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What Does a Cosmetologist Do?

Are you thinking about starting a career and want to look at your options. Perhaps someone suggested you try to get certified in cosmetology but you really don't know what that means. Well here is a brief explanation below.

cosmetologist noun cos·​me·​tol·​o·​gist ˌkäz-mə-ˈtä-lə-jist

: a person licensed to provide cosmetic treatments to the hair, skin, and nails : one trained in cosmetology : BEAUTICIAN

Cosmetology is the professional practice or skill of beautifying the skin, hair, and nails. Cosmetologists could be anything from a hair stylist or makeup artist for celebrities to your local nail technician; the opportunities are endless!

Cosmetologists offer services related to beauty, grooming and personal care. This includes things like:

  • Haircuts, styling and coloring

  • Weaves or extensions

  • Nail art or maintenance

  • Skincare and makeup

  • Spa treatments

Most cosmetologists have a specific area that they focus on, but some choose to work in more than one area.

2. Where Can a Cosmetologist Work?

You’ll have a variety of options, such as:

  • Privately owned spas and salons

  • Chain salons found in malls or shopping centers

  • Cruise ships and resorts

  • Senior-living facilities

  • Film or television studios, theater companies or music productions

  • Manage your own salon or booth that you either rent or operate out of your home


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