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August 11, 2016

The Top 4 Things Every Cosmetologist Needs to Get Back to School

If you’re considering a career as a cosmetologist, you may be wondering what you’ll need to get started. As a student, it’s essential to have the right tools and skills to succeed in the industry. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of the top four things every cosmetologist needs to get ready for school.

1. A Professional Kit

We provide professional kits as part of enrollment. A professional kit is an essential tool for any cosmetologist, and it becomes even more important when you’re back in school. Your kit should include all the tools and supplies you need to complete your coursework, as well as a few extra items for practice outside of class. A basic kit should include a variety of combs and brushes, hair clips, hair products, and anything else needed. You may also want to invest in a mannequin head for practice at home.

2. Comfortable Shoes

As a cosmetologist, you’ll spend a lot of time on your feet. This is especially true when you’re back in school, as you’ll be spending long hours in the salon practicing your techniques. That’s why it’s so important to invest in a pair of comfortable shoes that offer good support. Consider options like sneakers or clogs that provide ample cushioning and allow your feet to breathe. Avoid high heels or any shoes with thin soles, as these can cause foot pain and discomfort over time.

In addition to comfortable shoes, you may want to invest in compression socks or insoles to further support your feet and prevent swelling. Taking care of your feet is essential to your overall health and well-being, so don’t skimp on this important item.

3. Organizational Tools

Staying organized is key to success in any educational program, and cosmetology school is no exception. With so many assignments, projects, and exams to keep track of, it’s important to have a system in place to keep everything organized and easily accessible. Invest in a planner or calendar to keep track of your assignments, due dates, and schedule. You may also want to consider a notebook or binder to keep all your notes and handouts in one place.

Another great tool for staying organized is a file folder or portfolio. Use this to keep track of your progress throughout the program, including any certifications, awards, or notable projects you complete. This can be especially helpful when it comes time to update your resume or showcase your work to potential employers.

4. A Positive Attitude

In order to be a good, productive student you have to have the right attitude! In cosmetology school, you’re going to be challenged every day. You’ll have to learn new things and think outside the box on a daily basis. We know that can be a little rigorous and stressful at times, so here are a few things that can serve as a little pick-me-up to keep you going!

  • Snacks: Keeping a snack in your purse or bag will come in handy when you get a little “hangry” and lunch is still a ways off! Things like chewy granola bars, fruit leathers, and canned nuts can provide a little bit of extra energy!
  • Cute apparel: Looking cute always makes us feel better! Luckily, Etsy is a one-stop shop for cosmetologists! Everything from cute totes to t-shirts is available.
  • Giving gifts to fellow classmates: If you see someone else struggling during class, it doesn’t hurt to help them out! Find out their favorite snack or find a cute bracelet to share!
  • Doing your own hair and makeup: Doing your own hair and makeup is probably where your passion started. Take some time before you go to school to get gussied up again! It not only will remind you of the reasons you’re in school, but it will help you show off your skills!
  • Drinking plenty of water: Water helps you stay energized throughout the day, so keeping a reusable water bottle in your bag is a must! It can help freshen up your attitude and your skin!
  • Aveda Chakra Spray: A nice fresh scent makes everyone feel better! Discover the power of aroma to shift your personal energy centers known to influence your well-being! 

Ready to Get Back To School?

By investing in the things you need to be successful in school, you can be well-prepared to tackle any challenge that comes your way. At Aveda Idaho, we’re committed to supporting our students and helping them succeed in their educational and professional goals. Contact us today to learn more about our programs and how we can help you achieve your dreams in the exciting world of cosmetology.


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