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!