Many people have a narrow view of a cosmetologist’s potential career path. The standard (but still AWESOME) careers that come to mind first are hair stylist / hair colorist, nail technician, and skin care specialist / esthetician.
But the amazing thing about cosmetology is that there are so many paths one can take once they graduate from cosmetology school. Here are some you may have missed:
1: Corporate Positions
There are many corporate positions within the beauty industry. Think of all the beauty and beauty product companies that exist today: beauty magazine companies, makeup companies, skin care companies, hair care companies – some of these companies making billions of dollars. With a cosmetology license, you will understand the art, science, and business of the beauty industry and help facilitate its innovation, quality, and improvement. Positions available could be anything from product researcher to brand representative all the way up to CEO.
2: Celebrity Stylist
A large aspect of celebrity life is caring for one’s public image – both their reputation and their appearance. Celebrities find a stylist or team of stylists who they trust to color, cut, and style their hair. They often have a separate artist for makeup and skin care. The career responsibilities can range from being a personal stylist to being requested for beauty services prior to public events. This career path might be ideal for someone who loves to travel.
3: Runway Stylist
When fashion designers work on their clothes collections, they often have a vision in mind for the overall theme they want portrayed during their debuting runway shows. The job of a runway stylist is to interpret, recommend, and execute the desired look for each model walking down the runway. Stylists work in a fast-paced, high pressure environment, and get the instant satisfaction of seeing their model strut down the runway sporting their designed look.
4: Stylist for Photoshoots / Editorial Work
Professionals in the photography and editorial world are always on the hunt for good stylists. Photography, like hair design, is an art, and photos last a lifetime. It’s important to have a person’s hair and makeup look flawless and as intended because too much editing takes away from the integrity and artistry of the photo. Stylists are expected to be able to capture the vision of the photographer or editorial team and translate that into the model’s hair or makeup look.
5: Movies / TV / or Theatre Styling
Stylists servicing actors and actresses for movie, tv, and theatre are expected to be creative and precise. They must understand the director’s vision for the look of each character and translate that into the hair and/or makeup of the actor/actress. They also must be able to recreate the same look for multiple days of filming in case a scene takes more than one day to shoot. Flaws in hair/makeup replication can distract viewers and disturb the flow of the scene. Depending on the job, stylists who work in the movie/tv/theatre side of the beauty business also have opportunities to do more avante garde or creative work with hair and makeup. They may be asked to do makeup for fantasy-type characters or to use makeup to create wounds, scars, or wrinkles.
6: Beauty Writer / Blogger
Stylists looking for flexible, stay-at-home opportunities within the beauty industry may be interested in becoming beauty writers or bloggers. Beauty writers may choose to work for a beauty company or beauty division within another company and be tasked with predicting the next big trends or commenting on current trends. They may be asked to write reviews on beauty products or comment on the look of celebrities. Other beauty writers / bloggers may choose to work for themselves and become a beauty influencer. They may strive to create their own brand, be the one to influence trends, and write their own reviews or promote certain beauty companies or products for pay.
Interested in Starting a Cosmetology Career Path?
We are proud of our Loudoun County, Virginia cosmetology school, Alure Hair Academy, which employs a staff of professionals with over 20 years of experience in the beauty industry cumulatively. We consider our cosmetology school to be one of the best in the area because in addition to our years of experience, we 1) ensure smaller class sizes so students receive individualized attention to truly achieve their best work, 2) give students hands-on experience to really hone their craft, and 3) have one of the most affordable tuitions available for aspiring cosmetologists.
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