While the field of cosmetology is primarily about enhancing the natural beauty through hair and make-up services, the practical application of these skills can lead to a wide
range of career paths. You might go to work in an established salon, or open a salon of your own. You might opt to rent space in the salon, get a freelance hair job, or become an employee of a chain salon and work for wages. There are pros
and cons to each of these endeavors.
Just because you choose to become a cosmetologist doesn’t mean that you have to go to work in a salon. Perhaps you want to do something more creative. There are platform artists
who do trade show demonstrations and compete in hair competitions all over the world. You might specialize in wig-making and styling, or in special effects hairstyling. You might even get a job working hair and
make-up in the entertainment industry doing work on films and television shows, or for fashion shows.
There are careers as instructors: both in schools or perhaps by starting your own school. You could also get work as a representative for a product company and demonstrate the
uses of various products to salons and other professionals.
If you are service-oriented, you might use your trade with hospice or persons suffering from severe or long-term illnesses in order to help them look and feel as good as they
can. Some people even opt to work with the dead to provide hair and make-up services for funeral services and bereaved families.
The possibilities are truly endless. There are specializations and specialties that are too numerous to count. The only limits are your imagination and the requirements and laws
where you live that govern professional services.