Cosmetologist

Cosmetology is the study and application of beauty treatment. Branches of specialty including hairstyling, skin care, cosmetics, manicures/pedicures, and electrology.


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Job Satisfaction
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Healthcare
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Hours per Week
Health
77%
Average
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One Week
36 Hrs/Wk
Education Requirements

All states require barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists to be licensed. To qualify for a license, candidates are required to graduate from a state-approved cosmetology program.

Work Environment

Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists work mostly in a barbershop or salon, although some work in a spa, hotel, or resort. Some lease booth space in other people’s salons. A good number manage salons or open their own shop after several years of experience. Many barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists work part time. However, some self-employed workers may have long hours. Work schedules often include evenings and weekends―the times when barbershops and beauty salons are busiest. Those who are self-employed usually determine their own schedules.

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Cosmetologist Reviews

Jun 12, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
I chose this profession because at a young age I love playing around doing hair and makeup and it just stuck with me through my teenage years I would go to the beauty supply store mix up some colors and color all my friends hair and over the years ive just really become passionate about makeing people feel good about themselves.
What do you enjoy about being a Cosmetologist?
Its a profession where you are always learning which I love. I love making people feel good about themselves meeting all types of different personalities and it a field thats forever changing.
Jun 14, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
Hair has always been my passion and I enjoy making others feel good about themselves.
What do you enjoy about being a Cosmetologist?
I enjoy every aspect of cosmetology. Learning new things and trying them but most of all seeing the end result.
What special skills does it take to be a Cosmetologist?
I have very good customer service skills, I am personable and patient.
What do you find to be the most challenging part of your job?
I think the most challenging part for me is to have to work in a hostile environment. I could do it but prefer to work in a team oriented company where everyone works together.
Tell me about the hours you are used to working and your schedule.
I prefer to work early hours as my body is accustomed to these hours but am willing to take other shifts when needed.
Aug 6, 2014
What do you enjoy about being a Cosmetologist?
I enjoy the competition of this field and self expression. Giving people confidence through my art is a strong reason to thrive.
What areas do you dislike about being a Cosmetologist?
I like all areas of being a cosmetologist. The fact that I can satisfy others and have them look up to me is a very strong drive.
What special skills does it take to be a Cosmetologist?
I believe I was naturally born with a gift for knowing psychology. I am naturally kind, friendly, and helpful. My professional uniqueness also gives me an advantage.
Tell me about the hours you are used to working and your schedule.
I can adapt myself to any type of hours. I enjoy my time being occupied and I strive to always keep busy.
What are some of the benefits you are custom to as a Cosmetologist?
Knowing how to look my best and helping other people look their best. And obviously getting top-of-the-line products at a decent price.
What are some of your most memorable experiences as a Cosmetologist?
Looking at the sign at above the doorway at beauty school that read "and the journey begins..." it got me so inspired to begin doing my best in styling hair.
What do you wish you knew starting out in your profession that you know now?
All of the techniques that I have perfected through out my learning.
How often did you work in teams as a Cosmetologist?
A couple times a week although I naturally ask advice from other stylists and help anyone else in need.
What types of customer engagement have you experienced?
Yes. Getting to know and working with people in a sensory environment really teaches you a lot about how people are and what they want. That is my main drive in life.
What type of stressful, high pressure situations, have you experienced?
I dont believe I have ever specifically gotten stressed out in a working environment. Starting a career has been the most stressful part.
Aug 26, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
I chose this profession because it seemed like something I would succeed in and I want to make people feel beautiful.
Oct 29, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
Since I was 16 I have always had a huge interest in make up, nails and hair, I also like making people happy.
Cosmetologist Interview Questions and Answers
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1. How dependent are you?
Top Answer
I am pretty independent but I am not afraid to ask questions when I need to.
Second Best
I'm a pretty independent person. I like to figure things out on my own but I am not afraid to ask questions or ask for help if needed.
3.
I am a very dependable person in the salon. I am always on time and will always show 15 minutes before each shift. I like to stay busy even when I do not have clients whether it is cleaning or watching how another stylist works.
4.
Very dependent.
5.
I am very dependable I try to be early to a job instead of right on time i generally get to work 10-15 minutes before im suppose to be there. Im dependable when you need extra help. I like to stay busy and if i see something that needs to be done and i know how to do it i will just do it.
6.
I like helping out in other situations when needed.
7.
Very dependent very dedicated to my job and my family.
2. Do you have any experience with men's hair styles?
Top Answer
Yes. In our student clinic.
Second Best
I do, in school with family and friends as my models.
3.
Yes ive done many in beauty school and on my family.
4.
Yes I do I have worked on mens hair cute for few years now. Its a hair cute I enjoy very much.
5.
Yes in school on the clinic floor with my friends and family and what ticket they gave me.
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Yes, my favorite mens style to do is a fade because its more challenging and leaves no room for error.
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Yes, especially men who have the long, wavy hair that is easy for me to condition it and cut or do whatever with it.
3. How do you build relationships with customers?
Top Answer
Get to know them better, not so much as to a personal level but make them feel a way that they know that they do have a say in opinions and are not just there for the money.
Second Best
I think the best way to build a good relationship with a customer is to really get to know them. Client consulations help in figuring out what kind of look the person is going for and what the DEFINITLY don't want. Also, taking notes never hurts. Personally, I wouldn't want to walk into my hair salon and have my stylist forget my name! So if I have to reread my consultation notes I will.
3.
Building relationships with a customer starts off by listening and getting to know each of your clients. Not only by giving them the best service but showing in all aspects that you want them there. All around you must be social and sympathetic to all of the clients needs.
4.
First ask them what style or how they are wanting there hair done. Then ask them what they like to do and about there famnily. Find out what is best going to work for them. Always listen to them and what they are telling you let them know you are litstening. Always be kind and courteous.
5.
You first start out on talking about the way they want their hair and when doing their hair start talking about themselves.
6.
I listen to my clients needs and put forth my best effort to make them feel comfortable so that way when they leave they feel like they have gained and a friend and would enjoy coming back.
7.
Have a good attitude and what they want you to do,.
4. How many years have you worked on styling?
Best Answer
I been working for 20 years.
2.
two years
3.
I have worked on styling for a little over a year now.
4.
I am a recent graduate of the Aveda Institute, so including school it would be one year.
5.
When I was little my grandmother use to have me give her finger waves all the time. Professionally I have been doing hair since aug. 2013.
5. Hair styling is a tricky business, building customer relations is a must, what experience do you have in that regards?
Top Answer
Finding out what my client likes/dislikes and remember faces and names. Listen, listen and listen some more. I rephrase what they want so we are clear on our plan.
Second Best
The knowledge of knowing what my customer want done to her hair.
3.
First you have to listen to what they want and what they are trying to go for. Offer them suggestions but dont be to pushy. make them happy. keep them up to date on the new styles. be freindly and courteous.
4.
Building customers you really have to agree with what they say. Do what they want and please them. Give them suggestions and help them.
5.
The hair style of a person defines who they are.
6.
Well im good with people and i love doing hair.
7.
Make sure that everything is about them and not about you. They walk out happy. Make sure you know there name and give them a good service.
6. When did you decide to become a cosmetologist?
Top Answer
I decided that I wanted to be a cosmetologist about 5 years ago. I was working in a hair salon and I enjoyed it so much that I decided that I wanted to do it for the rest of my life.
Second Best
@ a very young age . Also working in a salon early on in my teen years.
3.
I decided to become a cosmetologist not too long ago. My mom has always done my hair and in 2005 officially became a licensed cosmetologist. I always enjoyed watching her and learning new tricks. I got a job as the receptionist at the hair salon she was working in and loved the atmosphere. A year ago i enrolled in the cosmetology program at CCTE and I had my mind made up that this is what i want to do.
4.
When i was a little girl i would work on my sisteres hair, or my mothers. i was always wanting to stlye someones hair or do someones makeup.
5.
What I liked best with my training was I was able to express how I feel. I could create my own creations, and i'm able to be super outgoing!
6.
I decided in 1984 to become a hair stylist ,i just decided to persue my career in cosmetology i am know a licensed cosmetologist today.
7.
When I was in 8th grade, i was 14 and i loved just seeing the different styles people choose to do on their hair and make-up. Which was mainly straight or curled and there make-up was more natural at our school. so i looked at celebrities and older people and i just feel in love with fixing people up.
7. What hair styles do you prefer to work on?
Top Answer
I love color and cutting, but my favorite part of the service is the blow out because I get to see everything come together.
Second Best
I like working on all hair styles. Each style is a learning experience and to work on it over and over again would enhance my skills.
3.
I like working on all styles. I really have the most fun doing a style when the client is easy to talk to and optimistic about their hair. That way, I don't feel as much pressure.
4.
I love working on all styles i love trying new things and learning new things. and i love being able to make people feel good.
5.
All types.
6.
Long hair personally it makes things alot eaiser to do .
7.
I love men haircuts and short/medium length for girls! But i'm willing to do anything!
8. What styles do you prefer not to work on?
Top Answer
I enjoy making people look their best. Whatever style needs to be done I have no problem doing. However, I really love coloring hair. It's fun to see the finished product and how you can completely change someones look.
Second Best
im fine working with any style.practice makes perfect and the more i practice it the more il like performing it.
3.
Nothing,, i working any style and all of them is work on.
4.
I working hard for my job as a beautician.
5.
Nothing because all hairstyles i done is always work on.
6.
Nothing.. coz all hairstyles is work on..
7.
I don't have any I like a challenge so I will try all styles.
9. What excites you about designing hair styles?
Top Answer
I love to be able to customize hairstyles for every individual guest.
Second Best
Its fun, and exciting being able to see their reaction and how they feel when its all done. Also i love seeing the end results and how much you can change things and how drastic or not drastic you can make things and just how much of a difference it can make
3.
The thing that excites me the most about designing hair is seeing the smile on my clients face.
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Knowing what the style going to turn out like when finished.
5.
I like there faces.
6.
Makeing people happy.
7.
The clients reaction when im finished with the hair style.
10. How outgoing would you say you are?
Top Answer
I am both outgoing and reserved, I know what things to be kept to myself and also have a nice, fun conversation with the client always keeping it respectful and professional.
Second Best
I am very outgoing I enjoy working with people and very personable.
3.
I would say I am a good mix of outgoing and reserved. I treat my clients as though they are my best friend when they walk through the salon door even if it is the first time I am meeting them. I try to be as happy, outgoing and polite as possible, but I also try to assess the current attitude of my client as well. I make sure that if they seem a little uneasy or nervous themselves I might tone it down a notch to get more on their level before being too intimidating.
4.
I am just the right balance of "outgoing" and "relaxed". I'm always up for trying new things and learning, but I don't mind taking it easy either.
5.
I'm very outgoing. Willing to get my hands in there and work on any client.
6.
I'm very outgoing.
7.
Very outgoing im easy to get a long with and love interacting with others. I love trying new things and meeting new people.
11. what are your principal duties and/or responsibilities?
Top Answer
Cleaning up, setting up for the day, taking clients, retail sales.
Second Best
Making sure everything is nice and tighty for the next costemer.
3.
To style and create hairstyles have good cummunicating skills with client, work well with other emlpoyees,continuos education.
4.
Manicures, pedicures, opening and closing duties, helping out team members, exception customer service.
5.
How does your career affect your personal life?
6.
how much education is required for this occupation
7.
My responsibilities would probably would be to make sure that every client walks out happy. To make sure that I am educated in everything I can put my hand on.
12. Have you worked on anyones hair before a big event, such as a wedding?
Top Answer
Yes I have and I have two more wedding I will be working on I am very exited to be working it and make them look beautiful.
Second Best
Yes, I have done a brides hair for her wedding. It was so much fun to be able to make her feel beautiful for her big day!
3.
Yes, I have worked weddings. Being prepared and giving a thorough consultation is a must. These events are usually very important to the clients therefore the stylist must be clear with what they are doing.
4.
Oh yeah. i was in fashion shows. and also i had to flight to boston to do make up and hair of the bride and bridemates.
5.
Yes i have.
6.
Yes i did and is really fun to share what you can do to people.
7.
I have worked on weddings before mainly doing the hairstyles for little girls.
13. How do you interact with customers?
Top Answer
I actually have a good attitude and put on a smile. I try to help them and try to see what kind of personality they have and work with that.
Second Best
Talk with them while getting their hair done..
3.
Comunication and consultations.
4.
Communicate consultation ask how was your day show consern give scalp massage to relax them.
5.
I first intrduce myself and then refer them by their their first name and then we would go into a consultaion.
6.
Lauphing smiling talking.
7.
Compliment them! even if you don't like what you complimented on.. talk to them and make them feel comfortable and relaxed.
14. What hair styles do you believe look the best for women?
Top Answer
Depending upon the particular client I like to ask how much styling time they are willing to put into it. It is always important to do a proper consultation because what you may want to do for the clients hair, the client also has to be willing and know how to recreate the look.
Second Best
The best lokk for a women is one that suits her facial features and body type. One that enchances her beauty and diminshes her flaws.
3.
It depends. I like to see women who have good hair and embrace it by styling it different ways. I think depending on your personal style and what looks best on you, you should choose the style you want.
4.
Depends on the facial shape and hair color.
5.
The natural look.
6.
I believe that long hair cute with long layering is the best look for women.
7.
It absolutely depends on their face and lifestyle. No one cut will look good on every woman. All of my clients are unique in their own way!
15. How long do you believe you will be styling hair?
Top Answer
I have a passion for it so i dont see myself stopping anytime soon .
Second Best
For 20 years maybe more
3.
The rest of my life.
4.
I don't know i have already developed osteoathritis in my body i can't tell you how long.
5.
Until I retire. Being a cosmetologist is something I've dreamed of my entire life.
6.
I think I will stay working forever because I enjoy it so much.
7.
I love the hair so much that I would probably stay doing it for years to come and enjoy every moment of it.
16. What is your favorite hair style to work on, when you are just at home?
Top Answer
Well my favorite hair style to work on at home is to wash and straightin the hair.
Second Best
Messy bun.
3.
Braiding , curling , and blowdry in different ways .
4.
short or long hair styles
5.
What do you need to know to work as hair styles.
6.
I love both straightening hair and curling it, the possibilities of up-dos with these two are endless and are a form of relaxation for me.
7.
My favorite would have to be working and learning new hairstyles. Researching ways of doing new styles.
17. What other techniques do you enjoy while styling hair?
Top Answer
I lyk to experiment a lot...so if a customer has very good hair...i excell in this technique wich is my favourite!!
Second Best
I love completely enhancing the entire look, the hair color, cut and style.
3.
how do you color hair?
4.
I love the finish because all my work is done and my client could see the finished product.
5.
Always have some sort of thermal styling simply because I know that it always gives hair styles a smoother better look.
6.
I love to round brush hair . Also full foils and partial foils are fun.
7.
I enjoy working with the different products available.
18. What is your ideal company to style hair for? What makes them ideal?
Top Answer
I would love to work for a paul mitchell salon because I love the products. Basically, any salon I can be myself and enjoy what I'm doing is ideal.
Second Best
Paul mitchell they are very grounded in everything they do.
3.
Any company who has a great working environment and who truly values and shows customers that they are valued as well.
4.
Design Essential. The company is a multi culture company.
5.
I would love to work for a company that supports their team members. I want the company to take me in as one of their own as a family.
6.
A small and unique salon. Small because I believe being personal with one another is important to everyday life and customer satisfaction. Unique because creativity is a huge part of styling.
19. does being a cosmetolgist interfer with your family?
Top Answer
No it doesn't.
Second Best
No it doesn't it really depends in what salon your working at and how many hours you work.
3.
Not really but if I get to learn about style then I could help them out.
4.
Not at all.
5.
No it doesnt.
6.
Yes, they now want me to do their hair!
7.
Not really.
20. How many years experience do you have coloring hair?
Top Answer
o
Second Best
3 years of coloring like i said i'm not to fun of coloring but i will do it,
3.
I have colored my hair every color under the sun. So I've been coloring since my teen years.
4.
How to put A COLOR ON HAIR?
5.
I have about 3 years. But I went to a great school and my experinces have nothing to do with the amount of time I have been working.
6.
I have 3 years of experience but I also went to a great school that taught me more then most school do.
7.
Unfortunately coloring hair is something I am not so much experienced with but definitely willing and eager to learn more about. Hair color is such an amazing art.
21. Did you receive any education regarding cosmetology?
Top Answer
Yes. I am currently enrolled in the cosmetology program at CCTE and I have 1250 hours. I need 1500 to take the State Board Exam.
Second Best
Yes, I completed my education at Fortis and am currently going on to get my Associates Degree, also I feel that Advanced Training Classes and Hair Shows are great addition to make u more knowledgable
3.
Yes a cosmetology liscence and a teachers license.
4.
Yes 2000 hrs and now state license.
5.
Yes I have I have done redkeen class matrix class.
6.
Yes, I had 1 year of training at Aveda Institute and received my cosmetology license shortly after completion.