September 11, 2020
10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Attending Beauty School
If you’re considering going to beauty school, there’s a lot of research that goes into your decision! From choosing the right school to deciding how to pay for it, there are quite a few options. Attending beauty school, while challenging, could be the best decision you make for yourself. Before you start school, let us help you understand what our students wish they knew before attending beauty school.
1. I’d Have So Many Options
Depending on the school you choose, there could be a lot of programs to choose from and many opportunities within those programs! Think about if you’re more passionate about hair or skincare, or if you’d like to pursue something more hands on like massage therapy. At Raphael’s School of Beauty Culture Inc., we offer the following programs:
- Advanced Esthetician
- Advanced Manicurist
- Combination Advanced Esthetics & Advanced Manicurist Program
- Massage Therapy
- Cosmetologist Advanced Program
2. I’d Meet Some of My Best Friends
The best perk of attending beauty school is that you get to be surrounded with passionate, like-minded people! Your classmates are learning the same things, and are the perfect community to discuss brand new ideas and techniques in the beauty industry. With that much in common, don’t be surprised if your classmates turn into your best friends!
3. My Teachers Would Become my Mentors
Your teachers aren’t just there to teach, they’re there to guide the future of the beauty industry. Every teacher you have was once in your spot as a beauty school student. When you’re successful, your teachers feel successful. Trust in them to help you enjoy your time in school and feel confident to start your future career after graduation.
4. I’m Half Stylist, Half Therapist
Think about your stylist and ask yourself, “How much do they know about me?” If you’re like most people, it’s probably a lot! When you sit in someone’s chair for a few hours, you’re bound to start spilling. As a stylist, you’ll have the opportunity to meet a lot of new people, and likely hear a few new secrets!
5. Social Media Makes it Look Easy
It’s easy to get wrapped up in social media, especially if you follow other stylists. Sometimes you’ll see them post style after style on Instagram, and it can be easy to forget how much work goes into each haircut, color, and style. The photos don’t say it all, so don’t get discouraged! Remember, people are never posting their failures on social media. It’s all a highlights reel.
6. Beauty School Takes a Lot of Dedication
When you look at a beauty course online, it can be easy to underestimate how much those 600, 1200, or 1800 hour programs really take. Every hour is spent learning foundational skills, book work, the latest industry trends, and more. To keep up, you have to stay dedicated. Staying on top of your studies is key to your success while in beauty school. Trust us, the end result is totally worth the dedication!
7. I’d Learn Both the “How” and the “Why”
Not only do your instructors work hard to teach you how to do something correctly, they want you to know why it’s taught that way. Your instructors have tested and perfected a lot of techniques, and want to do their best to help you steer clear of any mistakes!
8. Makeup is So Much Harder Than YouTube Tutorials
If you’ve ever felt like you followed your favorite beauty influencer’s tutorial perfectly, only to end with a face full of makeup that looks nothing like the video, you’re not alone! Perfecting your makeup skills takes hours, months, and even years of practice. Those influencers didn’t get there overnight, so be kind to yourself if your first few looks in school don’t look like you thought they would. Keep practicing, stay dedicated, and your hard work will pay off!
9. Social Media is More Important Than Ever
We’ve seen the rise of social media, and it’s more important than ever! With many stylists, you can simply search their name on Instagram, and instantly see a full portfolio of their work. For many young people, this is how they make their decision on who they want styling their hair or doing their nails. Check out this handy guide for marketing yourself on social media so you can stay up to date on the latest trends!
10. It Would Be the Best Decision I’d Ever Make
At the end of the day, working in the beauty industry might be the perfect opportunity for you. It’s an industry where you can help people feel confident, beautiful, and in some cases, even heal. Beauty professionals are important. People will always need haircuts, and who can turn down splurging on a massage or a new manicure? In addition to helping people feel beautiful, you’ll also meet so many wonderful people who could become colleagues, friends, and more!
Get Started at Raphael’s School of Beauty Culture Inc.
The next step on your path to a future career in beauty starts with applying to school! Our admissions representatives would love to get to know you and answer any questions you might have. Contact us today to find out more about how to get started, and why a future in beauty might be the best decision for you.
*Financial aid is available to those who qualify.