Cosmetology is a growing segment of the beauty industry and the economy overall. This fact draws a lot of people in and makes them want to pursue this path for a career. Many people pursue cosmetology as a career because it is a passion and they love working at a job that is creative. For these people the industry growth is just a bonus.
Whichever boat you fall into, there are certain steps you have to follow to become a cosmetologist. The steps you have to take will vary depending on which state you live in. To become a cosmetologist in Oklahoma, this is what you’ll have to do:
To become a cosmetologist, most states require that you fulfill a certain amount of education and training. Cosmetology is a very comprehensive program that can cover many different topics and techniques when it comes to beauty. Although cosmetology is comprehensive, the hour requirement is usually much less time than it would take you to graduate from a traditional four year college. In the state of Oklahoma there is a 1500 hour requirement that must be fulfilled before you can get your cosmetology license. This means you could be done with school and working in the industry in as little as 50 weeks.
A beauty school with a cosmetology program is where you will go to fulfill the hours that are required by the state board. At Jenks Beauty College our cosmetology program not only offers the required hours to get your cosmetology license, but it is designed to give students the tools they need to build a career in the beauty industry.
While you are in cosmetology school you can learn a variety of topics like hair cutting and styling techniques, hair coloring, employee/employer relationship skills, client relationship skills, and effective communication. These skills can help you in many different areas of the industry, not just cutting and styling hair.
Another step in getting your cosmetology license in Oklahoma is taking the exams that the state requires. There are two exams or parts that you will have to take before getting your cosmetology license. The first is the written portion and the second is the practical exam.
The written exam portion is a 100 question test that will cover the following topics:
Sanitation, disinfection, and safety
Shampooing and conditioning hair
Haircutting and hair styling
Weaving and braid extensions
Chemical texture services
Licensing and regulation
The practical exam is more hands on and gives the students the opportunity to actually perform the services to show that they are competent and capable. The services that the practical exam covers are:
Pre-exam set up and disinfection
No-base virgin relaxer
Hair shaping service
Permanent waving service
Blow drying and thermal curling service
End of exam disinfection
Your time spent in cosmetology school is what can help prepare you to sit for these tests. The cosmetology program at Jenks covers a variety of topics that are in the exam. It can also provide students an opportunity to hone their practical skills in the student clinic.
Once you pass the exams, the next step is simple. You just have to fill out and send in an application to the state board and pay your application fee. Once the state board reviews your application and receives your exam scores, they will issue your license.
Once you receive your license, it’s time to go find a job and start living the dream!
Still Have Questions?
Still have some questions about what it takes to get your license? That’s okay. The first step is to contact us at Jenks. We can help you get enrolled in the cosmetology program to start working on your hours. Once you start your cosmetology education, you can get the required information to pass the exams and when you graduate our team can help you navigate the licensing process.
If a career in cosmetology is what you want, we can help you get there! Don’t wait. Get started today.
Life is busy. It’s a fact. If you are thinking about going to beauty school, it can be a tough decision. There are so many things to do in the tiny amount of time given in a day. Sometimes you may find yourself wishing that you didn’t have to sleep so you could get to the things that you didn’t have time to do. Adding school on top of everything else may seem like it’s too much, but here’s a few tips, tricks, and reasons why it may actually be a good idea.
A Brighter Future
One main reason that going to beauty school is a great idea, even if you already have a schedule that is busy, is that it can help you create a future that is more exciting and rewarding. Going to school can help you move from a job or career that you endure to something that you look forward to every day. Making this change can make your busy schedule feel not so busy after all.
The beauty industry is known for offering a lot of flexibility. There is flexibility of where you can work, what type of job you can pursue, as well as scheduling. Becoming a certified or licensed cosmetologists, for example, can open a lot of doors that can allow you to create a work schedule that is a good fit with the other obligations you may already have. Once you are licensed, you can look for employment opportunities that offer this flexibility and hopefully open up your schedule a little more than it is now.
Growth and Opportunity
In addition to offering flexibility, the beauty industry is also going through significant growth. The occupations of hairdressers and cosmetologists are growing at 10% according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is faster than average for all other occupations. The esthetics industry has even more dramatic growth at 12%. This means that there are and should continue to be a lot of opportunities in the beauty industry for you to pursue.
Another great characteristic of the beauty industry is that it can provide a lot of entrepreneurial opportunities. Those who have their cosmetology license, for example, could pursue the options of opening their own salon or spa. Many salon owners and even beauty school owners are people who once went to beauty school themselves. You may not have thought about beauty school as a place that produces entrepreneurs…but it is.
Becoming a Trend Setter
It’s true that the beauty industry has become home to many career changers who have families. It is important for parents to lead the way for their children by example. If you want your children to follow their dreams, pursue an education beyond high school, or have the guts to try their hand at starting their own business the best way to encourage them is to do it yourself. By going to school to learn what you love to do, you are showing your children that this is an important thing for them to do as well. They will likely see this and notice it. You will become the trendsetter in your family.
Beauty School Schedules
Another really convenient part of going to beauty school is the great class schedules that are offered. At Jenks Beauty College our programs are offered at different times to fit different schedules. This makes it possible for you to continue to do the things you need to do while building a better future.
Starting Your Future Today
So, life is busy and you have a lot going on. Going to beauty school can be an investment in your future to help create a better balance of work, family time, relaxation, and control over your time that you need. That balance can help you feel less overwhelmed and more satisfied with your career and life in general.
Don’t wait another minute. Invest in your future and contact us. We can help you get started on your journey to an amazing career in the beauty industry. We can’t wait to see what you become!
You have been contemplating being a cosmetologist for years. Since the day you “accidentally” cut your younger sister’s hair and tried to blame it on the dog, in fact. It has been a dream that has been heavy in your mind since that fateful day, but now that it is finally here and you are steps away from enrolling, you are wondering if it’s right for you.
Will you fit in? Is this career a good fit? Are you good enough?
Do not fear. Everyone has these moments of worry, and if you find yourself here take a look at our five points that will help put them at ease.
Your Creativity Shines!
You have always been a creative person, you find yourself watching the hairstyles in movies or videos on DIY hair masks and successfully replicating them. You are always begging your friends to let you try the newest color technique and making masterpieces on their hair, or hosting your own spa night. That creativity is begging for an outlet and pursuing a career in cosmetology can give you just that.
You Aren’t Afraid To Fail!
Anything you do in life is going to be a trial, and sometimes you will fail. But with every little “fail” you experience, you grow twice as much in the other direction! While fails may be scary, you are ready to embrace each one to become a master in your field. Whether you are a hair cutting master, or a waxing maven – you are ready to fight.
You Love Making Friends!
Talking to people doesn’t scare you, and making friends comes easy. You love getting to know people and hearing their stories, whether they be in your chair, or sitting next to you in class. Learning together with a group of amazing friends seems like a dream come true, and that’s exactly what is going to happen in cosmetology school!
Hard Work Doesn’t Scare You!
While some people shy away from digging in deep, you are always the first to roll up your sleeves and get stuff done. Getting messy doesn’t scare you, whether it’s mixing hair dye, applying mud masks, or anything in between. You are ready to tackle it, and have baby wipes and paper towels ready to manage any messes.
Your Passion Runs Deep.
Even though you worry about if you will fit in in beauty school, you are driven by a heavy need to follow your dreams, and to make this your everyday. You are ready to wake up every morning and do something you love, and you know this is it. You are ready to follow your dreams.
Feeling better? We hope so, because our next cosmetology class starts soon and we would love to have you join us! That career in beauty is calling, don’t make it wait any longer.
Being a mom is a job in and of itself. Adding a full-time job to the equation seems nearly impossible. Between the soccer practices, theater rehearsals, and the dreaded parent/teacher conferences, where is the time for a career? We admire that moms always seem to put their children first, but we think it’s possible to have the best of both worlds. How, you ask? Cosmetology! A future in beauty could be the answer to your inner career debate. Here are some reasons why we think that cosmetology is the ideal career for moms.
Who doesn’t love to choose their own schedule? Trying to fit in a 9-5 while being the glue of your family is not ideal for most women. As a cosmetologist, you can build your work schedule around your mom schedule.Cosmetology allows you to put what really matters first, and that’s your family! Never miss another ballet recital or family dinner again.
It’s a Growing Industry
The world of cosmetology is on a path of continual upward growth. It’s predicted that between 2012 and 2022, cosmetology jobs are expected to grow at 13%. Growth is something that one should always look for in a career choice. Without growth, your career could easily become stagnant and that isn’t something that anyone wants. With such high rates of growth and progress in the world of beauty, your career options are countless! The best parts are that there are cosmetology careers offered across the globe! Once your kiddos grow up and decide to attend college across the country, no problem! You can pack your bags and tag along. Is being an overbearing mama bear really a bad thing? Yeah right!
We aren’t saying that you don’t cherish each and every moment with your children because we know that’s not true. As an adult, though, as much as you enjoy the in-depth discussions of Dora The Explorer and nap time, it’s normal to crave adult interactions. In cosmetology, you get to mingle with various crowds ranging from CEOs to school teachers. You will get to meet all different types of people throughout your day! Each day will consist of new people and new conversations. Aw, just imagine the intriguing and mind growing conversations that are to be had. By the time your day comes to an end, you will actually look forward to an extensive, Scooby Doo convo.
You Become a Role Model for Your Kids
As a cosmetologist, you wear more than one hat and answer to more than one title. You are a saleswoman, an artist, a trendsetter, and not to mention, an entrepreneur. Your kids will learn that they can be anything they want to be if they put their minds to it! You can lead by example and become an inspirational figure for your children to look up to.
It’s Never Too Late to Start
More often than not, as a maternal instinct, moms choose to put themselves last and always place their family before them. They slowly push their goals further and further behind until they seem utterly unattainable. At that point, they are usually put away and forgotten. We have good news, though, there is no age limit in cosmetology. There is no timeline as to when you can become a cosmetologist.
“Even if you think the tentacles of security have already wrapped themselves around you and you can’t move because of your obligations, it’s never too late-there are always unlimited ways to follow your dreams, and it is much easier than you think.” – Rhonda Byrne
We know how intimidating starting something new can be. You owe it to yourself to follow your dreams, so don’t let fear of the unknown hold you back. As we mentioned before, we truly admire the dedication and hard work that goes into being a mother. That is why we offer flexible class schedules like night classes to accommodate your motherly obligations! If you want a way to express your creativity and you need flexibility, then check out our cosmetology program and see if a career in beauty is the right path for you! You can also learn more about what your journey through cosmetology school will look like by clicking here.
So, you’ve decided to go to cosmetology school, and you are a little curious about what your next year is going to look like as a student. Surely you have read all the technical descriptions you could find about what you’ll learn in the classroom and what it’s like on the floor, but we have a hunch that if you talked to a cosmetology student, they will describe their journey as much more than technicalities. That being said, we have broken down the rollercoaster of feelings, emotions, and thoughts that you’ll ride through during your time as a cosmo student. So, put on your seatbelt and prepare for a ride through twelve months of cosmetology school.
Starting something new is always nerve racking and even a little scary sometimes. But don’t let that hold you back from jumping right into cosmetology school and giving it your all. We know that it’s hard not to have some preconceived notions when the constant thought of starting school trumps most of your other thoughts. It’s okay to have those notions but it’s important to keep an open mind and acknowledge the fact that everything may not be exactly how you imagined. Embrace change, accept the new and adapt to the unknown. After all, this is what you’ve been waiting your whole life to do!
Take a deep breath and know that you can do this. Now that you have some weeks under your belt, you should realize that by now that you have the skills it takes to become a cosmetologist! Like we said before, we know that starting something new can be scary sometimes you may even feel a little unsure if you’ve even made the right choice. Trust in yourself and remember that you made this choice for a reason and it is the right choice!
By now, some things may still be a little fresh, but one thing is for sure and that is the realization that you are starting to make some amazing new friends. In the Jenks cosmetology program, you are going to be spending anywhere between 23 and 30 hours a week with your classmates. It’s no secret that you are going to build some amazing friendships in that time. You will watch each other grow, support one another’s dreams, and help each other when you run into a roadblock. You may lose touch with some after graduation but some of them may turn into lifelong friends.
By the time month four rolls around, you’re feeling pretty good about the talent you’ve perfected and the new skills that you have learned. Then, you hear that your time has come to start taking clients on the floor. Suddenly, all of that newfound confidence dwindles and you start to question if you’re really ready for the floor. Good news, your excitement will most likely overtake that fear, and you’ll walk on the floor like you own the place.
Now that you’ve adjusted to being on the floor, you are absolutely loving it. You get to practice the skills you’ve learned with real-world clients and still continue to obtain more knowledge. With the help of your instructors and your guests, you will learn ways to enhance your technical cutting, coloring and styling techniques. You’ll start to express your creativity through your services and personalize each of your guest’s experiences. The more you continue to learn the more confidence that you build within yourself. You can finally rid your mind of those pesky thoughts of not being ready to be on the floor. We’ve already established that change and progress can be scary but be sure to keep your mind filled with positive thoughts and reassure yourself that you can do anything you set your mind to!
Now that you have had the opportunity to be on the floor for a while, you’ve probably built some great relationships with your guests. You’ve maybe even had the privilege of returning guests that pre-book or specifically request to see you. Isn’t it a great feeling knowing that you provided such an amazing service to your guests that they want to see you again? Your guests are what make everything you do so worthwhile. Something most cosmetologists have in common is their internal desire to make others feel beautiful and you have definitely chosen a wonderful career to do just that. Maya Angelou once said,
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Be sure to keep that in mind when you have new and even returning guests in your chair.
You’ve been in school a while now and you’ve been presented with the endless paths that your career could take. Appreciate that! You’ve chosen a career that opens so many doors for your future. From makeup artistry and hair coloring to salon ownership and so much more, you have the power to choose what is right for YOU. Modern Salon wrote a great article that discusses some career opportunities for cosmetologists and it’s important to use resources like this and consider all of your possibilities before you set your mind to just one!
Wow, you’ve made it 8 months already, can you believe it? Time really does fly when you’re having fun. You’ve covered most of the basics by this point and now you are really focusing on perfecting your skills. The last few months are going to fly by so be careful what you wish for. Before you know it, you are going to be signing up for your state board practicals!
Just when you think you know it all, you still have more to learn! It’s easy to get overly confident in your abilities, but it’s important to remember that learning should never stop. The minute you decide you know everything is the minute your talent goes dormant. Always keep your mind open to new things and take a minute to appreciate your cosmetology school education.
It’s finally starting to sink in that you get to do this for the rest of your life! How awesome is that? You get to make a career out of your passion. The thought of all your possibilities will probably give you butterflies every now and again. Get used to it because this is your life!
You know that terrible feeling you get towards the end of your senior year of high school? You are probably starting to feel the same thing now that you are just weeks away from graduating cosmetology school. We don’t care what the medical journals have to say, Senioritis is a real thing. Symptoms may include: daydreaming of your future in the world of beauty, imagining the amazing feeling you’ll get when you ace your boards, and reflecting on all you’ve learned. It also features a strong urge to fast forward time to graduation. You have to hang in there, though. Graduation is just around the corner, and it’ll be here before you know it.
What did we tell you? Graduation is finally here, you did it! Take a moment and pat yourself and your fellow graduates on the back. No one ever said that it would be easy, but it is worth it! Now that you are done, and you’ve taken the appropriate time to celebrate this momentous achievement, it is time to start thinking about your boards. Study, study, study! Once you pass the necessary tests and obtain your official license, it’s finally time to start the next chapter of your life as a professional cosmetologist. Congratulations!
Now, we understand that every school is different and each month may vary depending on what school you are at. Most importantly, though, we just want to make sure that you realize the amazing experience you are about to embark on by enrolling in cosmetology school. You should be proud of yourself and the action you’ve taken to create a great future.
We want to hear about your journey through cosmetology school! Share with us in the comments what cosmetology school was like for you. If you are thinking about a career in cosmetology and this journey sounds like something you’re ready to start, then visit our cosmetology page to learn more about our program and see if this is the right choice for you!
At Jenks Beauty College, we aim to provide the best experience for our esthetics students and guests. To be great, we need great products! That is why we choose to work with Dermalogica. The list could go on but we want to point out a few of the most important reasons why we love their company and products!
Dermalogica has been in the industry of beauty for more than 25 years. They are aware of the ever-changing industry of beauty. Therefore, they continue to grow and develop their products to stay relevant in the industry and to continue to meet the needs of their consumers. Knowing that they have 25+ years of industry experience provides our students with the confidence to fully embrace their education and future career.
We take pride in our partnership with the prestigious skincare company. They are widely acknowledged as the preferred choice for skin professionals across the map. Not only do our future professionals love using the brand, our student-salon guests love our choice in product, too. Our students are thoroughly trained in the utilization of Dermalogica products and all of the benefits that they hold.
No one would want to put harmful chemicals and additives on their skin knowingly. Just because it’s sold as a skincare item doesn’t necessarily mean it is good for your skin. Dermalogica chooses to leave out common ingredients that can often lead to breakouts and irritation including lanolin, SD alcohol, artificial colors and fragrances, and mineral oil.
There are no two people with the exact same skin needs. Everyone’s skin is going to be slightly different and we understand that! Our students use their knowledge and training in Dermalogica to create a plan of action to achieve every guest’s skin goals. From consultations and recommendations to personalized treatments and systems, our students are here to provide people in the Tulsa area with the perfect option for taking care of their skin.
They make sure that anyone who is using their products has the proper training and education provided to them. Learning should never cease so they provide a network for learning students to continue to grow and learn throughout their careers in the industry.
By incorporating Dermalogica products and education into our Esthetics curriculum, we are able to provide the Tulsa area with reputable educational opportunities for potential students and affordable skincare treatments for potential guests.
Are you in dire need of some professional skin treatment? Show your skin some love and contact us today to schedule a skincare appointment! If you’re a potential student that loves the thought of getting to work with such an established brand like Dermalogica, schedule a tour of our school to learn more about our Esthetics program!
Winter is a tough time for our skin and hair. The cold Winter air is incredibly drying, and if you are outside a lot, the wind also takes its toll. We compiled a list of the best solutions for treating dry skin and hair and how to prevent it from happening!
Dry Hair Prevention
There are several ways to prevent dry hair from happening, and while sometimes they don’t always work for everyone, you should give them a try to see what’s best for you!
Hot Oil Treatment
Hot oil locks in moisture. Keeping your hair moisturized (but not sopping with product) is good to do before Winter hits. This should always be in your hair routine.
Rubbing your hair in a towel and jerking a comb or brush through it with force will break your hair. This will cause your hair to dry out quickly. Always handle your hair with care. Use a t-shirt or microfiber towel to pat your hair dry, not rub. Gently use a wide-tooth comb to detangle.
Some people have had dry skin their whole lives. Others see their skin changing with the weather. Whatever type of person you are, you can use these prevention techniques to keep supple skin all Winter long.
Take Warm Showers
Be sure to limit your shower time and use warm water. Hot water is known to dry out your skin. While a steamy shower can open your pores and allow your skin to be cleansed, you should not be taking 30 minute steam showers. Steam your face every once in awhile for a thorough cleansing and keep your daily showers at a warm temperature.
What Skills do You Need to Become a Cosmetologist?
Schooling and licensure are only technical requirements to become a cosmetologist. A skilled cosmetologist can surpass the rudimentary skills of scissor work to help others look their best. Cosmetology classes can help bring out the basics but often times having the right skills and qualities will help you make a career.
Cosmetology is an expression of creativity in the practical world. Not every client will come to their cosmetologist with a perfect plan of what they want for their look. So as a cosmetologist you need to have the creativity to envision a hairstyle that fits that person. They may be spunky or sweet, but each person deserves to look their best. Cosmetologists also need to be able to translate a client’s vision to the real world to keep them completely satisfied.
Creativity also comes with preparation work. A good cosmetologist will keep up on trends and know the lingo to speak the customer’s language. By taking the time to peruse Pinterest and other hairstyle ideas you gain a bank of creativity to draw from. Take the concepts and apply them appropriately.
Cosmetologists often rely on word of mouth and internet reviews, for customers. People will trust their friends, but they also will trust the majority opinion if they can find it. Listen to clients, they are the one’s who showcase your work everyday. Listening helps you and the client create the right vision for each person. Cosmetologists should be easy to talk to and sincerely engaged with each client.
Another part of people skills is recognizing when to talk and when to not. Some clients just want their hair to be cut, quickly and well so they can get on with their lives. Others will be chatty and personal with you. Having the sense of how to relate to each person can really help you cosmetology career.
Physical skills refers to not only the ability to cut, style and color but also to physical stamina and dexterity. Cosmetologists spend long hours on their feet and will also have to hold their hands and arms in an upright position while styling. Having the physical capability to maintain a steady hand is a vital skill for good work. You will also use nimble fingers to make coordinated, precise movements to style and cut.
These are just a few of the skills that you’ll learn at our cosmetology program at Sand Springs & Jenks Beauty College. We’re proud of the curriculum we teach and expect that your natural abilities will translate to an awesome passion. Our courses come with extensive hands-on learning to maximize your potential. You’ll learn what you need to successfully pass the state board exam but more importantly develop the skills you need to make a lifelong career out of it. Call us today if you think you have what it takes to become a great cosmetologist!