At 18 I would never have imagined I would be in Cosmetology school. I was never a “girlie” girl, in fact I was downright tomboyish. I was a hardcore gamer for the last decade and then, a switch flipped in my head. I began watching beauty bloggers on Youtube. I can’t remember exactly what drew me to that but in late 2013, early 2014 I became increasingly interested in makeup and beauty. I was hooked.
I’ve always been an artist, in fact I was president of our school’s art club during my high school years. Makeup became truly a form of expression and art that I’d really been missing in my life as an academic librarian. I loved learning about the theory and techniques that create flawless beauty. I’m not saying that beauty can only be achieved by makeup but used appropriately it enhances natural beauty.
Last summer I found myself at a crosswords. I began looking into education in the beauty industry. I initially thought I would attend a makeup academy but after plenty of research I decided that I needed to do a program that resulted in a license rather than just a certificate. Why? Because in some states you must have a license as a makeup artist. I wanted to be mobile and marketable. I looked into both Esthiology and Cosmetology programs. Because I had very little experience in most things beauty I decided to do Cosmetology. Why? Because I would be licensed to do anything from hair color to facials. I’d also be licensed to do updos, something that I’d been in awe of since my wedding. I thought my stylists were just the most amazing people ever!
Over the last year I found that not only did I love makeup but I LOVE skin and nails as well. I think that facials are probably my favorite service to provide other than makeup. There is something so soothing about being in a dark room, listening to peaceful music and making someone feel fabulously relaxed, all while providing a specialized skin treatment. I don’t want to toot my own horn but I regularly put people to sleep.
My journey is about to come to an end. It’s been a long 11 months. If anyone ever tells you that Cosmetology school is easy they are misinformed (just kidding but for real, it’s hard). It honestly feels like a full time job and you are constantly trying to keep up with learning new things. It’s almost a trial by fire. But at the end of the day I’ve learned SO much. My background is in biology/chemistry and learning about the anatomy, physiology and chemistry of the skin and hair has just been a JOY.
So, where do I go from here? The answer is: I’m not sure. I knew early on that I wanted to do bridal makeup and now that I’ve gotten experience with updos, I’m more and more convinced that I’d love to do bridal work (I’m so glad that I have the versatility to do both). But it takes time to get to a point where one can make a full time job doing that. In the meantime, I am hoping to find a job doing skin, nails or both. I’ve been looking into jobs at spas and I’m excited to see where this takes me.
Now that school is done I plan to blog more regularly again. Which is good because I have definitely missed it. I’ll also be updating you all on my job hunt and hopefully my progress on my bridal dreams. For now I am getting ready to take my boards and I’ll definitely share my experiences with that process!
Where did I go to school? Regency Beauty Institute. Feel free to ask me anything about Cosmetology school in general or even about Regency.