What to Expect When Going to Beauty School

Salon Success AcademySeveral of my readers out there are considering going to beauty school. It’s such a big, tough and expensive decision to make. Trust me, I know. I had to make the same decision myself over four years ago. To this day, I’m so happy I went to beauty school. I now have a career I’m proud of and a job I love. It’s true when they say if you love your job, you’ll never work a single day in your life.

I recently asked Salon Success Academy to share with my blog readers their insight on what to expect when going to beauty school. What types of programs are available? What will you learn and how will you learn it? Who will you meet? What’s State Board and how do you prepare for it? Here’s what they had to say:

Do you have a passion for beauty? Have you always wanted a career helping others look and feel beautiful? You can, with an exciting career in the beauty industry!

You might be wondering how you can get there. A beauty school can provide you with the in-depth knowledge and hands-on training you’ll need to kick start a successful career. Here’s what to expect when going to beauty school:

Programs Vary
There are all sorts of programs that can cater to your passions. Do you love makeup? Have you always had an interest in proper skincare? Or, do you see yourself working in a barbershop? Beauty schools offer a wide variety of programs from cosmetology and esthetics to barbering. Choose a program that suits you and your goals. For example, a cosmetology program includes curriculum about hair cutting, coloring, and styling, facials, manicuring, and makeup application. An esthetics program, on the other hand, concentrates primarily on skincare. You’ll learn all about skin anatomy, physiology, and sanitation that’ll enable you to perform facials, body treatments, hair removal, and much more! You might even decide to become a medical esthetician which means you could work in a medical setting and perform treatments such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser hair removal.

Learn by Doing
Beauty school and the learning process should take place both inside and outside the classroom. At the beginning, you’ll primarily practice on a mannequin, but you’ll also get valuable hands-on instruction. You’ll even be able to perfect your technique on real clients! Beauty schools often have its own salon that offers services to the local community. You’ll work under the direct supervision and guidance of your instructors, but you’ll get to practice your techniques, customer service skills, and business etiquette. The client consultation is an important part of providing quality customer service and the best way to boost your confidence and polish your skills is to learn by doing.

You’ll Meet All Sorts of People
All sorts of people decide to attend beauty school for different reasons and at different stages of their lives. One classroom could have a mixture of working moms and recent high school graduates. This diversity presents the perfect opportunity to build your professional network. Utilize social media, such as Facebook and LinkedIn, to say in touch, even after you graduate.

State Board Preparation
To work in the beauty industry, you must first pass the State Board exam. An accredited beauty school will help you prepare for both the written and practical portions. Enlist the help of staff and instructors for their advice. Requirements vary by state, so check yours for more information.

Schools Vary
There are beauty schools all over the country! Find a school that’s accredited, meaning you can have peace of mind knowing your education will be held to a high standard. The one you choose shouldn’t just have a convenient location to where you live, but it should also be a place you look forward to going to every day. Many beauty schools offer flexible class schedules and full time or part time enrollment options. Before you enroll, speak to an admissions specialists and take a tour. Make a list of your goals and expectations. Also, be sure to openly discuss any concerns you have. Find the school that’s right for you!

Salon Success Academy is a beauty school with five convenient locations across the Inland Empire in California. They offer programs with hands-on training and preparation for the State Board exam. To learn more, visit their website or check out their Beauty Buzz Blog.


Resume 101 for Graduates and Newly Licensed Estheticians

IMG_2226Completed your 600 undergraduate hours? Check. Passed State Board? Check. Have a solid resume to land you the job of your dreams in a spa or salon? Err, not quite.

One question that I get asked all the time by my blog readers is: “How in the heck am I suppose to put together a resume if I’m a newly licensed esthetician without any professional, industry experience?”

This is a great question! One I even asked myself towards the end of my own Esthetics program back in 2010. I’ve always had a current, professional resume and have updated it depending on the current job I was applying for. When I left the world of bartending behind and decided to take a leap into the beauty industry, I had to give my resume as I knew it and give it a complete overhaul. I now had the challenge of taking all of my professional experience over the last eight years as a bartender and organizing it into a resume that would convince a potential employer within the beauty industry to hire a newbie like me. Where do you start when creating a resume for a job you don’t have any professional industry experience in yet?

Just go back to basics and highlight what you DO have. For this post, I pulled up all three of my resumes that I’ve had over the last three years, starting with the first resume I created when I first graduated from beauty school. This was the same resume that started it all for me and helped me land the job at Sephora as a Beauty Advisor. For what I lacked in professional industry experience, I made up for it with a clean, well-organized resume that highlighted the skills I already had along with the new skills I picked up in beauty school.

When it comes down to it, all resumes have four main sections: contact information, an objective, previous employment experience and education information. Resumes can be formatted in an infinite amount of ways. Do a Google search on “resumes” and you’ll get thousands of different resume variations. Resumes can also have additional sections for things such as skills or references. I suggest keeping it simple for your first resume. As you build up your work experience within the industry, you can go back and tailor your resume to fit all of your newfound skills and experience. For now, you just want to get your foot in the door.

Contact Information
Your contact information should always include your first and last name, your current mailing address, phone number and an email address. This information should always be at the top of your resume. Up top, front and center. It might even be a good idea to increase your first and last name slightly and make them bold. You want your name to stand out on your resume so that it’s easy for potential employers to identify who you are from all of the other information you choose to include on your resume.

Word to the wise with the email address: keep it professional! SexyBaby69@aol.com might have worked while you’re in high school, but employers wont take you seriously unless you have a professional email address. If you don’t already, now is a great time to sign up for a free email service such as yahoo, gmail or hotmail. It’s always a good idea to pick something close to your name. Try to  incorporate your first and last name into your email address. If using your first and last name isn’t an available option with that provider, try using the first letter of your first name and last name or first name, middle initial and last name. You want to make it easy for a potential employer to contact you for an interview. You also want to come across as being professional in the process.

Some people are firm believers in always having an objective on their resume. I can go either way. On my first resume, I choose to include an objective because I was making a career change from eight years as a bartender to working in the beauty industry. I wanted to state clearly on my resume what type of position I was seeking out because none of my previous work experience had ever been in the beauty industry.  If you are applying for a specific position, make sure that your objective states the position you’re applying for and why you want to apply for the position or what you’re looking to gain from that position. Keep it clear, concise and to the point. Your objective shouldn’t be longer than a sentence.

For Example:
Objective – To join the Sephora Field Support Center as a Beauty Advisor where I can offer my strong work ethic and customer service skills while further advancing my cosmetic artistry knowledge.

If you are a new beauty school graduate or newly licensed esthetician, you’ll want to highlight your information in the Education section. This section is going to contain all of your most recent, relevant professional experience within the beauty industry. You’ll want to first start by having the full name of your school, the time span that you were in school (could be month/year or just the year you were in school), specify the program you were in (Cosmetology or Esthetics) and list bullet points that highlight all of your major achievements and any additional training you received while in school.

For Example:
Completed 600-Hour Esthetics Program, Graduated 2010

For the bullet points, you’ll want to include things such as any awards you earned, additional classes you took that weren’t part of the normal curriculum, clubs or organizations you participated in at school and any externships you took part of before graduating. If you had an impeccable attendance record, you’ll want to make that a bullet point as well. If you were a retailing superstar on the salon floor while you were in school, you’ll want to include what your average sales tickets were for the services you performed and the retail your clients took home. If you were a visionary and did anything above and beyond the typical curriculum in beauty school, you’ll want to make sure these activities are also reflected on your resume.

If you attended any other education in addition to beauty school such as college or high school, you’ll want to include that information in the Education section of your resume. Simply state the name of the school you attended, the city and state it’s located in, your area of study and your graduation date, as long as you graduated. Note – Only add either high school or college to the Education section. You don’t need to add both to your resume.

Employment Experience 
When it comes to deciding on the order of sections on your resume, choose the section you have the most recent, relevant experience in first. If you just graduated from beauty school and have never worked in the beauty industry, you’ll want to put the Education section higher up on your resume and your Employment Experience underneath. Later on down the road as you gain relevant, professional experience within the industry, you’ll want to switch the order of these two sections.

For Employment Experience, list your last three jobs, in order from the most recent job to the the last. Each job should include the company’s full name, the city and state in which the company is located in, your position at that company, the timespan of when you worked for the company and 5 to 8 bullet points describing what you did in that position. Be sure to use words such as “administers”, “responsible for”, “managed”, “executes”, “develops” and/or “facilitates” when describing the different tasks you completed while working in that position.

Hopefully once you’ve included all of the above information, you’ll have a one-page resume. Your resume should not be any longer than one page and should only be one-sided. Choose one font. Always proofread your resume. Don’t rely on spellcheck. Re-read your resume out loud to double-check for spelling and grammatical errors. Once you’ve checked your resume, give it to two other people and ask to have them proofread it for you. There’s nothing worse than handing your resume to a hiring manager only to find that you’ve misspelled something on your resume. Remember, you only have one chance to make a good, first impression.


How to Get Yourself Fired

Youre_FiredIn real life, life happens. People are late. People get sick. Kids get sick. Tires get flat. Cars break down. There’s traffic. Sometimes no matter how well you plan it, things happen that are out of your control and cause you to be late or absent. Employers understand when this type of stuff happens once in awhile. When it happens consistently on a regular basis though, employers start to question whether its really life or just a bad work ethic.

Beauty school is a test for students to practice for the real, professional beauty world. The beauty industry is fun. It’s also a business. Not only do students learn in beauty school the technical skills of performing certain services on clients, but they also learn the business side of things, stuff like writing a resume, networking with industry professionals, building a clientele, marketing their skills to potential employers and working with different personality types. Students should always be encouraged on how to apply themselves to get the job they really want at the spa or salon of their dreams. They should also be made aware of certain bad behaviors that can potentially be the road block between having the job of their dreams and not having a job at all.

Some of the behavior I’ve seen on the salon floor at school would easily be grounds for termination in a real salon. Aside from stealing, hurting someone physically or threatening someone with physical harm, here are a few things that could get a person fired.

Not showing up for work
If you aren’t coming in, you have to call. No ifs, ands or buts. Your employer has a right to know whether or not you’re coming in for the day to service the clients who are scheduled to see you.

Always being late
Clients don’t wait for an esthetician or stylist to show up whenever they feel like it for the appointment THEY’RE paying for. They’ll just find someone else at another spa or salon who will be there and be on time.

Calling out consistently
If you’re not there to take clients, if effects the spa or salon’s bottom line. No one wants to hire an unreliable, licensed professional. This industry is small. Business owners talk. Don’t make yourself un-hirable.

Asking to go home early when you already have clients scheduled
How awful is it for a client to show up on time for a scheduled appointment, only to find that their esthetician or stylist went home early. The client took time out of their day to show up for their appointment. Chances are slim that they’ll be back to reschedule.

Not being prepared for clients, on a regular basis
Borrowing tools from a co-worker once in awhile is ok. Tools break, get lost or might not get sanitized fast enough in-between clients. It’s the ones who never seem to have their act together that manage to get themselves fired. They never seem to have their tweezers. They always forget their shears at home. They’re almost always asking to use pens from the service desk. Part of being a responsible licensed professional is also always being prepared. Don’t have just one set of tools or a pen. Have multiple. That way you’re never without.

Having a negative attitude
Ever heard the term, “One bad apple always ruins the bunch.”? Negative attitudes in spas and salons can spread like wildfire. If you’re having a bad day, don’t vibe with your client or are experiencing beef with a co-worker, fake it until you make it. Strive to see the glass half full. A large part of the beauty industry is customer service. Clients can pick up on a sour puss vibe right away. Leave whatever outside drama is effecting you at the door when you walk in for your shift. You can always pick it up when you leave the building after your busy day full of back-to-back clients, if you want to.

It’s worth a student’s while to clean up their act professionally while they’re still in school. It will only help them to be more successful in the long run. Not addressing these bad behaviors or striving for a strong, positive work ethic early on in their career would only be doing the students a disservice in the real world.


Get Rich Quick Tip: Pay Your Dues

Keep Calm and Pay Your DuesThere’s one important thing I’m constantly reminding myself of whenever I’m stressed out, tired from putting in extra hours at work or starting to feel burnt out: the importance of paying my dues. I knew when I was making the transition from bartending to being a licensed esthetician that my success wouldn’t come overnight. My career would be exactly what I would make of it. The more time, hard work and energy I put into my career, the higher chance I’d have of receiving a promotion or pay raise.

One of the first steps to paying your dues is be willing to take an entry-level position. This is the best way to get your foot in the door of your dream job company. As soon as I graduated from beauty school, I was fortunate to land a full-time, temporary, holiday position at Sephora, working as a Beauty Advisor in the Call Center. I was quite successful within my year and a half of working for the company. I was hired on as a permanent employee within six months of starting as a contract employee. Three months after I was made a permanent employee, I was promoted from being a Beauty Advisor to a Lead position. It wasn’t the most glamourous job in the industry, but it was my foot in the door at a beauty brand that I knew I wanted to align myself with.

Once you get your foot in the door, you must have and maintain a “Always Say Yes” attitude towards your position and employer. I knew starting at Sephora as a contract employee, my contract could end at any given moment, for any given reason. I lived in fear on a daily basis for the first six months I worked at Sephora that I would lose my job without any sort of warning. I saw people all around me getting let go because there wasn’t enough work to justify keeping all of the holiday staff, not fitting into the office culture or having an attendance and/or tardy issue. The keys to my success for working at Sephora was always being on time, never calling out for work, having a positive attitude and always being flexible with my schedule. Anytime my supervisor asked if I could work overtime, the answer would always be yes. Part of paying your dues means having to work the less desired shifts such as weekends, nights, early mornings or holidays.

Another part about paying your dues is the willingness to make short-term sacrifices for long-term goals. For me, its important that I establish myself as a published writer and an industry expert. I knew deep in my heart that I didn’t want to perform treatments or waxing services on clients. Instead, I wanted to focus more on the business side of things by utilizing my social media skills. I also knew that I wanted to teach. At Sephora, that meant working my way up to being a Product Trainer for Sephora University. I got a small taste for training at Sephora when I was asked to participate in the holiday training classes last year. I even got the opportunity to create my own product knowledge training class and teach it to all of the holiday new hires.

After working for Sephora for only a year and a half, I left my cushy position behind in April of this year to work at SFIEC. I traded in my dreams of becoming a Sephora University Product Trainer for becoming a jack-of-all-trades at the school. In addition to teaching Guest Services classes at SFIEC, I also manage the salon floor, brand the school each month, run all of the contests and promotions for the salon floor, manage all of the school’s social media platforms on a daily basis, facilitate new product launches and run special fundraising programs for the students. I chose to take on a full-time job loaded with extra responsibility because I know that if I put in the time and a lot of hard work, it would eventually turn into my dream job.

Paying your dues means putting in the time and hard work. You can’t be afraid of starting at the bottom and working your way to the top. Once you get your foot in the door and prove yourself to your employer, you’re more likely to get promoted. Dream jobs don’t come without a lot of blood, sweat, tears, hard work and sacrifice. I’ve sacrificed everything from not being able to attend a best friend’s wedding to taking a significant pay decrease, just so I could get my foot in the door at a brand or company I believed in. These were sacrifices I happily made in the short-term because I knew that they would help me to accomplish my long-term career goals.


Get Rich Quick Tip – How do I Build a Clientele? (Pt.2)

Get_Out_Of_Your_Comfort_ZoneThere are so many fun things in life that weren’t always easy to do at first. Think about some of life’s biggest moments that have made you feel uncomfortable when you first did them. Moments like a first date, first day of school, moving into your own place, traveling somewhere by yourself, leaving the country or starting a new job or career. Sure, it was scary at first, but in the end you were probably so happy that you did it. Sometimes the scarier these moments are, the more likely they are to be life changing and memorable.

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

The first beauty industry networking event that I ever went to was one of these moments for me. Here I was still in beauty school, not yet a licensed esthetician. My blog was in its infancy stage. Up until this point, my blog only consisted of my experiences at school and a few product reviews. I was terrified to go up to someone, introduce myself and tell them about my blog. I would think of the back of my mind, “Why would this person care about meeting me? My blog is so new and I don’t even have my license yet.” Turns out, I met a lot of amazing people at the event. Most of these people are people whom I still keep in contact with today. And the fear about no one caring about my little blog? Ha! Turns out, there were a lot of other like-minded beauty bloggers at this event as well. For once in my life, I was completely surrounded with a room full of women who shared the same passion as me – writing, beauty and social media.

So how does getting out of your comfort zone apply to building a clientele? By now, hopefully you’ve reached out to your family and friends in your Inner Circle. You’ve invited them in to experience your amazing skills and a professional salon service. You give them an amazing service and they can’t book their next appointment with you fast enough.

Your next step? Ask them for a referral. As your friend or family member is waiting to check out from their service, give them a few of your business cards. Tell them how much fun you had working on them during the appointment. Then don’t be afraid to ask them to invite some of their family and friends to come in and experience a professional salon service with you. It’s hard to ask anyone for help. This is why you should always start with the Inner Circle portion of your Circle of Influence. Remember, these are the people who will always love and support you no matter what. Ask them to show their love and support for you by recommending your services to other people within their own Circle of Influence. The best kind of advertising is always word-of-mouth, especially if its from someone within your Inner Circle.

Never leave home without your business cards and don’t be afraid to give them out.


What are the License Requirements for Becoming an Esthetician?

Esthetician LicenseLicense requirements for being an esthetician vary from state to state. This is why this question is so hard to answer and why there isn’t one place on the internet to go for this type of information. There are however some standard “Must Dos” that all states will require before issuing an esthetician license. They include:

  • Attending a licensed school
  • Completing the state’s minimum number of training hours
  • Having to pass a licensing exam that’s issued by the state

I recently stumbled upon a valuable link, thanks to Beauty Schools Directory:

Cosmetology License Requirements by State

This link is the closest thing I have found to a one-stop-shop for all information regarding licensing requirements for each state. This link has a searchable field that will help you find licensed schools in your area. It also provides licensing information for all 50 states in the country. Each state is listed alphabetically. Once you click on a state, you’ll be directed to a page that lists all of the licensing requirements and required hours for a cosmetologist, barber, nail technician and esthetician for that state. There’s also information listed about how to renew your license within the state and reciprocity. If you have ever wanted to transfer your license from one state to another, this would be considered reciprocity.

One thing to keep in mind is that continuing education classes are not always required by each state to maintain your license. It’s always a good idea to invest in continuing education, even if its not license requirement. Continuing educations helps:

  • Keep you inspired
  • Educate you on new industry trends and technology
  • Put you one step ahead of competitors that don’t invest in continuing education
  • Provide a great way to network with other industry professionals

Be sure to check out this nifty Beauty Schools Directory link. Contact information for each State Board of Cosmetology is also provided in case you have questions that might not be easily answered from the information that’s provided here.

If you’re thinking about going to beauty school, you’ll want to bookmark this link. This is a quick reference for any licensing questions you might have.


How do I Choose a Good Beauty School?

raise_your_handWhat is the number one question I get asked by my blog readers?

“How do I choose a good beauty school?”

I know just how important this question is to a lot of people. I was asking myself this very same question over two years ago. When I was asking myself this question, I wanted to make sure I got the right answer so that I could make a wise decision. In my case, going to beauty school meant investing a huge chunk of change, taking out a loan and giving up a lot of sleep and any sort of social life. I imagine anyone having to ask this question is preparing to make a number of sacrifices in their life as well.

There are a few things I would consider before deciding on which beauty school to go to. First, you need to really decide if going to beauty school is what you want to do in the first place. Is this an industry that you have passion for? Can you see yourself being happy, working as a licensed professional? Have you saved any money? Are you able to readjust your work schedule in order to fit in a school schedule?

Read my post: Should I go to Beauty School?

Secondly, if you decided that going to beauty school is a worthy investment, then the next step is to choose the right school for you. How do you know what school is right for you? Start asking questions. It’s not enough to go off of your own gut feeling. You need to know what the industry thinks of the school you’re considering. Would they hire graduates from that school? Why or why not? What’s the school’s state board passing rate? ow much is school going to cost? Is it in a location that is realistically convenient for you to get to in the morning or evening on time? Does the school offer job placement after graduation?

Read my post: Choose the Beauty School That is Best For You

Then after you’ve asked some tough questions and really given the decision to go to school some thought, do your homework. Visit the school online. Check out their website for more information. Is the school on Twitter, Facebook or Yelp? Read their reviews. See what their clients and students have to say about them online. Schedule to take a tour of the school with the Admissions Leader. Any business can make a snazzy website. Visit the school in-person. Is it clean? Are the people nice? Does it feel comfortable? Don’t be afraid to visit other schools either. You don’t want to buy the first car you see on the lot. Take your time, do your research and be sure to check out the competition.

Read my post: Do Your Homework Before You Decide on a Beauty School

I hope this posts answers any questions you might have about how to choose a good beauty school. If you have any other questions about deciding on which school to go to and it wasn’t covered here or in any of the three articles I posted links to, please leave a comment below.


Shaving vs Waxing

Shaving_Legs_Pinup_GirlDid you know that women have 18 times more areas to shave or wax than men? With all of that hair removal, many women have to decide, “Should I shave or should I wax?”

Before I became a licensed esthetician, the only area on my body that I would have waxed on a regular basis were my eyebrows. I couldn’t fathom shaving my brows. I also knew that I didn’t have adequate technical skills to shape my own brows with wax or tweezers either. Since brows shape the face, I decided to leave this waxing service to the professionals. Everything else on my body got shaved.

It wasn’t until I went to beauty school that I discovered how awesome body waxing was. With shaving, I knew that I would start feeling hair stubble grow back the very next day With waxing, I wouldn’t feel hair growing back for at least a week after the service. I found that my skin was much smoother for longer periods of time whenever it was waxed. Plus, waxing cut down on my primping time because I didn’t have to allow any extra time in the shower for shaving.

Everyone has their own personal testimony as to why they wax or shave certain areas on their body. Shaving is the old, DIY hair removal method that can be done anytime, anywhere and by anyone with a razor. Waxing is the primary hair removal method most estheticians use. Using either a hard or soft wax, wax adheres to the skin, which then adheres to the hair. The hair is removed by the hair’s bulb from the follicle, leaving the skin smooth for several days after the service. With waxing, the hair needs to be at least 1/4 inches long to be an effective hair removal method.

Here’s an overall Shaving vs. Waxing comparison based on frequency, results, price, exfoliation, how the hair is removed and any precautions.


Waxing: Anywhere from 3 to 4 weeks, depending on how fast your hair grows.

Shaving: Once or twice a week, depending on hair growth and how often the areas that need hair removal are exposed. Not everyone wears a bikini year-round. This is why bikini services are more common during the spring and summer months.


Waxing: Hair stubble starts to show up and be felt on the skin in about a week after the service.

Shaving: Hair stubble typically comes in the next day. Hello five o’clock shadow anyone?


Waxing: Depending on the service, waxing can vary anywhere from $10 to $80 a service. If you buy waxing services in bulk ahead of time or purchase them in packages, spas and salons tend to give discounts of the original price.

Shaving: It depends on the toiletries you purchase. Shaving requires razors and some sort of shaving cream. You don’t have to use shaving cream. You can substitute shaving cream for conditioner if you want to. Razors don’t last forever. They get dull after a few uses and can harbor bacteria. Razors should be replaced every six to eight uses. If you invest in a good, quality razor, it might run you around $9.99. Then you have to factor in razor cartridge refills, which are another $14.99 for a 4-pack. If you go the shaving cream route, that could cost you another $2.99.


Waxing: When the skin is waxed, it gets a slight exfoliation (removal of dead skin cells) on the top layer of the skin. Removing dead skin cells on a regular basis helps to keep breakouts and ingrown hairs at bay. With waxing, you’ll need to exfoliate areas that have been waxed more often.

Shaving: Shaving is a mechanical form of exfoliation. Instead of using an actual exfoliant product to remove dead skin cells, shaving will remove hair and the top layer of skin that is compose of dead skin cells. Think of shaving as a two-in-one exfoliation for the skin.

Hair Removal

Waxing: Waxing removes the hair and its bulb from deep down inside the hair follicle. This is why skin feels so much smoother for so much longer whenever its waxed.

Shaving: Shaving only cuts the hair at the skin’s surface. This is why the hair seems to grow back faster when its shaved. Shaving doesn’t make hair grow back any faster. It just doesn’t remove as much of the hair when its waxed. This explains why hair stubble shows up the very next day after shaving.


Waxing: There are a lot of possible contraindications when it comes to waxing. If you’re taking certain medications, they can weaken the skin and cause lifting on the skin if its waxed. Some people can be uber sensitive or even allergic to wax. If an esthetician doesn’t have a good waxing technique, they can break the hair at the skin’s surface, causing discomfort and ingrown hairs. If the wax is too hot, the skin can be burned. Some people have a low pain tolerance so the act of waxing on their skin is too unbearable to tolerate.

Shaving: The act of shaving isn’t painful, but can cause pain if the razor cuts the skin’s surface. Shaving can also cause pain if you slip and fall in the shower, trying to shave a hard-to-reach area. There’s also the risk of razor burn and ingrown hairs, which generally happens when the hair is shaved in the opposite direction of its growth.



Get Rich Quick Tip: 5 Ways to Get Hired

help_wantedCongratulations! You survived all 600 hours of lectures, reading the Milady’s textbook cover-to-cover, working in the treatment room on real clients, studying flashcards for State Boards and doing so many State Board practical walk-thrus that you could probably take the exam and practical in your sleep if you had to. Ideally, your State Board test date is shortly after graduation. Then you can get your license and be well on your way. But where to? Where does a newly licensed esthetician go after graduation and passing State Board?

This is a question that you’ve probably already been thinking about while in school. I know when I first started my esthetics program, I was pretty set on becoming a professional waxing queen while working my way into a medi spa-type setting. That all changed half way thru my program when I discovered how much I loved products and that my true passion was in training people how to use all of those amazing products. During the last few weeks of school, an opportunity presented itself which led me into the job I have now. Lucky for me, the day I got my license was also the same day I found out I had gotten hired for my current job.

How does one go from being a beauty school graduate to working in the professional world? It’s not always easy and it takes a lot of work, dedication and patience. Here are five ways on how to get hired right out of beauty school.

#1: Don’t Hide Your Enthusiasm
Chances are if you’ve just finished beauty school, you’re probably really excited. You finally earned your license and now its time to get to work in your new profession. Employers love employees who are full of passion. People who are passionate about their job enjoy coming into work. They usually have an impeccable attendance record. They’re eager to learn and will do anything to take good care of their clients. This type of positive energy is infectious in a business. What employer wouldn’t want to have employees who are excited about work? Bottom line: Don’t hide your enthusiasm from potential employers. The happy and positive types of people not only get hired, but quickly get promoted.

#2: Know Your Networking ABCs: Always Be Connecting
When you think about it, the beauty industry is small. If you work in a spa or salon, the industry is even smaller. Everyone seems to know everyone or of them in some way, shape or form. Use those networking skills you developed in beauty school. Never leave home or go to an industry event without your business cards. Don’t be afraid to hand them out at an event, in a training class or after receiving a service at a spa or salon you really like. You never know who’s hiring. The more people you know in your industry, the more people will know you and know of you. Businesses always prefer to hire someone they already know rather than taking a chance on a faceless resume.

#3: Just do it and Don’t Forget to Follow Through
During the last month of my esthetics program, I found out that recruiters for Sephora were visiting our school. The day I got ahold of the job description with the recruiter’s information, I submitted my resume. Then I made sure to stay after class for the beginning of night school so I could meet the recruiter in-person, just to introduce myself. A week went by after submitting my resume and I still hadn’t heard back from the recruiter yet. I decided to call the recruiter to follow up on the resume I had submitted with her. I also sent her an email letting her know how interested I was in the position. A couple weeks later, I had earned myself an interview. Even though I wasn’t the only one applying for the position, I stayed fresh in the recruiter’s mind because I took action and wasn’t afraid to follow up. My persistence resulted in me scoring an interview and landing the job. If there’s an opening or an opportunity that you’re interested in, don’t just think about applying for it. Do it. Submit your resume and don’t forget to follow up.

#4: Utilize the Job Placement Coordinator at School
Hopefully your school cares enough about your professional success that they have a Job Placement Coordinator on site for you to work with. Don’t wait until the week before your graduation to meet with the Job Placement Coordinator. Make friends with him or her early on in your program. This is the person you can come to for resume writing advice, potential job leads, and endless networking opportunities. Even after you’ve graduated, your Job Placement Coordinator can still assist you in your job search if you need help. They certainly wont get the job for you, but they are an excellent resource in finding worthy opportunities to apply for.

#5: Remember That Education Doesn’t Stop at Graduation
There is only so much information any esthetics program can fit into 600 hours. Education doesn’t stop after getting your license. It’s important to continue your postgraduate education within the industry. International Dermal Institute is not only the skin care industry leader in postgraduate education, but its also responsible for the ingredient research and product development for the entire Dermalogica skin care line. IDI currently has 38 postgraduate Training Centers worldwide; 18 of which are located in the United States. In addition to the paid class curriculum, IDI also offers FREE Guest Speaker evenings that are open to all licensed professionals. Students even receive a 30% discount in the student store on all personal and professional sizes of Dermalogica products.

Seasonal trade shows such as the Face and Body Conference Expo feature a weekend full of numerous product-neutral and supplier classes taught by various industry leaders along with a networking luncheon, a networking night out at on the town (in San Jose its at a local winery), the Expo Hall featuring over 100 exhibitors and a day long Medical Esthetics Summit.

Education also includes any research you might choose to do on your own regarding product lines, ingredients and industry trends. It can also include brand trainings taught by representatives of any of the product lines your salon or spa might carry. One of the best ways you can keep yourself competitive in this industry and be an invaluable resource for your clients is to always pursue postgraduate


Get Rich Quick Tip: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

road-less-traveledIn beauty school, I learned many valuable lessons.  Some of them were important concepts, procedures and industry terms that I needed to memorize in order to pass State Board. Thanks to my fabulous Learning Leaders, I also learned a lot about real-life and how to be successful once I graduated from school and started working in the professional world. One of the real-life lessons I really took to heart while in school was the need to do something that scares me each and everyday. I’m not talking about forcing myself to watch scary movies just so I can spend the next week sleeping with all of the lights on and looking underneath my bed before I go to sleep every night. I’m talking about doing things that force me to break my daily routine and get out of my comfort zone.

I’m a creature of habit. I’m one of those people who loves to have a routine. I like to wake up at the same time every morning, walk down the same side of the street, go to the same coffee shop and order the same breakfast sandwich on my way to work everyday. Having a routine is settling. It’s mindless. It reassures me that I wont forget anything. It also isn’t very exciting.

It’s the days when I don’t stick to my routine when exciting things happen. It’s as simple as me having to take the bus to work because I ended up leaving my house a little later than usual. Instead of walking to work, I’m forced to walk down a whole different street, see different store fronts and experience a different form of mode of transportation to work, but I also gain a fresh perspective on the new work day.

In beauty school, I quickly got comfortable with all of my classmates and Learning Leaders. It was easy to talk to anyone at school because they had all become an active part of my daily routine. I’ve always thought of myself as a social person. Being a bartender for eight years, I knew I had the people skills to be able to start up a conversation with anyone who sat in my bar. My tip jar depended on my people skills and being able to win my customers over.

Last year I attended my first industry networking event, the iFabbo event at Beauty Company. It wasn’t until I had got to the event that I discovered just how much networking terrified me. I no longer had my classmates or even a bar to draw people in to have a conversation with me. Now, it was up to me to go up to someone, introduce myself and start a conversation with a complete stranger. Luckily I went to the event with a really good friend of mine who also happens to be a networking master. She’s one of those people who isn’t afraid to talk to anyone. She picked up right away that I was nervous, even though I was the one who had invited her to the event. She gave me a little pep talk and had me follow her lead for the first few conversations. By the end of the event, I was completely comfortable and had even managed to make a few friends.

I ended up going to five more events last year after the iFabbo event. Most of these events I attended by myself. At each event, I became more comfortable with approaching a complete stranger, introducing myself and talking shop about anything pertaining to beauty, makeup or skin care. Once I made the decision to face my fear, break my routine and step outside of my comfort zone, I started to grow as a person. My confidence soared and I made a lot of new friends.

Choosing to do that one thing that scares you everyday doesn’t mean you have to go to an industry networking event solo just because you’re shy or even jump out an airplane because you’re afraid of heights. It can be something as little as walking on the other side of the street to work that morning, trying a new serum or moisturizer, wearing a different color of lip stick than you normally do, wearing a pair of heels, trying food that you’ve never eaten before, telling the girl on the bus that you think her boots are cute or even just smiling at a stranger. Whatever it is, choose one thing each day that scares you and do it. Don’t be afraid to shake up your routine a bit. Who knows. Doing that one thing that scares you could inspire you to do something even bigger and better than what you’re doing now.