National Hairstylist Appreciation Day is celebrated each year on April 30th to recognize all of the hairstylists out there who help us look and feel our best on a daily basis. Being a hairstylist means far more than giving cuts and trims. Hairstylists are often the artistic geniuses who help make imaginative and beautiful hairstyles possible. There’s far more that goes into a hairstylist than one may think. For example, a hairstylist doesn’t simply give a standard cut or trim to each client. Rather, they must analyze the hair and physical features of each client when providing recommendations on specific hairstyles. They may also provide guidance and make recommendations to their clients on cosmetics, lotions, creams, to keep their skin and scalp healthy.
Careers as a Hairstylist
Hairstylists, once licensed, may often work under various occupational titles which may include hairstylist, hairdresser, stylist, and cosmetologist. Those in this field mostly work in salons, but some may also be found working in spas, resorts, or hotels. This is also a field that is projected to grow in the coming years, based on projections nationally and within the state of Michigan. Specifically:
- According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists is projected to grow 10% from 2014-2024, which is faster than average for all occupations. a
- According to the State of Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, employment of hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists is projected to grow 8.6% from 2012 to 2022. b
Training to Become a Hairstylist
If you’re interested in pursuing a career as a hairstylist, the first step is to obtain the necessary training to enter this field. Many schools that train future hairstylists offer a cosmetology program which may expose them to not only hair, but also topics such as makeup application, nails, and facial skin care. As previously noted, licensure is required to work in this field and those who wish to obtain their license are required to attend a state-approved cosmetology program. Working in the cosmetology field is a very hands-on career, so it’s important to not only choose a school/program that is reputable (and approved by your state) but also one that will provide their students with hands-on training as they prepare for their new career.
Cosmetology Training at Dorsey School of Beauty
For those interested in pursuing a career in the beauty field here in Michigan, Dorsey School of Beauty offers a Cosmetology program to help take students love for hair, makeup, and nails to the next professional level! The Cosmetology diploma program at Dorsey School of Beauty combines classroom instruction with valuable hands-on training in an actual beauty clinic (with real-life clients), allowing students the opportunity to provide cosmetology services to the public, who may be charged for the services rendered by students. The Dorsey Schools Cosmetology training program covers a variety of topics including art principles, hair styling, hair cutting and shaping, hair coloring, thermal waving and curling, permanent waving, chemical relaxing, shampooing, manicuring, scalp and facial treatments. Once licensed, graduates may work as entry level cosmetologists under numerous job descriptions. The Cosmetology program at Dorsey Schools requires a student to complete 1,500 clock hours of training.
The Dorsey School of Beauty Cosmetology program is offered at the following campus locations:
Cosmetology Program – Gainful Employment Disclosures – Roseville, Madison Heights, and Lansing Campuses
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the Cosmetology Program for Dorsey School of Business (located in Roseville , Madison Heights, and Lansing), and other important information, please click here to read more.
Cosmetology Program – Gainful Employment Disclosures – Taylortown School of Beauty
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the Cosmetology program for Taylortown School of Beauty, and other important information, please click here to read more.
Taylortown School of Beauty operates as Dorsey School of Beauty and/or Dorsey Schools (Taylor Campus location).
a Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Barbers, Hairdressers, and Cosmetologists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/barbers-hairdressers-and-cosmetologists.htm (visited April 22, 2016).
b Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections (2012-2022) Michigan Statewide, Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists (SOC Code: 39-5012), http://milmi.org/admin/uploadedPublications/2350_LongTerm_OccupationalProj_2022_MI.xls (visited April 22, 2016).