This is it. You have decided what you want to do for a career. You are excited. Your days are filled with dreams of creating the perfect Balayage, and mastering a Brazilian blow-out.
You are ready.
But with all the excitement and daydreams there is one thing that is blocking you from you taking that first step.
Choosing a Beauty School
It’s no wonder, finding the perfect beauty school can be very daunting! The school you choose and the education they provide can truly impact what type of job you will be able to get after graduation.
If you feel overwhelmed by this choice, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. Read through our tips for picking a beauty school.
Dig in Deep
Get ready, while the research for this can seem intense, this is an important decision and you want to make sure that your investment is worth it.
Before you even make the call to schedule a tour, find out all you can about the school.
- What background do the owners have?
- How long has the school been open?
- What is the history like?
- What training do the instructors have?
- Have they won any awards?
Asking questions can help you see a broader perspective of the school even before you step through their doors. Don’t be afraid to dig deep and ask the hard questions to get the answers you want.
Have a list ready before you go in so that you don’t forget anything! But remember, even if you do, sending an email to the admissions department before or after the tour can help you ask what you forgot and organize your thoughts as you get ready to make a decision.
What Students are Saying
Each beauty school is different. That much can be ascertained from the moment you walk through their doors. Although tours are great resources, it’s the students who know first-hand what the school is really like.
Check the reviews of the school on sites like Google and Facebook to hear what those students are saying. Do they have good things to say, and what about the bad? Every business is sure to have some unhappy customers, but bad reviews should not necessarily discount a school. Check their responses and see if their decorum is what you would hope to see in your school.
What Salons are Saying
Your ultimate goal is to get a job in a salon. You may even have the salon of your dreams already picked out. Because of this, it’s important to get the input of salon owners before making your decision.
After all, local salon owners are the ones that are interviewing those freshly minted graduates from local beauty schools. Salon owners know what they want and they know which schools are providing the education levels they want in their employees.
Reviews from students are a very important factor when choosing a school, but taking the time to speak to salon owners can give you an even clearer view on what you can expect after graduation, and which schools can help you get there.
Feels Like Home
It’s no secret that you will be spending a lot of time at your chosen school. Depending on your program it could be as much as 40 hours a week! You want to find a place that makes you feel welcome, with people who understand you, to help those hours, weeks and months fly by in a blur of awesomeness.
When you take a tour make sure to ask about what the student body is like if there are any extra team building activities that they like to do or any community outreach they participate in. It’s the little things that help build a culture, and you want to make sure that culture matches you.
Tours are important, but schedule a service in their student salon as well! This will give you the chance to chat to a currently enrolled student and gain a little bit of insight into how the school truly works.
Break Out The Books
We have talked a bit about reputation and experience, but there is something far more important that should be number one on your list.
The curriculum the school uses, and the extras that they offer, can really make or break your future in beauty.
- Does the school have a healthy business management education?
- What can they tell you about their curriculum system, and how interactive is it?
- Do they have any affiliations or accreditations that add to their current system and give you more education opportunities?
While many of these questions may seem foreign now, they are important. Some schools have a limited curriculum in business or utilize their own cutting school that hasn’t been updated in years. On the other side, some schools, like TSPA Holland, have a relationship with brands like Redken that gives them access to additional training and products that can really benefit students. These types of relationships, along with a proven curriculum, can help create a well rounded education that could help students find success.
Some curriculum products, like Summit and Pivot Point, offer sample lessons on their website. They can give you an idea to the type of curriculum the teachers are working from, and if the techniques will get you where you want to be.
Ready to make the decision for your school? Schedule your tour today and find out what makes The Salon Professional Academy the school that could help you get on the path to the beautiful future of your dreams.