As you begin your beauty school journey at Collectiv Academy, taking a tour is one of the most important steps. Not only is it a great way for you to check out our beautiful facilities, but it’s also the perfect opportunity for us to get to know each other. If you’re a little nervous about taking a tour– that’s okay! We understand that making a decision to pursue secondary education is a big deal. Here are a few ways you can prepare for your tour ahead of time so your experience is enjoyable, educational, and stress-free!

Come With Questions

During a tour, it’s your time to ask us whatever questions you may have. Important questions to ask on a tour include:

  • What financial aid options are available?
  • Are there flexible scheduling options?
  • How long will the program take?
  • What will a typical day look like?
  • What products will I work with?
  • When will I get to start working with real guests?

If you’re worried about forgetting any of your questions, write them down in a notebook or as a note on your phone. You can then refer to these notes during the tour to make sure you get the answers you need. That being said, you can always call or email us with any follow-up questions! We’re here to help and give you the information you need to make a decision.

Have a Support System

It’s always good to have someone with you when you’re making a big decision. Whether it’s a friend, partner, or parent, bringing someone supportive on your tour can make things less overwhelming. They can serve as moral support, help you ask questions, and serve as a sounding board when it’s time to make a decision about enrollment. No matter who you bring, it will be helpful to have someone cheering you on!

Do Some Research

Before you come on a tour, we always recommend doing a little research! Read our story to learn more about the Collectiv Academy team. Explore our program pages to get more information about what path you want to pursue. If you want a taste of school culture and student work, check us out on Facebook and Instagram. Taking just 10 minutes to peruse our website or scroll through our social media profiles can help eliminate those tour jitters.

Be Yourself

The best advice we can give you is to just show up and be yourself! You’re taking a tour of our school to get to know us, but it’s also our chance to get to know you. Tell us why you’re interested in beauty school. What are your concerns? Where do you see yourself working? Our friendly staff and educators have helped many students navigate their way through beauty school. We do our best to make the tour a laid back, pressure-free experience. If you’re not ready to make a decision on the spot, that’s okay. Take the time you need to make a choice you feel great about.

Schedule a Tour Today!

At Collectiv Academy, our experienced owners, educators, and staff members are dedicated to students’ success. We want to shape future beauty professionals who are passionate, savvy, and prepared for a career in the beauty industry. To schedule a tour of our campus in Sandy, Utah, contact us today! We look forward to meeting you and discussing your future at Collectiv Academy!

Is a career in beauty in your future? Every career has some surprises, and beauty is no exception. Find out these five things you didn’t know about a career and beauty and see if it’s the right choice for you! Trust us, they’re all good surprises.

1. You’ll Be a ‘Thera-Stylist.’

What’s a thera-stylist? It’s half therapist, half stylist! If you’ve been seeing the same stylist for a few years, they probably know a lot more about you than you think. Stylists hear it all from whoever is in their chair. If you love socializing and getting to know people, becoming a stylist might be perfect for you! Every day is a new opportunity to get to know someone or to continue building a client friendship.

2. Beauty is in the Details.

How often have you looked at someone’s hair or makeup and wondered, “How did they do that?” The slightest toning or face-framing highlights can make the biggest difference to someone’s hair and their overall appearance. We all love a bold hair color, but those details are what bring a look together. There are always new industry standards and techniques to perfect, do you have the determination to keep up? With the estimated job growth for hairstylists, cosmetologists and barbers at 8% by 2028, there could be a lot of opportunities to learn something new and be successful!

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3. Beauty is a Commitment.

At Collectiv Academy, our cosmetology program is 1680 hours. Depending on if you’re full-time or part-time, that could take you anywhere from about 47-61 weeks. A beauty career is a commitment because, after over a year of school, you’ll need to work hard to build up your clientele. From there, depending on the state, there are often continuing education hours to renew your licensure. It takes time and hard work, but it will be totally worth it when you land your dream job! If you are passionate about beauty, the commitment will be easy! If you’re ready to get started, read more about the five cosmetology myths we’ve busted to see if beauty school is right for you.

4. You’ll Bond With Your Instructors.

Your instructors have been in your exact place, excited about beauty, and eager to learn more! Trust us, your instructors want to see you succeed because that means they’ve done their jobs well. You’ll be spending a lot of time with them, and hopefully, you’ll see them as mentors as well as instructors. At Collectiv Academy, our instructors have decades of experience running successful salons and basic and advanced haircutting academies. Find out why students choose Collectiv Academy and see if we’re the right fit for you!

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5. Beauty Leads to Lifelong Friendships.

Are you nervous about starting your education and not knowing anyone? Don’t worry! When you’re surrounded by other students and instructors who all love beauty as much as you do, we can guarantee you’ll be making new friendships throughout school and your career! A shared passion for beauty always brings people together, and we can’t wait to see the friendships you’ll grow while on your path in beauty.

Get Started at Collectiv Academy

We told you they were all good surprises! If you’re even more excited about a future career in beauty, it may be the perfect time to get started. Learn more about our cosmetology and barbering programs, financial aid*, and how to start at Collectiv Academy. We can’t wait to help you pursue your dreams and explore a career in beauty!

*Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Updated 6/15/2020

We’re Back!

Per the state of Utah’s reopening, we are now open for students/clients with the following safety protocols in place:

Personal Protective Gear

Wearing masks – Students, staff and faculty will be required to wear masks at all times. Clients will also be required to wear face masks to the extent possible while receiving services.

Face Shields – are not required however if students want more protection, face shields are recommended when servicing clients.

Gloves – are not required but recommended that all students and faculty wear disposable gloves when servicing clients and change gloves between each client to the greatest extent possible.

Capes – each client should be draped with a clean cape. Capes should be laundered following the fabric recommendations between each client.

Apron/Smocks -Students and faculty should wear a clean apron between each client. Aprons should be laundered following the fabric recommendations between each client. Students and faculty will be allowed to purchase a black smock of your choice and wear in place of an apron for more coverage.

Neck strips – Students should use protective neck strips around the neck of each hair-cut client.

Hand-washing – with soapy, warm water, for a minimum of 20 seconds will be required by employees between every client service.

Student and Faculty clothing – Students and faculty should arrive at school showered and wearing clean clothing. Students and faculty should change clothes before or as soon as they enter their homes when they return from school.

*PPG, such as gloves, gowns, drapes, linens, and eye coverings should be changed between each client. These used items should be cleaned and disinfected or discarded in a closed container.

Additional procedures we will be taking:

Temperature checks – with the use of a touchless infrared thermometer we will check the temperature of faculty, students each day and of each client who enters the academy. Anyone who has a temperature above 99°F will be sent home immediately and not allowed to return to the academy until they have no fever and no evidence of COVID-19 symptoms.

  • We will see clients by appointment only.
  • Limit the number of persons waiting area in the salon area.
  • We will recommend that clients wait outside the academy in their vehicle until the cosmetologist is ready to serve them.
  • It will be required that persons not being serviced in the salon will not be allowed in the academy (including lunch in the break room with family and friends). We will need to keep numbers of people in the academy at a minimum and not use for social gathering.

Ask each client entering the shop the following questions:

  • Have you had a cough?
  • Have you had a fever
  • Have you been around anyone exhibiting these symptoms within the past 14 days?
  • Are you living with anyone who is sick or quarantined?
  • If you have any concerns or questions please feel free to reach out to Stacey Young swagstaff@collectivacademy.com

    Updated 5/7/2020

    COLLECTIV Academy Opening Update

    We are happy that Governor Herbert is moving Utah towards opening up the economy with caution. We want to help the economy recover and also continue to do our part to slow the spread. We understand that some of you are ready to return and some of you may be feeling cautious. Keep in mind the majority of education is taught and learned by hands-on in this chosen profession so it’s very important that we ease back into your full education and get everyone back to school safely. We will do our best to bridge this gap by proceeding with caution. We believe we can do this safely and intend to abide by the health department guidelines.

    Schedule will be as follows:

    • TUESDAY, MAY 5TH: Freshman Orientation 10:00am, Faculty returns to prepare education for students
    • FRIDAY, MAY 8TH & 9TH: Students return to school on regular schedule for soft opening, learning new protocols (no client bookings). We will also allow students to do each others hair on Friday and Saturday to practice protocols and to refresh one’s style if it got ignored during the stay at home.
    • TUESDAY, MAY 12TH: New Freshman first day in the academy. We begin to book limited number of clients.

    Please be prepared to come to school with a “Mask” and any extra PPG that you feel necessary to feel best protected out of the following listed below.

    Personal Protective Gear

    Wearing masks – Students, staff and faculty will be required to wear masks at all times. Clients will also be required to wear face masks to the extent possible while receiving services.

    Face Shields – are not required however if students want more protection, face shields are recommended when servicing clients.

    Gloves – are not required but recommended that all students and faculty wear disposable gloves when servicing clients and change gloves between each client to the greatest extent possible.

    Capes – each client should be draped with a clean cape. Capes should be laundered following the fabric recommendations between each client.

    Apron/Smocks -Students and faculty should wear a clean apron between each client. Aprons should be laundered following the fabric recommendations between each client. Students and faculty will be allowed to purchase a black smock of your choice and wear in place of an apron for more coverage.

    Neck strips – Students should use protective neck strips around the neck of each hair-cut client.

    Hand-washing – with soapy, warm water, for a minimum of 20 seconds will be required by employees between every client service.

    Student and Faculty clothing – Students and faculty should arrive at school showered and wearing clean clothing. Students and faculty should change clothes before or as soon as they enter their homes when they return from school.

    *PPG, such as gloves, gowns, drapes, linens and eye coverings should be changed between each client. These used items should be cleaned and disinfected or discarded in a closed container.

    Additional procedures we will be taking:

    Temperature checks – with the use of a touchless infrared thermometer we will check the temperature of faculty, students each day and of each client who enters the academy. Any one who has a temperature above 99°F will be sent home immediately and not allowed to return to the academy until they have no fever and no evidence of COVID-19 symptoms.

    • We will see clients by appointment only.
    • Limit the number of persons waiting area in the salon area.
    • We will recommended that clients wait outside the academy in their vehicle until the cosmetologist is ready to serve them.
    • It will be required that persons not being serviced in the salon will not be allowed in the academy (including lunch in the break room with family and friends). We will need to keep numbers of people in the academy at a minimum and not use for social gathering.

    Ask each client entering the shop the following questions:

    • Have you had a cough?
    • Have you had a fever
    • Have you been around anyone exhibiting these symptoms within the past 14 days?
    • Are you living with anyone who is sick or quarantined?

    We will discuss daily sanitation protocols on Friday, May 8th. We schedule time with each student to answer any questions about their GPA and Attendance status on May 8th & 9th.

    If you have any concerns or questions about returning to school please reach out and schedule an appointment
    through Stacey Young swagstaff@collectivacademy.com prior to May 8th and we will be happy to speak with you and/or your parents individually.

    Otherwise all students will be expected to return to school on May 8th @8:15am as it will take a bit longer to clock in with the new sanitation procedures.

    Updated 4/23/20
    We are grateful that during this unique time we have access to an abundance of online education resources. Top industry professionals are giving back and supporting current and future beauty professionals. From webinars to live social media streams, we’re thrilled that our students can receive invaluable advice from industry icons on how to be successful in the beauty industry.

    Details About Temporary Online Learning* at Collectiv Academy

    • Collectiv Academy is offering both theory and practical instruction online. We have daily morning group meetings to answer any questions about daily assignments.
    • Students will be engaged using Cengage Mindtap Cosmetology. They’ll be able to watch videos, read, do flashcards, and take quizzes. We have instructors who are always available to answer questions and help!
    • Students will have a daily timeframe to complete online classes in order to provide structure.
    • Hours for distance education are only temporarily extended during COVID-19 to accommodate students during this time.
    • Our current students have all their supplies at home to help with any assignments.
    • Prospective students can apply to begin their education online on our website. Or they can contact our enrollment counselor, Linda, at 801-891-1892. They can also contact Linda to set up a virtual campus tour!

    *Online learning is temporary. Current classes are online but will move back to an in-person, scheduled class once quarantine measures are lifted.

    Updated 4/14/20
    If you’re interested in starting your beauty education at Collectiv Academy, we are now enrolling new students online. Contact us today to learn more!

    Updated 3/26/20

    We are excited to temporarily offer distance learning to our students during the closure so they may continue their education!

    If you are considering an education in beauty, contact us today to schedule a virtual tour.

     

    Updated 3/24/20

    As more confirmed cases of the virus are announced, school and event closures are continuing to take place all across the state.

    The safety and health of our guests, staff, and students is our highest priority, so In an effort to help slow the spread of the Novel Conoraviris (COVID-19), we are closing our salon services to the public for the remainder of March. If you had an appointment with us, please use the Contact Us link to reschedule or request a new booking. We will honor all Groupons that may expire during this time once we re-open.

    Please continue to check our website and social channels for updates and stay safe!

It’s hard to believe, but summer is coming to a close. As we head into this fall season, we can’t wait to see what new opportunities are waiting. From starting a new school year to trying out all the new fall trends, there’s a lot to be excited about. One thing you may not be looking forward to is switching up your hair care routine. Transitioning into something new is often overwhelming and that’s no exception for your locks. We’re here to help ease your hair’s transition into Utah’s fall weather with some tips on how to keep your hair healthy and glowing even in the cold!

Lower the Shower Temperature

We know that this is likely the last thing you want to think about when the temperature starts to get cooler, but it’s all for the sake of your hair’s health. Taking a hot shower can strip your hair of its natural oils that keep it protected and moisturized. To prevent dry hair, try to keep the water at a warm or lukewarm temperature while you wash your hair. The cooler water is not only good for your hair, but your skin as well. Just make sure you don’t go outside with your hair wet. The cold, dry air could cause breakage and split ends.

Moisturize Your Hair

If you’ve just washed your hair with cooler water and you’re wondering what else you can do to protect your hair, look no further than moisturizer. We can’t stress enough how important is to keep your hair moisturized in our dry climate!If you’re wondering which moisturizer would work best for your hair type, then getting advice during an appointment at a salon could be a great idea. Everyone’s hair is different and what works for your friends may not be the solution you need. Getting professional help on your specific hair care routine could be your start for a new season of healthy hair!

Drink Plenty of Water

You should always be drinking enough water throughout the year, but sometimes it can be hard to remember during fall and winter when you don’t feel as hot. Your body still needs the benefits that drinking enough water can give you. Those benefits include helping with your hair by hydrating your scalp and preventing split ends! Drinking water plays a big part in moisturizing your hair and with Utah’s dry weather, it’s definitely going to need it.

Invest in a Humidifier

You may think that once you’re inside, you don’t have to worry about protecting your hair anymore. Unfortunately, this isn’t true. As the hot summer months end, it’s time to turn on the heater! While that may feel great, the hot air could cause your hair to dry out and irritate your scalp. Your hair deserves a break, which is why investing in a humidifier could be a great solution. This way you can relax with the temperature set to what you want and know that your hair is getting the treatment it needs!

Trim Your Hair Regularly

Like our other suggestions, this tip is something that could help your hair no matter the time of year, but is especially useful during cooler months. The cold, dry air can be bad news for your hair by causing your ends to become brittle and break. With the cooler temperatures, we recommend getting trims more often than you would in the summer. This can help your hair grow faster and look healthier!

hair getting trimmed

Want to Learn More About Hair Care?

Do you love learning about hair care? Are you interested in learning more about it and other exciting techniques in the beauty industry? Students in our cosmetology program learn all about the latest beauty trends, proper hair care, and more! Contact us to get more information and how you can start the application process.

Collectiv Academy Brush Cleaning Tips

Maybe you don’t like thinking about cleaning your brushes because deep down inside, you know it’s been over a month since they got a good scrub. Or are you the type of person who has a weekly brush cleaning ritual marked on the calendar? Whether you’re team clean brushes or team pretend-they’re-clean brushes, these brush cleaning facts could improve the quality of your life.

Getting Liquid Foundation Out of Bristles

If you wear liquid foundation, then you know that your foundation brush is the hardest to clean. They’re also the type of brushes most likely to hold onto bacteria that can cause acne or worse. Foundation brushes often have dense bristles, and many types of liquid foundations are oil-based. What type of soap is formulated to fight oil? Dish soap!

Your DIY Brush-Cleaning Solution

  • A small bowl of lukewarm water
  • 2 drops of dish soap

Don’t leave your brushes to soak, but swirling in this solution and massaging the suds on your palm can work wonders. Just make sure you’re only using this trick with synthetic-hair brushes: dish soap is unnecessary and too strong for natural-hair brushes.

Cleaning Delicate Brushes

Do you have a brush so fluffy you’re afraid to get it wet? Babying your soft, natural-hair brushes is a good idea, but they do still need to get cleaned. Try these 3 methods for a perfect gentle cleaning:

  1. Swirl your brush on a dry mesh sponge to get rid of excess powder or eyeshadow. You can buy one or make your own! (After each use)
  2. Spray a liquid brush cleaner onto a paper towel and swirl your brush in it. This method both removes excess product and kills germs. (Once a week)
  3. Use baby shampoo and lukewarm water to hand wash each brush. Gently shape the bristles and lie flat to dry. (Once a month)

When to Wash Each Brush?

If you are planning to clean an entire collection with 15+ brushes all at once, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and put it off. Also, you’re probably over-washing some brushes and going too long without washing others. Set aside a few minutes once a week to turn on your fav YouTube beauty guru and clean those brushes! Your skin will thank you.

Every Week: Brushes used with liquid, oil-based products

Remember our dish soap trick? Those foundation and concealer brushes will need to be washed the most often. If you use a cream blush, bronzer, or highlight, toss those brushes in too. If they’re not dirty enough for dish soap, use a regular shampoo.

Every Other Week: Other face brushes

This includes setting powder, powder foundation, contour and highlight, and any other face brush you don’t use with an oil-based product. It’s important to keep these clean because they absorb excess oil from your foundation and your skin. As the oils build up in the brush you won’t get as smooth of a powder application and your skin may become irritated.

Every Month: Powder eyeshadow brushes

Even if you’re using a mesh sponge and a brush cleaner, your delicate eye brushes still need to be shampooed every so often. If you don’t use a germ-killing brush cleaner between washings, shampoo your eye brushes twice a month. Washing is the most thorough way to clean brushes, and you don’t want to take any risks with dirty brushes around the delicate eye area.

Helpful Brush Cleaning Supplies

You don’t need to go out and buy a ton of supplies to get your brushes cleaned. Many of these are household items! The others can be found at beauty stores or online.

  • Baby shampoo: Borrow it from a baby or find it in the baby section of most stores.
  • Brush shampoo: You can buy shampoo specifically for brushes, or use any gentle shampoo on your brushes. If it’s good enough for your hair, it’s good enough for your bristles.
  • Dish soap: Hopefully you already have some of this in your kitchen!
  • A mesh sponge: You can find one in the kitchen department or buy one made specifically for makeup brushes.
  • Brush cleaner: This is an alcohol-based liquid you can find at most beauty stores.

Anatomy of the Brush

Bristles – the fluffy part
Ferrule – the metal ring
Handle – usually made of wood or plastic

Each part of the brush has an important role to play, but you might be less familiar with the ferrule: no, that little metal part is not just for decoration. It connects the bristles to the handle. If water, especially hot water, gets inside the ferrule, the glue will loosen and bristles start to shed. That’s why you don’t want to submerge brushes or leave them to soak in water.

Drying Your Brushes

To keep water out of your brushes’ ferrules, don’t let them dry upright. Instead, shape the bristles into place and lie them flat on a towel to dry overnight. It’s a good idea to wait until your brushes are completely dry before using them as they are more prone to shedding while wet. And no, speeding up the process with a blow dryer is not a great idea. The heat will damage the brush. The bristles will be more likely to shed, rougher to the touch, and not shaped correctly.

Makeup Brush Storage

If you only have a small collection of brushes you use every day, organizing them is pretty simple. You can sort them by eye and face into jars on your countertop or vanity. If you’re someone with tons of brushes, don’t try and cram them all into a few jars as this can damage the brushes. Instead, store the brushes you use less frequently in a drawer. They will be protected from dust and out of the way.

If a brush happens to get dusty, you can use an alcohol-based brush cleaner on a paper towel to disinfect and remove dust.

Learn Sanitation Like a Pro

Licensed cosmetologists learn all about proper sanitation in their beauty school courses. If you can’t get enough of beauty and want to learn more, you should think about beauty school! We’d love to get in touch and answer your beauty school questions.

Have you always wanted to apply for an education in beauty? Was money holding you back from that dream? At Collectiv Academy, we believe that anyone who has a passion for learning cosmetology skills should have the opportunity to pursue their goals in beauty! That’s why we offer financial aid to students who qualify. If money is keeping you from going after your passions, then read below for information on our financial aid. We’ll go over all our options and explain which ones could be available to you.

Who Can Qualify for Financial Aid?

Our students’ ability to receive financial aid won’t be affected by their age, race, or choice of study. Income level is a contributing factor when taking into account a student’s eligibility, but it will not automatically prevent them from qualifying. Even if you don’t think you’ll qualify, we encourage all our students to apply for financial aid. You never know how it could benefit you!

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Before you can find out which options you qualify for, you first have to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA) form. The information listed on your FAFSA form combined with your tax return information determines which financial aid options could be available to you. This is an important step in the financial aid process and one you should do early when looking into cosmetology school. After you fill out this form, there are a variety of financial aid options to research.

Stafford Loans

A student loan is money for your education that you’re expected to pay back after graduation. A Stafford Loan, or Direct Subsidized Loan, is available to students based on their financial need. The information you fill out on your FAFSA application will determine if you qualify for this type of loan and how much money you’re allowed to borrow.

The government pays the interest on this loan type during your education. After completion of our program, students who took out this loan will be expected to pay the amount borrowed. Students can wait six months after their program ends before paying back the amount owed.

Pell Grants

Federal Pell Grants are awarded to students based on their financial need. Unlike loans, students don’t have to pay back the money that’s awarded to them. The information on your FAFSA application determines whether you qualify for a Federal Pell Grant and how much money should be awarded to pay for your education.

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How Do I Apply for Federal Financial Aid?

As an accredited school, Collectiv Academy is able to help students with their education costs through federal financial aid. Students who go to fill out the FAFSA form will need our school code, which is listed on our financial aid page on our website. Once you submit a form with our school code, your information will be sent to us. Shortly after, we’ll get in contact with you to discuss which options are available for your education. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. Our financial aid coordinator would be happy to help you through the process!

GI Bill™

At Collectiv Academy, we want to help our veterans finance their education. That’s why we offer U.S. Veterans Affairs educational benefit programs, including the GI Bill™. Although this bill can help finance your education here, Collectiv Academy is not responsible for determining students’ eligibility. Get in contact with your local Veterans Affairs (VA) office to find out what benefits could be available to you.

Ability to Benefit Program

Students without a high school diploma have the opportunity to qualify for the Ability to Benefit Program. Created in 2015, this new program can help students pay for their post-secondary education without needing to graduate from high school.

Other Financial Aid Options

As a student in the state of Utah, there are other financial options that could be available to you. Private financial aid is great for students who don’t qualify for federal aid. At Collectiv Academy, we recommend looking into Mountain America Credit Union. This local Salt Lake City Credit Union offers a variety of options including grants and loans. Contact us if you have any questions about private financial aid and how it can help finance your education.

Learn More About Your Options

Our team at Collectiv Academy is ready to help get started with an education in beauty! Contact us and we’ll help you find out which options could be available to you for our programs. We can’t wait to hear from you and help you start the application process!

What’s Next For Your Future?

Are you getting ready to graduate from high school? Wondering what your next step is? If you’re passionate about beauty and helping others feel great, then cosmetology school could be a great path for you after getting your high school diploma. Maybe this sounds like an exciting experience, but you’re still unsure whether an education in beauty is right for you. If this sounds like you, then take our quiz to find out if cosmetology school should be your next step!

No matter where you are in your cosmetology journey, we’re here to help you make beauty school your next step! Our cosmetology program teaches a variety of modern techniques that can help you get an edge in the beauty industry. Contact us to find out how you can get started!

Have you always been interested in keeping up with the latest hair trends and trying out new styles on you and your friends? If beauty is something you’re passionate about, then receiving an education in cosmetology could be a great option for your future! Maybe this is a path you’ve thought about before, but you had doubts about if it’s something you should pursue. If you’re second-guessing a career in the beauty industry, read our blog to see how an education in cosmetology could benefit your future!

Career Opportunities

Many assume that after receiving a license in cosmetology, the next step will be to work as a hairstylist in a salon. That is not true. There are a lot of cosmetologists who love the atmosphere of a salon, but we know that it’s not for everyone. If you’re someone who prefers another working environment, then you’ll be happy to hear that there are so many options available for cosmetologists. One of the great things about the beauty industry is that it’s always adapting, which means that there are career paths you can take that wouldn’t have been possible twenty years ago. With the introduction of the internet, a beauty blogger is just one new possibility for you to pursue. Other career options are:

  • Film and theater hairstylist
  • Salon manager
  • Fashion show stylist
  • Nail technician
  • Hair color specialist

These are just some of the careers you can have after receiving a license in cosmetology. With so many different areas of beauty available, it all depends on you and what interests you the most.

Job Outlook

With all these career opportunities in the beauty world, it’s no wonder that employment for cosmetologists is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the job outlook for barbers, hair stylists, and cosmetologists is expected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026. Finding a job is a common worry for people after they finish their education, and that’s why it can feel reassuring to pursue a career that has the numbers to back it up!

An Industry That Rewards Creativity

As we said, the beauty industry is one that is always changing. That means it needs people who are willing to push their creative limits and think outside the box. Communicating with clients and putting your creative spin on their ideas is a fun challenge and what could make you a successful cosmetologist. If you’ve always wanted a career that could push your creativity, then receiving an education in cosmetology could help you realize that goal. With beauty trends always shifting, it’s important that someone in this profession is able to stay up to date while also adding in their own personal style.

If you dread working in a conventional 9-5 office job, a career in cosmetology could be a great fit for you. Not only will this career present you with different creative challenges every day, but you may also be in charge of what your schedule looks like. For many cosmetologists, they can decide when to style and cut their clients’ hair.

cosmetologist working on person's hair

Maybe you even want to be your own boss so you can be in complete control of your day’s schedule. At Collectiv Academy, we not only teach students practical skills for beauty techniques, but we also explore the business side. If you’ve always dreamed of using your marketing and business knowledge to own your own business, then the beauty industry can help fulfill that dream.

Save Time and Money

Receiving an education is a big commitment. It can take a lot of time and money to learn about something that you’re passionate about. That’s one reason why going to cosmetology school could be a better path for instead of attending a traditional college. At Collectiv Academy, you could complete our cosmetology program in as little as 1600 hours. Here, you can finish your education and have the chance to enter the working world sooner.

It’s no secret that your education is a huge financial investment. That’s why we want to help students finance their education so they can pursue their passion. At Collectiv Academy, we offer financial aid to those who qualify. Contact us to learn more about our financial aid and if your qualify.

Is a Career in Cosmetology in Your Future?

Now that you’ve heard some of the ways an education in cosmetology can benefit your future, it’s time to apply! At Collectiv Academy, our cosmetology program covers a variety of skills and cosmetology techniques you could use in your career. Here you can learn about hair coloring, manicuring and pedicuring, business management, facials, and so much more! Contact us if you have any questions about our programs and how you can start the application process. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Have you always wanted to be a cosmetologist but you were never sure what steps you should take to make that dream a reality? It can seem a little intimidating when you’re not sure where to start. Don’t worry because we’ve got your guide on everything you need to do to become a licensed cosmetologist in Utah! Read more to find out how you can start your journey in beauty

Apply for Beauty School

Before you can become a cosmetologist, you need to learn the techniques and styles that can make you successful in your beauty career. In Utah you’re expected to complete the necessary requirements of your chosen program at an accredited beauty school. Depending on which area of beauty you want to focus on, you will have to spend a certain number of hours completing the program that best fits you.

Make Sure the Beauty School is Right for You

Since you’ll be spending some time at beauty school, it’s important that you do some research before you make a commitment. In addition to making sure the beauty school has the program you’re looking for, you should also make sure the school itself will be a good fit for you personally. Look up the owners of the school, so you hear their story and how they can help you on your goals. You should also take the time to tour the school, so you can meet the team who will help you on your way to becoming a licensed cosmetologist. Understanding the school’s culture is just another important step you should take when you’re deciding which beauty school to attend.

Once you feel confident that a school is able to provide what you’re looking for, it’s time to apply! If you have any questions about the application process, it’s always a good idea to get in contact with the school so they can help put you on the right path. Don’t forget to look into the school’s financial aid to find out what options may be available to you.

Pass the Test

After you complete a program at an accredited beauty school, you’re ready to take the next step towards getting your cosmetology license. At this point, you’ll be required to pass the licensing exam issued by the Utah Division of Professional Licensing. The exam includes both a theory and a practical section to make sure that you’re able to apply what you’ve learned to your future clients.

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When you have completed the necessary hours of a program at an accredited beauty school and passed the licensing exam, you’re ready to apply for your license.

Keep Up Your Hard Work

You’re not finished working just because you’re a licensed cosmetologist. In the state of Utah, you’re required to renew your cosmetology license every two years. The renewal fee is $52 so you can continue practicing what you worked so hard for. While Utah doesn’t require that you continue your beauty education to retain your license, it’s never a bad idea. The beauty industry is always changing, and continually learning about new trends and styles can help take you further in your career.

Start Your Licensing Process Here

Now that you know the process of getting a cosmetology license in Utah, it’s time to get started! As we said the first step is enrolling at an accredited beauty school like Collectiv Academy. Our programs offer an extensive look in different areas of beauty that will help you for the licensing exam and beyond. Contact us to ask any questions you may have about the licensing process and we’ll be happy to help you.