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11 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Cosmetology School

Congratulations! You’re embarking on your future in a great new career of creative expression and helping people be their best selves. Getting started in a top cosmetology school and barber school is a very exciting time. You’re ready to absorb all the learning you can, build skills, graduate, and become a top-quality cosmetologist.

Here are some tips to help you make the very most of your learning opportunities and your overall experience at an accredited cosmetology school:

Be Punctual

It may seem like being just a few minutes late is not a big deal. But, minutes missed add up over the course of your studies to amount to a lot of missed education. Habitual tardiness also makes a questionable impression on your course instructors, classmates, and certainly on employers and customers when you’re working as a cosmetologist. So, plan your clothes the night before, and set your alarm a little early, and show everyone you care, by consistently being on time.

Stay Organized

Between classes, practicing in the salon, studying for exams, events, responsibilities at home, and possibly working a job, being an adult student can be a lot to manage. Staying organized can make the difference between average and great performance. Use your phone calendar to add important tasks and events, or buy a paper scheduler, if you prefer. Check your schedule every day, and prepare for upcoming activities. Schedule in some down-time for recharging yourself. Also, organize your kit in the way that’s most convenient for you.

Be Prepared for Each Class Period

If you work while attending school, speak to your employer and school administrators, to help prevent schedule conflicts. If you commute to work and/or school or use public transportation, plan the most efficient route, and allow for traffic. Make sure you have your kit and that it’s well organized. Plan your budget to ensure you have the cash on hand for incidentals you may need during the day or en route. Keep up with all studying you’re instructed to do for upcoming class sessions.

Pay Careful Attention to Instructors

Cosmetology coursework is challenging. It can be easy to drift. It can also be easy to rationalize that beyond learning the basics, nothing else really matters very much. That thinking will undermine your success in your program. Your instructors are cosmetology experts. So, receiving their teaching is your biggest opportunity to become an expert too. Don’t make the mistake of assuming you know all you need to know about any topic in your courses. The sessions are packed with useful methods and tricks that will make you better in your career with each one you learn in school.

Practice, Practice, Practice!

Great cosmetologists learned all they could, practiced diligently, and built their skills. You too will find that the more you practice in the school salon, the more you’ll find yourself learning and the easier learning the next new tasks will become. As you gain confidence and agility in the art of cosmetological work, you’ll be more relaxed and new challenges will feel natural and fun to take on. So, put in as much time as you can in the student practice salon. You’ll be very glad you did when you’re taking the licensing test, and when you’re introducing yourself during the first days and weeks in your new role at a great salon.

Embrace the Reality That You Will Make Mistakes

Even the world’s greatest cosmetologists make mistakes. So, as a student, you’re sure to make your own mistakes too. In order to develop new skills and learn from your experience, you have to expect to make a few mistakes. Every person at the top of their industry has their stories about mistakes they learned from along the way. Mistakes are growth opportunities. Nobody is expecting perfection from students. So, don’t let the fear of mistakes intimidate you from trying new things. Further, embrace offers of constructive criticism as important learning opportunities.

Get as Much Practice in the Student Salon and Extra-Curricular Learning as Possible

Seize all extra learning opportunities you can, whether they’re from practicing hair design, cuts, coloring, or other techniques, or attending guest lectures on off-hours. The more you immerse yourself in the creative and technical processes of the industry, the more confident you will be in taking on new varieties of challenges as they present themselves in classes, in the practice salon, in the licensing test, and in your new role at a professional salon after graduation.

Ask for Advice from Students Who Are Nearing Graduation

Be aware of the more experienced students who are approaching graduation. Observe the higher quality of cuts, colorings, styling, and customer service they deliver. Feel free to ask them questions and take notes on any tips and advice they share. They will probably feel honored to be asked for their advice and opinions. It’s a useful way to get important perspectives from people who have just been where you’re going, and it’s a sound way to begin building your own professional network of future contacts.

Treat Everyone with Respect

It can be too easy to let negative emotions, moods, and attitudes affect others around you, especially if you’re feeling stressed some days. Keep in mind that you’re training for the cosmetology profession, a career in which a good attitude is the difference between success and failure. Now is the time to learn the power of using the school and later your workplace to escape from personal problems. If you treat everyone at school with kindness and respect, you will avoid developing new interpersonal issues at school and make school a place you can enjoy being.

Have Fun with It!

Cosmetology school is a pretty intense place. There’s a lot going on around you, so many moving parts. It’s a unique experience, and you won’t find anything else that compares with it in the future. So, remember to have fun with it. Enjoy learning your new career skills and making new acquaintances. Take time regularly to relax and decompress. Soon enough, you’ll be a licensed cosmetologist out in the world building your new career! Enjoy the journey!

Why Choose American Beauty Utah?

By contrast with other cosmetology schools in Utah, being a small school enables us to work one-on-one with our students and get to know everyone and the teaching approaches that fit their personal learning styles. Flexible scheduling, after the freshman level, helps students fit their studies into their lifestyles. Plus, our school offers a friendly and inspiring learning environment for our students. Our faculty members are all deeply committed to helping you make the most of your opportunity to succeed with your coursework.

Starting Your Exciting Journey in Cosmetology School!

So, it’s not surprising that our student licensing test pass rate with the Utah state board is 100% and that many of our students already have jobs waiting upon graduation. You’re attending the best of beauty schools in Salt Lake City Utah, and in the state, and the broader region.
We know that you will find the people, the atmosphere, and your course materials motivating, and everyone around you eager to help you make the very most of your experience at American Beauty Academy.

For information about the premier certified beauty school in Utah, contact American Beauty Academy at (801) 919-8175, or fill out our online request for help.

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02:46 21 Oct 21
Viri was excellent. She listened to me and gave me a great haircut. The head massage when she washed my hair was worth the trip alone.
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01:22 02 Sep 21
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14:10 30 Jul 21
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Tamara Damerell
02:03 30 Jul 21
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Sabra Crompton
Sabra Crompton
19:20 06 Jul 21
Yes, I thought student was trying but not confident. Wasnt quite 5 star because: Student was nervous at first, having trouble understanding what I was asking. Cursed once, accidentally nipped self with scissors. Slightly uneven cut above the ears....one side cut more than other. So, I couldn't honestly give 5 star for tgat.
Alphonso Reyna
Alphonso Reyna
17:53 06 Jul 21
Excelente
Olg Esperanza
Olg Esperanza
05:22 02 Jul 21
Maria and Melanie were absolutely amazing!!
Darlene Kaufusi
Darlene Kaufusi
20:23 26 Jun 21
I had a great experience and everyone was super nice!
Bricely Rosales
Bricely Rosales
03:42 17 Jun 21
Andrea is my go to girl, since she has started at the academy, She has cut, colored and deep conditioned my hair. I have always been pleased with my hair. She listens to me and does what I want and not what someone else thinks should be done to my hair. Her advice has been spot on. When she graduates I think I will stay with her. The school has taught her well.
Dianne Talbert
Dianne Talbert
14:10 15 Jun 21
Lillian shaved my undercut and it’s amazing! I absolutely love it! She made it look amazing and she was super nice!
Azurdee Larsen
Azurdee Larsen
02:59 15 Jun 21
The lady was very knowledgeable and did a good job. My haircut passed the "wife" test.
Bob Sanders
Bob Sanders
18:41 14 Jun 21
Great haircut.
Dave Jenkins
Dave Jenkins
04:14 12 Jun 21
I always have a good experience everytime I walk in the door. I have 5 boys and they always make us feel comfortable they are all vary nice. Travis did my 2 year olds hair at first my son didn’t want to get a hair cut but Travis made him feel vary Comfortable and started talking and playing with my son. Berta did vary good with my 4 year old. Dovone is always good with my boys we went and seen him a couple times and he always does a awesome job. Dovone did my 7 year old and his hair is really thick and grows really fast. Josh did my 6 year old and did a great job.
Ashley Castro
Ashley Castro
22:56 10 Jun 21
Travis was very professional and gave me a great fade. He is very friendly
Charles Hamilton
Charles Hamilton
18:24 09 Jun 21
I got a haircut from Becca. She absolutely killed it!! I came in after growing my hair out for over 8 months and wanted a good summer clean up. And she came through 100% very professional, talkative, and respectful. Thank you again. I will definitely be back again
Skyler Brown
Skyler Brown
00:08 09 Jun 21
Travis cut my hair the last few times and he was so careful to detail. I left feeling like a million bucks. Plus he’s funny and good natured. I could have just hung out there for hours.
Sonny Pope
Sonny Pope
22:40 08 Jun 21
My hair dresser is new only three months on the team. He put forth his best efforts and I'm looking forward to seeing the improvements toward perfection. Nice young man too.
Allan Gallegos
Allan Gallegos
19:15 05 Jun 21
Great place to get a hair cut good vibes and best of all it’s only $5
Alexander Lopez
Alexander Lopez
19:08 04 Jun 21
Berta attended me and did my nails and my hair just how I wanted.
Yadhira Alvarado
Yadhira Alvarado
18:39 03 Jun 21
I love my haircut! It looks so good! Thank you!
Emily Weldon
Emily Weldon
03:32 28 May 21
Lillian did an awesome job on my shave and even asked if she could fade my beard. She was very personable and enjoyed my time with her. Definitely will be back.
robert Mead
robert Mead
05:59 27 May 21
I went in for a wax. Both the student and teacher were professional and amiable. They did a really good job and it was one of the least painful waxes that I've had.
Sarah DeFusco
Sarah DeFusco
19:41 25 May 21
Best place for a haircut and color my family and I we love it 😍💕💕
Ingrid Alvarado
Ingrid Alvarado
19:13 19 May 21
The barber students are really nice and down to earth, as well as knowledgeable and talented. They take their time to make sure your haircut comes out looking good. Got a fade and it looked really well blended and smooth transitioning throughout. Definitely will be coming back.
Jordi Larios
Jordi Larios
03:07 14 May 21
This is the greatest school I️ have ever worked for! I️ am incredibly lucky to be here!!
Mikki Chacon
Mikki Chacon
22:38 12 May 21
I love the way the student took an interest in my hair care needs. They helped me know how to maintain my cut and color. I love this school because it’s so affordable.
Cyndi Mead
Cyndi Mead
20:47 12 May 21
Azurdee is my favorite! She did my hair, my sons hair and my nails! We get lots of compliments ☺
Mocha Miller
Mocha Miller
03:22 04 May 21
I'm very happy with my haircut, Becca it's really good and nice, I recommend this place 👌☺
Alicia Cortez
Alicia Cortez
00:13 29 Apr 21
Tess Blackburn does an amazing job
Kathi Bulow
Kathi Bulow
17:03 19 Feb 21
Great place good cut and experience. I love helping others to learn
Tom Fortie
Tom Fortie
18:00 15 Feb 21
Great haircut, Meaghan was super nice and made sure I was happy with it.
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K
20:45 16 Jan 21
Great! Love it!
Arthur Oliveira
Arthur Oliveira
21:54 06 Jan 21
They gave my daughter's some great haircuts. It has been a while since I have been there.
Jason Eddie
Jason Eddie
19:15 16 Oct 20
They do a good job! Great with kids. I bring my kid here and we leave with a great cut.
Waqas Javed
Waqas Javed
02:29 09 Oct 20
Fabulous
Suzy Madsen
Suzy Madsen
19:16 02 Oct 20
Excelente atención, supervisado y detallado, como tu lo quieras...Voy a volver...
Diego Enrique Ibarra
Diego Enrique Ibarra
01:06 02 Oct 20
Great experience and hair cut
Sergio Mitre
Sergio Mitre
21:59 30 Sep 20
Always very professional, and there is always a supervisor on hand if students have questions about your particular hair cut or color.
Leigh Cooley
Leigh Cooley
22:49 22 Aug 20
The staff were kind and professional. My stylist did a great job.
Marlies Avery
Marlies Avery
05:35 15 Aug 20
This is my favorite place to get a haircut and today I came in to get 4 inches off. Sam did my haircut and she was so nice, gentle, and did such an amazing job. All these workers are amazing at their job.
Autumn Garrett
Autumn Garrett
20:42 11 Jul 20
I’ve always had an awesome experience here! I was able to leave with PERFECT platinum white hair after my first visit, and they’ve done a great job matching the roots each time I’ve gone back:)
Riah “riahpaan” Hansen
Riah “riahpaan” Hansen
13:19 10 Mar 20
Ricardo Carrasco es excelente y dedicado a su trabajo gracias por el trabajo qué haces en mi
Adriana Frausto
Adriana Frausto
04:03 08 Mar 20
When I got there I had a plane black hair style. But when they finished... it was the most gorgeous hair style I’ve ever had.Ricardo Carrasco was super nice and professional all the time.
Evelin Beltrán
Evelin Beltrán
01:35 08 Mar 20
I’ve been coming here for the past 6 months or so. I love it here. The staff is really nice and helpful. I was afraid of coming here due to it being a school, but they have the teachers look over and make sure your hair is on point. This is a great way to try different hair styles when you’re on a budget and gives students a chance to learn and grow each time you go. Highly recommended.
Liz Josephson
Liz Josephson
23:57 04 Mar 20
I've taken my kids here for haircuts multiple times and each time they are very good about making sure I'm satisfied with the look. The price is right too! I recommend bringing your kids here!
Tyese Blackhurst
Tyese Blackhurst
21:04 22 Feb 20
Makdeme fill very happy
Tabatha Anderson
Tabatha Anderson
22:02 21 Feb 20
Really caring in what they do. They make your feel very comfortable, are really friendly. My son got a perm and my husband got a haircut. Both of them really liked it. Would refer friends here and will come back ourselves!
Natasha Bess
Natasha Bess
02:31 21 Feb 20
Friendly staff, clean and they do an amazing job got hair colored and hair cuts. Love ❤👌
Brenda Almaraz-Cordova
Brenda Almaraz-Cordova
01:21 14 Feb 20
Staff was very friendly, and supervisors were extremely attentive and knowledgeable.#EthnicHairInUtah
D Harris (ssSlyck)
D Harris (ssSlyck)
21:10 06 Feb 20
The ladies were so nice and they did it so fast!!! Coming back jaja!! Neda did an AMAZING JOB!!!! :)
Maddie Hernandez
Maddie Hernandez
03:14 31 Jan 20
The warm welcome the receptionist gave was a great first impression. The instructor (Annette) was very hands on and helpful. The two students ( Stephanie and Jasmie) who rocked my hair, were very fun and polite and only needed minimal instruction. I felt like I was in good hands, the second I walked in the door. I'll be back again soon, thank you!
Cha Zie
Cha Zie
22:03 25 Jan 20
The teaching staff is friendly and helpful and the students are professional and know what they're doing. Would definitely recommend!
Ashley Durffee
Ashley Durffee
22:24 22 Jan 20
I have had my hair done multiple times here and the students and staff are awesome!!! I highly recommend this school!!
Aimee Powers
Aimee Powers
21:36 27 Dec 19
I had a great experience with Rachel Munoz, she did such a good job with my eyebrows! No pain at all!
Yanel Ruth Herrera Rojas
Yanel Ruth Herrera Rojas
16:48 17 Dec 19
Lucero is an amazing stylist. She’s fun to talk to and a good listener and makes getting your hair done enjoyable. I did have to come in a second time to do the color since here wasn’t enough time during my appointment but we were able to work everything out and overall a very good place to go. The cut was VERY affordable.
Julianna Armstrong
Julianna Armstrong
21:20 14 Dec 19
The students a very eager to learn and enjoy Constructive criticism.Thank you
Canyon Heinz
Canyon Heinz
21:54 12 Dec 19
Stephanie C. Did an amazing job, the staff is great.
Marco Arvizu
Marco Arvizu
23:24 11 Dec 19
Colton was fantastic! So talented!
Julia Carter
Julia Carter
21:57 05 Dec 19
Nicole is amazing!!
Brinnlee Newell
Brinnlee Newell
23:31 03 Dec 19
The school has great students and you should ask Karsyn to do anything you need. She is a very professional and will do her best every time you come in.
Colton Wilding
Colton Wilding
21:19 03 Dec 19
I have been coming to American Beauty Academy for years. The girls do a great job and very affordable.
Becky Westegaard
Becky Westegaard
21:05 03 Dec 19
I got my nails done by amber, and I absolutely love them! I will be back!
Ashley Diamond
Ashley Diamond
20:28 25 Nov 19
Amber is very friendly and she does a amazing job. Highly recommend them.
Alexis Wride
Alexis Wride
23:01 23 Nov 19
Everyone is so sweet and gentle. Absolutely darling! Constantly telling me what they're doing, and asking me what I would prefer. They got me in within a few hours notice, and got it perfectly. I loved this salon, and I don't know if I'm ever leaving it!
Allison Call
Allison Call
22:08 23 Nov 19
I love my new color amber was great
Pam Pappas
Pam Pappas
19:04 23 Nov 19
I loved the students that worked on me but the instructors gave me anxiety... I'm so baby smooth! I love Nicole and Angela! Made me feel super comfortable even with my severe low self esteem, they also didn't appear impatient though I'm sure they had to be...
Natasha Wallace
Natasha Wallace
06:25 21 Nov 19
Very nice people and They did great job thank you very much G & daniala
N Alison Alisa
N Alison Alisa
20:22 22 Oct 19
American Beauty does a great job and have great students who take care of their clients
Heather Denison
Heather Denison
18:02 14 Oct 19
The atmosphere!! I'll be back!!
Jessie Wilson
Jessie Wilson
18:22 10 Oct 19
I always go here! They do a great job and I love helping train the next gen of hair stylists!
Hannah Taylor
Hannah Taylor
16:08 08 Sep 19
G was my barber. Great job with haircut, shave and shampoo. A great place to go.
john gale
john gale
21:00 30 Aug 19
Breanne was wonderful. Great service, awesome attitude.
JaLene Mochizuki
JaLene Mochizuki
18:01 17 May 19
Kaylee Did and amazing job on my haircut! Highly Recommend Kaylee.
Tanner Israel
Tanner Israel
14:14 25 Apr 19
I did a manicure and pedicure with Mary. She is so kind and has amazing talent! I love my nails! Definitely would recommend her to others!
Alicia Sofia Moran
Alicia Sofia Moran
01:36 18 Apr 19
Great place!! Mi eyelashes awesome! Nice job Ricardo Carrasco you are the best 😁
Lourdes Dtodo
Lourdes Dtodo
20:10 15 Mar 19
Great service, loved my 7 year olds hair cut! Can you say dapper??? However, the students smoke in the parking lot right in front of the school. Kinda tacky, in your car or on the side of the building. I saw at least 4 students and instructors smoking and all I could think was please don’t be the person helping me.
Nicole Bishop
Nicole Bishop
01:06 13 Mar 19
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