Beauty School

7 More Things They Didn’t Tell You About Beauty School

A little while ago, I wrote a post about 7 things they didn’t tell you about beauty school. Here’s the original post. Then, I realized I had a few more that were left off that list. So here are 7 more things they didn’t tell you about beauty school.


1. The color wheel is your best friend. When you are working with hair color, keep a picture of the color wheel close to you. (I have a tattoo on my arm.) The color wheel will answer a lot of your questions if you know how to use it.

2. You will question this career choice. You will have bad days. You will have days that make you question whether or not you should quit. You will have days you just can’t seem to do anything right. Keep going. The days that reassure you chose the right career will outnumber the others.


3. Take every opportunity given to you. You have an opportunity to go to a class and further your education in beauty school? Take it. It will only add to your growth during beauty school.

4. It’s not for everyone. Beauty school and this industry are not for everyone. It’s ok to admit that you bit off more than you can chew. It’s ok to realize that beauty school just isn’t for you. It’s not easy, and this career isn’t easy either. The number of people that will continue in this career long-term is few. You have to have a true passion and be willing to make some sacrifices to be successful in this industry. It’s perfectly ok if you don’t want to make those sacrifices. It’s ok if you no longer have the passion for it like you thought you did. ****Don’t confuse loss of passion with feeling burnt out though!**** (We can talk about that on another blog post.)

backstage cos school

5. Find a mentor. See the girl in that picture pointing at me? That’s one of the most incredible women. She’s my mentor. Most of the things I know about hair I learned from her. When I’m struggling to figure out a formula or a placement, I send her a text and she talks me through it. When I want an honest critique, I send her a picture. She’s my cheerleader through good days and bad days. There are so many amazing people in this industry that are happy to share their wealth of knowledge if you’re willing to ask.


6. Embrace the moment. One of my biggest achievements was graduating beauty school. I never graduated from a traditional school, and beauty school took me giving everything I had to complete. Live in that moment of you did it for a little while!


7. Go get that license. Don’t take too long trying to pass state boards. You’ll forget more putting it off trying to give yourself extra time to study. It took me 3 1/2 weeks from my graduation date to actually be able to take state boards.

Beauty School

7 Things They Don’t Tell You About Beauty School


Going to beauty school was seriously one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, but there is a lot more to it than you think. Here are 7 things I wish I would have known about going to beauty school:

1. It’s not easy. Beauty school gets a bad rap for being a fall back school when you aren’t smart enough to do anything else. This couldn’t be more untrue. You must learn anatomy and physiology, diseases and disorders of the skin and nails, infection control, chemistry, and even electricity while learning the principles of hair, skin, and nails. In the state of Michigan, you must complete 350 hours in the classroom before you are able to perform services on another person. It’s not just learning to cut hair; it’s hard work.

2. Go to school. Beauty school is not like a normal university setting; you don’t just get credit hours every semester, regardless of your attendance. You get credit only for the hours you attend. Every hour you miss is another hour more that you have to go to school. I missed 130 hours, and I had to come in 3 hours early every day just to graduate on time. I ate, drank, slept, and breathed beauty school those last few months. I was a walking zombie, and I wished I had just made myself go to school every single day.

3. The theory is important. If you decide to go to beauty school, don’t just tune out the theory. Yes, it’s boring. Yes, it’s hard to be stuck in a classroom doing bookwork. Make every effort to engage and learn the theory. You will understand the why behind everything you are doing, and it will make you a better hairstylist.

4. You will mess up hair. Accept the fact that you will mess up some hair. Hopefully, you have instructors that really watch and take care to make sure that you are getting the help you need. It is in the learning from your mistakes that will make or break you. Figure out where you went wrong, how to fix it, and how to avoid making that mistake in the future.

5. Start building a clientele now. Start right now in beauty school building your clientele. Get business cards made and pass them out. Ask your friends and family to do their hair. Ask for referrals from friends and family. That’s going to help kickstart your career and the money in your pocket when you graduate.

6. Beauty school education is basic. You will learn the basics of cosmetology in school. You will learn what you need to know to pass state boards in school. You will not be a great hairstylist based on your beauty school education. You must commit yourself to continue your education through classes and learning in salon from other stylists.

7. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. I’m sure I annoyed my fair share of instructors, but if I didn’t understand, I asked questions until I did. If this is going to be your career, you need to make sure you understand exactly what you’re doing and why you are doing it. Annoy your instructors with questions for those 12/14 months. After that, chances are you’ll never see them again. If they don’t know the answer(s), find someone who does.