Should I Become a Cosmetologist?
A lot of people men and women love to be a cosmetologist. For most of them especially women, working with hair is not a new experience. Right from childhood they have spent hours brushing, combing, braiding and generally playing with the hair of any long-haired relative who allowed them to. As they grew up, they had lots of practice with their own hair, or with friends’ hair, and probably know a hairdresser who is a friend or family member. Now, cosmetologist is a job they are familiar with and feel comfortable pursuing. Well, if that passion still exists in them and they are still thinking of becoming a cosmetologist it seems very likely that they have the “calling” to be cosmetologist.
For others, cosmetologist is simply one of their options in life. This option has come up because they have probably seen cosmetologists making name and some good money undermining the challenges that go along with the job.
Others want to become cosmetologists because they believe people in this trade can always find work, whether they are employed by a salon, or work for themselves renting space in a salon or open salons of their own. Besides, they see this trade as an outlet for their creativity, and a way to make a living doing something that allows them to be artistic and creative.
Still others see cosmetology as a way to gain name and fame. They want to be gurus in the industry. They enjoy being the one others consider the expert on matters of style and beauty.
The very first reason is valid reason to pursue cosmetology as a career. What about the other three? Are they valid reasons to pursue this career?
Well, let us consider some things that really make a cosmetologist.
You must be Creative. You must be ready to be on top of the beauty industry by keeping up with the latest trends. Clients will either come with little or no idea at all, or with strange beauty ideas and you must be ready to constantly win their confidence by trying new hairstyles for them.
You must have Customer-service skills. You must be good at customer service. You must be pleasant, friendly, and able to interact with customers in order to retain clients.
You must have Listening skills. If you are not a really good listener, please rethink your career choice or work at it. To be a cosmetologist, you must listen carefully to what the client wants in order to make sure that the client is happy with the result.
You must have Physical stamina. Cosmetologists stand on their feet for long periods. And to handle that, you must be a strong person. A lazy person can simply not be a cosmetologist.
You must be Neat and Tidy. Beauticians need to have a neat and tidy appearance and a high standard of personal cleanliness. They need to be reasonably healthy with good co-ordination, and they should have upper body strength for massaging. They should not be allergic to make-up or beauty products. Mobile beauticians need to lift and carry heavy objects.
You must have Time-management skills. To remain a cosmetologist, you must be able to schedule appointments when providing services to your clients. Clients who receive timely hair care are more likely to return.
Can you see yourself applying all of the above qualities in the job?