Cosmotology School for Hair and Makeup?

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
811 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Farm

mgrd7531 :  I thnk its a good idea. I have my cosmetology license and what people may fail to understand is a lot of people go to beauty schools on a regular basis to get their hair done. The students who have the most credit hours are the ones on the floor doing hair and you would be surpised at the amount of talent the students have already. So I say go for it. Make sure you get the same person each time which is something that you can also request. I used to have a lot of repeat clients. Most students already know how to do hair before they even decide to go to school and have been doing it for a while. All they are doing is getting more experience, proper training, techniques, and credit hours to pass the States exam to become licensed.

Post # 3
3541 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 29th, 2016

mgrd7531 :  When I was in cosmetology school, we did some pretty great styles on the senior floor. A few bridal parties came in and a lot of high schoolers for proms and other dances, so I don’t think it’s a bad idea! Also, my friend got her eye makeup done at Sephora on her wedding day and then I did her foundation and blush around it, so that as additional savings for her. 

Post # 4
3065 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

mgrd7531 :  If its a strict budget and its a student vs your Maid/Matron of Honor, I would say go for it. However I would tell the school it is for your wedding so they give you someone good/experienced hopefully close to graduating. Good idea with the trial!!!

Post # 5
1773 posts
Buzzing bee

I think if you’re comfortable with it, it’s a good idea to fit your budget.

My only cautions would be to very, very clear what you want, bring in a lot of good photos of both hair and makeup. Take pictures of the finished looks both hair and makeup once you’re satisfied, this is your reference for day of. Make sure they get photos from lots of angles. Be prepared to try multiple students to get the right ones for you, like any class there will be the ones who excel and the ones who are just scraping by. You won’t know which end of the spectrum yours is until you get your trial. 

Also allow a lot more time than normal for your hair and makeup. A student isn’t going to be as fast as a professional and can often take twice as long, due to their lack of experience and they haven’t had time to build up their skills with repetition yet. They may also need time to fix small issues day of. They’re students it’s highly likely that they will have a small error day of, they aren’t going to be able to recover like a professional yet, you’ll need to be aware of that and understand that.  

Post # 6
6999 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Just go in for a trial close to your wedding day. Make sure the student doing your hair will still be a student and available the day of your wedding. There’s always going to be an instructor or supervisor on the floor to oversee the students so worst case scenerio they can take over if you are really unhappy.

I think if it’s between having the school do it or DIY by a friend, I’d go with the school. Like someone else mentioned above I would make sure you allow yourself quite an extra buffer on the day of your wedding when it comes to time. A student isn’t going to be as fast and proficient as someone who has been doing this for years. They’ll likely take their time the process will be very slow.

My SIL used a friend who was in cosmotology school for her wedding day hair (it was just her, no bridal party). It took FOREVER. The lady was soooo painfully slow I didn’t think she would finish in time for the ceremony!


Post # 7
11744 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

Frankly, I think this will work out a lot better or be more reliably good than using someone at a make up counter. 

My good friend gets her hair done at the Vidal school – it always looks great.

You’ll be a beautiful bride.

Post # 8
9733 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

I used to work at a school for a long time and had two of my girls who had graduated do my hair and makeup. 

Post # 9
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I get my hair done all the time at beauty schools!  I love their work and I go for price because budgets are real.  Go for a trial the week of the wedding and you should be fine! 

Post # 10
1013 posts
Bumble bee

You say you have had your hair done at the school before and loved it, so I think it’s safe to go ahead!

For anyone else reading this and wondering about it, my personal advice would be to get some haircuts befrehand to try it out and see if you like it first. My experiences have been that it takes much longer than popping into a salon, and the quality is highly dependent on which student is doing your hair that day. There have been times I went, and I got fantastic results because the student was awesome and attentive. Other times….not so much, when the student would rather go off and gab with friends, and was just trying to get me out of the chair as soon as possible. 

Post # 11
152 posts
Blushing bee

I would say go for it when i was in cosmetology the teacher would always be close by and ready to help if anybody needed it or messed up

Post # 12
3036 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I didn’t do it for my wedding, but I used to get my hair cut at my local beauty school with great results! My advice is to make sure you budget your time, though. The girls I had do my hair took a lot longer than a more experienced stylist. 

Post # 13
3837 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

If you have a trial with the same student who will do it on the day, why not?

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