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What Is A Cosmetologist?

A cosmetologist is a person who provides hair or beauty treatments.  Common cosmetology services include hair cutting, hair styling, chemical services, waxing, makeup application, nail services, and facials.

How To Get In The Cosmetology Industry:

To become a cosmetologist, one must attend “cosmetology school,” where they learn all of the skills needed to pass a written and practical test from the State Board of Cosmetology.  Students learn everything from salon management to chemistry to human anatomy to state laws, along with the actual services.  The amount of schooling varies from state to state, but students do need to complete a certain amount of hours.  For instance, in Nevada, one must complete 1800 hours of schooling before they can take the written and practical exams.  Also in Nevada, a 75% is needed to pass the written test, and the practical test is designed to measure the individual’s minimal competency to safely perform the physical service that is being administered and that infection control procedures are being followed (Nevada State Board of Cosmetology).

More Info:

In 2016, there were 673,700 cosmetologists in the United States.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 10% increase in cosmetologists from 2016 to 2026, which is a “faster-than-average growth-rate.  Furthermore, the median hourly wage for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists was $11.66 in May 2016 (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

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Author

Hollee Wood is a professional hairstylist with over 10 years of experience in the hair industry. She loves teaching about the science of hair along with everything else beautiful.

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