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June 6, 2013

Understanding Cosmetology School Requirements

Cosmetologists, hair stylists and hair dressers have to be licensed to work in the United States, but what are the basic cosmetology school requirements? The rules for working as a cosmetologist vary between states, and there are slightly different requirements for the different areas in cosmetology. Cosmetologists and barbers, for example, have different licensing conditions.

The Basic Requirements for Cosmetology School

The basic requirements for working as a cosmetologist are that you must be 16 years or older, and you have to attend a state-licensed cosmetology school. A typical training program lasts from nine months to a year. There are also shorter courses in specialized fields, such as aesthetics or nail technology.

In many states cosmetologists must also have a high school diploma. To become a licensed cosmetologist, you will have to take an exam after finishing your training. There are slightly different exams for the various fields in the beauty industry. A manicurist’s exam is different from a skin care specialist’s exam.

Studying for a Cosmetology Diploma

A cosmetology school can prepare you for a career as a skin care specialist, a nail technician, a hairstylist, a hair dresser or a barber. A good cosmetology school teaches the techniques and skills you need for working in the diverse areas you will meet daily. You should learn hairdressing and hairstyling, manicures and pedicures, makeup application, facials and other beauty treatments. A good school should also teach you business ethics and professionalism, as well as the basics of managing a beauty salon.

When you start to work in the beauty industry, you will gain more skills through working with your clients. You can also take additional courses to improve and update your skills. Many beauticians start by working in a beauty salon, but later open their own business.

How to Find Out More About Cosmetology School Requirements

We have trained professionals in the beauty industry for over 40 years. Our training program covers all the essentials in the beauty business, and we will also help you to find the areas you want to specialize in. Our training keeps up with the latest trends in the beauty field. We also give advanced courses for those who want to improve their skills.

All states have minimum requirements, such as the minimum number of study hours you will need to become a licensed cosmetologist. If you move from one state to another, you will be able to transfer your license, but you should find out about the specific requirements for each state.

We at Avalon School of Cosmetology are happy to give you more information about the legislation and the requirements for becoming a cosmetologist. You can also contact the cosmetology licensing board in your home state to find out about the cosmetology school requirements in your state.

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