THE BEAUTY CAREER CHOICE

Stories from NYSBSA member school graduates.

Justin BornJustin Born
ARROJO Cosmetology School Graduate

How did you become interested in the beauty industry?

I became interested in fashion and design around the time I was in middle school by watching music videos and collecting many fashion books and magazines. The way that a few of my favorite celebrities like Linda Evangelista and Madonna were constantly transforming their appearance through their hair and look intrigued me and I wanted to somehow be a part of that.

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Melissa GarnerMelissa Garner
ARROJO Cosmetology School Graduate

How did you become interested in the beauty industry?

I began coloring my hair at the age of 12. Back then I was a light golden blonde, but I felt like a red head on the inside. Fast forward to my early 20s and countless triumphs and tragedies with hair color experimentation, I had finally found the hairdresser who got me, Sonia Rightmeyer. I had never considered a career in the industry, but for four years Sonia tried to persuade me to go to cosmetology and begin a career in hair. Towards the end of those four years I went through multiple life changes and decided to give the hair industry a try.

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Jenika VenturaJenika Ventura
ARROJO Cosmetology School Graduate

I have always wanted to be an editorial hairstylist since I was a little girl, but back than I called it "magazine hairstylist". However, my journey to fulfilling my dream was not a short one. I am the youngest of three of two professional immigrants that came to this country to give my brothers and I a better life. So, as most people do I went to college and got a 10 year corporate job in the high end jewelry industry working for jewelry designers like Aaron Basha, Lauren K and Lazare Kaplan. I went from being a regional Rep to National Account manager to the second largest diamond company in the US. I was very unhappy because I would daydream of a life where I could do hair and had many moments where I thought “I’ll just quit my job and start over” but I could not imagine ever giving it all up and going to beauty school.

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Jason DoughertyJason Dougherty
ARROJO Cosmetology School Graduate

How did you become interested in the beauty industry?

I began coloring my hair at the age of 12. Back then I was a light golden blonde, but I felt like a red head on the inside. Fast forward to my early 20s and countless triumphs and tragedies with hair color experimentation, I had finally found the hairdresser who got me, Sonia Rightmeyer. I had never considered a career in the industry, but for four years Sonia tried to persuade me to go to cosmetology and begin a career in hair. Towards the end of those four years I went through multiple life changes and decided to give the hair industry a try.

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Information for students interested in a beauty career.

The beauty career choice has a lot to offer – now and going into the future.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report stating that employment for barbers, cosmetologists, and other personal appearance workers is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. Plus, there is continued growth in the number of full-service spas and nail salons, meaning more jobs for manicurists and skin care specialists. (source: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos332.htm)

Last year skin care specialists came in number 8 on MSN Career’s 20 Fastest-Growing Occupations. (source: http://msn.careerbuilder.com/Article/MSN-2186-Job-Info-and-Trends-Todays-20-Fastest-Growing-Occupations/)

Range of career choices:

  • Hair Stylist
  • Aesthetician
  • Barber
  • Nail Artist
  • Makeup Artist
  • Educator
  • Manufacturer Representative
  • Salon or Spa Owner
  • Platform Artist

Places to work:

  • Salons
  • Spas
  • Barbershop
  • National Trade Shows
  • Cruise Ships
  • Runways
  • Television and Movie Sets

Benefits:

  • Creative/Artistic Work
  • Flexible Hours
  • Individuality
  • The more effort put in the more rewards received

What you should know:

New York License Requirements

  • Cosmetology - You must complete a 1,000-hour, New York State approved course of study and pass both the New York State written and practical examinations to get a license to operate in this state.
  • Esthetics - You must complete a 600-hour, New York State approved course of study and pass both the New York State written and practical examinations to get a license to operate in New York state.
  • Nail Specialty - You must complete a 250-hour, New York State approved course of study and pass both the New York State written and practical examinations to get a license to operate in New York State.
  • Natural Hair Styling - You must complete a 300-hour, New York State approved course of study and pass both the New York State written and practical examinations to get a license to operate in New York State.

The Beauty career choice takes you as far as you want to go…

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