“Along with being an expert in the use of cosmetics and beauty treatments, a cosmetologist provides specialized services to clients to enhance their appearance and make them feel and look their best. Cosmetology is the treatment of nails, skin, and hair and includes things such as cosmetic application, pedicures, skin treatments, facials, hair treatments, manicures, special occasion hairstyling, wig treatments or hair extensions, and body hair removal. Sometimes referred to as a beauty specialist, aesthetician, beautician, or esthetician, a general cosmetologist is an expert in all types of beauty care.
In the United States, all personal appearance workers including cosmetologists require a license. To acquire a license you must attend cosmetology school, then take, and pass a state exam. There are many private and public vocational cosmetology schools with many offering both day and evening classes to make it more convenient for students. The length of a certification cosmetology program requires full-time study of between one and two years. There are also cosmetology courses for people interested in advancement in the career of cosmetology.