What is Cosmetology?

Cosmetology? Esthetics? Aren’t those the same thing? The answer is no! While some people may use the two terms interchangeably, the reality is that they are not the same when it comes to education and licensure. Do you know the definition of cosmetology?

The Dictionary Definition

According to Merriam – Webster, the dictionary definition of cosmetology is: “The job or skill of giving beauty treatments to women by washing and cutting their hair, applying makeup, etc.” That may be the technical definition, but New Beginning College of Cosmetology believes that it is much more than washing and cutting hair.

The NBCC Definition

In our hearts, we know that cosmetology is an amazing industry to be in. A cosmetologist is defined by us as: “Someone who loves making other people feel beautiful.” They obtain the skills necessary to boost a client’s confidence. Their skills may include haircutting, coloring, styling, design, makeup application, manicuring, pedicuring, facials, and much more. They have fantastic people skills, they can see all the colors of the rainbow, and they are full of love and laughter.” During our cosmetology program, you can learn all the technical skills listed above and more! While this definition may not apply to all cosmetologists, that’s OK. These are just the type of cosmos that we think we create and shape with our education. Cosmetology is our passion, and we refuse to believe that cosmos are only defined by their ability to wash or cut hair!

A Cosmetology License

Each state requires something different to become a licensed cosmetologist. Alabama requires 1500 hours and a 3000 hour apprenticeship. For specific information regarding the state of Alabama, see the Alabama Board of Cosmetology and Barbering website.

So, What is Esthetics?

At New Beginning College of Cosmetology, we don’t offer an esthetics course, but we do know that cosmetology and esthetics are not one and the same. Cosmetologists are taught certain aspects of esthetics like skin and nail treatments, but they are also taught hair treatments, while estheticians are taught skin, nail, and waxing treatments without the training in hair. Do you want to learn it all? A cosmetology education might be right for you! If you’re interested in learning more about what our cosmetology program offers, see our program page or contact us for more information! We’d love to have you in for a tour.