BY ; Ashley Thomas

what does it take to be a hair stylist ?

A Cosmetologist is an individual who cares for people's skin, hair, and nails. They are also referred to as beauty operators, hairdressers, or beauticians and they usually work in barbershops, unisex salons, hospitals, spas, department stores, hotels, and resorts. The first step in becoming a cosmetologist is finding a cosmetology or beauty school that fits your needs. To become a cosmetologist you will need to attend a state licensed barber or cosmetology school and be at least 16 years old and a diploma is required as well. At cosmetology schools, students learn the skills and techniques needed to pass their state licensing exam for hair, nails, makeup, safety and sanitation. Every state has slightly different training hour requirements to be able to sit for the cosmetology board exams. But as a rule, courses for cosmetologist certification can include hair cutting, styling, coloring, shampooing, and permanent waving, as well as manicures and pedicures, facials, makeup application, nail technology, and more . Cosmetologist do hair , do nails , makeup , and etc . Cosmetologists earned a median annual salary of $22,700 and median hourly wages $10.91 in 2012. There will be job opportunities available in cosmetology over the next decade. Overall employment of barbers, cosmetologists, and other personal appearance workers is projected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations through 2020, but the amount of growth will vary by specialty. There will be strong competition for jobs in upscale salons.

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