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    What Qualifications Are Needed to Become a Cosmetologist?

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Attending cosmetology school is just one part of getting qualified to work in the beauty industry. If you are serious about finding work as a cosmetologist, keep reading to find out what you need to do to earn your license and start working in a salon:

    Complete the Required Amount of School
    Once you get into cosmetology school, you must complete 1,000 hours of training to get certified in the state of New York. This training includes lessons about sanitation, sterilization, shampooing, scalp treatments, skin care, manicuring, haircutting, hair coloring, perms, hair straightening, hair styling, salon management, professional development, and chemistry. Instructors will work closely with you to ensure that you are well qualified in all aspects of the cosmetology field.

    Obtain a License
    Once you complete your schooling, you have to officially get your license to practice cosmetology. You must pass a written and a practical exam that asks you to demonstrate a certain level of skill. Once you receive your license, you can begin looking for work as a cosmetologist in your state.

    A Good Relationship with Clients
    The most successful cosmetologists can make salon customers feel comfortable while giving them the hairstyles that they really want. This means that you have to be outgoing enough to initiate conversations so you can ask your clients how they want to change their looks. You should also make an effort to stay on top of all of the latest beauty trends to ensure that you are always ready to give a client any kind of haircut, color, or style for which they ask.

    The cosmetology school program at Hair Design Institute’s Manhattan campus is designed to prepare you to get licensed and find work in the beauty field as soon as you graduate. Our instructors and small classes help you learn all of the skills that you need to become the best cosmetologist that you can be. To learn more about our program or to start the application process, visit us online or call (212) 868-7171. 

    Understanding the Reading Labels on Beauty Products

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Beauty products are hugely important in the cosmetology industry. If you want to start working in a salon, it is essential to understand how to read the labels on these products so you can find the right ones to use for your clients. Keep reading for some help on understanding labels:

    Pay Attention to the Order of the Ingredients
    Ingredients are listed on labels in a certain order. This means that when you look at a label, the first ingredient is used the most in the product. Take the time to learn about different ingredients and what they do so you can read a label and clearly see how well it will work on a client’s hair or skin.

    Figure Out Which Ingredients Actually Work
    During cosmetology school, you will study chemistry as part of your curriculum. This gives you an inside understanding of what ingredients work well together and which ones you should avoid. As you learn about chemistry, you should spend some time studying labels of different beauty products to see which ones include certain ingredients. If you keep studying the labels of beauty products as you complete your schooling, you will be fully prepared to use them when you start working in a salon.

    Show Your Clients How to Read Labels
    Once you become comfortable reading labels of beauty products, you should share the knowledge with your future salon clients. If you can give them advice about which hair products to use to maintain their new styles, they are more likely to return to you for more services in the future.

    Do your cosmetology school training at Hair Design Institute’s Manhattan campus to learn the skills and information that you need to succeed in the beauty industry. With one of the most comprehensive beauty programs in New York City, we make it easy to start working in a career that you love. To learn more about our courses and our student services, visit us online or call (212) 868-7171.

    Visiting Central Park in the Summer

    Last updated 20 days ago

    After a long, dark, and very chilly winter, New Yorkers are openly embracing the warmer temperatures and longer days that spring has brought with it. If you're looking for ways to make the most of the great weather in the city this spring and summer, be sure to check out everything that Central Park has to offer. A sunny summer day offers the perfect setting for a romantic paddleboat ride around the lake or a stroll through the famous Central Park Zoo. Another must-see site in the park, Belvedere Castle, is also a great place to get the most out of the season, as it offers fantastic views of the park's foliage and is a prime spot for bird-watching.

    Graduates of Manhattan’s Hair Design Institute will agree that in addition to the fantastic education we have to offer, one of the biggest perks of enrolling in our cosmetology school is that it offers the opportunity to study in one of the most exciting cities in the world. If you're interested in learning more about enrolling in cosmetology school in NYC, call us today at (212) 868-7171.

    Creating DIOR's 2014 Pink Marquise Look

    Last updated 28 days ago

    Make-up trends come and go, which is why it’s important that your cosmetology training gives you a solid foundation in creating modern as well as classic looks. Take a look at this video to see how a make-up artist creates DIOR’s pink marquise look for 2014.

    The pink marquise look is at once timeless and modern, emphasizing soft pink hues on the cheeks and forehead. In this video, the model’s eyes are highlighted by soft pink, green, and chocolate, and set off with black eyeliner for a bold look. The make-up artist gives the model’s lips a flashier tone of fuchsia to contrast with the pale hues of the rest of the look.

    At Hair Design Institute of Manhattan, you’ll learn how to create a wide array of different looks for your cosmetology clients. With the training and education you receive here, you’ll be setting trends, not just following them. Call us at (212) 868-7171 or visit us online to learn more about becoming a student here. 

    Protecting Your Hair from Summer Damage

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Summer is in full swing across the country, which means it’s time to break out your sunglasses and sandals to soak up the warm weather. You probably know that you need to wear sunscreen to protect your skin, but you may not know that your hair needs special attention during the summer, as well. When you attend cosmetology school, you’ll learn how to teach your clients to care for their hair in all seasons. Keep reading to learn how to protect hair from summer damage.

    Deep Conditioning
    Hairstyles in the summer range from beach-inspired waves to the wet look. As it turns out, the wet look can be good for your hair as well as fashionable. Before you head out to the pool or the park for a picnic, use deep conditioner in your hair and comb it through so it’s evenly applied. Leave it in when you go out, as the warmth from the sun will open the hair so the conditioner is absorbed better.

    Regular Trims
    The heat from the sun can do a lot of damage to your hair, even if it is relatively humid outside. If you have long hair, keep an eye on your ends to look for splitting. Split ends start at the ends of your hair, but can travel up the hair shaft and lead to damaged, broken hairs. It’s generally a good idea to schedule a trim with a cosmetologist every four to six weeks to keep split ends at bay. These trims will also keep your summer hairstyle looking fantastic.

    Styling Tools
    Blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons may be a part of your regular hair routine throughout the year, but it’s best to put them down for the summertime. Humidity in the air will cause your hair to take longer to dry and be styled, which means longer times of exposure to these high-heat tools. Look for hairstyles that don’t require heat styling tools for healthier summer hair.

    You’ll learn all about taking care of your clients’ hair at Hair Design Institute of Manhattan. Call us at (212) 868-7171 to learn about our New York City cosmetology school. Our admissions representatives will walk you through the steps you need to take to apply. 


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