What is a Cosmetologist?

Aug 02 2022

What does it involve and what are the career paths? If these are the types of questions you are asking yourself, read the article below to find out if a career in cosmetology at Douglas J Aveda Institute might just be the journey you’re looking for.

Cosmetologists by Definition

Cosmetologists are trained and licensed to perform cosmetic treatments to the hair, skin and nails. This can include cutting, coloring and chemically treating hair, hair removal, nail and skin care, skin and hair analysis, wellness and spa treatments, fashion trends, plus a variety of different makeup specialities.


What Does a Cosmetologist do?

Cosmetologists can perform a range of client services across haircutting, styling, skin care, nail care and makeup artistry. Here’s a short list of just some of the skills that future cosmetologists learn at Douglas J Aveda Institutes:

  • Business skills
  • Hair cutting
  • Hairstyling
  • Hair coloring
  • Relaxers
  • Permanent waves
  • Hair care & treatments
  • Hair removal
  • Eyebrow waxing
  • Makeup
  • Skin analysis
  • Facials
  • Manicures & pedicures
  • Sanitation practices
  • And more!

Cosmetologist Requirements

Cosmetology is a regulated, state-licensed industry, and each state in the US has slightly different cosmetology licensing requirements. In general, to become a cosmetologist you must be over the age of 16 and possess your high school diploma or GED, successfully complete a state-approved cosmetology program, and successfully pass your state board of cosmetology licensing exam. After graduation, each state typically has requirements for maintaining your cosmetology license.

What are the Career Path Opportunities for a Cosmetologist?

After graduating from cosmetology school and becoming licensed, there are a wide array of career opportunities for cosmetologists, including:

  • Hair Stylist
  • Hair Colorist
  • Salon Owner or Manager
  • Platform Artist
  • Celebrity or Personal Stylist
  • Cosmetology Editor
  • Salon Trainer
  • Educator (with completion of the Educator course)
  • Manicurist & Pedicurist
  • Cosmetic Buyer or Sales Consultant
  • Cosmetology Instructor
  • State Board Member
  • State Licensing Inspector or Examiner
  • Plus a Number of “Outside the Box” Cosmetology Careers”

At our Institutes, while our cosmetology program gives you in-depth training on the technical skills you need for a career, it’s also highly focused on professionalism that can support the path of independence. To learn more about the perks that come with obtaining a cosmetology license, read the stories of two Aveda graduates: Nicole Higgins, Aveda Institute Denver grad and influencer, and Monica Stevens, content creator and owner of MoKnowsHair, LLC.

The atmosphere and opportunities are truly yours for the choosing! Are you ready to pursue your beauty education on actual guests in our student salon, while learning how to market yourself and build your professional portfolio? Get the knowledge you need and the hands-on experience you want to jump start your career. Join us today at Douglas J Aveda Institute.

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