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Cosmetology

Advisory Job Shadow
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Alicia Andrews

on 2 February 2013

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Cosmetology Alicia Andrews Cosmetology is the professional skill or practice of beautifying the face, hair, and skin Cosmetology first started from the first human being to become self-conscious. So others would try to help them by smearing ash under their eyes, or by smearing their bodies with animal urine, so their smell would be different. These practices led to cosmetic ideas like as eyeliner and perfume. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, cosmetologists must graduate from a 1 or 2-year program. The BLS also says that the school an aspiring cosmetologist attends must be state-licensed. Cosmetologists have to pass a licensing examination administered by a state board of cosmetology as well. The 1 or 2-year program must be from a beauty school, or a community college that offers cosmetology classes and certificates. A two year Associates degree or above is not required. Benefits of being a cosmetologist include: Making people feel better about themselves, the ability to learn about beauty trends before most others do, having the possibility of making your own schedule, building new friendships with clients, and more. The job site I was at is called Hairworks Salon; It is located in Vancouver, Washington. The environment was very inviting and clean. The area neighboring HairWorks Salon was also nice, many small businesses surround it and it all looks very friendly. The outside of the job site was a soft yellow color, and very small; it looked like it used to be somebody’s home. Inside HairWorks Salon is also very small, but I believe it makes the clients feel more comfortable. This is Sarah Jurgens, the cosmetologist I shadowed. She is a very fun, friendly person to be around, and she was open to any questions I had. As there are different fields of cosmetology, the salaries vary. For someone just doing hair in a salon, the average annual salary is about $40-45,000. Salon owners salaries range from about $40,000 to $80,000 but a successful salon can make more. Higher salaries are usually a result of experience, location, and specialization. Bibliography:

Scuhurman, Aysha. "A Brief History of Cosmetology." N.p., n.d. Web.

"Cosmetology Careers and Cosmetology Education Information." What Is Cosmetology? N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Dec. 2012.

"History of Cosmetology." History of Cosmetology. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Dec. 2012.

Jurgens, Sarah. "Job Shadow." Personal interview. 13 Oct. 2012. Sarah mentioned that it can be difficult to establish a clientele. A few ways to build and keep a clientele are: Building a website for your salon services and promoting the site through social media, promote your services at community events like trade shows and holiday events, and host an open house at the salon to attract new customers. Questions and Answers from Sarah: Did you get a job right after you finished beauty school?
I worked at an apprenticeship salon to get hands on experience of what it would actually be like. I worked at 22 Changes for 7 years and eventually made $14 an hour. I decided that I needed a change, and moved on to a real salon, called Julians. What do you like pros and cons of your job? The best thing about my job is seeing people smile and making them feel beautiful, it makes you feel good. I can wake up everyday and be excited to go to work, not everyone is that lucky. The negative things about my job are the health risks. With using your hands all day you are at a higher risk to get carpul tunnel. I also stand all day, which hurts my feet and my back, you just have to make sure you take good care of yourself. Another thing I learned the hard way is to separate your work and personal life. A lot of people will come in, and talk to you about your problems, which is okay, as long as you aren't getting involved or talking about it outside of work, that can cause a lot of drama. What are your normal hours? Monday through Friday I work from 10am to 7pm, then on Saturday I work from 8am to 6pm.
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