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Cosmetology includes the study of hairstyles, hair care, skin care, and cosmetics. Most cosmetologists offer a wide range of beauty services such as shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling of hair. They may advise clients on caring for their hair at home. Cosmetologists may also give manicures, pedicures, facial treatments; provide makeup analysis, and style wigs and hairpieces. Their focus is to help clients look and feel their best.


The ancient Egyptians were very interested in hairstyling and cosmetics. Ancient Greeks and Romans also used hair straightening techniques and hair curling as well as cosmetics to enhance their appearance. The ancient Chinese believed beautiful nails were important. Cosmetics and beautiful hairstyles were part of the art of the geishas in Japan.

Hollywood had a big influence on the interest in hairstyling and makeup during the past century. The National Cosmetology Association was established in 1921 in the United States and is the world's largest organization of its kind.

Current/Future Situation

There are more than 615,000 cosmetologists currently working in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-2009 Edition, employment growth is expected to be about 12% through 2016. This growth will primarily be a result of an increasing population and from the growing demand for personal appearance services.

Career Descriptions/Places to Work

Most cosmetologists work in beauty salons. Some are found in nail salons, day and resort spas, and nursing care homes. There are some jobs in theater and retail stores. About 46% of all cosmetologists are self-employed. Many own their own salons. Work schedules usually vary depending on the needs of the clients.

According to the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences, the average income for a salon professional in the United States is approximately $30,000 to $48,000 per year.

Day in the Life

A cosmetologist who owns her own salon usually starts her day making sure everything is clean and in order before her clients arrive. She may take inventory of supplies as well as checking the records of the clients who have appointments that day. When her client first arrives, she consults with her about what services are required. They may decide on a new hairstyle, a new color, or a new product to try. The cosmetologist talks calmly with the client and helps her to relax and enjoy the service. The cosmetologist usually has several clients each day all having different needs. It is very rewarding to enhance the appearance of people and help them look and feel better.

Graduate/Professional Quote

"Love of beauty is Taste. The creation of beauty is Art." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Stat/Fact/Tip of the Day

All states require cosmetologists to be licensed. Most require graduation from an approved cosmetology school as well as passing a licensing examination.

Even in tough times, people want to feel good about themselves and how they look.

Good social and communication skills and the desire to help people are necessary to succeed in this profession.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-2009 Edition

National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences

National Cosmetology Association website