Choosing Your Cosmetology Specialty

When it comes to choosing a cosmetology specialty, it can definitely be difficult!! And while not all cosmetology students end up specializing in one specific niche, a lot of beauty industry professionals find it’s easier to stay on trend and maintain clients with a focused set of skills. Here are some tips to help you choose the specialty that will work best for your skills and career goals.

Let’s start by reviewing some of the career opportunities available with a cosmetology or estheticians license. What can you do once you graduate with your cosmetology license in hand?

  • Salon Owner
  • Personal Stylist
  • Makeup Artist
  • Esthetician
  • Beauty Consultant
  • Runway Stylist
  • Spa or Salon Manager
  • Lash Technician
  • Body Waxing
  • Beauty Educator
  • Product Distributor
  • Extensionist
  • Colorist
  • Nail Technician
  • Film and TV Stylist
  • Editorial Stylist
  • Brand Artistic Director
  • Event Stylist

Research Potential Cosmetology Specialties

Love nail art, but not sure exactly what a nail technician does? Start there! From coloring hair to editorial makeup, looking into the day-to-day job responsibilities and skills needed for those career paths can help you decide whether or not they are right for you. Speaking to local beauty professionals in the specialty you are considering can also help you decide. Asking what they love about their job, as well as what they dislike can help you get a better idea of what it’s like. Still unsure? Remember that you will get to perform these skills in a hands-on setting once in school, so you can always decide later on what works best for you once there is some experience under your belt. Schedule a tour of DuVall’s School of Cosmetology and speak with some of our instructors!

Get Inspired!

What was it that first made you want to go to beauty school? Was it the elaborate makeup tutorials from your favorite blogger? Amazing hair coloring trends? Learning how to best treat certain skincare conditions? Hone in on what first got you excited about being a beauty professional and then focus on cosmetology specialties that are related.