Cosmetology FAQs

You’ve probably known people who studied cosmetology and heard the word more than once, but do you know what it actually means? Cosmetology is much more than cutting and coloring hair. If you’re passionate about all things beauty and have interest in a cosmetology career, read on!

Brunette woman getting a haircut.

What is Cosmetology?

Cosmetology is a profession that involves beautifying the face, skin, hair, and nails. When you study cosmetology, the education extends far beyond hair cutting. You can learn skills like facials and other skin care treatments, hair coloring and styling, waxing, and makeup application. Whether you have a love for makeup or an interest in skin care, you have the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills in the cosmetology program of study at Elevate Salon Institute, Royal Oak.

How Do I Become a Cosmetologist?

According to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, to become a licensed cosmetologist you must:

  • Be at least 17 years of age.
  • Complete no less than 1,500 hours of cosmetology training in a licensed school of cosmetology.
  • Have an education equivalent to the completion of 9th grade.

Blonde nail technician gives a manicure.

Where Can I Work as a Cosmetologist?

As a licensed cosmetologist, you could potentially work in a variety of careers. These include:

    • Salon employee
    • Salon owner
    • Makeup artist
    • Salon manager
    • Nail technician
    • Hairstylist
    • Editorial stylist
    • Cosmetology educator
    • Stylist for film or theater

    Why Become a Cosmetologist?

    If you want a fun, dynamic work environment where you can do what you love, cosmetology can be a great option. It’s also a great chance to be creative while following your passion for hair, makeup, and fashion. Cosmetology is a good career choice for those who don’t want to work in an office. You can be up and moving and get to meet people from a variety of backgrounds. It can also be an efficient route to personal growth, as our program of study takes 1,500 hours to complete.

    Young brunette woman gets her makeup done by a red-haired makeup artist.

    How Do I Get Started?

    Ready to start pursuing what you love? Check out our cosmetology program today! Contact us now for more information about admissions and enrollment. We’d love to talk with you and answer any questions you might have.

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