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October 20, 2020

5 Common Beauty School Misconceptions

Beauty school is a great way for anyone who wants to turn their passion for hair and makeup into a lifelong career! Maybe you’ve thought about taking the first step and applying, but there was something that held you back. There are a lot of misconceptions about cosmetology school, which is why we wanted to debunk the five of the most common ones we hear.

It’s Too Late for Me to Apply for Beauty School

First of all, we want to address this beauty school myth because it’s important to know that everyone is welcome to start their education. A lot of people assume that they can only apply right out of high school and they’ve missed their chance if they didn’t. This is not true! Many students have made a complete career change from something not related to beauty later in life. It’s never too late to start pursuing something you’re passionate about. And with cosmetology school requiring only 1600 training hours in Idaho, you could be out in the beauty industry making a name for yourself soon after beginning your education!

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You Don’t Need a Cosmetology License for a Career

If you want to have a career as a beauty professional, attending an accredited beauty school has to be your first step. As a cosmetologist, you’d be helping clients with multiple beauty services that you need to know how to perform safely. There are just too many lessons that can’t be taught by watching videos online. That’s why in the state of Idaho, cosmetologists are required to graduate from a beauty school to get a license. After all, clients don’t just want anyone to help them with intricate haircuts or coloring that requires a knowledge of various hair chemicals.

Beauty School is Too Expensive

Attending beauty school is an exciting step, but we know that finances can be a huge roadblock for many people. While not every school is the same, there could be financial aid options available to students who qualify. At Aveda Institute Idaho, we have a team of financial aid advisors who are ready to help you with the entire process. From filling out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to finding out which options you qualify for, we’re here to answer any questions and give advice!

The Career Options Will Be Limited

Maybe there’s not a misconception about beauty school itself that holds you back, but what it will be like for you as a beauty school graduate. We all want an education that teaches us relevant skills for today’s world that can help us work toward a steady career. As a cosmetologist learning multiple services, that’s exactly what could be waiting for you! Although many people assume cosmetologists only work as stylists in salons, they can also have these other job opportunities:

  • Salon owner
  • Cosmetology instructor (with additional training)
  • Makeup artist
  • Beauty writer/editor
  • Film or T.V hairstylist
  • Brand ambassador

makeup artist with brush

School Isn’t for Me

Did you try going to a traditional four-year college and the teaching methods didn’t feel right to you? Don’t let that discourage you from beauty school because you’d be learning in a completely different way! Not only are you studying things that interest you, but you’d also be developing your skills in practical lessons. Unlike traditional college where you’re mostly learning through lectures, beauty school allows you to work with clients and start gaining real-life experience.

Start Your Journey at Aveda Institute Idaho

Now that we’ve debunked some common cosmetology school myths, you’re ready to take the next step and apply to our program. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any more questions about what to expect from beauty school or anything else you want to know before getting started. We’re excited to meet you and help you begin this journey!


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