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Readers Respond: The Real Life of a Cosmetologist

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When choosing a career, it is helpful to get information about it from those who actually work in the occupation one is considering. Please share information about your career as a cosmetologist so that those thinking of entering this field can make an informed decision.

  1. Describe what you do as a cosmetologist?
  2. What do you like about being a cosmetologist? What don't you like about it?
  3. With the proper training, how easy or difficult is it for someone to get an entry level job as a cosmetologist?
  4. Overall, are you happy you became a cosmetologist? Why or why not?

student

I believe being a stylist is more than just being a "stylist." I enjoy being a student but it does take a lot of work. You cant expect to have everything handed to you but I am very amazed what you learn on nails, skin, and hair. So much!
—Guest Linda

yeya

OMG I love doing nails. It is so fun and just doing what I love makes it even better.
—Guest leslie hercules

cosmetology

Being a stylist is a hard job! It is both physically and emotionally exhausting. It is never a thankless job though. You are one of the most trusted people in your client's life. Many people are more afraid to lose their stylist than their physician. I love this job and I greatly exceed the salary amounts on this page.
—Guest toni

Agree.!! x's 2

I started out in my home doing hair at the age of 12. I'm 18 now and I'm still in high school. I work in my cousin's shop and I love my job. Cosmetology is something that I would recommend to anyone who loves to work with their hands and with people.
—Guest bree

hairdresser

i love my job. i love cutting hair and doing people's hair for special occasions.
—Guest lindy

cosmetologist

i have been doing this for about 10 years. i have never regretted my career choice. how much i make is based on me and my level of skill and my motivation. nothing in this job is handed to you. it is work. however, it requires creativity and gentleness when dealing with the public. NEVER A DULL MOMENT.
—Guest paige

Stylist

It is a job that is both wonderful and hard. There is much opportunity to make money as you build clients. I make on average $90 a day in tips alone. Add salary and commission and it is not too bad. The downside is the strain on your body. Carpal tunnel, wrist strain, back problems are all real possibilities. To me not a long time career choice, but if you love people it is a fun and rewarding job.
—Guest Chris

why i love being a cosmetologist?

the reason why i love being a cosmetologist because i help people out with their hair problems and i love the company i get and i get payed good money.
—Guest twanisha

Agree!!

I agree with jacqui, it's very hard at start, but when you have built a clientele ...wow!! You have a wonderful, creative way to spend your day, and I agree, I make a lot more than quoted... However ... Make saving for retirement a priority early on....ESP if you plan to work for yourself!!
—Guest Grace

Fresh out of school

I just recently got out of school and got licensed and I am making almost double what the average cosmetologist makes by just doing acrylic nails and nail art. I work at a very busy nail salon and I make almost $30 an hour on a good day. On bad days it's normally about $15. This is an exciting, always changing career.
—Guest Alie

Curious

I'm thinking about going to school to be a hair stylist but after reading this and it only being about twelve dollars an hour... makes me re-think. It is something I'd love to do but I'm also going to have to make a living...
—Guest Josie

nail designer

i love doing nails and my clients love the way i do them .. they trust me enough to tell me "do you have any new designs" and as soon as i say yes they tell me okay lets see it !!:) they're always excited to see and they know it's gonna come out pretty! i love that feeling when they tell me all my co-worker loved my nails so i recommended them to you.
—Guest destiny

stylist

Being a stylist is a hard job! It is both physically and emotionally exhausting. It is never a thankless job though. You are one of the most trusted people in your client's life. Many people are more afraid to lose their stylist than their physician. I love this job and I greatly exceed the salary amounts on this page.
—Guest jacqui
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