Cosmetology Career Guidance

Cosmetology Career Guidance

Why should you go to cosmetology school? Where did the profession originate? What are some of the specialties I can pursue? Find answers to these questions and much more within our resources page.

Altering one's appearance through the use of cosmetics, perfumes, and other means has been occurring for centuries. Lavish hairstyles, coloring, and adornments have long been used to indicate one's nobility or aristocratic status - often, the more complicated one's style, the higher one's status. It was not until the 20th century that hairstyles began to be shorter and simpler and less reflective of large trends rather than personal style.

Make-up has been used since ancient times. Ancient Egyptian aristocrats used minerals to define features and add color to their faces. Ancient Romans used oil-based perfumes in baths and fountains. Through the 19th century, it was common for people to use poisonous substances to whiten one's face, add sparkles and color to eyes, and redden lips. It was also common for people to experience severe illness and even death from the poisonous make-up.

The early part of the 20th century brought tremendous growth to the cosmetics industry. Movies heavily influenced hairstyles, make-up trends and development, and even tanning. Women felt new surges of independence during World War I as they joined the workforce and had their own disposable income, many for the first time. This sense of liberation influenced more and more women to purchase cosmetics and other personal items and services to improve their appearance.

Every state requires cosmetologists to be licensed, though requirements for licensure vary. The listings here at provide details about dozens of excellent schools to pursue such an education.

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