possible. Let’s compare the differences between a beauty school and a cosmetology school.

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What is the difference between beauty school and cosmetology school?

Beauty school and cosmetology school is oftentimes used to describe the same type of schooling. The difference between the two, is that beauty school is mostly used to describe a school that has a variety of beauty programs and a cosmetology school’s primary focus is cosmetology.

To simplify this, a beauty school might offer programs in cosmetology, barbering, esthetics, makeup, and nails. Choosing a beauty school allows you to receive in-depth training about the area of beauty you are most interested in. While a cosmetology school has a larger focus on hair; hair color, styling, cutting, chemical services and more.

A cosmetology license also includes training on additional beauty trades such as skin, makeup, nails, and barbering. If you are looking for training in all aspects of cosmetology, a cosmetology program is the perfect match for you. 

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When considering the types of programs and schools, it is important to notice the amount of hours required to complete the program. For example, a cosmetology program will require a longer amount of hours to complete as you are learning all aspects of the beauty industry. 

The Empire Beauty School Cosmetology program length will vary depending on your states required hours for licensure. Subjects include haircutting, hair coloring, facials, makeup, manicuring, salon management and much more.

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If you love the flexibility of specializing in multiple areas and having the option to potentially choose a career change in the future without going back to school, cosmetology might be your route. This option offers endless job possibilities once graduation and licensure is complete. 

For a beauty school, choosing a specific area of beauty is usually shorter in hour requirements and allows you to focus on your specific area of interest. 

When considering your options, it is important to check if the school is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS). Empire Beauty School does have this accreditation. 

Enrolling at Empire Beauty School will provide you with a world-class education. With our program offerings, you have the opportunity to share your passion and make the world a more beautiful place.

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November 28, 2023

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