Barber or Hairstylist Career?


More than a million people are licensed as cosme­tolo­gists in the United States and several million work as hairdressers.

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Should you become a cosmetolo­gist or a barber? You might view cosme­to­logy as a field of study one pursues during night school. Across the United States, schools charge an average of $17,000 for a certifi­cate. It can cost more than $20,000. Iowa is the strict­est, requiring of 2,100 hours of instruction.

Graduates sometimes begin offering hair and facial treat­ments from their home until acquiring enough clientele to rent out a booth. Many obtain minimum wage jobs to pay off student loans. With much hard work, graduates may dream of eventu­ally owning their own shop and perhaps renting out booth space to others. All of this may not materialize but some­thing is certain: It is a rigorous field of study that is popular.

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Kevin Williams is a health advocate, artist, pro­gram­mer, and writer of hundreds of articles for multiple web­sites. He has 17 years experi­ence as a Neutrogena Research and Scientific Affairs graphics con­sul­tant.

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