What path to take to become a curly stylist?

In the next year I have to decide if I'm going to business school THEN beauty school or straight to beauty school. I'm starting to lean more towards beauty school right away and a year is not far away. It's actually starting to frighten me! I've been looking for good beauty schools to go to, money isn't really a factor so at first I looked at Paul Mitchell and Aveda, the "Harvards" of beauty school but both, particularly Aveda seem to be very cookie cutter. As you curlies know, our hair is anything but cookie cutter and I know my goal is to really specialize in curls. I was wondering if anyone knew the right path to take, the best one that will lead me to a career taming crazy curls not duplicating pin straight cuts. I understand I'll have to learn straight hair to, I'm not saying I want to skip it. I just want to know If there is a school or path I can take where I can learn the straight AND curls. Also, any opinions on those big name schools? Online reviews seem to be mixed. I don't want to dish out the money if it wont be worth it. Thanks!
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  • CGSince2002CGSince2002 Posts: 1,073Banned Users
    Congratulations on your choice. It's a good thing that you can afford a good school because way too many only teach the bare essentials and perhaps a more renowned one will go a little beyond that. I would ask them to let me see their "syllabus" or curriculum to help you make the right choice for you. I am afraid, though, that they all will put emphasis on straight hair and that some of their teachings will be very outmoded when it comes to curly hair.

    I don't know of any schools that specifically train stylists in curly hair but years ago I did hear that Devachan had seminars and/or instructional DVDs for professionals so you may want to look into that, it's been a lot of years since I "heard" about that so maybe they offer more than that these days. I myself wanted to get trained on "curly cuts" and dreamed of having the first salon for curlies in S. FL... then I got sick, which included intolerance to a lot of chemicals and allergies, so that dream went down the tubes.
    Joined Curltalk 1st time in early '02 shortly after starting CG. I'm a non-practicing Cosmetologist.
    Hair: color-treated, mostly 3A.
    CO-wash: VO5 K&L
    RO: SpaHaus Salon w/OO, VO5 Shea Cashmere, W.R. Trop. Coconut, Daily Defense Moisturizing & others.
    LI: Beautiful Curls w/Shea Butter & C.O., Hollywood Beauty OO Creme, VO5 K&L, Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer.
    Gels: LAL Wet Look, ORS Lock & Twist.
    Oils: Jojoba, EVCO & Africa's Best Ultimate Herbal Oil

  • CGSince2002CGSince2002 Posts: 1,073Banned Users
    Joined Curltalk 1st time in early '02 shortly after starting CG. I'm a non-practicing Cosmetologist.
    Hair: color-treated, mostly 3A.
    CO-wash: VO5 K&L
    RO: SpaHaus Salon w/OO, VO5 Shea Cashmere, W.R. Trop. Coconut, Daily Defense Moisturizing & others.
    LI: Beautiful Curls w/Shea Butter & C.O., Hollywood Beauty OO Creme, VO5 K&L, Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer.
    Gels: LAL Wet Look, ORS Lock & Twist.
    Oils: Jojoba, EVCO & Africa's Best Ultimate Herbal Oil

  • HaileyRHaileyR Posts: 98Registered Users
    Congratulations on your choice. It's a good thing that you can afford a good school because way too many only teach the bare essentials and perhaps a more renowned one will go a little beyond that. I would ask them to let me see their "syllabus" or curriculum to help you make the right choice for you. I am afraid, though, that they all will put emphasis on straight hair and that some of their teachings will be very outmoded when it comes to curly hair.

    I don't know of any schools that specifically train stylists in curly hair but years ago I did hear that Devachan had seminars and/or instructional DVDs for professionals so you may want to look into that, it's been a lot of years since I "heard" about that so maybe they offer more than that these days. I myself wanted to get trained on "curly cuts" and dreamed of having the first salon for curlies in S. FL... then I got sick, which included intolerance to a lot of chemicals and allergies, so that dream went down the tubes.

    That really stinks that you couldn't pursue your dream. Life has funny plans for us sometimes. That is also a dream of mine, to have a curly salon in an area where it doesn't exist. Where exactly I haven't decided. Floridas a bit too hot for me to handle personally :laughing6:

    I have heard of the Deva Program but didn't look into to much because It seemed to be training you take after already being a licensed cosmetologist. That would stink to have bad habits already; but I guess that's how all curly stylist did it! Obey the masters until you're free to learn how to do the curls. Thank you (:
    High Porosity
    Fine
    Dense
    2c-3b
  • Geek_ChicGeek_Chic Posts: 1,275Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    You might get in touch with the Curly Hair Artistry group. That's a group of curly specialists from across the USA and Canada, along with a few from elsewhere. They're having an intensive in late October of this year. I don't think they do any beginner type classes, but if you want curl focused instruction, it may be worth checking into, once you have baseline skills down. Their facebook page is here: http://www.facebook.com/curlyhairartistry

    There's a list of group members here: Category: Curly Hair Artists - Krista Leavitt - Curl Specialist

    I'm sure any one of them would be happy to provide you with information.
    CG since 11/2011
    2c /3a F /Mii, low porosity

    Go To Products /Routine:
    Clarifying: Suave Essentials Strawberry
    Low Poo: Renpure Luxurious Argan Oil
    CO: Suave Essentials Strawberry, V05 Kiwi Lime
    RO /LI: Tresemme Perfectly (un)Done, Cure Care, V05 Kiwi Lime Squeeze, Suave Essentials Strawberry, Renpure Brazilian Keratin (old formula)
    Stylers: LALSG, AIF, HETT, Suave Professionals Firm Control
    PT: IAGirl's as needed
  • CGSince2002CGSince2002 Posts: 1,073Banned Users
    I actually think that if you apply yourself what you can learn right on this site and other places on the internet (like about hair product ingredients and techniques), plus reading a couple of books about curly hair, will very nicely supplement what you learn in cosmetology school. Then, an additional course after obtaining your license will round it all out and give you the credentials you'll need to open a salon someday, the rest will come through experience only.
    Joined Curltalk 1st time in early '02 shortly after starting CG. I'm a non-practicing Cosmetologist.
    Hair: color-treated, mostly 3A.
    CO-wash: VO5 K&L
    RO: SpaHaus Salon w/OO, VO5 Shea Cashmere, W.R. Trop. Coconut, Daily Defense Moisturizing & others.
    LI: Beautiful Curls w/Shea Butter & C.O., Hollywood Beauty OO Creme, VO5 K&L, Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer.
    Gels: LAL Wet Look, ORS Lock & Twist.
    Oils: Jojoba, EVCO & Africa's Best Ultimate Herbal Oil

  • Morgan_AdcockMorgan_Adcock Posts: 2,573Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I'm going to be the odd one out and suggest that, since you want to have your own salon some day, it would make very good sense for you to go to business school first. I think that when you get into beauty school, and establishing a client base, you'll be so focused on your training and the ins and outs of your everyday work that it would be harder to pick that part up later; but it would definitely stand you in good stead.

    You might find it helpful to see if you could talk to Tiffany Anderson of Live Curly, Live Free. She had business training and experience before becoming a hairdresser, and it seems to have been a very good career path for her.

    I also recommend following beauty school with training from Deva Academy, and Curly Hair Artistry group which Geek_Chic mentioned – learning as much from already established curl-centric stylists as possible.
    Peace,
    Morgan

    Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
    CGing since July 2008
  • CGSince2002CGSince2002 Posts: 1,073Banned Users
    I started thinking like you for the same reason... but since she said she was already more inclined to go directly to beauty school I didn't say anything. But since you said it, being so young I think it would be best to go to business school first too, after all, Cosmetology school is very short, at least here in the U.S. where the average time to be ready to get a license is about a year, so HaileyR you could have both in a relatively short time.
    Joined Curltalk 1st time in early '02 shortly after starting CG. I'm a non-practicing Cosmetologist.
    Hair: color-treated, mostly 3A.
    CO-wash: VO5 K&L
    RO: SpaHaus Salon w/OO, VO5 Shea Cashmere, W.R. Trop. Coconut, Daily Defense Moisturizing & others.
    LI: Beautiful Curls w/Shea Butter & C.O., Hollywood Beauty OO Creme, VO5 K&L, Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer.
    Gels: LAL Wet Look, ORS Lock & Twist.
    Oils: Jojoba, EVCO & Africa's Best Ultimate Herbal Oil

  • WildfoxWildfox Posts: 148Registered Users
    I think that if you're able to work and go to business school at the same time it would be nice to get your cosmetology license first so that you could gain first hand experience in that field for a couple years while finishing business school. I would definitely recommend seeking out stylists that are good with curly hair and talking to them about what they did to gain those skills and trying to find some current or past students of the beauty schools your looking at to see what they liked and didn't like about their training. It would be best to speak to someone in person if at all possible or through email. Online reviews can be tricky or confusing at times. Maybe they have a Facebook page for the school that you could post on asking for some information?
  • HaileyRHaileyR Posts: 98Registered Users
    Thank you both very much. It would be more practical to attend business school first. Sadly, I don't think I would be very welcome in my family anymore if I decided not to. On top of that, it will make finding a job to have during my training years a lot easier. Thank you all!
    High Porosity
    Fine
    Dense
    2c-3b
  • HaileyRHaileyR Posts: 98Registered Users
    Wildfox wrote: »
    I think that if you're able to work and go to business school at the same time it would be nice to get your cosmetology license first so that you could gain first hand experience in that field for a couple years while finishing business school. I would definitely recommend seeking out stylists that are good with curly hair and talking to them about what they did to gain those skills and trying to find some current or past students of the beauty schools your looking at to see what they liked and didn't like about their training. It would be best to speak to someone in person if at all possible or through email. Online reviews can be tricky or confusing at times. Maybe they have a Facebook page for the school that you could post on asking for some information?



    I really like this idea, if I am reading it right. Beauty school first, then college? Perhaps work as a stylist while I am an business school? To my parents, it could be considered a gap year though I understand it would be anything but-from what I have heard through a friends sister in beauty school currently and what I have read, its very rigorous. I could call it my gap year as a means of convincing.
    I was super disappointed recently when I found out my stylist was away for maternity leave. Its Melanie one of the top recommended ladies on this site. I intended on talking to her about it. Luckily I still have about a year and half to really decided. Thanks again!
    High Porosity
    Fine
    Dense
    2c-3b
  • WildfoxWildfox Posts: 148Registered Users
    I have a friend that finished cosmetology school last year and is now an apprentice working at a nail salon until she gets her license (2 years). I suggested it because now she is considering university options and will be able to support herself throughout school with her esthetitician job. I think it would be a lot of work but definitely possible. She'll have her full license and potentially a degree at the end.

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