Getting ready for cosmetology school

How to Prepare for Beauty School

If you’ve recently made the decision to go to cosmetology school, you may be discovering that there’s a lot to do! Of course the main item to cross off your to-do list is the actual submission of applications, but that’s not even the first step. You need to research schools, find out about accreditations, and see what you need to do to qualify for admission. And once you’re accepted, you’ll need to get a list of what you have to purchase for class and find adequate housing (if you’re moving to go to school). Once you are in classes and have settled into a routine, however, you’ll likely look back on all your hard preparatory work and think it was well worth it!

Research Accredited Institutions

You’ll definitely want to go to an accredited college, as only these schools are regulated by the U.S. Department of Education. This means that the school regularly meets certain standards with its curriculum. Accredited schools also help you prepare to earn your cosmetology license as a part of your training. Furthermore, only accredited institutions can offer financial aid. If this is something you are concerned about, you should inquire about different schools’ accreditations and financial aid programs. Accrediting commissions include: The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology, The Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the American Association of Cosmetology Schools.

Make Sure You Qualify to Attend

The qualifications to get into certain beauty schools will depend on where you apply. Some schools don’t even require you to have a high school diploma or GED. Others, however, do have such requirements and will ask you to submit a transcript along with your application. The more competitive schools may have other requirements as well, so make sure to double check. You may also feel better prepared if you’ve taken classes in high school that involve creativity (such as art classes) or business (such as economics). If you struggled in high school, ask about the institution’s resources. An advisor might be able to match you with an academic counselor or show you where a study center is so you can get the help you need.

Find out What You Need for Class

To participate in class, you’ll likely need a combination of books, technical tools, and cutting materials. If you’re lucky, your school will provide all these things for you. This is not a guarantee, however, so be sure to ask. Because the cost of books and tools can be quite expensive, it would be a good idea to find out early on so that you can adjust your request for financial aid if need be. It’s also a good question to ask because if the school provides equipment that you can then keep, it will save you an expense when you get hired by your first salon or makeup company.

Find out about Housing

Most vocational schools, like community colleges, do not provide housing to students. And if you’re going to a school in your immediate area, you likely won’t need it. If, on the other hand, you’ve moved to New York or Los Angeles to attend a celebrity beauty school, you should always inquire to see how the school can help. At the very least they should be able to provide you with a list of resources to help you in your hunt.


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