Snowballing off of my last blog: “Top Jobs for Creative Types,” I wanted to give a little more insight to all of the opportunities that come along with a degree in cosmetology.
You may just think it’s a one job kind of thing, go to cosmetology school, get a job at a salon. Well, you could not be more wrong! There are actually a TON of different avenues you could take with the knowledge you will gain from this type of degree, and I’m here to tell you all about it!
And guess what? All cosmetology jobs are expected to grow by 13% each year through 2022! NOW is the time to go for that dream career……
So let’s get to it!
10 Careers You Can Pursue With A Cosmetology Licence:
If you decide to go to cosmetology school to become a hairstylist, this will be your job description:
“Provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May apply makeup, dress wigs, perform hair removal, and provide nail and skin care services.” (www.myplan.com)
So you’re basically a beauty making bad a**.
For barbers, things are a little different>>>
“Provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, shampooing, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves. Clean and sterilize scissors, combs, clippers, and other instruments.” (www.myplan.com)
Hair Color Specialist
If you want to take your cosmetology career in a specific direction, you can become a hair color specialist; “A licensed cosmetologists who specialize in altering the color or tint of their clients’ hair. Hair coloring is a typical part of any cosmetology or beauty training program, and the general cosmetologist licensure exam tests candidates on their coloring skills.” (www.study.com)
Hair colorists must be good communicators in order to reach an understanding about the desired outcomes and looks for their clients. So if you’re really into getting super creative with hair color and are a great listener, go for this career!!
You all know what these jobs consist of! Making people’s fingernails and toenails look absolutely flawless! You would be responsible for cleaning, filing, trimming, shaping, and applying nail polish to a client’s nails. Provides consultation, takes off polish, prepares nails, and applies fresh polish.
You can also take this degree a little further by getting into nail art. Learning how to create beautiful designs on nails will make you that much more marketable and will most likely make it easier to find a job!
“The specific duties of a hair salon owner vary according to the particular salon, but generally include interacting with clients, hairstyling and performing other beauty procedures. Additionally, salon owners may provide aesthetic services such as waxing, makeup application and skincare. Salon owners generally choose the specific product line that the salon will work with; in some cases, the owner receives specialized training in that product line, and arranges for employees to receive the training and certification as well.” (www.study.com)
Along with being a salon owner, you will manage the staff (hiring/firing) and deal with some accounting. Many of the same responsibilities come with being a salon manager.
A salon coordinator is expected to wear several hats acting as a liaison between the salon owner and staff, as well as between the staff and clients. (www.oureverydaylife.com)
You would be responsible for applying makeup and prosthetics to aesthetically enhance celebrities, performers, individuals, entertainers, or for special events such as weddings or dates. As a makeup artist, you can work independently or with a team. You can have your own makeup business, doing weddings and other special events, or you can take it to the next level and work on movie sets or theatrical sets! This could be a very exciting job, but it’s really what you make it! (;
Photo and Movie Stylist
Thinking outside of the box is a skill that is imperative to the success of a photo stylist. While photo & movie stylists concentrate on the technical aspects of the movie or photograph, one would typically enlist the aid of a this job position to embellish the set with accessories and objects to create the masterpiece they envision. You will probably need a bit more schooling after receiving your cosmetology license, but it is the first step on your way to Hollywood!
Beauty Magazine Writer / Editor
This is an incredibly competitive field to go into. So if you’re gonna go for it, you gotta go HARD. Beauty editors manage the appearance-related content in a publication, which can include features on skin care, hair care and cosmetics. They typically work at women’s or fashion magazines to cover products and trends. The duties of a beauty editor can include writing and editing articles, working with staff and freelance writers, managing photos and participating in editorial planning. (www.study.com)
As editors in print media continues to diminish, more and more of these professionals work from home or on a freelance basis. You’ll ultimately need a bachelor’s degree to get to this point – so get it going and work hard, y’all!
A cosmetology instructor teaches a variety of courses in nail technology, hair styling and other beautifying arts. Instructors typically teach in 2-year colleges and cosmetology schools. Record keeping is a vital part of a cosmetology instructor’s routine, both in teaching and in managing a cosmetology practice. Cosmetology instructors also teach business skills, such as management and marketing, since cosmetologists often run their own businesses. (www.study.com)
Cosmetology instructors usually begin their careers as licensed cosmetologists or beauticians and then take further coursework to enter a career in education. Coursework typically includes teaching methods and theories and evaluation techniques.
There are countless opportunities to open your own franchise of a hair salon. You’ll likely need many of the skills of a salon manager and be really good with your money! Franchises offer a turnkey way for potential entrepreneurs to open a new business.
This solution is ideal for people who have a large amount of liquid assets, as most franchises require much of your investment to be your own money, not money that is borrowed. Franchising a hair salon requires a good bit of research. It’s important to know the demographics of the people living near your desired location, as well as their income levels and your competition. (www.smallbusiness.chron.com)
Beauty Care Marketing
Beauty marketers create promotion strategies for advertising products such as lotions, potions, sprays and creams. A bachelor’s degree and an internship or experience is usually necessary for these careers. Professionals must also understand the beauty and fashion industry, so a cosmetology license would also be very helpful.
This could also be helpful if you’d like to own your own salon one day. Learning how to market yourself, your products and your brand can be the life or death of your start-up!
I hope this blog helped someone out there on deciding whether or not to attend cosmetology school! Always know that (with ANYTHING in life) your opportunities are literally endless! If you want something, you have to go for it! So make sure you get all the facts before you make your decision.
If you have any questions about a cosmetology license, hit us up on social media > Twitter: @DAY_cosmetology – & I’d be happy to answer them for you!
You can also call our offices to speak to someone in person (:
As a creative person, it was very hard for me to choose one certain career to go to college for. There are so many creative careers out there and almost all of them appealed to me. So how in the world do you choose at such a young age, what you’re going to do for the rest of your life? I seriously cannot.
Unfortunately, it’s life and you kind of do have to make some sort of decision on your career (whether you stick with it forever or not!). So where can you start?
First, you HAVE to look at the pros and cons of each career you’re considering. How much can you make? What kind of hours are you looking at?
Here are a couple of top jobs that may spark your creative interest:
AVG. NATIONAL SALARY:$32,260 – $66,800
Be it a school play or a Broadway show, Set Designers are responsible for the artistic design and presentation of a stage. Your job as Set Designer includes charting out which scenery, props, and construction are necessary to complement a planned production, then working with Designers, Directors, and construction teams to make that vision a reality. You typically work on theater, television and movie productions, though on the last you are referred to as a Production Designer.
Your work environment is hectic as you are bringing together a lot of moving parts. In a given hour you could oversee Carpenters, rearrange furniture, and repaint the forest background because the Director hated it. So if you want to be a Set Designer, be prepared for long hours. A cool head is important too, you don’t lose it if the Carpenter built Juliet’s balcony a foot above the ground. No matter what happens, you need to stay collected and make sure the job gets done. By weaving together all these pieces, you create a scene of art that complements and enhances the performance it surrounds. [INFO FROM CHEGG.COM]
A Bachelor’s degree in Set design, scenic design, theater is required. [INFO FROM STUDY.COM]
AVG. NATIONAL SALARY:$31,790 – $65,590
Audio Engineers manage the audio effects, music, and dialogue that go into a recorded production. To enter this position you should love deep listening and paying attention to sounds.
As an Audio Engineer, the creative transforming and combining of raw sounds is your domain. Your time might be spent mixing and playing with different simulations of background traffic. You can record songs, edit dialogue, and choose how many seconds of silence before the blood curling shriek is released! Audio Engineers typically specialize in one of these areas and you do so in film, television, video games, or other productions involving recorded sounds. [INFO FROM CHEGG.COM]
Becoming a recording engineer does not require certification. However, certification may be helpful in finding a job. Certification courses are sometimes offered at universities and community colleges or by independent organizations. [INFO FROM MUSICEDUCATIONMADNESS.COM]
AVG. NATIONAL SALARY:$20,710 – $43,700
A Photographer uses a camera to portray objects, concepts, and moments of time. Your work is used everywhere; advertising agencies, fashion houses, and newspapers are just a few of many establishments that keep photographers on staff. But despite the huge demand for photographs, there is an even larger supply of Photographers. So if you walk down this path be prepared to face stiff competition.
On the whole you use your technical ability to achieve your artistic vision. You calculate what type of lens you need to use, and if you will digitally edit your work. You consider how to frame and manipulate your shading, angles, and lines to better the overall effect of the photograph. [INFO FROM CHEGG.COM]
This is a cool profession because you can really just shoot your own photos on your own time and find ways to sell them. You can also start your own business, or work for another business, as long as you have an awesome portfolio!
AVG. NATIONAL SALARY:$35,280 – $64,670
Interior designers make interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials. They read blueprints and must be aware of building codes and inspection regulations.
Most interior designers work full time. They may need to adjust their workday to suit their clients’ schedules and deadlines, meeting with clients during evening and weekend hours, when necessary. Interior designers also travel to the clients’ design sites.
A bachelor’s degree is usually required, as are classes in interior design, drawing, and computer-aided design (CAD). A bachelor’s degree in any field is acceptable, and interior design programs are available at the associate’s-, bachelor’s-, and master’s-degree levels. [INFO FROM TRUITY.COM]
AVG. NATIONAL SALARY: $15,896 – $46,502
Cosmetologist has a lot of meaning…it’s a term that combines multiple creative jobs. According to the Princeton Review, cosmetologists “are often the initiators of style and change.” Cosmetology is literally the study and application of beauty treatment. Branches of specialty includes hairstyling, skin care, cosmetics, manicures/pedicures, and electrology. In order to become a licensed cosmetologist, you can go to beauty school full-time or part-time. Most schools offer classes like this.
At our campuses in Centerville & Vandalia Ohio, you can choose from:
1500 Hour Cosmetology
1800 Hour Managing Cosmetology
Although some colleges do not offer the Managing Cosmetology, we do because it gives you an unrestricted license that opens more career opportunities for you.
We also offer classes for you to become a certified esthetician! >>>
You can choose from:
900 Hour Managing Esthetics
1200 Hour Managing Esthetics and Nail Technician
Although some colleges do not offer Managing, we do because it gives you an unrestricted license that can open more career opportunities for you. We also offer our unique Day Spa Program that thoroughly prepares you for a top career in a salon or day spa.
The last option we have here at Creative Images is nail technology. If you LOVE painting, this may be just the career choice for you! >>>
You can choose from:
200 Hour Nail Technician
300 Hour Managing Nail Technician
Managing gives you an unrestricted license that can open more career opportunities for you. Upgrade to our one-of-a-kind Day Spa program to give you the most complete day spa training.
You’ve got your summer hair, and you’ve watched 10,000 makeup tutorials to get it just right. You’ve already bought your tickets to a concert that you’re ever so anxious to attend; whether that’s Country Concert, 98 Degrees or Justin Bieber.
There’s just one thing you’re missing…
YOUR SUMMER CONCERT OUTFIT
What’s the key to picking the perfect combo of clothing? Well, everyone’s body type is different and different styles are made to show off different part of the body! (as you already know)
Most of you also already know what kind of pieces make you look GOOOOOOD ? And really, that’s your KEY! That’s what makes you unique.
Now, what are some trending outfits for concerts this year? Let’s take a look at my fav local boutique, Taylor Monroe, and see what they’re thinking ….
Going to a country concert or maybe an alternative music fest? The Aiden Vest would be ADORABLE paired with some gauchos or some high-waisted cut-off shorts! This is a laid-back, comfortable, yet super cute look – AND, really, any body type can pull off this look!
Depending on where the concert is, you can rock their simple, yet statement worthy wedges>>>
But a lot of concerts around here are either outside (where it could get a little muddy) or in a lawn where there’s a slight incline (which could be really uncomfortable when wearing heels!).
Not much of a gaucho or shorts lover? Let’s look at a few dresses!
The Addison Dress is in their shop at only $35! I don’t think this could be any more perfect for concert wear. You can also pair it with a floppy hat! They’ve got some of those in the shop as well ?
Ooooooh, another floral dress up next!!! >>>
Become a Boho Babe with this concert style. A flowy, floral dress, gladiator sandals, a floppy hat and a fringed purse is THE way to go. Whether you’re a pear shape, triangle, rectangle or WHATEVER, you can pull off this dress 100%.
Not a fan of patterns? Go for something a little more plain like their Lily Dress!
This simple dress is perfect for a hot summer day, especially if your concert is an all day thing. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!
Now if you’re like me, you like to keep it pretty casual. Some shorts a t-shirt and some shoes. LOL – I honestly am just not a super girly girl when it comes to clothes! I like to feel comfortable in what I’m wearing and I like to feel like myself. If I don’t feel like myself, I will just feel WEIRD! You feel me??
Soooo, if you’re kind of like that, try out these looks that are a little more casual >>>>
A graphic T, fringed back, floppy hat and cut off shorts are my kind of concert style. I feel like I could conquer the world in this outfit!
Going to country concert by chance??? This is a place where you can literally wear anything you want, and most people go in their bikinis….no joke!! So that’s why Taylor Monroe paired these pieces together! >>>
Swim suit top, boyfriend jeans, booties, a denim button down and their fringe bag! This is just too fun! If you’re a rectangle or triangle body type, you can definitely pull this look off!
Ok, I’m done! By now you can see that Taylor Monroe obviously knows what they are talking about when it comes to style!
Visit their boutique on 741 between Miamisburg & West Carrollton before your next summer concert to get the PERFECT outfit!
Tag us @creativeimagesschool and @shoptaylormonroe when you are ready to ROCK!
P.S. If you don’t have any concerts to go to, check out all of the ones happening in the Dayton area this year!! >>> SUMMER CONCERTS
We’re all seeing colored hair, grey hair, & super light hair taking over our Pinterest feeds. These hair colors are absolutely GORGEOUS, but they also all have one thing in common: BLEACH.
While bleach can work wonders on any hair color or hair type, the damage can really take a toll on the look, feel and texture of our hair. So how come all these Instagram models have beautiful, shiny, COLORED hair?! Let’s take a look at some tips from the pros:
Cut down on washing your hair
You shouldn’t shampoo your hair too often no matter what color hair you have, but if you’re bleaching it, you should be even more careful. Shower caps are always a good choice! Go ahead and get some dry shampoo as well, because, let’s be honest, your locks are bound to get a little greasy!
2. Use a deep conditioner once a week
Bleaching your hair makes it way more dry and brittle, and the only way to reverse those effects is to give your hair more moisture. Instead of relying on regular conditioner, start using deep conditioner at least once a week. This is our FAVORITE >>> Biolage FiberStrong Mask. After you shampoo, massage into wet hair & leave in 5-10 minutes.
3. Stop using so much heat on your hair
Like I said, bleach leaves your hair very dry….so styling with heat is only going to make matters worse for any kind of hair, especially bleached hair! Let your hair air dry! Nobody likes using the blow dryer anyways, am I right?! If you’re used to always blow drying, always straightening or curling, STOP! Even if it’s just for a week or two. I promise, you will notice the difference. If you’re afraid of your hair looking like a crazy mess when you wake up, check our blog: “Is It OK To Sleep in a Bun or Braids?” to get the scoop on how to do your hair before bed so you don’t have to use HEAT!!
4. Start using a heat protectant spray
As a girl with wavy, sometimes unruly hair, I understand that sometimes you need to use a blow dryer, flat iron or curling wand. If you’re going to use heat styling, you absolutely must use a heat protectant spray.
Another tip if you’re going to use hot tools for your hair is what I do: I blow dry my roots for a minute or two, then let the ends of my hair dry on their own. Then I touch things up just a little bit with a flat iron or curling wand. If you have the time, this is a much better option.
5. Pay attention to your split ends
With dry, bleached hair, comes lots of split ends. It’s just a given….so if you’re gonna go for a crazy color, just make sure you’re prepared to take care of it! Get a product that you know will help prevent split ends and start applying a couple weeks before you get your hair bleached.
6. Use that leave-in conditioner, babe!
We already know that bleaching your hair will bring some damage along with it. So that’s why you need to be extra careful with your hair, especially when it’s wet. Don’t just rip a comb through wet hair, because that is when our hair is MOST fragile! So go snatch up a leave-in conditioner of your choice and lather it up!
7. Protect your hair from the sun
That gorgeous summer floppy hat is there for a reason. It protects our face and hair from the harmful rays of the sun. The sun can greatly damage and might dry ’em up for a long time. If it’s okay with you to be a little greasy, go ahead and put some sunscreen in your hair!
Don’t worry, you can always wash them away once your done with your day!
8. Use an overnight mask at lest twice a week
Deep conditioning once or twice a week isn’t exactly enough moisture for your newly bleached hair. You should also be using overnight hair masks about once a week – or if you don’t have time, at least try for twice a month. My favorite is the overnight treatment masks. You just put in on your hair at night, it soaks in, and does ALL the work while you’re sleeping!
9. Invest in a good oil
Hair oils can really change your life. Just a little drop of a good hair oil can make your locks look shinier, feel softer, and just become generally healthier. All of these oils from Matrix are absolutely wonderful!!!
10. Get regular trims
Getting back to those split ends…you need regular haircuts or trims in order to keep those in check! Getting a trim on a regular basis ensures that you’re getting rid of the dead hair and leaving room for your more healthy hair. Trims also help your hair grow faster and leave your locks looking great. Totally worth the time.
Want some more bleaching tips? Check out this vid>>>
Alright ladies, one more thing before you GO FOR IT! If you’re wanting a cool color or super light hair and you’re coming from a darker shade, you MUST have patience. It’s not going to happen in just one hair appointment!
Ready to get your new, summer hair goin’? Give us a ring at 937-454-1200 or 937-433-1944 to schedule your appointment with one of our talented students today!
Think you may be interested in beauty school? Apply today & start on the path towards a DREAM career (:
We’re right in the middle of wedding season. I have a grand total of 3 weddings this summer, and one of which I am in! Now, I’ve never planned a wedding or anything, but I’ve ALWAYS been super obsessed with anything and everything WEDDING! (& I don’t even have a boyfriend LOL).
Literally though, I’ve had people ask me if I’m getting married because I will go on wedding pinning tangents; from engagement rings, to venues, colors, flowers, cakes, dresses….I could go on & on! I LOVE IT AND IDK WHY!
Anywho, I thought it would be fun to write a blog about all my favorite wedding things to help all you brides out there get a head start on your planning (since I’m a wedding pin expert and all!).
So I’m going to show you what I think would help make a perfect wedding, along with my top 3 wedding songs for this year!
Obviously I must start with food…..
A DOUGHNUT TOWER – (possibly instead of a cake?!)
These are budget friendly and let’s be honest, a dream. Who wouldn’t want to dive in a pile of doughnuts?!
Staying on the subject of budget friendly, instead of getting a bunch of beautiful flowers that you’re literally going to throw away that night…how about some baby’s breath to take reign by giving your day a nice, simple touch. You could go pick this from a random field if you’re really trying to save mula! HAH(;
Honestly, how cute is all that?! Especially if you’re going for an outdoor venue for the ceremony & reception.
Now for me, venue is everything. And I will most likely save elsewhere so I can splurge a little on where it will be held. We have our very own wedding barn venue in the Dayton area, Canopy Creek Farm. So yeah, that’s my next thing for a perfect wedding…….
A WEDDING BARN!
These barns are located in Miamisburg and are a VERY hot place to hold your wedding and reception at. And as in “hot” I mean POPPIN’!
If you don’t want to spend this much on location though, you could even just find a small (or large) barn from someone you know. Preferably out in the open so you and your guests don’t have to worry about being too loud once the party gets started! You can just rent a tent for the reception, put a bunch of pretty lights inside and make it a party! Because when you think about it, it’s the people and the love that surrounds you on your night that you’ll always remember. Not how extravagant it was (although, you’ll definitely always remember how expensive it was if you’re gonna go big, lol!).
Alrighty, so how do you pamper you and your bridesmaids on your perfect day without breaking the bank?! Well, lucky for you, I have the PERFECT solution!
Here at Creative Images, we have an amazing Bridal Package!!
Let our artists pamper you on your special day! We’ll do everyone’s hair & makeup on both a trial day & your wedding day! We even have a package that includes lunch! Give us a call for more info or check out our website!
Lastly, I’d like to move on to some el musico!!!
Here are my top 3 wedding songs for this year:
H.O.L.Y. – Florida Georgia Line
2. From The Ground Up – Dan + Shay
3. Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett
Ok, sorry, they’re all country tunes. BUT country music has KILLED it this year with new love songs! For real though, how amazing are these?! I tear up during every one I swear!
Congrats to all the brides out there getting married this summer! I wish you THE very best and that you and your loved one live happily ever after!!!!
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