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So You Want To Be A Hair Stylist?

It started when you found yourself re-styling your Barbie doll’s hair. Then you started playing with your own hair, trying new styles and playing with color. Maybe some friends of yours asked you to style their hair. They loved what you did and you loved doing it. It’s no surprise you’re now considering going to cosmetology school to become a hair stylist.

At Aveda Institute Portland, both our Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington campuses are filled with students like you. When they first come for a tour of our beauty school, they often say, “This is what I’ve always wanted to do and I’m so glad I found the perfect place to help me get there.” And while they all want a career in cosmetology, there are many different fields you can enter as a hairstylist.

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What Makes A Cosmetology School Great?

A great cosmetology school will help you define what it is you want to do as a hairstylist. The right school will give you the freedom to explore and find new avenues of creativity. At the same time, it’s important to understand what separates a mediocre hairstylist from a truly great one. The key to success is more than just a natural talent or desire to be one. It’s about getting a solid education and foundation. You need to learn the technical skills needed to do this job, like cutting, coloring, bleaching and styling hair. You also need to know how to interact with customers and acquire knowledge about the business side of being a hair stylist.

How To Choose a Beauty School

Before you commit to attending a beauty school, it’s important to do your homework. You’ll want to research the different schools in your area and determine which has the best program for you. Is the curriculum structured, with timelines attached to it? Will your training be hands-on and provide real-life experiences? Will you participate in actual events, like fashion shows and photo shoots? And is it important to you to work in an environment that is environmentally friendly, with natural products? Do you like the idea of having digital support, through online videos and demonstrations, along with classroom experiences? Do they provide placement services after graduation?

Beauty Schools In Portland Oregon and Vancouver Washington

Once you compare beauty schools in the Portland and Vancouver areas, we feel confident that the Aveda Institute Portland Hair Design Program or Cosmetology Program will be on your short list to consider. We invite you to come in for a visit. Talk to our instructors and see how thorough and focused an Aveda Institute education is. We’ve been helping aspiring hairdressers learn and succeed for more than a decade, and we’d like to help you, too.

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