So you think you know everything there is about beauty school? We hope you’ve been doing your research (or you’ve checked out our other beauty blog posts) but there’s a chance you still believe one or two myths that are floating around. Let’s nip those in the bud and bust some beauty school myths!
MYTH 1: YOU CAN’T GET FINANCIAL AID
You may think that financial aid is only available to students who attend four year universities, but that’s not the case. Federal loans and grants are available to students who attend accredited beauty schools, and many organizations offer scholarships for trade and tech schools. VICI Beauty School even has a Financial Aid department to help beauty school students obtain financial aid.
MYTH 2: YOUR CAREER OPTIONS ARE LIMITED
A career as a hair dresser isn’t your only option after graduating beauty school. There are tons of career options in the beauty industry! You can work as a makeup artist, a special effects artist, a lash technician, an esthetician, a brow artist, a platform artist, a brand educator, a beauty blogger, and more. Some careers require addition certification or training, but it goes to show that there are way more options for beauty school grads beyond cutting hair.
MYTH 3: YOU’LL NEVER MAKE ENOUGH MONEY AS A COSMETOLOGIST
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the highest 10 percent of cosmetologists earned more than $23.58 per hour. Cosmetologists earn income based on how hard they work. If you’re marketing yourself, promoting your services, encouraging referrals and giving your clients amazing hair, you’ll do great!
MYTH 4: BEAUTY SCHOOL IS SUPER EASY
We’ve heard that beauty school is for people who just want to slack off but still get a career. Trust us – it’s not. Students study anatomy, physiology chemistry and more. There’s a lot of book work, homework, science and practice. We cannot stress that last part enough. There’s a lot of practice! You don’t get good at bridal updos or beautiful ombres overnight. It can get frustrating to do the same service over and over on a mannequin head, but it’s the only way to get good. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it!
MYTH 5: IT’S TOO HARD TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL
Going back to school seems intimidating if you’ve been out of school for a few years. It’s not impossible, though, and beauty school is a great option for non-traditional students because it only takes a year. We have lots of students who decided to enroll in school years after their high school graduation. If you need help coming up with a schedule or you need advice, our Admissions department would be happy to chat.