If you are a people person who thrives off making others happy, then cosmetology is likely to be a rewarding career option. And it’s about so much more than simply making people look ‘beautiful’. Skincare specialists and aestheticians help people suffering from long term health issues like acne or hyperpigmentation, which can have a negative impact on their self-confidence and, ultimately, their mental health. Helping people feel better about their appearance is also a way of boosting their self-esteem and self-worth. After all, true beauty and wellbeing are also about how you feel, rather than just how you look.
Cosmetology also requires some artistic flair, making it an excellent career for creative-minded people. The best make-up artists and hairstylists build their reputations on coming up with interesting variations on current trends or creating new ones for everyone else to follow. And the most successful practitioners can see their work transferred onto cinema screens or giant billboards advertising high-end fashion lines.
In addition to a range of employed positions, there’s the chance to set-up your own independent, successful business. Owning and building a salon requires years of hard work and dedication, but financial and personal rewards can be huge. Alternatively, working as a sole trader or freelancer provides the kind of flexibility that many people crave. Freelancers can source their own clients, set their business hours, and work in a way that suits them best. It is also a great way to balance your work life with other responsibilities or commitments, such as raising a family.
A few things to consider
Cosmetology is a rewarding and secure career, but, like any job, there are a few occupational hazards to consider. Firstly, it’s a physically demanding role. Hairstylists and beauticians spend the majority of the day on their feet, and working in a salon often requires long weekend and evening shifts. Secondly, cosmetologists work with a range of dyes, shampoos, and other hair products that may contain dangerous chemicals. Overexposure or poor working practices can lead to health problems like skin irritation, eye infections, and allergies. And if they are inadvertently consumed, many of these chemicals can cause organ failure, or even worse. But don’t start panicking; you will receive plenty of training during your diploma to ensure you know how to handle potentially dangerous chemicals safely.
None of this should deter you from pursuing a career in beauty, but it’s important to note that every beauty specialist has a duty of care to themselves, their colleagues, and their clients.