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June 30, 2013

How to Choose the Right Cosmetology School

Enrolling in cosmetology school is a big decision.  These schools have high fees and vary in quality.

Choosing the Right Cosmetology School

Consumers must know what to look for in a beauty school.  Doing this will ensure that students do not waste their money on a course that does not meet their expectations.

Find a Local Cosmetology School

The first step in finding the perfect beauty school is finding out which courses are in the area.  Ideally, students will not have to travel too far to get to and from classes.  Those who intend to take public transport will need to research transport lines.  On the flip side, drivers will have to check whether or not there is parking at their selected school.

Those who are thinking about taking an online course should reconsider.  Beauty training is very “hands on”.  Students who train online will be at a disadvantage as they will not be able to practice what they have learned on real people.  It is also beneficial to have a teacher on hand to correct mistakes.

Find Out Whether the Cosmetology School Has Part-Time Classes

People who are unemployed or just out of high school may have the time to attend full-time classes.  Unfortunately, those who work full-time and/or have young families will need to seek alternate options.  Some beauty schools offer part-time and weekend classes to those who cannot attend day classes.  As parents often attend beauty school, the school may be able to recommend nearby childcare providers to the student.

Find Out Whether or Not the School Has a Good Reputation

The best beauty schools are well-known in the beauty industry.  In fact, having a qualification from a good school could be the difference between getting a job or not finding work.  Employers know that good schools teach students technical skills, soft skills and what to expect in the workplace.  Listed below are some attributes that the chosen beauty school should possess.

  • A curriculum that allows for lots of hands on training.
  • Tutors who are experienced, qualified and well-known within the beauty industry.
  • A good reputation with both students and beauty professionals.
  • Up to date and well-maintained equipment.
  • Gives students the opportunity to work on “real life” clients.  For example, make-up courses often allow students to work on community plays and fashion shows.

Visiting the School in Person

Once students have a few schools they are interested in attending, they should visit the campus.  Visiting the school will give students insight into the campus environment, social scene and equipment.  During the visit, students will also be able to see how many students are in each class.  Ideally, students will select a school with small class sizes.  Smaller classes are preferable as tutors will be able to give each student more individual attention.

Finding Financing for Beauty School

The main reason people give up on their dream of attending beauty school is that they cannot afford tuition.  Thankfully there are a few solutions for students in this situation.  These are listed below.

  • Students can apply for a government student loan.
  • Students can apply for a loan from a bank or another financial institution.
  • Students can apply for scholarships and grants.

A lot of students think they will not qualify for scholarships and grants as they do not have a great academic record.  This is not the case.  Many scholarships and grants are targeted towards specific demographics.  Some of these do not take academic achievement into account.  For example, there is a scholarship available to low-income adult students who wish to take beauty classes.  Students can get more information on financial services by speaking to the staff at the school.

Choosing a career in the beauty industry is a sound decision.  Studies have shown that this industry is “recession proof”.  This means that there will always be jobs available to cosmetology school graduates.

Let Avalon Help

If you are interested in attending beauty school, please contact us at Avalon School of Cosmetology.  Our staff will be able to tell you about our beauty, make-up artistry and beauty instructor courses.  Other things we can talk about include financial help, course structure and internship opportunities.  Our staff can also answer any questions you may have about beauty school.

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