5 Reasons Why You May Naturally Excel at a Career in Cosmetology
When it comes to cosmetology, the opportunities are endless, and yet, a surprising amount of people still don’t consider it as a legitimate career path. Just like photography, videography, and woodworking, a career in cosmetology can be the perfect way to turn your passion into not only a job that you love, but a career you can excel with. The key to a fulfilling job all starts with “does it make you happy?”. If doing hair, playing with makeup, and practicing the latest skin care techniques makes you happy, this may be a career you should consider looking into. Here are 5 tell tale signs that a career in cosmetology may be your calling!
1.) You Love Doing Your Own Hair & Makeup
While some of us may dread getting ready for work, a girls night out, or even simple tasks like going to the grocery, this is where you shine! Do you love testing out new makeup products and hairstyles ahead of the market? Is it crucial for you that your social media feed is packed with some of your best looks that show off your skills? If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these, that’s a good indication that you may love cosmetology enough to make it a permanent feature in your life. Since you’re already playing with your own hair and makeup routine, that means you’re practicing and you we all know what they say about practice– practice makes perfect.
2.) Your Friends Go to You For Hair & Makeup Advice
Let’s take this one step back and extend the picture to your friends and family. Are your friends and family constantly coming to you for style advice, makeup recommendations, or even ask if you can work your magic on their hair before going out for the evening? If you are THAT friend in your group, take that as a bigger sign that cosmetology is calling your name. Not only do you have the tactics down but you already have the influence, which is one of the harder skills to teach. Coming into a self-promoting career without any type of support sphere behind you only makes things harder. It’s one thing to be able to do your own hair and makeup, but being able to apply those same methodologies to others is HUGE! In cosmetology, you are constantly transitioning from different hair textures, lengths, hair colors, skin tones, and undertones. Knowing how to do that on the fly is great preparation that puts you ahead of the curve when it comes to a career in cosmetology.
3.) A Lot of Your Hobbies are Hands-On
Some people love to spend the free time reading, lounging in the hammock, or listening to music. Whereas you on the other hand, you feed your soul more through hobbies such as; planting, drawing, or even cleaning. If you fall under the latter category, you indeed are a person who enjoys getting their hands dirty and working on things that require hands-on expertise and learning. This is another sign that cosmetology may be where you’re heading. In cosmetology, you constantly have your hands in other people’s hair, applying color, trimming ends, and deep rinsing. When it comes to makeup and skin care, you’re applying foundation, concocting moisturizing and detoxing facial creams, waxing different areas of the body, and applying fake lashes just to name a few. Your hands are constantly moving in this industry and that’s how you learn.
4.) You Love Flexing Your Creativity
In the cosmetology industry, creativity is a crucial component. With the differentiation that comes into your chair with each client, you have to learn to be adaptive. A color combination that worked for one client may not work for your next, which means you have to use that creativity and improvise! You’ll also face clients who aren’t entirely sure what they’re looking for and they’re leaving it up to you to create a look for them that accentuates all their right features. On the other hand, you will also face clients who know EXACTLY what they want but the inspiration photo they show you looks nothing like their hair texture or facial structure. With clients like that, you’ll need to incorporate your creativity into recreating a look that actually works for your client. Your creativity is going to be your staple. This will be your signature that you leave on each and every one of your clients which is why it is so crucial in this career field.
5.) You Are a People Person
At its core, cosmetology is a people-focused business. Like many customer service based jobs and careers, you will very quickly learn that when you put on your cosmetology hat, you’re also putting on a therapist hat. When a client sits in your chair, it’s a very intimate, personable moment. Not to mention they’re there for an extended period of time, which opens the floor to conversation. While you’re working your magic one your client, it is very common for them to open up and reveal their whole life story to you. On occasion, you’ll be faced with clients who view their day at the salon/ spa as a relaxing getaway so peace and quiet is more of their motive. And of course, just like any industry, you will also face the more difficult clients from time to time. You know the ones– they show you a photo of what they want, you do it, and they’re still not happy. Or the ones who ask for an all over balayage, going from black to blonde and yet, they have no intentions of paying for a transformation like that. However, at the end of the day, people are your wheelhouse and you can handle anything thrown your way! If that’s you, a career in cosmetology should REALLY be something you look into.
If after reading this you’re sitting here thinking, “Huh, that does sound like me. I love all things beauty and my friends and family know it. I love getting my hands dirty in creativity and I’m great with people.”, cosmetology may be your calling, friend! Not to mention, the beauty industry as a whole is stable, growing every year, and offers incredible job security. If you’re ready to take that next step or if you simply just want to learn more about the opportunities this career field has to offer, we can help! Reach out to us to start your journey towards becoming a licensed cosmetologist today! If you’re still a little on the fence, take this quiz (should I become a cosmetologist) for some extra reassurance!