How to Become a Hair Stylist

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Becoming a hair stylist involves completing a certain number of hours of classes and hands-on work, some of which revolve around other beauty categories like skin care. Complete beauty school to become an official hair stylist with help from a state-certified cosmetologist and hair stylist in this free video on the beauty industry.

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Hi my name is Lisa. I am a hairstylist in Wilmington, North Carolina and I'm here to talk about how to become a hairstylist. Well you either go to a community college program which is like a semi-academic program. You have to take, perhaps, some credits that aren't related to hair. But it kind of makes you a more well-rounded hairstylist to talk to clients and stuff like that. Or you can go to a private school and just do straight hairstyling. And usually you'll take between 1,200 and 1,500 hours. That's on the floor. What it translates to is about an entire year of full time work that you actually pay to do. So when you get done with all that you have a required number of roller sets, chemicals, colors, straighteners, relaxers, perms. Some programs you have to do facials, nails. So you'll learn a little bit about skin care, a little bit about pedicures, manicures. Some artificial nails. It's kind of interesting. And then you'll do a lot of roller sets. At the end of your training you'll go sit for the state board of cosmetology in your state. During which time you will practice all the techniques and things that you learned during school. As well as take a very lengthy two or three hour written test. At which time you will be very grateful that you passed your exam and you hold a license to practice cosmetology in your state. And that's where the real work begins. So that is how you become a cosmetologist.

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