Thankfully, we have no shortage of beauty schools in the Los Angeles area. However, this begs the question - what school is right for me?
When you’ve decided to get licensed in cosmetology, barbering, esthetics, or manicuring, choosing the right academy is an important step to help set yourself up for success.
We’ve moved beyond the basics of courses, schedules, location, and tuition to give you a deeper insight into finding a match for your unique situation.
Check out these 4 tips to help you with the process.
1. Learn about the Beauty School Owner
Find out about the person behind the beauty school. You might be surprised to learn that some schools are owned by investors rather than cosmetologists. While that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, that type of school may have a different culture and atmosphere.
We’ve found that passionate owners, from the beauty industry, can make a huge difference in your education experience. They’ve been in your shoes and are often most invested in your success. Their extra motivation can help push you further and faster toward your goal.
Ask questions about the owner; or, better yet, speak with them yourself! Find out what made them pick up a set of shears and what motivates them to teach the industry’s next generation.
2. Ask if they are nationally accredited
Accreditation is a special designation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for institutions that meet specific national education performance standards. In the field of cosmetology, National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS) is one of the most well-known accrediting agencies. Having a national accreditation is a strong indicator that a school is following best practices.
Additionally, non-accredited schools cannot offer financial aid. Plus, when it’s time to look for a job, salon owners know the difference. Attending an accredited beauty school with a good local reputation can make a big impact on making the right connections and getting your career established.
3. Find out how long they have been around?
While it may not be first on your list, finding a school that has longevity can be very important. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20% of small businesses fail within the first year, 50% within 5 years, and about 70% within 10 years.
A school that has been around for a decade or more can give you an indication of its track record in the community. A related benefit will be their large alumni network of graduates that have gone on to become salon owners, industry reps, and more to help with career opportunities.
4. Ask about state board passing rates
Forget about that old song “Beauty School Dropout”, you’re here to smash your goals and build your new career! As a result, the most important initial goal of beauty school is to pass the California state board test to become licensed in your chosen course.
When visiting schools, ask about their students’ pass rates. That will tell you a lot about their track record for each course.
One more thing
Good luck in your search for the right beauty school! We are excited to have you join our amazing industry.
If you’d like more information about Beyond 21st Century Beauty Academy, our purple-haired leader (Miss Maria), or to schedule a tour, reach out here.