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All states require barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists to be licensed. To qualify for a license, candidates are required to graduate from a state-approved cosmetology program.Education
A high school diploma or equivalent is required for some positions. In addition, every state requires that barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists complete a program in a state-licensed barber or cosmetology school. Programs in hairstyling, skin care, and other personal appearance services are available in postsecondary vocational schools.
Full-time programs in barbering and cosmetology usually last at least 9 months and may lead to an associate’s degree. Most of these workers take advanced courses in hairstyling or in other personal appearance services to keep up with the latest trends. Those who want to open their own business also may take courses in sales and marketing.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists must obtain a license in order to work. Qualifications for a license vary by state, but generally, a person must fulfill the following criteria:
After graduating from a state-approved training program, students take a state licensing exam that includes a written test and, in some cases, a practical test of styling skills or an oral exam.
In many states, cosmetology training may be credited toward a barbering license and vice versa, and a few states combine the two licenses. A fee usually is required to apply for a license, and periodic renewals may be necessary.
Some states have reciprocity agreements that allow licensed barbers and cosmetologists to get a license in another state without needing additional formal training or state board testing, but such agreements are not common. Consequently, people who want to work in a particular state should review the laws of that state before entering a training program.Important Qualities
Creativity. Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists must keep up with the latest trends and be ready to try new hairstyles for their clients.
Customer-service skills. Workers must be pleasant, friendly, and able to interact with customers in order to retain clients.
Listening skills. Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists should be good listeners. They must listen carefully to what the client wants in order to make sure that the client is happy with the result.
Physical stamina. Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists must be able to stand on their feet for long periods.
Tidiness. Workers must keep a neat personal appearance and keep their work area clean and sanitary. This requirement is necessary for the health and safety of their clients and for making clients comfortable enough so that they will want to return.
Time-management skills. Time-management skills are important in scheduling appointments and providing services. For example, routine haircuts do not require the precise timing of some other services, such as applying neutralizer after a permanent wave. Clients who receive timely hair care are more likely to return.
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Hispanic or Latino10.8%
Black or African American0.6%
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Empire Beauty School28.9%
Regency Beauty Institute12.3%
University of Phoenix11.1%
Paul Mitchell-The School7.8%
The Beauty School3.3%
Southern New Hampshire University2.8%
Houston Community College2.1%
Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater2.1%
Douglas J Aveda Institute2.1%
All Beauty College2.0%
Grand Canyon University2.0%
Sacramento City College1.9%
Trident Technical College1.8%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Hair Stylist/Dresser||Cutler Soho LLC||New York, NY||Feb 15, 2010||$50,000|
|Hair Stylist||Cutler Soho LLC||New York, NY||Feb 15, 2010||$50,000|
|Hair Stylist||Cutler Soho LLC||New York, NY||Mar 01, 2014||$45,000|
|Hair Stylist||Cutler Soho LLC||New York, NY||Mar 01, 2010||$45,000 -
|Hair Stylist||Cutler Soho LLC||New York, NY||Nov 01, 2016||$45,000|
|Hair Stylist||Cutler Soho LLC||New York, NY||Aug 20, 2012||$45,000 -
|Hair Stylist||Cutler Soho LLC||New York, NY||Mar 01, 2012||$45,000 -
|Hair Stylist||Pyrametrics LTC Inc., D/B/A John Dellaria Salon||New York, NY||Apr 09, 2008||$40,000|
|Hair Stylist||Charlie Jeong Hair, LLC||Palisades Park, NJ||Jun 13, 2016||$39,173|
|Hair Stylist||Mingle New York, Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 20, 2015||$39,042|
|Senior Hair Stylist||Odonata Ltd||New York, NY||Mar 30, 2016||$39,042|
|Senior Hair Stylist||Odonata Ltd||New York, NY||Feb 25, 2016||$39,042|
|Hair Stylist||D&R Vie En Famille, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jun 14, 2016||$38,189|
|Hair Stylist||T & J Gawisori Hair Shop, Inc.||Hoffman Estates, IL||May 10, 2012||$32,700|
|Hair Stylist||P J & E, Inc.||Niles, IL||Jan 27, 2012||$32,698|
|Hair Stylist||P J & E, Inc.||Niles, IL||Apr 27, 2011||$32,698|
|Hair Stylist||Isabelle Goetz||Washington, DC||Oct 14, 2014||$32,552|
|Hairdressers, Hair-Stylists & Cosmetologists||Kenny's Hair Salon||Arlington, VA||Oct 10, 2008||$32,328|
|Hair Stylist/Colorist||Eliaho Corp.T/A Amour de Hair||New York, NY||May 17, 2016||$31,949|
|Hair Stylist||Polaris Hair Studio.LLC||New York, NY||Sep 12, 2012||$31,500|
|Hair Stylist||Polaris Hair Studio.LLC||New York, NY||Oct 16, 2014||$31,500|
|Hair Stylist||Ashtin Salon Inc.||Del Mar, CA||May 19, 2016||$27,893|
|Hair Stylist||Royal Party Corporation||Pasadena, CA||Jul 10, 2016||$27,518|
|Hair Stylist||Epoch USA Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Jul 21, 2016||$27,518|
|Hair Stylist||International Salon Group, Inc.||Beverly Hills, CA||Nov 21, 2016||$27,518|
|Hair Stylist||Queenshair||Buena Park, CA||Feb 08, 2016||$27,456|
|Hair Stylist||Epoch USA Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Jan 22, 2015||$27,456|
|Hair Stylist||Brain Group USA, Inc.||Costa Mesa, CA||Apr 20, 2016||$27,456|
|Hair Stylist||AFM Chicago Venture||Glenview, IL||Nov 04, 2010||$26,915|
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