August 17, 2023

4 Beauty School Stigmas

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Beauty school, as an industry, is often plagued by stigmas and misconceptions that have persisted for years. Despite the growth and evolution of the beauty industry, these stigmas continue to affect the perception of beauty schools and the students who attend them. In this blog post, we will explore and debunk four common beauty school stigmas. 


One of the most prevalent stigmas associated with beauty schools is the belief that students who attend are somehow less capable or intelligent than those pursuing traditional college degrees. This misconception couldn’t be further from the truth.

David Pressley School of Cosmetology, like many reputable beauty schools, offers a comprehensive education that requires dedication, hard work, and a strong commitment to learning.“We are required to follow extensive and thorough bookwork that includes chemistry, mathematic skills, and customer service” says senior DP student Kendra P. Students are required to learn about different types of skin, hair, and nails so that they can identify any diseases or disorders and know how to address them. The curriculum is rigorous, and the educational standards are just as demanding as those of traditional colleges.

Students also learn how to handle each client or customer because no two people are the same. Brittle, dry, damaged hair needs to be treated differently than hair that is healthy and thriving. Students also spend a lot of time experiencing how to interact with different people, too. Carrying on conversations with clients is part of the trade, and sometimes the conversations can be personal in nature. “We should be considered part-time therapists!” says student-instructor Victoria B.


The stereotype that beauty school is exclusively for females is not only outdated but also misleading. The beauty industry is far from being gender-exclusive. In fact, it has been increasingly welcoming to individuals of all genders. Men currently make up over 16% of beauty industry workers. Men like Vidal Sassoon (who is known for his geometric cuts), John Frieda, or Guy Tang (who is known for his bold hair coloring skills). All have broken through the stigma that only women should attend beauty school. Their level of growth shows the world that this career path is not only unlimited for success but that it is surely not limited to just women.

David Pressley School of Cosmetology encourages diversity and inclusivity. We have created a welcoming environment where anyone with a passion for cosmetology and esthetics can thrive, regardless of their gender identity.

The demand for skilled cosmetologists and beauty professionals transcends gender stereotypes. Clients value the quality of services provided, and competency, creativity, and professionalism are what truly matter in this industry. David Pressley School of Cosmetology recognizes the importance of breaking down these stereotypes and promoting diversity in the field.


Another common misconception about beauty school is the belief that it doesn’t lead to “real” or sustainable employment. This notion stems from the mistaken belief that cosmetology is not a legitimate or lucrative career path.

Students start by learning the fundamentals of hair, skin, and nails. Then, they apply those skills and continue to excel in the beauty industry. They learn how to apply their education practically while pursuing their goals and dreams. “Our students can choose from multiple career paths, ranging from opening up their own salon to becoming a stylist to the stars,” says DP Education Director Tanya S. All of these career paths are necessary for the industries to keep growing and provide job security.

The flexibility and potential for success in the beauty industry are endless. As long as students are dedicated to their craft, keep honing their skills, and maintain a high level of professionalism, they can indeed achieve a fulfilling and financially rewarding career in the beauty field. David Pressley School of Cosmetology plays a crucial role in ensuring that its graduates are well-prepared for the competitive job market and are ready to excel in their chosen careers.


One of the most significant concerns for prospective beauty school students is the cost associated with their education. However, this concern is often based on the misconception that beauty school is prohibitively expensive.

Typically speaking, students who pursue an education in cosmetology from David Pressley can complete the course within 12-14 months and carry less than $17,000 in debt once they graduate. Similarly, students who pursue an education from David Pressley in esthetics can complete their education in 5-6 months and leave with less than $9,000 in debt once they graduate. This is a fraction of the cost that would be incurred by attending a 4-year college. Additionally, students leave beauty school with a set of skills that is so well developed that they are marketable and ready to enter the industry as soon as they finish.

Additionally, the investment in a beauty school education is just that—an investment. Graduates have the potential to earn a substantial income in the beauty industry. The return on investment can be relatively quick, especially when students are dedicated to their education and career development.

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David Pressley School of Cosmetology and the beauty school industry as a whole stand as beacons of progress, diversity, and opportunity. It’s time to celebrate the immense potential of beauty school education and encourage individuals from all backgrounds to explore the world of cosmetology and esthetics.

If you’ve been considering a career in the beauty industry or know someone who has, we urge you to take that first step toward your passion. Contact us to learn more about our programs, schedules, and *financial aid options. 

Embrace your creativity and dedication, and embark on a journey that can lead to a fulfilling and successful career. The world of beauty is waiting for you.

*financial aid is only available to those who qualify

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