July 27, 2016

The Back-to-School List Cosmetology Students Need


Going to beauty school is an exciting time, so it’s important for you to be prepared with some extra supplies! Your beauty school will generally provide a kit for you to use, but there are a few extra things you can prepare that might come in handy! Depending on the schedule you’ve chosen, you’ll be spending half or whole days at the school learning about the wonderful world of beauty; so being prepared is super important! This back to school list can help you get a head start!

1. Hair Ties/ Bobby Pins/ Elastics

This seems like an obvious list item, we know but think about what your life on the salon floor will be like. You’ll be running around and busy the whole day! Of course we all want to say that we will show up each day with perfectly styled hair, but sometimes you need to be able to just toss your hair into a bun and get things done. You may likely end up using many of them on your clients as well!

Yes, you’re in a beauty school with a ton of hair and makeup supplies around you, but sometimes a simple hair tie or bobby pin is what you need to keep your hair out of the way while you get to business. You also don’t want to have to borrow out of your own cosmetology kit!


2. Snacks

Depending on your schedule, you could be at school all day long! The time flies when you’re learning and having fun, but it’s important to take care of yourself. Keep snacks in your school bag so that on especially long days you have the pick-me-up that you need to be focused and alert. Choose something packed with helpful nutrients and energy to help you be your best self every day. Mixed nuts, celery sticks with peanut butter, and fresh fruit are all great snack options to help keep you energetic throughout the day! Snacks really do make everything better!


3. Gum/ Mints

Gum or mints can be helpful to keep on hand in general. Chewing gum is said to help with focus, so if you’re struggling to keep up in lecture, popping a piece of mint gum might be the push you need to stay on task.

Additionally, working with clients on the floor means that you will be sharing some pretty close space. It never hurts to have breath-freshening anything on hand when you’ll be in close proximity with a lot of people. Just be mindful of salon floor standards in your school or salon. Some places don’t allow stylists to chew gum, so breath mints can work instead!

Keep a travel sized stick of deodorant in your bag… You know, just in case.


4. Revitalizing Mist

You’ll learn quickly that beauty school is fast-paced and can be pretty intense. If you’ve never heard of revitalizing mist, it’s basically a mist or vapor enriched with vitamins or just pleasant aromas that help to refresh your skin. It’s like a breath mint for your face and body that comes in handy on really busy days. Feeling a little tired and sweaty after a morning of styling? A few quick spritzes and you’ll be good as new!

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5. Essential Oils

Another tip for staying fresh includes keeping a bottle of essential oil with you! Peppermint and spearmint are great for the battling the afternoon sleepy feeling, while lavender and lemongrass are great for calming headaches. If you’re not familiar with the art of essential oils, check these out and see if you find one that sounds appealing.

6. Extra Notepads/ Pens and Pencils

Make sure you’re able to take notes regardless of the lesson. If you’re observing services on the floor, take notes about how your instructors are approaching techniques or about the set-up and break-down process for a color session. Things can move quickly at beauty school, so you want to make sure you have the option of reviewing at home if you need to..

Prepare diligently and your future beauty professional self will be thankful! Check out our ultimate guide to cosmetology school to learn more ways to prepare yourself for beauty school!

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