A career in cosmetology can be exciting and rewarding. You get to meet people from all walks of life and every day is just a little different from the day before. But long before you get behind the chair as a fully licensed and employed cosmetologist, you’ll need to survive beauty school! Do you think you have what it takes?
Here is some advice from those going through it right now, along with words of wisdom from our own Kathy Carlin, who works as the Front Desk Coordinator here at Oceanside College of Beauty, but has a long history in cosmetology.
“I would tell anyone thinking about going to beauty school,” said Kathy, “to follow your dream. There’s passion in everyone — you just have to find yours and follow it.”
That’s just what Kathy did when, back in the 1960s she decided not to heed her father’s advice to take her good grades and pursue a career in business.
“I always had a flair for hair,” said Kathy. “Even as a little girl I was always doing hair.”
Kathy graduated beauty school in 1965 and became a licensed cosmetologist and nail technician. She loved what she did so much that she opened her own nail salon in New York. And then another, and another. Before she came out west, she had five successful nail salons.
“My dad was so proud of me then,” said Kathy.
Corey Conn expects to find success, too. He is on track to finish his program at Oceanside College of Beauty in January and although he sometimes finds that “sleep is a luxury,” he’s willing to do whatever it takes to reach his dream.
“I go to school all day and then work as a bartender at night,” said Corey.
Corey says in an effort to secure his future as a professional stylist, he’s willing to make some sacrifices now. He rides his bike instead of a car, brings his lunch to school and gets his hair cut at school. It’s worth it, according to Corey. He’s learning a lot and having a lot fun.
“Going here is a great experience,” said Corey. “It’s amazing.”
Corey says that anyone considering beauty school should be willing to work hard, but also know that it’s not all work.
“Be prepared to make a lot of friends,” said Corey.
Stina Torrence agrees, saying that meeting new people is one of the best parts of coming to school at Oceanside College of Beauty. Like Corey, she has some crazy long days, working full time and going to school full time. But Stina says staying organized helps her prioritize. And she advises that sometimes you have to say no to hanging out with friends and partying if you want to do well in school.
What keeps her motivated?
“I know I’m going to be doing something that I love for the rest of my life,” said Stina.
Kit Mcneice says that you really need to love what you do, but also says you need to be willing to make mistakes, too.
“The first time I cut hair, I cried,” said Kit.
Kit started school excited and happy, but says she hit a rut. School was intense and she doubted her own abilities. With help from the instructors at Oceanside College of Beauty, Kit got over the bump in the road and is finding her way.
“We’re students,” said Kit. “It’s okay to mess up a little while you’re learning. You’ve got to be gentle with yourself.”
Kit also believes the more experience, the better. That’s why she has an internship so she can learn even when she’s not at school.
If you’d like to learn all about what it takes to survive beauty school, why not schedule a tour today at Oceanside College of Beauty? We’ve been training beauty professionals for more than 40 years. Our hands-on cosmetology instruction can give you the skills you need to get started on the path to your future in the exciting beauty industry.