Cosmetology is a field that focuses on making men, women and children, look their best. A cosmetology student is creative, likes to work independently, is meticulous about details, and most of all, likes to work with people. If that sounds like you, then there is a career for you in cosmetology, esthesian, or as a barber. North Carolina has plenty of hair dressing and cosmetology schools, both private and at the North Carolina Community College branches.
The basic hairdressing program includes:
- Coloring, highlighting, and styling techniques
- Basic skin care and hair care
- Color, highlights, texture services
- Basic business development
- Retail sales and accounting
If you want additional instruction to compliment the hair styling, you could add nail technology, or barber college, massage, business and administration, or teaching. The fields of hair design, hair dressing and barbering all share a common goal, and that is to make the client look as good as possible with unique hair design.
When a student has completed all of their educational hours, and their intern hours, then they will graduate from that school. The next step is to take the North Carolina Board Certification Exam, and when you pass, you are eligible to be hired as a hair stylist in this state.
In North Carolina, a student coming right out of cosmetology school will make around $21,000 – $23,000; this includes tips and taxes. As the hair stylist gains experience, the potential to make more money is increased. After you are released from the college you attended, the level at which you cut your client’s hair will be up to you. There are many magazines, DVD’s and hair design shows that will enhance your skills. Hair dressing is one career that will keep you continually improving to meet your clientele’s needs.
For more information on licensure in North Carolina:
North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners
1201 Front St #110
Raleigh, NC 27609-7533