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
- Skin care
- Nail care
- 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
- Manicure services
- Facial service
- Chemical services
- No-base virgin relaxer
- Bleach retouch
- Shampoo service
- 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.