Are vaccinations required?
We do not require vaccinations for admission into our programs. Anyone interested in getting more information about vaccinations should contact their local public health department or consult with their health care provider.
What are cosmetology school enrollment and license requirements?
A Student must meet the state minimum age requirement to enter school (if applicable) and must submit the following:
- A copy of a valid state or federal issued photo identification
- A copy of a high school diploma or its equivalent.
- A Interest Form
- The required application fee
- A completed enrollment package
- 2 Interviews
**All incoming students must attend an orientation which will be held on the 1st day of class. During orientation the student will learn about responsibilities and standards, the format of the program, the progression of the program, and how performance will be measured.
How long does it take to become a licensed? Each program length will vary depending on your states required hours for licensure. Subjects include haircutting, hair coloring, facials, makeup, manicuring, salon management and much more. Upon completion of the program, the Student is qualified to take the state licensing exam. Upon successful completion of state licensing requirements, the student may seek employment as an entry-level licensed cosmetologist. Please review the state you’re interested in attending and click on your desired program for more details.
How much does cosmetology cost? Tuition rates vary by program and state requirements. Students will be given tuition rates when inquiring about admission to the school of their choice.
Is financial aid available for students? Currently we do not offer financial aid. However, we do have payment plans and student loans available through our 3rd party affiliate loan agencies. Your Career Planning Specialist will provide you with information about financial assistance.
Do I need to pay all of my tuition up-front?
You may pay your tuition in full, you may put down a deposit and set up a payment arrangement or you may apply for a loan with one of our affiliate loan agencies. Any remaining balance may be paid upon a monthly basis that is customizable. We try to make our education as affordable as possible to help students gain employment with little debt. This information is provided during admissions.
Do you offer scholarships?
Yes. Currently, scholarships are available to all new incoming students. Please check with Admissions.
What if I have taken ‘beauty’ classes in other states but have not finished, are those hours still good to use at Black Girl Beauty School of Careers?
Our Apprenticeship school only accepts transfer hours from students from another state certified apprenticeship school. Our traditional school may accept your hours. Please send us your transcript through email at: firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. After sending it, please request an official copy be sent from the school where you obtained the hours. Our comprehensive courses ensure that you get more than enough hours to be successful in your beauty career.
Are we allowed to tour the school?
We will soon have virtual tours available. Please look for the posted video.
What happens after I graduate/receive a certification from the school? Do I get help?
Black Girl Beauty School of Careers care about its students. We post up employer flyers that seek licensed and certified students on our “Job Board.” All graduating students will receive a lifetime membership to our association and a lifetime mentorship opportunity. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, that is what the school is here for!
Can I go to work immediately after receiving my certificate of completion? Is that acceptable by state board?
No. You must be licensed before you can start working as a professional. However, if you are on an apprenticeship program you should already be with a salon for on-the-job-training. You do have the option to continue to work at that salon until you pass the exam. After your enrollment agreement and you passed the exam any employment communication is discussed between you and the salon owner of your choice.
Can I use my license and training in other states outside of Georgia? I have a license from another state, could you help me apply for a Georgia license?
All states have their own board of cosmetology. Most states reciprocate but not all, so you may need to go to school in order to obtain those additional hours. Whatever hours is needed we can help you. Just call or come in with your license to see what you need in order to become licensed. You would have to contact the state board of cosmetology to apply for reciprocity to obtain your license in that state. The state will also let you know what is needed to obtain reciprocity. The process is fairly easy.
What if I want to get beauty services performed?
The traditional campus will offer guest services. No services are offered to the public through our Apprenticeship School. We will update the website when our traditional school clinic floor will open.
Do you offer online classes?
Georgia – Our Georgia Campus offers all the theory online. Practical is on campus.
Tennessee – Our Tennessee offers all theory through distance learning (virtually). Practical is on-the-job training.
Currently we do not have a location 100% online.
I want to perform waxing, piercing, or tattooing services, does the school offer that?
The school does not offer these services at this time. Please check in the future with our Advanced Training Academy. www.amandasbeautyschools.com
I have a part-time job, how can I go to school at the same time?
Our traditional school offers part-time programs. Our Online Apprenticeship Program only accepts full-time students.
Is housing available?
Black Girl Beauty School of Careers does not offer housing, but our Admissions Representatives can help guide you to contacts that can help you.
With your cosmetology diploma, you will have an opportunity to showcase your skills with career paths such as:
Salon Stylist • Salon Owner • Salon Manager • Color Specialist • Updo Specialist • Color Specialist • Extension Expert • Curly Hair Specialist • Bridal Specialist • Hotel or Cruise Ship Stylist • Personal Stylist • Makeup Artist • Lash or Brow Specialist • Fashion Show Stylist • Film, Theatre, Television Stylist • Editorial/Advertising Stylist • Brand Educator/Platform Artist • Artistic/Creative Director • Beauty Blogger/Influencer • Style Consultant • Hair, Makeup and Skin Specialty Retailers
With your aesthetics diploma, you will an opportunity to grow your career with opportunities such as:
Day Spa Esthetician/Manager/Owner • Salon Spa Esthetician/Manager/Owner • Retreat/Resort Center Esthetician/Manager/Owner • Eyelash and Brow Specialist • Waxing Specialist • Hair Removal Specialist • Makeup Artist • Cosmetic Counter • Esthetician Educator • Medical Esthetician • Beauty Blogger/Influencer • Beauty Buyer
With your nail technician diploma, you will have the opportunity to explore career paths such as:
Nail Salon Owner/Manager • Salon Nail Artist • Spa/Resort Nail Artist • Freelance Nail Tech for Photoshoots or Videoshoots • On-Site Service Nail Tech for Events, Individuals, or Store • Beauty Blogger/Influencer • Nail Instructor • Manicurist
With your natural hair diploma, you will have the opportunity to explore career paths such as:
Natural hair stylist, Hair Braider, Weaver, Loctician,
Barbering has a wide selection of career paths you can explore once you graduate from Jenny Lea Academy!
Self-Employed Barber • Barber School Educator • Barbering Product Developers Personal Care Services • Nursing Home Barber • Film & Television Stylist • Military post • Barbershop Manager/Director • Barbershop Owner/Operator • Hairdresser Master Barber • Men’s Hairstylist • Trichologist • Artistic/Creative Director • Beauty Blogger/Influencer • Style Consultant • Hair, Makeup and Skin Specialty Retailers • Scalp and Skin Care Speciality • Brand Agent
Is Cosmetology A Career Path For You?
With cosmetology, like any career goal, there is planning, studying, and hard work that will be required to make your passion a reality. As you consider this journey, ask yourself these questions:
1) Am I Ready For The Physical Demands Of The Job?
Cosmetology requires long hours of being on your feet, working with your hands, and adjusting your position to provide your clients requested services. As a hair stylist, you’ll spend the day on your feet. As an Aesthetician, you will find yourself bending your body into various positions to provide client services. As a nail technician, you’ll be seated to tend to your clients requests. Are you ready for these conditions?
2) Where Do I Want to Work?
When you look forward to your career, where do you see yourself working? Now is the time to define your goals and determine how to best prepare yourself for this. Before you begin your education or applying for jobs, consider what area you want to work. Do you want to have a cosmetology focus, such as working only as a wedding stylist? Perhaps you want to work at a high-end resort or spa. If you have a passion for senior citizens, perhaps you can have a beauty studio in a nursing home. Wherever you want to be, now is the time to set goals and research how you need to make it happen! Some specialty fields may require additional training or licensing, so prevent future surprises now instead of later.
3) Do I Want To Be My Own Boss?
Should you decide to start your own business in cosmetology, the most sensible option is to first work several years in the industry before setting something up independently.
If you do decide to be your own boss, spend plenty of time building up your credentials and experience, researching everything in both the cosmetology and business worlds, and considering having a mentor to help you get your footing.
4) Do I Possess The People Skills Needed For The Job?
While some jobs allow for autonomy and solitude, cosmetology is not one such job. You will be working with people all day, from your manager to your colleagues to clients. Not only will you be doing a lot of work on your feet and using your hands all day long, you will be talking for a majority of that time as well. If you are easily irked by people who enjoy long conversations (as some clients might), cosmetology may not be the job for you.
Alternatively, some customers may not be interested in small talk or any conversation; a good cosmetologist will have to be able to quickly read their clients and know whether or not to keep the conversation to a minimum.
You may also encounter difficult personalities, clients who will never be satisfied with their look or who are extremely specific about what they are looking for. You must be prepared to handle these situations with tact and patience.
Regardless of what kind of personality you encounter, you will have to speak with every client about what their preferences are for their hair, nails, makeup, or other services.
5) Can I Navigate a Fast-Paced Work Environment?
Each client will have different needs and take their own amount of time. One client may come in for a five-hour hair coloring, while another comes in for a fifteen minute trim. Your schedule will vary, sometimes having to move quickly, and other times having a more relaxed pace. Your already turbulent schedule may be upended by a demanding client whose particular vision takes more time than you were anticipating.
You will have to learn how to be unphased by the demanding task of balancing a strange schedule each day.
6) Do I Have What I Need to Land a Job?
Having what you need to be a cosmetologist and having what you need to be employed as a cosmetologist are two different things. The best thing to do for yourself after completing your education and license is to establish professional connections. In fact, it’s beneficial to start networking and making contacts with practitioners in the industry while you are still receiving your schooling. In addition to establishing connections, draft and polish an excellent resume.
Start looking for job openings in your community or on online forums and job postings. As with any other career, you may have to consider the possibility of relocating for a job. Lastly, after compiling a list of places to apply to and submitting your resume, it’s wise to follow up with a phone call or email a few days later.
Requirements for Working in the Field
The three main fields of cosmetology are hair, skin, and nails. You can focus on several areas that are of interest to you, or you can specialize in one of them. For example, if you are interested in skincare, you could focus on becoming a makeup artist or a medical aesthetician.
Your skills and the career you envision for yourself after you complete your certification will drive your field of study.