(Closed) Calling all cosmetology bees!

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

It is long hours and the cost is very high. People sign up for Cosmo school thinking its easy and that they’ll make money right away… The school I went to wasn’t easy and I didn’t start making real money for a couple years! If you’re planning on using this to put you through another program later I’d skip it

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

I took it when I was about 19. I went to college right after high school and hated my program and decided that I love makeup so I wanted to go into cosmetology. I found the schooling super easy (I graduated with a 98% at the end of it) because I’ve been interested in it my whole life. However, it was expensive to take and the payoff wasn’t worth it for me. The job I got after paid little over minimum wage and the tips didn’t make up for it either, plus I hated touching other people – I guess I was too stupid to think about that being part of the job. I think I lasted 6 months in that job before changing and doing something else.

Having said all of that – I did really enjoy the schooling and even though it was long hours, the program itself was enough to keep me interested and motivated.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@ms.melli:  This depends on your state’s number of hours required for completion, the school you choose, their program options, and your dedication. (ie the more days you take off from school, the longer you will stretch out your program and training.)

I completed an esthetics program at a beauty school. It required long hours and a LOT of work. Full time programs at my school – for all courses (cosmetology, esthetics, barber, etc.) – were Tuesday through Saturday, 8AM-5PM. It was a pretty standard full time work schedule, and took cosmetologists at least a year to complete their program. It was also very expensive, starting at about $18,000 if you went full time, more if you opted for the part-time program. (Not to mention you end up spending hundreds+ more out of pocket for additional training, tools, products, and testing and licensing fees.)

Do a lot of research on the potential school/program you enroll in, and make sure that the tuition won’t bite you in the ass. I’ve got friends that received their cosmetology licenses the same time I received my esthetics license, and they’re not even close to paying off their students loans + interest.

Honestly, this really has to be something you’re passionate about to make it worth your while (and money!!!!). While it is definitely possible to successfully complete a cosmetology program with a child, you’ll need to weigh your options as far as childcare and finances are concerned.

Best of luck!

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I took a 2 year Cosmetics program, it was Mon-Fri full days. It was a lot of work, plus the time outside of school hours doing volunteer hours for practice and such. It wasn’t an easy program, but it was a lot of fun. 

With a 4 month old baby I would imagine your hands would be very full. BUT anything is possible.

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