As for me…
I’m really creative. A business minded person, "self-starter" you could say, and I love people. I also want to move to either New York or Las Vegas (have lived in the suburbs of Chicago all my life and want to move on)…would this be a good description for a hairstylist? College is boring me half to death…should I just go to cosmetology school?
For example, here in WA you would have you to go to a licensed school such as Gene Juarez, Gary Manuel, Cascade Beauty College or a dozen others. I would reccomend checking out the Beauty Schools Directory for more information on that.
On a different note, really consider if this is something that you want to do! A talented stylist with an established clientel can make very good money. Some of the girls I know working in regular salons (not high end, but not Supercuts either) can pull in $200-$300 in tips on a good day. Plus they make their standard wages on top of that. Another thing to check out, is if your state pays regular wages to professions that accept tips. A lot of states, such as New York, allow people who make tips to be a given a lower wage.
Being a Cosmetologist is EXTREMELY taxing on your body. If you became one, you’d probably be fine for awhile but the repetitive motions and standing all day can cause serious problems for your body. Most stylists develop arthritis, nerve damage, and many other problems with their hands, arms, back, and legs. One of the things that kind of made me shy away from salon work was the manager I have at Ed Wyse Beauty Supply who had to have 5 surgeries in 14 years because her body couldn’t take it.
Think about your lifestyle. Do you smoke? Do you eat healthy? Do you drink/party a lot? Do you excercise regularly? Are you over/underweight? All of these things will effect the longevity of your career should you become a stylist.
If you love people, that’s great and I’m sure you’d be able to do a good job with your customers but really think about what you’re getting into because while cosmetology can be rewarding, it is a tough job.
Another thing to think about, is where you see yourself further down the road because being a stylist full time is not a career you should try to retire with. In order to be successful with this, you would really want to consider opening your own salon some day or working for a company where there is growth past working the floor for 40 hours a week.
Being a stylist is a very rewarding career. You meet lots of people, make good money, and you do something that is fun, artistic and one of the leading jobs in the beauty industry. Stylists are ALWAYS in demand, and you will always have a skill that will put cash in the bank. I wish you the best of luck with your decision. Oh yeah, and Las Vegas is an excellent place to be a stylist because that’s where most companies hold their hair shows and education. Tigi had their World Premier there just last month in Mandelay Bay.
This problem has effected raises, promotions and just the fact of aquiring employment in the first place.
Also, the pollution is terrible. It’s one of the worst areas in the nation for pollution. And we want to get to a cleaner enviornment.
Anyone who has lived in Pahrump or are currently living there, please give us an overall view.
Good or bad, we want to have to truth. No sugar coating, just facts.
Thanks to all in advance.
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