Choosing a Cosmetology School

Think about it... What you learn in beauty school will affect the rest of your life. So make sure you choose the best school in your area. So where do you start? I would start my search by talking to my hairstylist or cosmetologist and asking where she/he went to hair design school, or even if she could recommend a school to you. Honestly that’s how I was able to find the best school in my area; I asked my hairdresser. You can also get started by looking in the yellow pages if you want to compare schools.


Before you start calling beauty schools you should probably call a few different salons and ask about the reputation of each school. I would say something like “Hi I’m researching hair design schools and was wondering if you have a minute to answer a few questions for me?” Remember to respect their time since they are a work and could be busy. If they don’t have time ask if there is a better time to call. And maybe give them a call back later. If they do have time you can say something like “Have you heard of XYZ beauty school and could you tell me about them?”I would also ask if they could recommend a school maybe you’ll get good ideas. Call the nicest salons in your area and find out where they went to school. That should give you a good place to start. If you ask salons that have a good reputation in your community then you can be sure they’re recommending a good school.

Now its time to call the school and set an appointment! When you get to the school you’re probably going to want to ask a few questions. So it’s a good idea to write them down and bring your list of questions with you. There are probably a few things you should ask about. You’re probably going to need to know if they accept financial aid. If you need to take out student loans you’re going to want to choose a hair design school that accepts financial aid. I would be leery of a beauty school that doesn’t it usually means they don’t meet the federal requirements. Don’t forget to ask if the school meets the requirements of your state board. If you were referred by a top notch salon that should be a problem, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Another question you should ask is about your tool kit, will it be included in your tuition? Sometimes financial aid doesn’t cover the cost of your kit. Usually you need to buy your kit before the first day of class, that can cost you anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. So be prepared to pay out of pocket to get started. Another question I would ask is what brand of products do they use. You want to go to a school that offers name brand products, not the stuff you buy at Sallies beauty supply. It’s better to work with the actual products you will be using in a professional salon.

While your there make sure you look around. And be selective this is the rest of your life we’re talking about. Check out the hairstyles students and teachers are wearing are they on trend? What about the beauty school itself is it clean? Is the décor on trend? If not you might want to look for a school that that is more with the times. You want to learn how to duplicate what’s going on in salons today, not ten years ago.

If it all checks out then you've probably found a great hair design school.

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