Career Dreams: Hair Color Specialist

Sep 30 2022

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What is a Hair Color Specialist?

A color specialist is a professional who tailored their skill set to fit a certain demand within their industry. This career has become highly popular over the past few years, with cosmetologists choosing to perfect the depth of their skill set rather than making their talents wider in range. Color specialists, also called colorists, have come into their own, especially with the boom of social platforms like Instagram and Snapchat. With the development of processes, technologies and products, the colors these talented hair artists can achieve are more astonishing than ever!

What Skills Do Colorists Need?

The skills you need to become a color specialist are similar to the skills you need to become a cosmetologist. Good color specialists have some of these qualities:

  • Creativity
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Time Management Skills
  • Marketing Skills
  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Artistic Vision
  • A Desire to Learn

The thing that sets color specialists apart from their peers is that they need more depth of knowledge in chemical processes and color formulation for hair. A great color specialist will be well versed in chemicals and their processes, hair anatomy and even more science-y skills!

In addition to some skills they may just be born with, all hair color specialists need a cosmetology license in order to practice legally. During school they have the opportunity to train and master these technical and professional skills.

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Where Do They Work?

You can definitely expect to see these pros in the salon, but color specialists can be found in a variety of places. Here are some of the most popular:

  • Specialty Salons
  • Salons
  • Spas
  • Freelancing
  • Privately Owned Salons
  • Beauty Blogger
  • Instagram Influencer
  • YouTube Beauty Guru
  • Editorial Sets

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How Can I Start the Path Toward Becoming a Colorist?

If you’re dreaming of pursuing this career, here are the steps to begin your journey.

    1. Find a cosmetology school that fits your lifestyle and goals.
    2. Get enrolled and start learning!
    3. Pass your exams.
    4. Obtain your license.
    5. Start working in a job that allows you to practice your specialty.
    6. Build your book of clients.
    7. Explore your art and expand your creativity.
    8. LOVE your dream career!

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Douglas J Aveda Institute + Color

Douglas J Aveda Institutes offer cosmetology programs with hair coloring curriculum at all six of our locations! Contact your nearest campus today to learn more about our program by calling our admissions line: 877.311.8957.

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