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Careers in Cosmetology: How Men Are Rocking This Industry

Posted on January 23rd, 2017 by SEM Tribeca

When you think of the beauty industry, of who is enrolling in cosmetology programs, you probably picture a woman as the typical student and worker in this industry. That may be true, but that fact is changing. Cosmetology is not just for women. Men are growing in the industry and making a big impact. If you are a man interested in hair, barbering, makeup artistry or even nails, there is a place for you in the beauty industry and in beauty colleges.   Stereotypes are changing and that’s good for everyone. Having more men in the beauty industry means adding new perspectives to an ancient art. Men have as much of an ability and affinity for styling and creative beauty as women do and it’s time to start breaking the stereotype of the typical person seeking a career in the beauty industry. There is major growth happening in beauty and cosmetology and there is room for men and women in this exciting and prosperous career.   Men Are Already Working in the Beauty Industry While you may find yourself in the minority working in a salon or spa, you are not the first or the only man to go into cosmetology as a career. According to the Professional Beauty Association, the industry is diverse and becoming more so. In 2011, 16 percent of employees in the beauty industry were men and 29 percent of salons were owned by men. The number of men enrolling in cosmetology is growing and is expected to continue to grow. There are no limitations on what men in this business can do.     Join the Ranks of Famous Men in the Beauty Industry While there are more men entering the cosmetology work force than ever before, men working in the beauty industry is not a new phenomenon. In fact, some of the most famous hair stylists and makeup artists have been men. If you have a creative flair and an affinity for design, you could join the ranks of some of the most famous people in beauty, all men:   Max Factor. One of the giants of the beauty industry, Max Factor found fame in the early years of Hollywood. His major contribution to beauty was the invention of a new kind of makeup, an alternative to the thick, gloppy makeup that young movie stars were using on set. He created a lighter formula that was revolutionary at the time and went on to work with such legends as Judy Garland and Bette Davis. Vidal Sassoon. By far the most famous hair designer in history is Vidal Sassoon. This British-born hairstylist started from modest roots, but worked his way up to style the stars. He is credited with inventing the bob hair cut for women. In addition to developing his own line of hair care products, he co-founded the Paul Mitchell brand of hair salons and products along with his now-famous student, Mitchell. Charles Revlon. Most people don’t realize that the person behind the world-famous Revlon brand was a man. Revson revolutionized nail beauty by creating colors that had never been used in nail design before. He also introduced matching lipstick shades so that women could coordinate their hands and faces. Kevyn Aucoin. Aucoin was a more modern star in the beauty industry, making a name for himself working as a makeup artist for some of the most famous faces of the 1990s: Cindy Crawford, Tina Turner, and Cher, just to name a few. He also authored a book, Making Faces, about makeup, which still stands today as one of the most popular beauty books of all time.   Men Are More Interested in Grooming and the Beauty Industry than Ever before Hair, skin care and other forms of personal grooming have long been dominated by women. Women spend time and money on appearance and beauty, and for a long time men watched and wondered why. Now, though, men are joining in on it too. Personal grooming for men is becoming a booming industry. From 2009 to 2014 men’s skin care has seen a huge increase in sales, over 50 percent. This means more men are interested in facial moisturizers, body moisturizers, facial cleansers, and anti-aging products than ever before. Personal care and beauty products aimed at men have increased around the world, with sales growing close to the $5 billion mark.   Another area of specialization in cosmetology colleges is also seeing a resurgence among male consumers: barbering. From 2007 to 2009 the number of barber shops increased by nearly 19 percent in the U.S. Beauty colleges are enrolling more students in their barbering programs as men demand more specialized care for their hair, both facial and on their heads.     The Beauty Industry as a Whole is Booming More students of all types are applying for and enrolling in cosmetology, barbering, aesthetics, nail, and makeup programs. The industry is booming and continues to grow unabated, which means that more makeup artists, hairstylists, nail designers and barbers of all types are needed to fill roles in spas, salons, as freelancers and as instructors at cosmetology colleges.   For the last decade or so, the beauty industry has been growing and there are no signs indicating that it will stop any time soon. Across four sectors in the industry, there has been steady growth, including a 47 percent increase in the sales at spas or salons that hire one or more employees.   Enrolling in Cosmetology Means Great Career Opportunities, for Women and Men With the industry growing, it is no surprise that there are enough jobs and opportunities in cosmetology for everyone, including men as well as women. In fact, some spa or salon owners may want to diversify their staff with more men in order to reach out to the growing demographic of men interested in personal appearance and personal care.   According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is plenty of room for anyone wanting a career in […]