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Cosmetology Schools Teach Life Lessons

10 things I’ve learned from being a cosmetology student

by Andrea Lemelin

Six months into cosmetology school, aside from learning the fundamentals of being a hair stylist, I’ve been able to take away some life lessons which any aspiring beauty school student should know. So, if you’re planning on going to somewhere like the Inland Empire beauty academy then make sure you take notes of these tips!

  1. Be the guinea pig: One of the obvious perks to being a cosmetology student is the free practice! Testing techniques with classmates allows you to learn about different hair products and become more knowledgeable in discussions with your clients. You’ll also be able to get those bright pink peak-a-boo highlights out of your system while you can get away with it.
  2. Observation is key: Every hair stylist has their own techniques, likes various products or uses special tools. Half of the tips I’ve picked up are from watching my fellow students. When there’s some downtime, I walk around and see what others are doing. Not everything is in the books, so looking around at your colleagues can spark some interest in something new you want to try.
  3. Make mistakes and get dirty: The only way to learn is from your minor mess-ups. I now know to stay far away from the scalp when using texturizing sheers. School is the place to make some mistakes, and you will. Just stay calm, grab an instructor and whatever you do, don’t say “uh-oh”.
  4. A little acetone goes a long way: It’s important to remember where you are and what you are doing. You are selling the beauty industry. Do you really want your chipped fingernail polish in the mirror for the client to stare at? Take the time to look professional. You may be working 2 jobs a day and running from here to there, but make sure you come to beauty school looking polished.
  5. Skip the gym and hit the salon floor: Prepare yourself for a work out. Beauty school consists of doing a haircut while another client’s hair color is processing or shampooing a client for a fellow student while they set up their station. Burning some extra calories by multi-tasking for hours on end is another perk of the salon environment.
  6. Learn to love the perm rod: A perm may seem like an archaic styling technique now-a-days, but certainly not at a cosmetology school. Perm wraps are a hurdle for every student to jump, but once you get it down, you’ll be a pro! Don’t be afraid to use this more traditional salon service to create a modern hair style, such as a messy beach wave.
  7. Black is the new black: I’m sure my cosmetology school is not alone with its strict dress code. I feared how fast black from the waist down would get boring . . . but I grew to love it! Use the simplicity of the dress code to your advantage. Try some new accessories or some funky up-dos to make your look more exciting. Keeping your wardrobe simple is a great way to allow a polished hair design or some fresh-faced make-up to take a stand.
  8. ASK!: As a cosmetology student, you are there to learn, you will never have all the answers. When in doubt, grab an instructor. It is their job to teach you. Asking some technical questions and ending with a happy client is worth the extra time.
  9. Build a bond: There’s been no greater feeling than a client coming in for a second time. Before I knew it, it turned into a third and forth time. Taking my time and talking to my clients has allowed a level of trust and understanding to develop. Pre-booking clients and getting referrals is never to be underestimated. It guarantees more practice and begins a client base. Tips from your regulars don’t hurt either!
  10. You are only as good as you wanna be: Anyone can cut hair, but not everyone can be a high level hair stylist. You have to love it. When you love what you are doing, you want to learn more and become the best. Set your goals high, and your passion with help you reach them!

Guest contributor Andrea Lemelin is a cosmetology student at Empire Beauty School in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She hopes to take her education to a freelance level with an emphasis in wedding and personal hair styling. She certainly has a bright future, both as a hair stylist and a future as a regular contributor here at Hairstyle Blog.

 

  





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