Behind the Scenes of the Beauty Industry:
Some of the Best Beauty Career Options
for Licensed Lovelies in Cosmetology
Wait—you’re telling us that someone told you the beauty industry is a one-size-fits-all kind of career?
You’re kidding, right?
Our first piece of advice? Knock that toxicity outta the park—you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.
Our second piece of advice? Read this blog post. Right. Now.
Because the beauty industry is so much more than a one-and-done industry. There are hundreds—probably thousands, honestly—of niches within this one big, beautiful industry just waiting to be discovered, uncovered, and explored.
Know what that means?
Being in the beauty industry doesn’t mean adhering to a specific label. Being in the beauty industry is all about creativity, professionalism, passion, and fierceness—why on earth would that mean you’re stuck doing just one, vanilla job? (Spoiler alert: it doesn’t).
Don’t believe us?
That’s okay—we’ve put together a little info here to give you an example of the long list of careers and specialties available to those who are dying to enter our industry. The point of all this? To show that this never a rigid, black-and-white kind of career—there’s plenty of room to evolve, find your niche, or even create your own specialty within the industry.
Check out a tiny sampling of some of those careers available to you!
Color Queen (or King)
Lovers of all things color, unite!
The thing we love most about the career of color specialty is that it kind of speaks to both sides of your brain. Sure, you’ve got the creative juices flowing (think of all the wildly exciting masterpieces you can craft!), but you’re also playing into your scientific side.
What are color and dye if not chemistry, right?
And the cool part?
You can specialize in this specialization. You think blondes have more fun? Cool—make a career out of it. Looking to paint this world pastel one scalp at a time? Nifty, the hair world is your oyster.
In our modern era where men are demanding trendy looks and putting a specific focus on self-care, barbershops are becoming a must-have staple in the beauty industry.
The demand for barbers is booming! If you’re all about that straight razor shave, love modern men’s cuts, and were born with a pair of shears in your hand, this could be the career path for you!
Lovely Lashes & Badass Brows
Lashes and brows are becoming the biggest, baddest thing in the beauty industry—if you don’t believe us, take a look at any beauty brand’s Instagram. What’s the focus? Bushy-but-well-styled brows and gorgeous lashes. Getting in on this specialization is guaranteed to be profitable, but more than that, this career path will allow you to let your geometric eye and keen sense of detail really blossom!
Long and Lovely Extension Specialist
More and more people are embracing the versatility of extensions. Whether it’s all about length, pops of color, more volume, or something high-fashion, as an extension specialist, you’ll get the chance to really help people meet a specific need.
Influencer or Beauty Blogger
We live in a super-digital age, which, among other things, affords us the opportunity to meet needs and help people in a way we never have before. The most notable way? Through beauty blogging and influencing. That’s right—people make careers (full-blown careers) out of this, and you can, too. If you’re jazzed about the idea of building up a large follower base, love the idea of gaining sponsors, and are stoked to create compelling content on a super-regular basis, we definitely encourage you to give this career path a go.
Who doesn’t love a sweet set of amazing nails? If you’re absolutely passionate about being creative, love the chance to flex your artistic muscles, and consider yourself a people-person who loves to get people what they want, becoming a nail stylist could be right up your alley.
Kiddo Cuts & Styles
It takes a special kind of person to specialize in kiddo styles—more specifically, a patient person. In all seriousness, though, there’s plenty of room within the industry for a kiddo specialization because it truly does take a dedicated stylist to keep a child from being too nervous, to jittery, or too excited while you chop their sweet locks. Bonus points to you if you’re already great with kids before getting into this specialty!
Senior Citizen Specialist
Just like kiddos need a specialized stylist to guide their beauty paths, it’s also helpful for senior citizens to work with specialists, too. No, you might not be getting the edgiest, boldest requests for styles (though, you might—there are some older folks out there donning some sick styles as of late), but you’ll be making a huge difference in a person’s life. Think about how gratifying it’ll feel to know that you’re literally making somebody’s day, week, or month just by spending some time with them.
On-the-Go Travel Stylist
Cruise ships, hotels, pop-up shops, rentable booths—the need for traveling stylists is always growing. If you’re an on-the-go-guy-or-gal who can’t seem to sit still but loves the beauty industry, we’ve got news for you—you don’t have to pick! Make travel and your beauty career the mutual loves of your life!
Healthy Scalp Specialist (Trichologist)
The beauty industry doesn’t have to be all about the wildly creative side. In fact, there are some specialties within the industry that are pretty dang scientific. Like Trichology, or rather, the scientific study of hair and the scalp. This is all about getting down to the root (pardon the pun) of people’s scalp issues—like hair loss, flaking scalp, etc.—and making a real difference in their lives.
There’s always a need for creative, artistic, and detail-oriented people in the makeup world—especially if you’re as passionate about people. This field lets you get as creative or as practical as you want (with a steady mix of both in between). From celebrity to salon to photo sessions and more, the possibilities are limitless in the world of makeup world!
Salon Manager or Owner
And you know what? There’s plenty of room on the business side of things, too! Even if you’re not wildly passionate about the down-and-dirty work in the beauty industry, there’s always a place for business-savvy folks to help run salons, studios, spas, and more!
And guess what? That’s nowhere near the end of it! You can get involved in a myriad of options—from a Hollywood stylist who takes on film and tv stars to an editorial hairstylist to a product inventor to a curly-hair specialist and more, there are endless opportunities out there for dedicated, hard workers with a passion for this industry!