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Just because you can cut, style and color hair at home doesn’t mean you’re ready to set up shop. A degree in cosmetology teaches the proper techniques for haircutting, hair straightening, giving perms, using wigs and extensions, and hair coloring. You can also learn to give facials and do make-up, perform specialized scalp treatments and provide manicures and pedicures. Everything is taught abiding by rigorous standards of hygiene and safety. Graduates will be prepared to take their cosmetologist exams with the Alabama Board of Cosmetology.



Beauty never goes out of style, so there will always be a need for cosmetologists, but competition is stiff and income depends on quality and clientele. On average, expect to make about $21,260 a year in Alabama, although that could go as high as $36,700.



You can set up shop yourself and open your own salon, rent a chair in an existing salon or compete for a spot in a high-end salon or spa, although those spots generally go to those with experience and an existing client base.


Southern Union State Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science and Associate in Occupational Technologies Degrees. Southern Union provides equal educational opportunities and is open and accessible to all qualified students without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, gender or disability with respect to all of its programs, activities or employment.