Cosmetology

Human Services

Dream of owning your own hair salon?

Start with a certification in COSMETOLOGY.

What is it?

Do you like helping other people look their best, including fashionable hair styles, manicured nails, and perfect skin? Then pursuing cosmetology is a career path that you should consider. Cosmetology is the study of cosmetic treatments to the hair, nails, and skin. Cosmetologists perform an essential role in helping people look and feel their best, and typically work in beauty salons, spas, or barber shops, but also work in more retail locations like department stores, hotels, and cruise ships.

What will I do?

Cosmetologists typically will specialize in one of three areas: hair, nails, or skin:

  • A hair stylist will be trained on proper hair cutting, different design styles, coloring and dying, and braiding
  • A nail technician will make sure that their client’s finger and toe nails are healthy and beautiful
  • A skin or make-up specialist will provide treatments to make their client’s skin feel smooth, soft, and healthy, while also applying make-up to make their clients look their best

Leads to these jobs:

  • Color / perm specialist
  • Hair designer
  • Hair stylist
  • Make-up artist
  • Manicurist
  • Nail technician
  • Salon owner
  • Skin care specialist

Is this for me?

  • Passion for making people look their best, including yourself
  • Great customer service skills, be a good listener
  • Creative, with an appreciation for style
  • Good eye-hand dexterity
  • ‘Flexibility, willing to work evenings and weekends

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Hourly Earnings

  • Entry Level – $8.93
  • Average – $14.35
  • Experienced – $24.07

Source – Emsi, 2018

Interested in pursuing a career as a Cosmetologist?

IF YOU ARE IN HIGH SCHOOL:
Check first with your local high school to see if they offer a Cosmetology program. You can also register for the Cosmetology programs offered by the Tech Campus.

Learn more at: www.techcampus.org/cosmetology

IF YOU NEED TUITION
OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
:

Lake County Workforce Development has programs that may assist you with tuition or financial assistance.

Learn more here.

Or visit the
Job Center of Lake County’s website.

IF YOU HAVE 
GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL:

Check out available Cosmetology and other human services programs offered by the College of Lake County.

Learn more at: www.clcillinois.edu

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