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You’ve heard friends or family members bragging about how their life’s work was their “true calling,” and we all know that just as often as not, this is a nice story that probably isn’t entirely true. Many of us stumble into our careers for one reason or another, and there’s nothing wrong with this!

Many others truly do know their calling early in life, though, and at Collectiv Academy, we’d like to think our cosmetology school students are a big part of this group. Cosmetology is just one of those things where you often know from an early age that it’ll be what you do your whole life. What are some of the early signs that you might be just right for a career in cosmetology?

First Resource

Have you suddenly started to notice that you have a growing list of friends and family who consistently come to you first for everything from makeup advice to a little hair alteration? Are you actively in charge of the beauty profile for a half-dozen other people besides yourself? Looks like the answer is right there in front of you: A career doing exactly that could be right up your alley if you love seeing those phone calls.

Socially Outgoing

The social element is a huge part of the salon experience. If you’re a creative person who often expresses that creativity outwardly and can get along with anyone, you’ll be right at home.

Early Trials

In many cases, you’ll know well before you even reach high school age that you’re fit for a career in beauty. Maybe you insisted on doing your own hair as a young child, or developed a reputation in middle school as the school’s best makeup artist. These are tea leaves begging to be read.

Different Timetable

Best of all for many people, the world of cosmetology offers the sort of scheduling freedom that many of us crave. This isn’t a boring desk job with a cubicle, and the hours won’t look anything like one of those. Your workload depends entirely on you, and this is perfect for motivated people who want the freedom to manage their time in their own way.

Ready to get started? Apply today!

Are you passionate about creative hair styling, but unsure how you might be able to turn your passion into a career? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. There are plenty of people with a heartfelt interest in joining this exciting, fast-paced industry, but who lack the tools or motivation to take the plunge.

Among other major elements, this break-in foundation is one of the pillars of Collectiv Academy’s renowned cosmetology program. We’ll show you everything you need to establish yourself as a top notch stylist, plus how to progress in the industry. As a small taste, here are a few general tips for what makes a great cosmetologist.

Foundational Skills

Establishing your basic skills sets your baseline as a cosmetologist. This starts with your work in the salon, from the simple stuff to more technical processes that might take some practice.

It’s not just about your ability to cut hair and make it look nice, though – foundational skills also include the business side of the industry. Networking is vital, as is the ability to present yourself in a professional and upstanding way. The ability to spot an industry trend early might get you a leg up on your competition.

Personalize

Once you’ve firmed up your basic skill set, get to work adding your own personal flair. This might include a signature color scheme or a special design – whatever sets you apart.

At the same time, be ready to adapt your style based on your clients’ preferences. No one wants a rigid stylist unwilling to think outside their box. At Collectiv Academy beauty school, part of our goal is enabling you to maximize your creativity, both for yourself and your clients.

Expect Mistakes

Things won’t always go perfectly! You’ll make mistakes along the way, maybe even a few serious ones. Just remember to view these as learning experiences above all else, and try to never make the same mistake twice.

Present Yourself

To advance in the cosmetology industry, you have to be visible. We talked about networking earlier, and it deserves a second mention – put yourself out there wherever possible. A few simple ways to help market yourself:

  • Business cards
  • Social media
  • Trade shows
  • Word of mouth – satisfied customers spread the word quickly!

Continue Learning

Cosmetology is an ever-evolving industry, and you need to have the same mindset to succeed. Whether you’re a pup still in barber school or a 10-year veteran with an established clientele, you can still find learning experiences in the right places. If you keep an open mind, there’s no telling what might fill it.

Ready to learn more? Collectiv Academy is ready to give you the tools you need to succeed in the hairdressing industry.

It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of cosmetology, but safety in the barbershop is a very important consideration. You’re working with equipment that’s sharp or heats up to what can be dangerous temperatures, after all, and these items are usually used on or around the heads of your customers.

At Collectiv Academy, safety in the workplace is a standard part of our cosmetology school experience. Here are a few general tips we’d offer for keeping your shop safe and fun.

Equipment

The items in your salon are tools at your disposal, but they can be dangerous if used or maintained incorrectly. A few basics to stay on top of:

  • Keep lists of equipment, including regular maintenance tracking
  • Be conscious of cords and electronics, especially near customers
  • Keep track of sharp items
  • Check water temperatures regularly – should never be above 120 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Bi-annual checks on all equipment

These are just general tips, and many individual situations will simply come down to common sense. Don’t let children near sharp or hot equipment, for instance, and don’t try to fix or fuss with equipment you may not know how to use. Part of our hair school experience at Collectiv Academy includes proper use and maintenance of all salon equipment.

Chemicals

If they’re handled and stored correctly, the various chemicals in your barbershop will stay safe and useful as hair products and not accidents waiting to happen. Some ways to stay diligent here:

  • Store chemicals according to instructions
  • Label all chemicals clearly
  • Read directions before use
  • Follow allergy-check recommendations from product manufacturers

Facility

Keeping your salon clutter-free and organized is the easiest way to avoid any potential chaos. A few things to keep an eye on:

  • Wipe up spills on floors immediately, and sweep up hair regularly
  • Provide non-slip footwear to customers if slipping is an issue
  • Wash and wax floors regularly
  • Check fixtures like mirrors, tables and sinks on a regular basis
  • Designate specific areas for employee workstations to avoid confusion
  • Keep a first-aid supply kit handy

If you’re ready to learn more and join an exciting and progressive beauty school, contact Collectiv Academy today. Our passionate team is ready to meet you and start your journey toward creating a successful career.

With everything rising in costs finding affordable salon services is an easy way to stay stylish without breaking the bank. A crucial part to finding affordable services is knowing where to look.

Luckily, many beauty colleges and cosmetology schools offer salons that are operated by the students. This gives the students the practice and experience they need, with the supervision of a trained instructor.

Types of Salon Services Offered

Students at beauty colleges study a vast array of salon services, in most student salons you should expect to find the types of services you would find in any professional beauty salon. The following services are offered by most beauty or cosmetology schools:

  • Haircuts
  • Waxing
  • Manicures
  • Pedicures
  • Hair coloring or foiling
  • Perms
  • Chemical relaxers
  • Hair Styling
  • Facials

Services are usually very affordable and are supervised by the student’s’ instructors to ensure quality results. Keep in mind that these are students who have had their training, but are working on gaining expertise in their practical skills.

Why Beauty Schools Offer Discounts

Beauty schools are a learning environment that is why most of them offer a discount to the public for services. Students need to gain experience before entering the work force, and working under the supervision of an instructor offers a valuable learning setting, along with work experiences.

You may be reluctant to choose a beauty school for your salon services, especially if you have heard horror stories of haircuts or colorings that have gone horribly wrong. Those experiences are not always tied to cosmetology students, but salons that did not listen to their clients requests or had poor training.

Beauty School Advantages

When choosing to go to a beauty school for any salon service you can be sure that the student will be supervised by a trained instructor with a valid cosmetology license. If you have any doubt you can always what the school’s policy is regarding students and their services offered.

A student may not be as fast as a licensed professional with years of experience, but you should still be able to expect quality results. If you can invest a little extra time and don’t mind if the student needs to consult with their instructor from time to time, you can save yourself a significant amount of money on your next haircut or other salon service.