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Who is a cosmetologist?

In the beauty industry, a cosmetologist is more than just a hairstylist. Cosmetologists are the people who are on the cutting edge of new trends and styles and can transform a simple looking client into a spectacular appealing client in just a single sitting. As a cosmetologist, you must know how to cut, color, and style all types of hair. In addition to this, you must do straightening, permanent waves, curling weave, extensions, and provide other hair services.

Cosmetologists sometimes are also referred as beauticians. They aren’t just limited to hairstyling; their job description also includes performing the manicure, pedicures, and nail services as well as applying makeup and doing other skincare treatments. A cosmetologist must have knowledge of esthetics. Along with this maintaining safe, clean and sanitary saloon environment, all the time is important in their job description.

A cosmetologist must feel comfortable while assisting a hair or nail client by interrogating their issues and offering a suggestion to them. A successful cosmetologist is outgoing and personable, can work by standing for hours and is striving to deliver the best beauty services to keep clients coming along with referring their friends and family.

There are no limitations to the skill, aptitude, and abilities of a cosmetologist. However, the basic requirements include a good communication skill, consultation skills, creative mind and eye for good looking design, understanding the effects of various body products, proper knowledge of types of skins and their requirements, etc.

How much a cosmetologist can earn?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 data says that cosmetologists earn a mean annual wage of $29,940 per year before tips, but a cosmetologist salary depends on a number of factors. Now the earning potential, however, depends on a number of facts such as where a cosmetologist works. As working in a metropolitan area will surely mean higher pay as compared to the other areas. Along with this, it is imperative that the cosmetologist urges their clients to rebook, and encourages them to refer their friends and family. In addition to this as you will gain experience and knowledge in this field, you will likely get started with an increase in salary.

Now, as this field is very flexible and lucrative, many people started working part-time too. Cosmetologists who work for salons are likely paid an hourly wage in addition to tips from clients, whereas those who work in a booth rental environment keep all their proceeds after deducting the fees for their booth rental. Lastly, salary has the potential to grow with experience, clientele, and increased hour of work.

What are the career options for a cosmetologist?

A cosmetologist has numerous opportunities in a variety of professions in the beauty industry. Some of the job profiles are hairstylists, nail technician, spa manager, etc. There are also a number of licensed cosmetologists who choose to be as beauty magazine editor or consultant. Some go on to teach beauty school and pass their knowledge and skill to the aspiring new generation. At the end, some of the jobs titles that licensed cosmetologists may hold are:

  • Cosmetologist

  • Beautician

  • Hairstylist

  • Hairdresser

  • Wedding Stylist

  • Barber Stylist

  • Nail Technician

  • Manager Stylist

  • Salon Assistant

  • Author,

    Natalyn Trinh

    Cosmotek College’s blog writer

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