Wednesday, May 26, 2010

ChG Watermelon Rind + My cosmetology experience

It seems everyone but me owned this polish but finally I do and gosh it is gorgeous! Dark green glass flecked goodness. Yum! 3 coats, great application as always from China Glaze.
One of my followers asked about my cosmetology school experience. I figured I might as well throw this on a post since it may be lengthy and I hope my advice will do her some good :) I will first say that I live in NY and state laws are a little different everywhere, especially in the amount of hours needed to graduate.

From when I was about 13 the only thing I really wanted to do was go to cosmetology school (okay and be a mom but if I was going to have a career this is what I thought I wanted), I had an extreme love for makeup, nails and dying my hair and it seemed perfect. When I was 16 I enrolled in the cosmetology program in my town which was in a technical school. It would take longer, about 2 years and cover 1,000 hours but I was technically still in high school at this point (I graduated that year) so that sounded great.

Everything I enrolled to learn we didn't. There was no makeup education like I had been told there would be, no nail course (that was a large extra fee). I was disappointed. Really, those were the reasons I wanted to go. I did love the chemistry of dying hair but other than that, I was bored. I HATE hair styling and cutting- which made up 98% of the course. I also sucked at it. Most of the homework equated to fingerwaves and curler sets and by the end of the first year I had done so many I hated it with a passion.

I finished the first half with an average of 103, perfect attendance, had done every bit of extra credit for hours and I was top of my class. I really tried to like it! Still, I dreaded the thought of returning but the 2nd year was supposed to concentrate on pedicures, manicures, facials...

I returned still not happy with my choice of being there and truthfully ended up skipping the class quite often. Instead of covering new material we returned to the same things we had learned last year- or at least I had- everyone else seemed to have forgotten. I met my husband that year and realized what I (and it turns out hubby) really wanted was to get married and have a family and that was all (please no hate, this is my choice).

When I graduated the course (which only means I had 1000 hours of attendance) I still never learned to do the single hair cut (which was given as an assignment twice, how was I supposed to learn that?) that I would need to get my state license. I suppose this can be chalked up to a crappy school or teacher. I think the moral here is: research. And don't settle for a mediocre school. If you have something you specifically want to do like makeup or nails I would strongly recommend going to a specialized school instead. I will also mention (and this could be an issue with the area I live in) out of the girls I went to school with (around 25 that I've kept in touch with) only 3 are working in the career field.

A couple things to consider before going into Cosmetology that most don't know:
  • To be an esthetician (massage, facials, skin care) you need additional training on top of your cosmetology license.
  • You need to learn anatomy, lots of it. This is because you are being licensed to touch people.
  • It is extremely hard on your back, knees and hands. You are on your feet all day, often bending yourself in awkward positions and constantly using your hands.
  • It usually doesn't may all that well. Depends on what you do I suppose.
  • You are breathing in A LOT of harsh chemicals. Perms, dyes, nail supplies, bleach, and much more.
Anyways, I just thought I would share if anyone was interested.


RoseBarbie said...

I have this same color but I don't like it..the polish is so thick for some reason...

jaljen said...

I love WR. Adore it.

So cosmetology is basically Hairdressing? In the UK Hair and Beauty is the course youngsters start with and, as far as I can see, they do precious little Beauty. It's all hair care.

At least the course title is honest! Cosmetology? Now let me see.....wouldn't that be about cosmetics? You'd think so.

Lucy said...

I did the course many many years ago. Damn, things still haven't change. All you did was learn the basics. You do use the basics because hair cutting always changes. Finger waves do show up in styles even now. Even people who came for extra courses in makeup and cutting didn't learn much. The makeup I learned from women who still wore their makeup from the 1940's. It was horrifying! The whole idea was to get you out on the floor to work on their customers. I never went for any job because I ended up being very allergic to all the chemicals. This really killed me because it's what I loved to do. I also had to support myself so I had to get a job that paid well. The only way to learn was to be educated at a salon.

phunkyphreak said...

I love this polish!!! Why do I miss all the cool colors?

I was interested in cosmetology years ago but I had no interest in hair just nails and skin. Hubby talked me out of it, I was a year from my bachelors degree and I am glad. I think I enjoy it as a hobby not as a job.

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