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Should I go back to my essentially dead end job or go to cosmetology school?

TriMixDivaTriMixDiva Posts: 255Registered Users
I'm also finishing my accounting degree and the rest of my classes are online. My only hesitation with going to cosmetology school is that I'm not sure I will enjoy being a full blown hair stylist, but if I don't go now while I have an opportunity to go for free I might regret it. Obviously, I have a passion for hair, don't we all ;)
TYPE: 3C
Current State: Just bc'd but still growing out heat damage in the front that goes to the root
High Density, Medium Porosity
Length: Grazing SL curly with tons of layers
Goal: MBL curly? 2019?
Doing what I want when I want!

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  • theliothelio Posts: 5,374Registered Users
    but you have a degree in accounting? You dont want to be an accounted? or is cosmetology just a backup?

    If you want to just learn to do hair, you can become an apprentice with out actually going to school. Cosmotolgy school is so you can become licensed. if you dont want to become licensed why go?
  • TriMixDivaTriMixDiva Posts: 255Registered Users
    I do like accounting and I can see myself working in it, but I think if I have a passion for hair I might really love being a hair stylist. It's been a fantasy but I'm not sure if I should really pursue it, but a big part of me says you only live once try it.
    TYPE: 3C
    Current State: Just bc'd but still growing out heat damage in the front that goes to the root
    High Density, Medium Porosity
    Length: Grazing SL curly with tons of layers
    Goal: MBL curly? 2019?
    Doing what I want when I want!
  • DevushkaDevushka Posts: 1,080Registered Users
    If it were me and I could go for free, I would. The *free* aspect is hard to beat! It would really just come down to a matter of how much time I wanted to invest -- How long is the program to get certified/licensed? It's nice that you've got accounting to "fall back on" if you decide you don't want to be a stylist full time. And you might find a good salon that wants extra stylists only on the weekends if that's all the hairstyling you end up being interested in doing.
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  • TriMixDivaTriMixDiva Posts: 255Registered Users
    The program is 9 months and I live in a good area with lots of salons hiring newly licensed assistants to learn the ropes and I hear of many who take the time to establish themselves in higher end salons making 400-500 a day 2 years after becoming licensed.

    When I heard if you love what you do, you won't work a day in your life it made me think of hair styling. I think I'm going to go for it.
    TYPE: 3C
    Current State: Just bc'd but still growing out heat damage in the front that goes to the root
    High Density, Medium Porosity
    Length: Grazing SL curly with tons of layers
    Goal: MBL curly? 2019?
    Doing what I want when I want!
  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Go for it! With your accounting/cosmet background you can own your own shop one day ...and actually make money. Or you can market your business services to various local salons.

  • cmb4314cmb4314 Posts: 984Registered Users
    Consider whether you'd really rather work as a stylist - I'd guess that accounting is going to pay more, have better hours (no evenings, weekends), have better benefits (my hair stylist was lamenting her 5 vacation days, whereas most office jobs give twice that or more), etc.

    That said, if you can go for free and swing the extra work/time commitment, there is really no harm in learning the skill.

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  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Posts: 8,440Administrators, Moderators Administrator
    cmb4314 wrote: »
    Consider whether you'd really rather work as a stylist - I'd guess that accounting is going to pay more, have better hours (no evenings, weekends), have better benefits (my hair stylist was lamenting her 5 vacation days, whereas most office jobs give twice that or more), etc.

    That said, if you can go for free and swing the extra work/time commitment, there is really no harm in learning the skill.

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  • Who Me?Who Me? Posts: 3,181Registered Users
    Go for it! With your accounting/cosmet background you can own your own shop one day ...and actually make money. Or you can market your business services to various local salons.

    This is what I was thinking! It seems like with some experience as a stylist, you could really be valuable on the business end of things, whether you want to start your own salon, or just manage one, or have a salon-related business but not actually a salon (like maybe some kind of consulting company).
    "I don't know! I don't know why I did it, I don't know why I enjoyed it, and I don't know why I'll do it again!" -BART SIMPSON
  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Who Me? wrote: »
    This is what I was thinking! It seems like with some experience as a stylist, you could really be valuable on the business end of things, whether you want to start your own salon, or just manage one, or have a salon-related business but not actually a salon (like maybe some kind of consulting company).

    Yeah, do you ever watch Tabatha Takes Over or whatever it's called on Bravo?

    So many salon owners are clueless about the business side of things and run their shops into the ground w/ mismanagement and stupid decisions. Running a successful salon isn't just about giving a good haircut. It's a business!

  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
    Yeah, do you ever watch Tabatha Takes Over or whatever it's called on Bravo?
    I've learned from that show that it's a key mistake to hide bottles of vodka all over the salon and offices.

    Would you be able to resume and finish your accounting degree later? IMO if you've put so much time, effort, and money into getting a degree, you might as well finish it.
  • WillowWillow Posts: 46Registered Users
    If you are not sure you will like being a hairstylist then you probably won't. I went to cosmetology school because, like you, I had a passion for hair. I have found that I do not have a passion for being a hairstylist though. I think they are two entirely different things.

    Having said all that, if the program is really only 9 months and it's free then you don't have much to lose. Just make sure it is really what they say. My school told me it was about a year and it took 1 1/2 years. Also, alot of the things you will need to learn won't be taught at cosmetology school. You will only learn it when you are actually working as a hairstylist. School mainly teaches you how to do procedures safely. They do not teach you in depth hair color or cutting. Your school may be different though.
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 11,970Registered Users Curl Novice
    Do you think you might regret it if you don't give cosmetology a shot?

    Someone suggested this way of making a decision like you are facing. It's sort of trickery but sometimes it has worked for me. On a piece of paper draw a line down the center. On the left side write down what you like about accounting. On the right side write down what you don't like about accounting.

    Do the same on another paper for the cosmetology. Now...the point is, it's the right side that counts for both pieces of paper. You can always live with what you like - can you live with what you don't like? That's the key. Compare the don't likes for both accounting and cosmetology and see if that helps. HTH and best of luck with this decision!!! Please post back and tell us what you decided.
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  • TriMixDivaTriMixDiva Posts: 255Registered Users
    I dont know still because a big part of me thinks itll be a silly waste of time to chase this dream, and that accounting is a straight shot to a good job I will enjoy. The fact that I have a newborn son too makes me want to just choose the safe route.
    TYPE: 3C
    Current State: Just bc'd but still growing out heat damage in the front that goes to the root
    High Density, Medium Porosity
    Length: Grazing SL curly with tons of layers
    Goal: MBL curly? 2019?
    Doing what I want when I want!