Stylist Schools and Courses

If your passion is fancy hairstyles and perfect make-up, consider courses at stylist schools. Courses are offered in cosmetology, hair design and makeup artistry. Read on to find out more about stylist schools and courses and how they can prepare you for the state licensing needed for employment. Schools offering Fashion Design degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Stylists can be hired by salons or barbershops to style hair and apply makeup. In order to become a stylist, you will need to study a variety of course topics covering concepts relating to hair-care as well as interpersonal relations.

Schools Vocational schools, cosmetic schools
Courses Barbering, alternative hair design, hair coloring, chemical hair relaxing, cosmetology, skin conditions, manicure and pedicure techniques, business, customer service and communication skills, etc.
Licensing Varies by state

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Kind of Schools Can I Find?

Stylist schools are 2-year public and private postsecondary vocational schools that provide programs in a variety of beauty-related occupations. Training can take approximately nine months to complete. Some programs may award associate's degrees. Schools must be approved and licensed by the state. Since states typically require varying numbers of hours of hands-on practice, online programs aren't available in this field.

What Courses Can I Take?

A large variety of courses is available in nearly every aspect of hair styling, including barbering and alternative hair design. Schools teach you the rules and regulations of the state in which you live. Courses are offered in the techniques of hair coloring and chemical hair relaxing. You'll take courses in hair cutting techniques and how to use the tools of the trade. You'll also learn the theory of hair design and develop interpersonal skills to put clients at ease.

Courses in cosmetology teach you how to give facials as well as offering instruction in recognizing skin conditions and diseases. You'll learn the processes of proper sanitization and disinfecting of instruments. Advanced coursework in cosmetology may include training in hair cutting and nail care. An esthetician course teaches you the basics of skin care and can include waxing techniques and exfoliation.

Nail technician programs teach you how to work with fingernails and toenails using a variety of techniques. You'll learn to apply acrylic fingernails and perform acrylic fills. Programs train you to give pedicures and manicures. The programs stress safety and sterilization of equipment. You'll learn about nail and skin disorders as well as studying bacteriology.

Do I Need a License?

Hair stylists, barbers and cosmetologists, except for those who only focus on shampooing, must be licensed by the state of residency. Each state has individual requirements for licensure. After completing your training, you'll sit for a state licensing exam. The examination generally includes a written test and may include a test of skills you've learned, such as cutting hair or manicuring nails.

States may acknowledge a license from another state, but it's important that you check the laws of the state in which you wish to practice. A licensing fee is generally required, and some states may require you to renew your license in a timeline designated by the state.

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