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Cosmetology is a broad term used in the beauty industry. According some authors the cosmetology defines as "the study or art in cosmetics and their use".

When a school proposes a program in cosmetology, it usually concerns to the study of hair styling, skin care, nail care, makeup, chemical hair relaxing, manicures and pedicures, acrylic, gel and fiberglass artificial nails and disorder, massage, facials, salon business, and hair removal.

For a cosmetology professional every person presents a unique challenge. For example, the kind of blush work a makeup artist carries out will depend on the shape of the client's face: a round face will require a fair amount of contouring while someone with well-defined cheekbones will only need to emphasize this attribute.


You will require from 1,600 to 1,800 hours to finish this program. Some states will admit a certain number of apprenticeship hours as an option to attending a school.

Work hours are usually a 40-hour workweek, however overtime or split shifts may be required for some corporations.

Job opportunities

The most of cosmetology professionals who perform all aspects of the Cosmetology Profession works in a salon or spa. You can be self-employed by renting or by owning your own salon. Placement such as cosmetology instructor or make-up artist may be got after additional education. Work hours can usually be set to fit anyone's schedule due to the flexibility of the job.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics covers a rosy employment picture with solid job opportunities and strong industry growth expected through 2016.


The salary ranges from $2,000-$5,000 per month. It will depend of many factors, as: the size and location of the salon, hours worked, tipping habits of your customers and competition from other salons in your area.

Fringe benefits may comprise medical and life insurance, retirement plan, paid vacations and holidays, sick leave, among others.


Note that good health and resistance are essential for this program, because a cosmetology professional is on their feet for most of their shift. Prolonged exposure to some hair and nail chemicals may produce irritation, so protective clothing, such as plastic gloves or aprons, may be worn.

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