How Do I Become a Hairdressing Teacher?

Posted: June 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

How Do I Become a Hairdressing Teacher?


Robin McDaniel

Robin McDaniel is an educator, cosmetologist and musician who  lives in southern Florida. Writing since 2005, she specializes in topics related  to health, beauty and education. McDaniel holds a cosmetology license, personal  training certification and Bachelor of Arts in elementary education. She is also  pursuing her master’s degree in higher education  administration.

By  Robin McDaniel, eHow  Contributor
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How Do I Become a  Hairdressing Teacher?

Becoming a  hairdressing teacher or cosmetology instructor can be a lucrative career choice.  According to, hairdressing teachers make an average of  $50,000 annually and career growth has remained steady within the field.  Hairdressing teacher requirements differ by states. However, there are some  general requirements and criteria that must be met before you are able to teach  cosmetology in most states.



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      Ensure that you meet specific criteria before applying for a position as a  hairdressing teacher. For instance, in most states you must be at least 18 years  old and have had a cosmetology license for six months or more. If you have had a  cosmetology license for less than five years, you will need at least 800 hours  of provable work experience in most states. A notarized letter with company  letterhead from an employer and pay stubs for two years or more from a licensed  hair salon are generally accepted documentation of work experience. This  information should be forwarded to the state board of cosmetology of the state  in which you are seeking employment.

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      Become a certified hairdressing teacher. Some colleges offer a cosmetology  certificate program that will prepare you to become a hairdressing teacher.  Cosmetology instruction alone does not teach specific lessons geared toward  teaching, such as creating lesson plans, grading students and record keeping.  You also will learn classroom management and communication skills that increase  your ability to succeed as a teacher. Cosmetology certification will make you a  more educated and viable candidate for the position of hairdressing teacher.  Check local and online colleges for certificate options in the hairdressing  field.

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      Send high school and beauty school transcripts, employment verification,  licensure information and proof of certification to the state board of  cosmetology in your state. If you are applying to teach hairdressing in a state  other than the one in which you were originally licensed, you will need to  become licensed in that state. Some states have reciprocity, which allows you to  just apply for a license in the new state and pay a small fee. Other states may  require you to complete additional hours to work as a cosmetologist or  hairdressing teacher.

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      Prepare a resume geared towards teaching and including your hairdressing  experience. This might include volunteering at school, lesson plan creation and  time awards or certifications. It is also useful to have a portfolio containing  your work, references and other pertinent information. You can create a  professional looking portfolio by putting information in plastic sleeves in a 2  to 3 inch binder. Present this material during interviews with potential  employers.

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      Research the school to which you are applying to become a hairdressing  teacher prior to going for an interview. Review information such as dress codes,  rules of conduct and history. By having this information, you will appear  knowledgeable and interested in the specific company to which you are applying.  You also should prepare a list of questions to ask your potential employer to  ensure that the instructor position is right for you. Present your portfolio at  the interview to display your credentials and to help you to secure the  job.

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