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Check out these cool braids, applied by our student Lauren at our school. 
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Pretty #ombre  hair colors
Beautiful long curls!
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#Beautyschools   #Chicago  
Should you pursue a cosmetology career?

The beauty industry is stronger than ever with more and is a multi-billion dollar enterprise. With everything from enhanced eyelashes to celebrity hairstyles and even skincare techniques, today's professional cosmetologists must wear many hats.

How do I pick a  Cosmetology School  ?

Choosing the right beauty school requires a lot of research, patience and dedication.  The truth is that in most states, you're going to have to pick an accredited cosmetology program that meets the requirements to sit for your states licensing exam. While online cosmetology programs are popular, they lack the hands on training that most states require. You're also going to want to consider price and affordability.  For example, our school is probably has one of the least expensive costs for beauty school. On the other hand, you will want to pick a school that fits your individual style and needs. Accredited beauty schools can cost anywhere between 10 and 30k

What do cosmetologist learn

The great thing about today's cosmetology universities (yes they are referred to that these days) is that training includes  esthetics,  nail tech training and of course hair.  Depending on which state you are from, various program hour requirements vary.  For example, IL requires 1500 clock hours.  The advantage to earning this type of certification is that you will be able to work at a salon and legally perform skincare, hair, manicure, and even pedicure treatments.

There are programs which just focus on one type of specialty. This includes: esthetics schools and nail schools.  Again, you will be expected to complete a certain amount of hours before graduating. IL requires 350 hours for a nail technician, and 750 for esthetics.  If you can find a good hair academy or beauty school that includes all of the specialties as part of the program, then that's even better. 

How long does it take to finish beauty school?

These days, it's possible to finish the required hours in under a year. To finish quickly, you will have to be dedicated and attend classes for good period of time each day.  Another more realistic option is to just go part time. Since most of us work, have kids or other responsibilities, its kind of hard to sit in a class all day long. A part time program allows students to finish in about a year and a half. Check with your local cosmetology schools because program hours differ.

What kind of jobs are out there for cosmetologists?

The opportunities are really endless.  You will be qualified to work as a makeup artist for models, actresses, weddings, special events and so on. Depending on your skill level, you might find yourself working at a high end salon cutting, and styling hair.  There are many beauticians who have went on to open their own salon, as well as becoming private hairstylists to celebrities. Cosmetologists are also work at big name companies: Mac Makeup, Sephora, Great Lengths Hair Extensions and many more.

Do you have an outgoing personality?

If you are a creative person, who likes to express your personality through beauty, then a career as a cosmetologist might be right for you!  The fact is going to see your hairdresser is not that different from going to see a therapist.  Over time, you will build rapport with clients, and they will soon be sharing their lives with you.  If you are a people person and a good listener, you will be more than half way home. 
 
Feel free to drop by and read more about our Beauty School near Chicago, as well as other tips for aspiring cosmetologists.
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Did you know we are also a full service beauty salon? Right now we are offering fantastic manicure specials, only $3.50.  Catch it while you can! #manicure  
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We are so happy to announce our full service beauty salon services in Niles. Because we are a school, prices tend to be much lower than what is charge at other hair salons. After all the years, we are glad to be able to post specials to the public. Going out for a special night on the town, ask about up-does or photo ready makeup services at the salon.  http://www.nilesbeautyschool.com/beauty-salon-services/
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Our Chicago Cosmetology School mentioned in headlines.

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A day in the life of beauty school at niles
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2013-11-09
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The girls did a great job during class on Adriana's makeover. They gave her the whole works, including a Hollywood Up do, lashes and makeup.  
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2013-11-08
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Another fantastic photo of hair coloring for beautiful long hair! The purple really shines in the light!  Photo of student Julie! Our beauty school near Chicago, also serves as a first class hair salon!
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