7 Beauty Careers You Can Pursue With a Cosmetology License

When you imagine your future in the beauty world, what do you see? What value do you want to bring to the industry and what are the steps you need or want to take in order to get there?

The future you see for yourself can be anything you dream of. Many of the careers in the beauty industry exist because they are solutions to a problem. Whether your dream career already exists or you want to pave the road for something new, the possibilities are wide open! Don’t wait on your dreams. Go after them and create the beautiful life you have always wanted! Check out these five careers you could pursue after becoming a licensed cosmetologist!

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1. Editorial stylist

Help brands create looks and set new trends as an editorial stylist! You get to work with models and photographers while letting your creative spirits soar. Work along with a team that creates what a model will wear and how their hair and makeup should be done. If you enjoy looking at fashion magazines and photos, being an editorial stylist could be your dream job!

2. working in a salon

Being a hairstylist is fun and highly creative! Help others out by shampooing, cutting, and dying their hair! Show your creative flair by creating trendy looks and styles. Focus on building guest relationships and creating that perfect look they have dreamed of. We recommend you always keep learning so you can offer the latest trends and fashions to your clients.

hairsylist doing a female client's hair

3. personal stylist

As a personal stylist you work and interact with individuals on a one-on-one basis! You can help people achieve and maintain their dream look by styling their hair and helping with their makeup application. You could even be a stylist for celebrities if that’s what you want. In that case, you would have to consider where you would want to put down your roots! Does LA or New York sound like fun places to live?

To shine bright as a personal stylist we recommend having fabulous professionalism! You’ll want to be organized, communicate well, and always be respectful.

4. beauty rep

Do you swear by a certain brand or product? As a beauty representative, you could help others see why your product is for them! Whether it’s a call or a visit, talking with salons and spas to get your product on their shelves can be a fun way to see new places and create lasting relationships. If you love talking to people and enjoy sales, this could be the career for you!

beauty blogger shooting a video at home

5. Instagram Influencer

The beauty industry is taking over Instagram with the help of influencers! According to a study mentioned by Forbes, 67% of the 520 women said they bought beauty products from influencers. This tells us that influencers, like their name implies, have a big influence on their followers’ purchasing decisions.

If you enjoy sharing your favorite clothing brands, the latest beauty products you love, the newest hairstyles you’ve tried, or maybe you’ve even created a new hair, skin, or nails technique, becoming an influencer could be a great career choice! Share your talent with the world while turning your passion into a fun and exciting career. And always stay true to yourself! Check out these beauty influencers and get some inspiration to start your influencer journey:

  • @Hairby_chrissy turned her love for cosmetology into a successful business educating others in her techniques and hair extension method. Based in Arizona, top celebrities and influencers come to her to get their hair done!
  • @Jzstyles.co is an up and coming beauty company based out of Utah. Jessi started out as a cosmetologist and then started her own salon. Now she started her own hair extension line and goes around the country educating salons and cosmetologists on her different hair extension methods.
  • @Lindsayraerogers is all about sharing amazing hairstyles with her long, mermaid hair all while co-owning a salon in Reno, Nevada.

At Elevate Salon Institute, Chubbuck’s, we know how important social media can be to the beauty world. In our cosmetology program, we make sure to cover some important tips to market yourself and start your own beauty portfolio on Instagram!

hairstylists at their booths doing client's hair

6. salon owner

Why work for someone else? Be your own boss and start your own salon! It’s for sure an adventure with finding a place, branding yourself, and getting hairstylists the work there, but it can be an exciting and fun adventure! Having your own salon also makes you a business owner which means you will need to have a marketing strategy and be able to run a business.

At Elevate Salon Institute, Chubbuck we offer classes that teach you how to create and run a business. You will need a great team and an awesome line of hair and styling products to help your business thrive! We, of course, recommend L’Oreal products.

7. mobile stylist

Why stay in one spot when you could travel? Being a mobile stylist, or sometimes called a freelance stylist, gives you the freedom to practice cosmetology outside of the salon. You may be helping a bride at her wedding venue with her hair on her big wedding day. Or you may be at a person’s home dying their hair because they are homebound from a recent accident. Being a mobile stylist allows you to create your own schedule and build stronger relationships with your guests.

Pursue an Education at Elevate Salon Institute, Chubbuck

Obtaining an education in cosmetology can prepare you for a future career that is exciting and rewarding! The future is bright with an education in cosmetology and with so many opportunities you are sure to shine.

Interested in learning more about cosmetology program options? Check out our programs or give us a call at 208-232-9170 to learn more about our exciting program in cosmetology!

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