Ever since you were a small child you’ve been interested in helping people to look and feel good. It may have started with your grade school friends and your siblings or cousins, but then as you grew word spread of your talent for cutting and styling hair, doing makeup and manicures. That was just the beginning, when you weren’t studying hair and beauty magazines you were creating what you saw in your life. By the time you entered high school, you already knew you wanted to take whatever cosmetology or similar class that was offered.
What began as a young child’s hobby or special interest turned into a desire to do something with the natural skill you’ve been given. For years you’ve made money on the side doing hair and nails, but now it’s time to get serious and think about the future. It’s time to think about getting formal training by going to a school for cosmetology and turn a part-time gig into a professional and full-time career.
Cosmetology is an entry-level course that takes about a one-year to complete. At a cosmetology school (where training for massage therapy, facial skin care, nail technology, beauty therapy and barbering are also taught) you will learn about hair design and styling, which includes shampooing and conditioning, chemical treatments, coloring and, of course, hairstyling. You will also get some instruction in other areas of beauty care including facial skin care and hair removal, manicures, nail extensions, nail art and pedicures. Your instruction will be partially lecture and lots of hands on methods, which helps you gain experience and give you a taste of what it will be like in real-life situations.
Everything You’ll Learn at Beauty School
During the program you will use a cosmetology kit that contains hair and nail products as well as some for the skin care instruction. It is required every day for practical and clinical practice and during class instruction. The classes within the program that you need to take are 10 hours of Professional Ethics and Marketing, 11 hours of Florida Laws, 10 hours of Sanitation, Disinfection and Sterilization and four hours of HIV and AIDS, to start. Your other instruction is broken down as follows:
- Hair Cutting and Shaping (235 Hours with 75 Services)
- Hair Styling (325 Hours with 300 Services)
- Hair and Scalp Treatments (50 Hours with 45 Services)
- Shampooing, Conditioning, and Rinsing (80 Hours with 50 Services)
- Chemical Hair Relaxing, Waving, and Soft Curl Permanent (175 Hours with 65 Services)
- Hair Coloring (200 Hours with 45 Services)
- Facial Skin Care and Hair Removal (50 Hours with 10 Services)
- Manicuring, Pedicure, and Introduction to Nail Extensions (50 Hours with 20 Services)
That equals to a total of 1200 program hours (lecture hours 1200, which includes 610 clinical/practical services.
Once you’ve successfully completed the program you will be able to apply for a license. After the program and once you pass the state exam, you can apply to work as an entry-level cosmetologist in salons, spas and resorts and even on cruise ships or any other business that is in need of a licensed cosmetologist.
Footing the Cost for Cosmetology School
Financial aid, which is based on need, may be available to you. Everyone who applies receives a copy of “The Student Guide” which gives information about the federal student financial programs and how to apply. You can make an appointment with our financial aid office who will assist.
Financial Aid is awarded according to the number of hours you’re attending school. So, for instance, the award amount for part-time and full-time students will be different. The United States Department of Education says an academic year is 900 hours and here full-time students attend 24 hours each week.
Loans are available for some individuals, but we hope that you qualify for a scholarship or grant, which are great options for curbing the cost of your education. We are eligible to disburse Federal Pell Grants, which is money that you do not have to pay back. In order to find out if you qualify for a loan you will submit information and we will electronically process your Free Application for Financial Student Assistance. With our method the turnaround time before you get a decision is about 72 hours as opposed to the 4 to 6 weeks if processing a paper application
Whether you choose massage school, cosmetology school, nail tech school, beauty school or our school for barbering, you’ll be well on your way to the career of your dreams. Now when you tell the story of how you used to do the hair and nails of your friends and family while you were growing up you will see how it all came full circle. Make the decision today and join our school for training in your chosen field.