#1. Students are looked down on for attending beauty school.

Intelligence is absolutely not lost on students that choose to enroll and attend beauty school. “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.

Students also learn how to handle each individual 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.

#2. Beauty school is just for females.

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.

#3. You can’t get a REAL job with a beauty school education.

Without a beauty school education businesses would close up, salons would lock their doors and the entire beauty industry would completely fold. People who choose to enroll in beauty school are choosing to take a step toward achieving something great.

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 have the ability to 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 provides job security.

#4. It’s too costly.

Typically speaking, students who pursue an education in cosmetology from David Pressley are able to 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 are able to 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.

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