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Maybe appearances shouldn’t matter, but they do. We all want to look good: to look fitter, smarter, younger, and more attractive. And of course for special occasions, like job interviews or that first date, we want to look a million dollars. Other people judge us on how we look, and looking your best (or not) can make all the difference to your self-confidence.

Cosmetology is the art of helping people look the way they want through hairstyling and other beauty treatments. A cosmetologist needs not only great haircutting and styling skills, they also need to understand peoples’ personal aspirations about how they want to look.

If you would like to work in cosmetology you will need some training. Cosmetology requires a high degree of technical skill as well as a lot of personal charm (and sometimes tact).

The requirements vary by State, but in general you follow your high school diploma with a program at cosmetology or vocational school. You may also have to complete a period of apprenticeship. You can learn not just about hairstyling, but about manicures and make-up as well. You will also learn how to use chemicals safely.

Your training will give you plenty of job opportunities in the busy cosmetology industry. You may work in a salon as a hair-stylist, manicurist, or make-up advisor. You will also find opportunities to work in the sale and marketing of cosmetology products if you want to try something different.

Publish date: February 10, 2011