Step 1: Hair stylist school
The first step in your journey to becoming a hairdresser is to get schooled — the good way. Before you can have clients sitting in your chair, you’ve got to sit at a desk and start learning.
You can’t take just any hair styling classes; you have to attend a state-approved cosmetology program. Thankfully, there are plenty of approved cosmetology schools out there, and we are confident you’ll find the one that is the right fit for you. You can begin your search for the best hair styling school in your area here.
If you learn better IRL, then you can opt to attend classes in person. If virtual classes are more your vibe, then attend online hair school instead. Either option (as long as the school is state-approved) will give you the fab education and credentials you need to get clients in your chair and start working.
Hair stylist school costs vary depending on where you decide to go. Big cities mean bigger bucks, and more rural areas will see a pretty significant decrease in hair stylist course fees. However, oftentimes the opportunities following your education in a big city can be greater than those in a small town. There are different pluses and minuses to each, so do your research to weigh all the different factors (cost, location, opportunity, etc).
Curious what subjects are needed to become a hairdresser? Your initial education in hair will include all sorts of fun classes that cover topics such as shampooing, hair design, color methods, hair extensions, texturizing, hair analysis, and more. And in order to get into these classes, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.