Many of today's most talented hairstylists, makeup artists, and estheticians learned their skills by attending beauty school. For this reason, you may be considering obtaining a beauty school education if you would like to work in one of these fields or provide another beauty-related service.
However, you may have heard some myths about beauty schools that make you apprehensive about attending.
Read on to learn about three common beauty school myths and the facts about these topics.
1. Myth: No Grants or Scholarships Are Available for Beauty School Students
Many aspiring cosmetology students believe that grants and scholarships for beauty school students are rare or non-existent. However, if you attend a beauty school accredited by The National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences (NACCAS), you can obtain the same government loans and grants that students attending accredited colleges and universities can.
You can determine how much government student aid you qualify for by filling out a free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Depending on your current income, you may qualify for a Pell grant that you do not have to repay and/or government student loans.
2. Myth: You Can Obtain Most Beauty Licenses Without Going to Beauty School
Now that so many beauty tutorials are available online, some potential beauty school students make the mistake of dedicating themselves to learning to cut hair, apply makeup, or perform other beauty tasks on their own and then learning that they cannot obtain a license in their field of study unless they attend an official beauty school.
To obtain beauty licenses in most states, you must first complete a required number of training hours in the field at an accredited beauty school. While some states will allow some students to apply for a state license after performing an apprenticeship at a salon, students learning through apprenticeship must log many more hours of training before they can apply for their beauty licenses.
3. Myth: All Beauty Schools Teach the Same Curriculum
Some aspiring beauticians decide not to attend beauty school at all when they check out the curriculum that one local school offers and realize they will not be taught the specific beauty task they would like to perform. While cosmetology schools strive to offer a well-rounded curriculum that meets the state's requirements, other beauty school types teach additional beauty skills.
For example, at a cosmetology school, you may learn how to cut, color, and perm hair; perform a manicure and pedicure; perform popular skincare treatments, including facials; and even apply eyelash extensions. However, you can instead attend an esthetician school if you would like to learn how to perform a variety of skin treatments alone or a permanent makeup school if you would instead like to learn this skill.
Beauticians are in high demand today as men and women are obtaining more beauty treatments than ever. Keep these beauty school myths and facts in mind as you decide if beauty school is right for you. To learn more, check out a beauty school in your area.