Are you wondering what cosmetology is? Cosmetology is a program in the beauty industry where you can learn about hair, makeup, and nails! You can work with clients to create different looks, and build a career for yourself as a cosmetologist. There’s so much more that comes with learning about cosmetology like community, products, environment, and more!

You can become part of a community at Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes and learn about sustainable products that are good for your hair. Learn more about what a cosmetologist does, and see if it’s a good fit for you!

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What Does a Cosmetologist Do?

Cosmetologists capture a guest’s style and make them feel good about their look. They care for guests and can give their genuine advice and input on what would be the best style for them.

They learn how to give guests a new hairstyle, make them feel beautiful with natural makeup, or take care of their nails. It can be a very rewarding experience learning so many skills, and seeing smiling faces because of your work. Cosmetologists can learn:


Cutting, coloring, and styling hair can be rewarding once you see the final project. It’s not always about the end result though, it is also about the process!

You can learn how to help your clients achieve healthy hair by using natural products such as shampoo and conditioner. Scalp treatments and serums can also nourish hair. You can also learn how to properly color and treat hair without damaging the hair follicles. This is all information that can be covered in a cosmetology program!


In the cosmetology Program, you can learn about nail care. You can learn about nail beds, nail shape, and what tools to use to care for the nails. Training will also include nail extensions, manicures, and pedicures. You’ll also be able to express your creativity through nail art.


Makeup can enhance natural beauty, and you can learn how! cosmetology programs often cover a small portion of skin care knowledge, facial anatomy, and makeup application. These skills are all relevant to cosmetology, because you can make guests feel good in their own skin.

Why Become a Cosmetologist?

You Can Build Connections

You can often start making connections with others in the industry from the first day of class. Whether it’s guests at our student salon*, or peers in the classroom, you can build connections and become part of a community!

Building genuine relationships and connections can be helpful in the long run when you are looking for a place to work, or trying to find guests to come into your salon.

*All services provided by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.⁠

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You Can Choose an Environment To Work In

Cosmetologists get to choose their environment! Whether you want to work in a salon or start your own business, you choose the environment you work in. At Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes, we focus on choosing and building an environment where people care for the Earth.

Some things to think about when choosing where you work is the type of products you’ll be using, if you can implement recycling, and is the environment safe for everyone? These are small ways to practice Aveda’s mission throughout your cosmetology career.

You Can Use Aveda Products

At Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes, we believe in using products that are good for your hair and skin. As a cosmetologist, you have access to using these products in our program and in all of our salons.

All of our products are chemical free and safe for the environment. Our high end products are all in forms that can be recycled and reduce plastic waste. If knowing the impact you make on the environment is important to you, Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes may be a good fit for you.

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Is a Cosmetologist Different Than an Esthetician?

For a quick comparison, an Estheticians can learn about skincare, facials, makeup and waxing. Whereas cosmetologists get to learn a small portion of skincare and makeup, but they mainly focus on hair and nails. If you’d like to learn more check out the full blog.

How To Become a Cosmetologist

Cosmetology is about making people feel good and confident by enhancing their natural beauty through makeup, hair and nails. It’s also about your environment and becoming part of a community. If you can picture yourself in the cosmetology community, check out our cosmetology program!

Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes are in three different states, so we might have a campus near you!

Check out our locations and book a tour to see if you fit into the environment.