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August 28, 2019

Concepts You Didn’t Know Were Part of Cosmetology School

Did you know that there is so much more to cosmetology than just fun hair colors, bold makeup, and pretty nails? Cosmetology is definitely a way for people to get creative, but it’s also a career that requires a knowledge in certain areas of science and health! From dyeing hair to waxing eyebrows, you will apply science all the time. As a cosmetologist, you need to know about chemistry, anatomy, and even overall wellness. Let’s dive into what exactly you can learn about these subjects in cosmetology school!

History Of Cosmetology

At Aveda Idaho, our cosmetology program includes the study of how cosmetology has evolved throughout time. By studying its origin and techniques, we can better understand new techniques and how they have evolved to what they are today. History tends to repeat itself. Trends that were popular 50 years ago can become popular once more, so knowing those trends can help you satisfy clients when they come in wanting a certain style. Another reason for studying cosmetology history is that by understanding the history of your future profession, you will be better able to predict and understand upcoming trends, which is crucial if you want to work in the beauty industry.

Anatomy of Hair, Skin, and Nails

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The first type of science you will study while in cosmetology school is anatomy which is the study of science concerned with the bodily structure of humans, animals, and other living organisms. In cosmetology, we deal with the bodily structure of humans – specifically the anatomy of hair, skin, and nails. By understanding the make-up of these three parts of the human body, you can be a more trustworthy and reliable cosmetologist.

A lot of the anatomical knowledge has to do with aesthetics, or how a person will look. As you meet and work with many different clients, you will realize that there are many different types of skin, hair, and even nails. Knowing the structure of someone’s face will better help you decide what hairstyle is flattering and which hairstyle won’t look good.

Knowing a client’s face and eyebrow shape along with the sensitivity of a client’s skin is also super important during an eyebrow wax appointment. Shaping eyebrows deals with the anatomy of the face. How wide or skinny a person’s nail beds are can assist you in helping a client best choose what shape of nails they should get. The anatomy of your hands matters.

Understanding the texture of a client’s hair can assist you in helping your client choose the best hairstyle for them. Anatomy is so important no matter what specialty you go into. Whether its hair, skin, or nails, it all involves an understanding of the human body and how it works.

Chemistry of Color

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The other type of science you can learn and use throughout beauty school and as a cosmetologist is chemistry. This deals with the composition and properties of substances, and the reactions that happen between them. In cosmetology, the chemistry of color involves the understanding of certain chemicals in different beauty products and how they interact. Whether a client comes in for a service like a hair color, hair relaxer, perm, or to purchase a product like shampoo or conditioner, every product contains chemicals!

You have a responsibility to take care of your clients and protect them from damage, infection, and irritants. In Aveda Idaho’s cosmetology program, you will be able to work with world-class Aveda products and can learn valuable information about how ingredients will interact. We teach you how to properly mix and create colors to avoid a chemical mistake that could harm a client and to have the confidence explaining the chemicals that are going onto your client’s hair, skin, or nails.

Color Theory

The last time you ever saw a color wheel might have been in your art class in high school, but it’s super useful for cosmetologists. Cosmetology school can help you learn all about the color wheel and how to use it in the beauty world. One way to use the color wheel is by looking at the color of a client’s skin or the color of their eyes. By doing so, you can consult with them about what hair color to do next. It can also help you decide what the best mix of color would work for them or how to properly do a color-correction. Learning about color theory is critical to becoming a cosmetologist. Are you ready to learn more?

Safety And Sanitization

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As a cosmetologist, you will have different hair irons, brushes, scissors, combs, and many other products readily available at your station. It’s super important to actively sanitize these instruments to maintain a clean and safe work station not only for your client but for you as well. Not only can it save a client from being exposed to another client’s problems, but it can also save you from making inadvertent mistakes. For this reason, the cosmetology program at Aveda Idaho will help you to understand the safety and sanitization rules that will help you create a safe work environment and a great experience for your clients.

Marketing and Networking

An important part of getting your name out to the world has to do with marketing and networking. You can be the best blonde specialist in the United States, but if the world don’t see your work or know your name, it doesn’t matter. Meeting and connecting with beauty professionals and learning how to market yourself is another important concept you can learn in cosmetology school.

We provide information on how you can best showcase your talent and give potential clients a reason to come to you! The beauty world can be competitive and although you are ultimately responsible for building your own brand and market your own services, we are here to help you start your journey in cosmetology the right way!

Are You Ready To Start Your Education?

Getting an education from a credible cosmetology school can help you feel more prepared and help your future clients leave the salon feeling amazing. Cosmetology is not just about fun colors and cool hairstyles. It’s about giving your clients the most up-to-date information, a clean salon environment, and overall amazing experience so that they can walk out of the salon with a new sense of confidence, ready to take on the world!

Are you ready to get your journey started? Contact us at Aveda Idaho to get more information about our cosmetology program and start dates! We look forward to helping you on your journey in cosmetology.


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