Choosing the right beauty school to jumpstart your career as an esthetician is an important decision. The cosmetology programs you choose and the type of beauty academy that you attend are just two of many critical factors to consider when planning your education — especially if you’re enrolling in school to elevate your credentials for a future career. Prospective employers will look for thorough education and hands-on experience in a wide range of esthetic and cosmetic skill sets. For all of these reasons and more, it’s important to look into getting your desired certification or degree from a beauty school with a good reputation. 

At South Hills & North Hills Beauty Academy in Pittsburgh, we understand that choosing the right beauty school is an important and daunting decision. Here are our top tips for choosing the right beauty school for you: 

Choose An Area Of Interest

One way to narrow down your search is to decide which area of beauty or cosmetology you are interested in working in. Are you interested in hair, skin care, or makeup? If you know what type of program you are most interested in, you can start to narrow down your search. On the other hand, if you have no idea what area of esthetics you may want to pursue, don’t fret too much — ask yourself the right questions, consider your long-term career goals, and consider what might make you happiest. The job that makes the most money is not necessarily the one that will bring you the most fulfillment, nor is it the one that you and your skills may be best suited for. When choosing an area of academic interest, be sure to look into the information about each of the beauty schools you’re considering.

Research Cosmetology Programs

Now that you know what types of classes you want to take, you can begin to research available programs. When reading about these programs, you should determine whether or not each program will teach the skills that you need. For example, if you are interested in hair design, you will want a program that teaches the latest techniques in hair coloring, in-demand cuts and styles, haircare products, and more. 

You’ll also want to be sure to check that your school is accredited. Most careers in cosmetology require certain prerequisites that can demonstrate your professional qualifications and business value to employers in the beauty industry. For instance, in order to become a professional brow designer or nail technician, most established cosmetic companies (as well as a growing number of small businesses) may require you to become licensed in your state and provide documentation on the training you received in a given area of esthetic expertise.  South Hills & North Hills Beauty Academy, for example, is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences.

Want to learn more about what to look for in a beauty school? Check out the infographic here, and use it for quick reference when researching programs.

Take A Tour Of Your Top Beauty Schools

Once you have narrowed your options down to a few different esthetician schools, it is a good idea to take tours of each of the facilities you’re considering. The majority of beauty schools will allow you to schedule a tour of their campus and academic buildings. This is a good opportunity to see the school, ask questions, meet instructors, get to know real cosmetology professionals, and find out more about tuition rates and your financial aid options. You can also get a feel for the atmosphere of the classroom and the student salon. If you love the culture of one school but another cosmetology program has a curriculum that looks more comprehensive, don’t discount the first one in favor of the second. Networking is one of the most valuable opportunities you’re likely to encounter at any esthetician academy — so be sure you like your classmates and professors, because these are the people who will become your references and sources of recommendation when you begin to apply for jobs.

Consider Financial Aid

Funding your education can be the most intimidating aspect of deciding to go to beauty school. Luckily, there are several options available for financial aid and tuition assistance. South Hills & North Hills Beauty Academy, in particular, participates with the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans, Pittsburgh Promise, Career Link, Veterans GI Bill, and more. The first step is to complete your FAFSA and discuss your options with an admissions representative. 

Schedule A Tour With South Hills & North Hills Beauty Academy

South Hills & North Hills Beauty Academy has been providing top quality beauty and wellness education courses in the Pittsburgh area since 1969. Our expert instructors help students who love beauty and wellness take the necessary steps toward a successful career in beauty and cosmetology. We are dedicated to our students’ success before and after graduation and pride ourselves on a professional and modern learning environment.

If you have any questions or would like to sign up for one of our beauty school programs, contact South Hills & North Hills Beauty Academy in Pittsburgh today. We look forward to hearing from you!