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5 Things That Really Great Cosmetologists Do

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Being a cosmetologist requires going to cosmetology school, earning a license, practicing for hundreds—if not thousands—of hours, and working hard to find a job at a salon and get a clientele. There are a few things that separate a good cosmetologist from a really great one.

At Beauty and Bodywork Insurance, we want you to have a successful cosmetology career. Today we’ll share with you five things that really great cosmetologists do.

#1: Never Stops Learning

Because there is almost a limitless amount of skills that can be learned in the cosmetology industry, a great cosmetologist continues to expand their skill set after cosmetology school. The curriculum in cosmetology school ranges from hair care and skin care, to makeup application, and more. Cosmetologists can learn how to install eyelash extensions, how to apply airbrush makeup, and more. Developing more skills and knowledge can help you have a higher pay and get more clients.

#2: Uses Their Creativity

Clients will come to you because they trust your experience and expertise, but they may not always know what they want. This is where your creativity comes into play. A cosmetologist needs to be creative so they can turn their clients’ dreams into reality. Perhaps they want elegant makeup for their wedding, but they don’t know exactly what that looks like. It’s your job to envision what would look best on your clients to create the perfect face of makeup and satisfy your clients. Use your creativity to explain, deliver, and wow your clients every time.

#3: Develops Relationships with Clients

One key ingredient to becoming a successful cosmetologist is to develop relationships with clients. Cosmetologists need to have good listening and conversation skills, so they can communicate with their clients with care. This will help you have repeat clients and help you grow your clientele. Don’t just show up to work for the paycheck, because you can get so much more out of your career. As you genuinely care about your clients, they will continue to come back for your services and recommend you to their family and friends.

#4: Has Exceptional Time Management

Cosmetologists, whether renting out space in a salon, working from home, or working at a salon full-time, need to learn how to manage their time. Because appointments may be spaced out or clients may cancel, you need to be flexible. It also may be easy to not schedule as many appointments because you can design your own schedule. This can be to your advantage and disadvantage—you’ll want to schedule enough appointments to get the income that you need, but you can also have the power to not overbook yourself.

And let’s face it, our favorite appointments are those that start on time! No one likes to be left waiting for someone who doesn’t know how to manage their schedule. Be conscious that your client’s have stuff to get done, this is just one stop in their errands list.

#5: Purchases Cosmetology Insurance

Really great cosmetologists realize the importance of having cosmetology insurance. We know that you have practiced for hours and are a trained professional, however, accidents can still happen. Maybe your client was unaware of an allergy and they develop a rash from the makeup you use on their face. That’s where insurance comes in handy. You can have general and professional liability insurance so you can work with peace of mind.

Beauty and Bodywork Insurance offers cosmetology insurance for $96 per year. You can fill out an online application in less than 10 minutes. If you have any questions about what BBI covers, feel free to reach out to our licensed insurance agents.

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We hope this article was helpful in understanding how to be a successful cosmetologist. Never stop learning, use your creativity, develop relationships with your clients, manage your time effectively, and get insured with cosmetology insurance. We wish you luck in your cosmetology career!

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