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Old 01-05-2009, 11:20 PM
 
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I am interested in going to a top cosmetology school because I would like to work in a nice salon in a large city (hopefully LA but maybe San Fran or even NYC for a while?)

My question is, for people who are very serious about cosmetology, and specifically in cutting and dying hair, and who want to work in the high end salons or maybe in the entertainment industry, what is the best school to go to ?

I have looked at Toni & Guy, Aveda Institute, and Paul Mitchell. I am open to any school, as long as that school is very highly regarded. Also, I would prefer LA over other areas of the country.

Thanks!
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Old 01-06-2009, 05:55 AM
 
Location: Falling Waters, WV
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Don't expect to get right out of school and work for a high end salon. You will need a couple of years of experience. Most upscale salons also want followings and that takes a few years to achieve that. Good Luck.
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Old 01-06-2009, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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It seems like Aveda and Paul Mitchell would be great picks.
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:13 PM
 
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Don't expect to get right out of school and work for a high end salon. You will need a couple of years of experience. Most upscale salons also want followings and that takes a few years to achieve that. Good Luck.
Thanks for your comment. I know I will have to work my way up. Do you think going to a name school to start out with will make any difference in how well I do?
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:08 AM
 
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Thanks for your comment. I know I will have to work my way up. Do you think going to a name school to start out with will make any difference in how well I do?
I am sure it wouldn't help, make sure you attend seminars that all professional haircare companies put on. They will look good on your resume. You can even attend these with your student license. The hair shows can be fun and very informative.
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Old 01-09-2009, 08:31 PM
 
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I'm not a stylist buy my mom owned her own salon & is a great stylist, never attending any fancy school just the beauty school that was in her town.

I also have had some horrible hair cuts by people educated by Aveda & Vidal Sassoon,I think it comes down to listening to your clients and being naturally talented at it, I don't think a pricey school with a good name makes you good.
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Old 12-22-2009, 02:03 PM
 
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Don't expect to get right out of school and work for a high end salon. You will need a couple of years of experience. Most upscale salons also want followings and that takes a few years to achieve that. Good Luck.
If you go to a good school high end salons will come to you and talk to you, if you are good enough, I have been advised to try to get in at a high end salon. Don't settle and work at like Great Clips or some other place like that because that is..."frowned upon", if you will. I know Paul Mitchell (at most schools) helps you find a job and I'm pretty sure Aveda does to. =D
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Old 07-18-2011, 06:06 PM
 
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Im going to do part time at PMTS i just want to know if its stress full? because its like 2 yrs instead of 1. can anybody tell me how it is i would really appreciate it
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Old 07-18-2011, 07:22 PM
 
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I think that you have to go to school, but then to be very successful, you need to become an apprentice of a stylist who is very successful. I had a friend who did that, she learned one on one from a stylist, and does a terrific job. She then started working cutting hair, and coloring at his salon, but charging half what he charged, and he supervised her, by checking everything. So, she built a clientele at a very successful salon.

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Old 02-29-2012, 07:33 AM
 
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I don't know anything about your field, but my first thought was the same as Jasper's--a goog apprenticeship would be worth its weight in gold.
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