Avalon School of Cosmetology is Committed to providing the highest quality education in cosmetology, hair styling, and esthetics. Learn the fundamentals of modern beauty makeup, as well as skincare and color theory.
It’s graduation season right now so you’re probably thinking about what is ahead. For those of us who love all things beauty, that’s always been cosmetology. If you’re not sure how to get there, here is everything you need to know about how to become a cosmetologist.
Complete a Cosmetology Program at an Accredited Cosmetology School
Cosmetologists need to know a lot of things to be successful in their career. You need to know chemistry to properly color hair, marketing and business skills to run a successful salon, and, of course, how to cut hair into a variety of different styles. The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies has established a standardized set of skills that all cosmetologists must be proficient in to be licensed. Cosmetology school is where you’ll learn these skills.
In addition to learning specific skills, such as scalp care, hair styling, and application of artificial nails, to become a cosmetologist you’ll need to complete a required number of “contact hours” which includes both classroom time and practical application. In the state of Colorado, a cosmetology license requires 1500 contact hours. Our cosmetology program can be completed in under a year, but some programs may take longer. Though it may seem like a lot of time, think of it as an investment in yourself. Every skill you master during this time will help you be that much more successful when you become a professional cosmetologist.
Choosing the right cosmetology school is the first step you’ll need to take. Naturally, we think Avalon School of Cosmetology Aurora is the best place to go, but you’ll want to make sure that wherever you go is a good fit for you as an individual. Keep in mind the location of the school, including the affordability of housing in the area if you’ll need to relocate to attend school.
Wherever you choose to go, make sure that the school is accredited. There are two big reasons for this. First, financial aid is only available at accredited schools. Remember that if you need help paying for school. Second, accredited schools have proven that their programs teach everything that students need to know to sit for the state licensing exam. Attending an accredited school will give you peace of mind knowing that you are getting the education you need.
Pass the State Licensing Exam
Once you have completed a program and the required number of hours, you’ll need to pass the state cosmetology licensing exam administered by PSI to receive your license. This exam consists of a written part and a practical part.
The written part of the exam assesses your knowledge of the technical aspects of the job, such as proper hair and skin care, as well as how to properly mix chemicals for hair coloring. Taking tests can be nerve-wracking, but remember that you will have spent at least 1500 hours learning about cosmetology before you take it. You can also take a practice test to help you get a feel for what the exam will be like. The written exam takes about two hours.
The practical part of the exam is a great chance to show-off the skills you have acquired. You’ll be given a little under two and a half hours to perform a series of cosmetology tasks. Though you’ll be in a testing setting, make sure to follow all of the proper processes, including proper disinfecting of materials, so that the examiners know that you’ll follow those important rules in the salon.
Alternative Licensing Routes
Most people trying to become a cosmetologist in Colorado will need to go through an accredited program and then take the state licensing exam to get a license. However, there are some exceptions.
If you attended a beauty school in another state and completed the required number of contact hours, you can submit a proof of hours with your application and take the state licensing exam in Colorado. If you are already licensed in another state, you may be able to skip this process by submitting an application with a current license in good standing. This is evaluated on a case-by-case basis, so you’ll need to contact the Office of Barber & Cosmetology Licensure for details.
There you have it! Becoming a cosmetologist in Colorado is pretty simple, but that doesn’t make it easy. It takes dedication and effort, but that just makes the day you get your license that much more rewarding! If you want to know more about cosmetology school and cosmetology careers, check out our Ultimate Guide to Cosmetology School.
Summer is truly a magical time of year. From long days at the pool to evenings at a backyard barbecue, we love the warmer weather. However, one thing we don’t love about summer is dry, brittle, frizzy hair. If you know the struggle, here are a few things you can do to combat summertime hair concerns!
Damage from Chlorine
An excessive amount of chlorine will be detrimental to your hair, especially if you’re blonde or a lighter shade. Damage is not caused by chlorine alone. Other chemicals like bromine are used in swimming pools to keep the water sanitized. While not everyone may end up with green hair after swimming, chlorine is still damaging, especially over time. If you notice significant hair breakage during the summer, chlorine is probably the culprit.
Use olive or coconut oil to nourish your hair if you’re swimming regularly.
Wet your hair with non-chlorinated water before swimming.
Use a leave-in conditioner while swimming.
Wear a swimming cap.
As you’re putting sunscreen on your skin, don’t forget about your hair. The UV rays can be just as damaging, affecting the keratin of your hair. This will cause it to be weaker, and the color to fade more easily. To protect your hair against the sun, avoid spending excessive amounts of time outside between 10 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon. This is when the strength of the sun will be the strongest. When you do go outside, wear a hat or other protection to block the UV rays from reaching you directly.
Those who have any amount of curl in their hair know the woes of trying to struggle through frizzy hair. This gets especially bad during the summer months with an increase of humidity. This takes away the smoothness of your hair, causing problems with the additional moisture.
Instead of weighing your hair down with an excessive amount of products, look for the right ones. Try a lightweight, serum, mousse, or anti-frizz spray to straighten out this problem.
Your hair doesn’t only suffer outdoor damage in the summer. When the air conditioner is blasting day in and day out, it can dry out your hair and skin. Make sure you’re not overdoing the AC and keep on top of moisturizing those locks. You can do this with leave-in conditioner, serum, and hair masks!
With prom just around the corner, it’s time to start preparing for a fun night of dressing up, dancing, and making memories! Prom is the perfect excuse to pull out all the stops and look your most glamorous. This is an event you’ll want to remember, so your look needs to be just right. That includes your nails. If you need some last minute nail inspiration, here are four trends we absolutely love!
Make a Matte Statement
There’s a reason matte nails have been trending for the last few years. They make a statement. Most of us are accustomed to shiny or glossy nail colors. A matte shade is something bold and different. If you use matte black (a popular choice) or another neutral shade, it will match beautifully with whatever dress you’re wearing. Matte polishes can be decorated with flowers or other nail art and look great on natural nails or acrylics.
All that Glitters
Maybe matte isn’t your thing and you love some sparkle. We totally get it. Glitter nails are gorgeous, eye-catching, and will never go out of style. Just like sparkly jewelry, a glitter manicure is a perfect accessory for any prom look. Whether you want a bright color, muted neutral, or feminine pastel, glitter is a great choice from prom nails!
The world of nail art isn’t reserved for flowers and hearts. You can get plaid nails, foil nails, ombre nails, marble nails, and nails decorated with actual graphic artwork. The list goes on and on. Try something different for prom this year! You’ll already turn heads in your gorgeous dress. Add some super-detailed, unique nail art and you’re certain to catch everyone’s eye.
If you can’t get super glamorous for prom, then when can you? Bejeweled nails are the perfect choice for something classy and glitzy at the same time. This can be done with just a few simple jewels on each nail, or one decked out statement nail. Choose from gold stars, silver stones, colorful gems, or pearls. It’s all up to you!
Schedule Your Nail Appointment Now!
Thinking about one of these looks for your prom? We can help you out! Contact Avalon School of Cosmetology now to schedule your nail appointment! We can’t wait to help you get ready for your big night.
*All services provided by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.
You love beauty. Your friends ask you to do their hair and pamper them at every sleepover, junior prom was the biggest night of your life so far because you got to show off your makeup skills, and you dream of a job in a salon or spa.
What is Concurrent Enrollment and How Does It Work?
Concurrent enrollment means you’re enrolled in education in two places: your high school and Avalon in Layton. We work with Davis and Weber County school districts to get seniors in high school learning beauty at the same time they’re learning in a traditional high school setting. You earn two elective credits per semester at your high school, and you can start in the fall or spring semesters.
What Are The Benefits of Concurrent Enrollment?
Many of our high school/beauty school students find the biggest benefit to be doing what they love while they finish their formal high school education. What’s not to love about going from math class to makeup class all in one day? Other benefits include:
The opportunity to finish out beauty school sooner after graduating high school versus waiting until you graduate to enroll.
Working in a salon-like environment.
Working with professional product lines while you’re learning.
Earning elective credit for your high school graduation requirements.
When Will I Be Going to Beauty School?
When you’re concurrently enrolled you’ll attend Avalon classes during your school day five times a week (Monday through Friday). You can finish your beauty program and begin your future in less than a year from the time you graduate high school!
How Can I Pay for Concurrent Enrollment?
The biggest question our concurrent enrollment students ask is about cost; how can I pay for it? The tuition for Avalon is discounted and the district can help you pay for your beauty education. After you graduate high school and are finishing out the rest of your program, you can apply for the Avalon High School Scholarship. It’s a $2,000 scholarship for students who have recently graduated and are passionate about finishing their education with Avalon.
I Want to Start!
Go from classrooms and lectures all day to learning alongside fellow beauty mavens at Avalon! Contact us today to learn more about getting concurrently enrolled! We can’t wait to help the next generation of beauty master their skill sets.
We love hearing about the successes our students have after graduation. We were lucky enough to talk to Brittany Del Toro, an esthetics student who went from working toward becoming a dental hygienist to a professional esthetician, plus becoming a co-founder of The SCIN Seminar to help other beauty professionals learn how to build their personal brand on social media.
After struggling with acne and the health of her skin after having her boys, Brittany went to get a facial as a present from her husband. Her esthetician started talking about her experience as an esthetician, and it inspired her to switch her education path from a dental hygienist to esthetics.
She loved the idea of learning what really goes into proper skin care: the ingredients, the science, and what you can actually do to have beautiful, smooth skin. She learned how to take care of her skin and gained the confidence she needed to help others achieve the self-confidence that comes with being comfortable in your own skin.
This journey took a lot of hard work, but she made it! She explored a variety of schools in the area, looking for ones that were close to home but provided a good education. In the end, she chose Avalon School of Cosmetology because she felt that the instructors actively wanted her there.
Britt’s most memorable experiences while in school were during the first few weeks of class. Her first instructor inspired her and kept her motivated, and when graduation day came, all the instructors and students joined in the celebration.
Brittany graduated from our Mesa Campus in September 2017 and continues to work hard and learn everything she can about proper skin care.
Overcoming Her Challenges
We loved the attitude Brittany had in conquering her challenges. When things weren’t going her way, it inspired her to work even harder and be more motivated to get good grades and start working toward getting more clients.
She told us about her struggle to find a career after graduation and the relief she had once she found her internship and where she wanted to go next. She believes everything happens for a reason and is happy where her future took her.
Her Advice for Future Students
When we asked Britt what advice she would give to students, she gave us inspiring insight on her journey and overcoming her challenges. She wants students after her to take their education very seriously and know that it’s okay to not know what to expect. She also told us that you should always take the time to learn and ask questions. One of her philosophies is “never stop learning.” We love her outlook on life!
One of the biggest pieces of advice she gave us:
“Put yourself out there on social media.”
Book portfolios are a thing of the past. Instead, Instagram is the beauty professional’s new portfolio. She encourages future students to use their Instagram feed as their portfolio and personal brand. You can tell she follows her own advice, as she rocks her own Instagram feed!
As Britt started to build her own brand on Instagram, she realized there weren’t a lot of resources out there on how to do it. It inspired her to become a co-founder of The SCIN Seminar, an organization focused on helping those in the beauty industry who are struggling with social media and gaining clientele.
About The SCIN Seminar
The SCIN Seminar is all about elevating your personal brand. The speakers are beauty professionals providing advice and inspiration made for beauty professionals.
These seminars are a great opportunity to get to know other professionals, and get inspired on how to take your brand to another level. Plus, it gives attendees a unique opportunity to network and get to know others who are passionate about all things beauty.
Seminars include topics such as:
Streamlining Your Personal Brand and Mission
Aligning Your Business Brand and How to Integrate It With Social Media
Brittany is a proud mom whose first and number one priority is to take care of her four boys. She currently works as a professional esthetician and spends her time helping with The SCIN Seminar too. Want to check out Brittany as she continues on her journey as an esthetician? You can find her on Instagram as @britt_deltoro.
Do you have a similar passion for helping yourself and others achieve beautiful, glowing skin? Start your journey the same way Britt did and explore a future in esthetics. Learn more about our esthetics program or schedule a tour to get started!
A professional hair stylist or barber files taxes in two ways. If the stylist is employed by a hair studio, which pays them an hourly wage, then the company withholds taxes. If the stylist rents a booth in a hair salon, or is self-employed, then they file taxes differently. When taxes are withheld from wages, the employee files taxes based on income found on a W-2 form. Self-employed individuals, however, submit tax documentation as a business owner. When business owners prepare their taxes they provide information found on the documents listed on the following checklist.
Tax Filing Checklist for Hair Stylists
W-9, 1099, or complete record of annual income
Deductions for business (expenses or other costs)
Documentation for dependents (Social Security Cards and driver’s licenses)
Schedule C and Schedule SE, if self-employed
Copies of Quarterly Tax Payment Vouchers
Tax Preparation for Self-Employed Hair Stylists
Hair stylists are required to keep thorough records of earnings, since some companies do not provide 1099s. These records include cash payments, checks, and credit card charges for services. Simplistic accounting software, such as Microsoft Excel, is ideal for maintaining this information.
Self-employed stylists also need to maintain records related to expenses such as supplies, booth rentals, and business cards. These records show the stylist the total amount of expenses they will deduct from their income at tax time. Any expenditure related to styling is tax deductible. They can also deduct the cost of a cell phone if it’s used as a contact method for clients.
Quarterly tax payments for state, federal, social security, and Medicare enable the stylist to maintain records. These vouchers are submitted to the IRS in April, June, and September based on income earned within those quarters. In the plus category, any overpayment of taxes is typically returned through a refund at the end of the year.
Tax Process for Self-Employed Hair Stylists
At tax time, a self-employed stylist can utilize tax form 1040 to complete his or her taxes. They will also be required to complete Schedule C to determine whether income earning during the year is considered a profit or loss. Then Schedule SE is completed to determine the amount of self-employment taxes that are required.
If the stylist has submitted quarterly tax payments, these amounts are deducted from the required tax amount for the total yearly income. Professional stylists who have refrained from submitting early tax anticipation payments are required to send the full amount of self-employment taxes.
Form 1040 is used to list all deductions, including dependents. If the stylist qualifies for earned income credit, it is possible for the refund amount to cover self-employment taxes. Stylists who are 25 years old or younger may qualify themselves for earned income credit and lower self-employment tax amounts.
The cost of business expenditures can be deducted, while preparing for federal income taxes. The tax form 1040 offers stylists an option to list these expenses as a total amount. Although the IRS does not require the submission of receipts for these costs, it is beneficial to the stylist to keep these records in the event of an audit.
Additionally, the stylist is required to file a state tax return based on local income tax laws. Self-employed stylists are also required to pay taxes related to this filing status based on state guidelines and tables. The cost of expenditures related to running the booth or business may also be deducted when filing.
Tax Preparation for Hourly Hair Stylists
All hourly hair stylists fill out either tax form 1040 or 1040EZ. The correct form depends on filing status. For instance, if a stylist plans to claim dependents, it is best to use form 1040. When filing taxes, utilize the information shown on the W-2 received by the employer.
How Can Avalon Help?
Avalon is a full service beauty college providing career training for aspiring hair stylists and beauty professionals. We offer training, which includes the business end of the industry. Contact us for more information and get started on building your dream career or starting your own business!
Getting a certificate or a diploma in cosmetology school can jumpstart a rewarding career. However, since going to school requires some significant investment on your part, you have to be careful about what to study and where to go. Before you fill out that application form and enroll in your first class, here are some questions you need to ask:
Is the School Accredited?
Not every beauty school is accredited, which is why you need to know if the school you are considering has passed local and state accreditation. An accreditation is a professional acknowledgement granted to a school or institution by an independent party. It indicates the school has passed a specific set of standards in teaching and training students for a career in the beauty and personal care industry. As such, accredited schools are more likely to offer high standards of education through a well-balanced, comprehensive, and updated curriculum.
What Types of Programs are Available?
Although majority of beauty schools offer the most popular courses, they may not teach the specific area of interest that you want to specialize in. Look for a school with the specific program options you are most interested in. It is also a good idea to inquire about class schedules, especially if you are currently working or intend to join a class part-time. Many beauty schools offer night and weekend classes that you can attend as your schedule allows.
What are the Requirements For Students to Start a Course?
Beauty schools often require students to meet certain age and educational requirements prior to acceptance. Most schools set the minimum age at 16 years and require students to have completed their high school education or equivalent. Although schools may set minimum standards before accepting a student to a program, they also have to comply with state requirements, so it pays to check those too.
What Courses Will Be Taught?
Specific techniques are important not just for building your skills but also to ensure that you learn relevant methods. Because beauty and personal care trends come and go quickly, you will need to learn modern techniques as well as the most basic ones.
What are the Payment Options?
Many beauty schools offer financial aid to students or accept scholarships from third party sponsors. Keep in mind that going to beauty school is a commitment, so be ready to face the financial aspects of preparing for your future as a beauty expert. Knowing how much it costs will help you decide whether or not you can handle the expenses and what you can do to ensure you meet your obligations. Getting a good training does not come free, so cost and payment concerns should be some of the main questions to ask when touring a beauty school.
For those of us with a passion for beauty, it often started at a young age. There’s no need to delay perfecting your beauty skills, high school is a great time to begin thinking about beauty school. Going from high school to cosmetology school can be intimidating and confusing, but we are here to help break it down for you.
Can I Enroll While Still in High School?
Most beauty schools require students to be at least 16 years old to enroll in their courses. This means it may be possible for a junior or senior in high school to begin their cosmetology training while still attending high school. However, some beauty schools also require students to have a high school diploma or GED before enrolling. Take your time to look into the schools that offer classes for high schoolers and which programs are available. You may find the perfect fit!
Vocational High Schools
Some vocational high schools also offer cosmetology courses or partner with local technical schools for these courses. They allow you to study beauty topics while earning your high school diploma! These practical classes can give you an introduction to cosmetology and the chance to begin your cosmetology education before you have graduated from high school.
High school vocational and trade programs have existed for decades and can teach you practical skills and give hands-on practice in the trade. These programs also sometimes allow you to complete internships in the field for extra experience. When these programs are focused on cosmetology, students can learn more about hair design, skincare, and nail treatments.
Students who complete these programs must still continue their education at a post-secondary beauty college and test for a cosmetology license in the usual manner. Sometimes the hours gained can be counted toward the hours required for certification, though.
Dual Enrollment Programs
In dual enrollment programs, students usually enroll at a local beauty school for a few lecture-style courses during their junior or senior year of high school. Typically, you can get up to three hours a day toward certification. This helps hit the ground running before officially enrolling in your choice of school.
If you start during your senior year, the hands-on training typically does not begin until after high school graduation. If you begin dual enrollment during your junior year, however, there is a chance hands-on training could begin during your senior year of high school. This means that you could be both enrolled in high school and actively working in the school’s salon. Depending on the state’s hour requirements, there is a chance you could test for certification not long after high school graduation. Make sure to do your research on which schools around you offer dual enrollment programs.
Find More Information
If you are interested in getting started on your cosmetology education, Avalon School of Cosmetology can help. We can give you information on cosmetology courses for high school students, state requirements for certification, and how to enroll in beauty school.
If you’re ready to get started with concurrent cosmetology school and high school, our Layton location offers concurrent enrollment classes for high school students. Our other locations also work with high school students. Contact the Avalon location near you to learn more.
While many people think scholarships and financial aid are only available to university students, this is definitely not the case. Trade schools, including beauty schools, have a number of financial aid options available for those who qualify.
What type of financial aid is available for beauty students?
Many of the same types of funding available to university students are also available to cosmetology students. Some of this financial aid was created by stimulus funding after the 2008 recession, but most financial aid programs have been available for quite some time. However, some cosmetology students are not aware they are eligible t for funding for their education.
There are a variety of federal aid programs that offer funding to beauty school students. These include the Federal Pell Program, Federal Student Loan Program and SEOG Program. A Pell grant is money towards your education that you do not have to pay back. A student loan will need to be paid back over time once you have completed your education. To apply for these aid programs, students are required to submit a FAFSA (Federal application for student aid.) The government will decide if you qualify and for how much based on your need.
When you are ready to submit your FAFSA, the beauty school will have a financial aid advisor available to help you. They will be able to walk you through the process and ensure you properly apply for aid. If you are curious about how much funding you might qualify for, the government has a free tool online where you can get an estimate ahead of time. However, this is just an estimate and the actual amount could be higher or lower after you submit your FAFSA.
School Aid and Private Aid
Most cosmetology schools have their own financial aid programs. All students can apply for these funds, and awards are given based on student need. Students can receive grants, scholarships, and loans. Grants and scholarships do not have to be paid back, and they are awarded to students who met certain criteria. They can be applied directly to the cost of tuition.
It’s important to look into the financial aid options the school provides because it is likely the government will not pay for all of your education. The financial aid advisor at your school will help you apply for private scholarships and other aid that you may qualify for. Many students are surprised by how much aid is available to them and how affordable their education can be. Don’t look at the tuition cost of beauty school and get scared away, there are options available to make school more affordable for those who qualify.
Thinking About Going to Beauty School?
Financial aid means beauty school is within reach for many students. At Avalon we are here to help you navigate through the different types of financial aid available so you can make an informed decision about your educational future. If you want to know more about beauty school and financial aid, let’s get in touch.
Have you considered going to cosmetology school but have so many questions you don’t even know where to begin? We have created the ultimate guide that is packed full of all the resources you will need!
This is a common question from potential students and parents. Is beauty school college? What’s the difference between a traditional college and beauty school? We’ll lay out the similarities and differences for you. Plus we’re sharing out tips to help you make the right decision for your future! Click here to read.
Are you still in high school but you know that cosmetology school is where you belong? Well it’s probably helpful to know that some cosmetology schools offer classes to high school students! That means you could get a head start on your education before you even graduate high school! Read more about it here.
Once you decide cosmetology school is for you, it’s a good idea to tour potential schools! Taking a tour is very exciting but it can also be a little intimidating. We don’t want you to leave the tour with any unanswered questions. Here are our top 5 questions we suggest you ask when touring your beauty school!
You’ve toured your schools and you know which one is right for you! Now you probably want to know what to expect. It’s always smart to know what you’re getting yourself into. When it comes to cosmetology school, here are five things you will want to know before starting.
Alright, now you know you’re going to cosmetology school. Time to get excited and get prepared! You’re probably wondering what to wear, what to bring, and what to expect on your first day. We’ve got you covered from wardrobe to supplies. Check out our first day of beauty school guide here!
Once you get your cosmetology education, where can you go next? There are so many exciting doors that open for you when you graduate! Take a look at some of these amazing worldwide career opportunities here.
You don’t need to set your sights worldwide to find exciting career opportunities. There are always new beauty trends popping up that make way for new careers. Eyelash extensions were not as popular 10 years ago as they are now. Take a look at some of the new careers in the industry here.
Ready to Get Started on Your Cosmetology Education?
We hope this has really helped you feel prepared to pursue a cosmetology education. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us! While you’re here, take a look at our cosmetology program and see if it’s a good fit for you. If you’re a fan of MAC makeup then it might be!