Cosmetology schools can open many doors, allowing you to build a successful career on the foundation of what you love doing — helping clients and customers look and feel their best and meeting many interesting people along the way. Truly fulfilling work may be just an application away, so this guide will walk you through the basic steps.
Decide On a Career
Before you can take another step, you must determine whether beauty school is for you. If you’re just not sure whether it fits with your personality or your goals, take this short fun quiz as a dream teaser and figure out if you a career in cosmetology could make you happy long-term.
Choose a Path
Even once you decide on a career in beauty, you must still decide whether to do it all or choose a specialty. If you’re interested in beauty culture and helping people look their loveliest, you might choose a cosmetology program, where you will learn makeup, hair and nail skills. Other options include focusing on massage therapy or skin care.
Make a Financial Aid Plan
Schools approved by the United States Department od Education can offer Title IV Financial Aid to those students who qualify. Apply for Financial Aid here.
Apply to Your School of Choice
Many beauty schools require applicants to actually visit the school, so they can meet with an admissions official, discuss their goals, get their questions answered and tour the campus, if desired. If the meeting goes well, the next steps include:
- Ordering necessary transcripts or other documents from previous schools or high school.
- Applying to the program of your choice.
- Signing an enrollment agreement upon acceptance to formalize your entrance into the program.
- Paying tuition (which may require applying for financial aid first) to secure your spot at school.
It’s a good idea to meet with officials at your school and apply for financial aid well ahead of your desired start date, as classes often fill up quickly. Whether you’re ready to get started or would just like some more information, Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers is happy talk to you about the school, set up a time for a tour and discuss the next steps for you to take.
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