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Why Become a Cosmetologist?


It’s definitely more than a career…it’s a passion.

The beauty business is filled with fresh, new ideas every day to provide you with the creative incentive to improve your skills and build your clientele’.

Ask certified cosmetologists about why they chose their careers and you’ll hear over and over, “I’ve always loved working with hair and make-up” or “it makes me feel extremely satisfied to help people feel good about themselves.”

One cosmetologist at Zen Salon in Colorado Springs shared, “It all started when I was in 8th grade and I created an up-do during a sleepover at a friend’s house. I knew then and there I’d become a hairstylist.” However, it took an attempt at a community college education and several hourly jobs before she finally admitted it was time to simply make the call. And sorry if this sounds cliché, but it changed her life.

8 Reasons Why You Should Attend Cosmetology School

Reason #1: Freedom of an Entrepreneur

Work when you want, as much as you want and determine if weekdays and/or weekends fit your schedule. As a licensed stylist, you’re an entrepreneur working to build your own business. You get to decide how to build a successful business.

Reason#2: You May Build Your Own Schedule

Some stylists prefer to begin working in the afternoon to catch clients during their lunch break. Others like booking appointments with their clients after normal business hours, so they can enjoy the day, doing whatever they please while helping their clients in the evening. When you work in a salon, you can set the schedule that is best-suited for your needs. Do you have a young child that requires you to be home during the day? You have the freedom to do so as a licensed stylist.

Reason #3: Your Income Reflects Your Work

When you’re working as a stylist, the amount and type of work you do in the salon has a direct, often immediate, affect on your income. In addition, you set your prices for your services, so the more clients you help, the more money you can make.

Reason #4: Your Creativity Gets a Chance to Shine

Each client has their own unique look, and you get to help them maintain it or even ramp it up with new and original styles. They give you a lot of control over how they’re perceived by the people who see them. This can be both exciting and challenging to your creative senses.

Reason #5: You may Work with Celebrities

While this isn’t the reason to begin a career in cosmetology, the bottom line is you never know where you’ll end up in this industry. It’s possible to start working in a salon to learn the latest cutting-edge techniques and then move on to working with music personalities, actors, politicians and other people in the public eye.

Reason #6: Opportunity for Earning Commissions

Not only do you control your income by the amount and type of work you do for your clients; you may increase your earnings by getting paid commissions for hair care and beauty products that you encourage your clients to purchase. Your clients need these products anyway. Why not buy them while they’re at the salon? If a new product comes out that would be perfect for one of your customers, simply suggest it to them and you may make a commission for the sale.

Reason #7: You Want To Avoid Working in an Office

This is probably your worst nightmare; sitting at the same desk day-after-day dealing with boredom in Corporate America. When you become a stylist, you effectively avoid the office setting. You work in a salon with other motivated stylists on a schedule that suits your personality.

Reason #8: You Enjoy Talking with People

Every day is different. Each client will have new stories whenever they visit. If you enjoy speaking with interesting people, you’ll definitely enjoy your career as a cosmetologist.  You may find yourself becoming friends with many of your clients. In fact, talking with people is a major part of your job!

Today’s Take-Away:

Sometimes a new hairstyle can make the difference between a good day and a really great day. For some, it can even be life-changing.  Now imagine making that happen not just once but over and over again.  Not many people go home at the end of a hard day and get to say, “I changed someone’s life today.”

IntelliTec College offers classes and hands-on training for the Cosmetology Program offered in Grand Junction and Pueblo. The Professional Certificate program is designed to be completed in 15 months.