March 1, 2023

How To Become A Cosmetologist in Illinois

Do you have a passion for hair, skin, and nails? Consider becoming a cosmetologist! Working in the beauty industry can be a great and rewarding career! There are many steps required to become a cosmetologist, and we recognize that the process can seem daunting. That’s why we created this step-by-step guide! While many states have their different requirements for licensure, we’re going over the requirements to become a cosmetologist in Illinois.

Enroll In A Cosmetology Program

The first step to becoming a cosmetologist is to enroll in a program! At Pivot Point, we have a 1500 hour cosmetology program that goes beyond the basics of hair, skin, and nails. In our program, you won’t just learn beauty skills, you’ll learn skills to build a sustainable career. That’s why we offer a 4 phase program:

Phase 1: Master The Foundation Of Cosmetology

This phase is where our students can explore the fundamentals of cosmetology with a focus on hair design.

Phase 2: Take A Hands-On Approach

Our students practice their skills in our *student salon and spa to gain real-life experience.In addition to the student salon, our students can learn about chemical application, color, and advanced hair sculpting (cutting).

Phase 3: Advance Your Skills In Cosmetology

Advance your knowledge in nail care, skincare, makeup, and salon business.

Phase 4: Work And Prepare

Students prepare for the state licensing exam as they continue to work in the student salon and spa.

*all services performed by students under direct supervision

Pass Your Exam

Now that you’ve graduated from beauty school, it’s time to take your exam! This exam will test your knowledge of beauty techniques, safety regulations, and other industry standards. There is a $195 fee and a 75% is required to pass the exam. You can expect to be tested on the following:

  • Salon safety and sanitation (32%)
  • Analyze and treat scalp, hair, skin, and nails (11%)
  • Cut and style hair (13%)
  • Waving and relaxing (13%)
  • Hair coloring and lightening (13%)
  • Nail services (9%)
  • Skin services (9%)

Get To Work!

Passing your exams is a huge milestone and you should be proud of yourself! Once you receive your license, you can begin working as a cosmetologist. There are many benefits to working in the cosmetology field, like:

  • Flexible schedule: Many salons and spas offer flexible hours. Cosmetologists usually can pick their own hours, down to the day and time they want to work.
  • Creativity: Cosmetologists can use their creativity to transform their clients’ appearance. From hair to nails, you have the ability to let your creative juices flow!
  • Job fulfillment: Many cosmetologists find that their job is fulfilling. Being able to help their clients feel beautiful and confident leads to a high rewarding career!
  • Earning potential: The salary of a cosmetologist can vary widely, but many earn a good living while working less than 40 hours a week – especially with tips and commissions.

Renew Your License

Your cosmetology license will expire September 30th of every odd numbered year. You will be able to renew 2-3 months prior to the expiration date shown on your license. Cosmetologists cannot practice hair, skin, or nails with an expired license so make sure to stay on top of it!

Continued Education

To keep your license current and stay up-to-date with the latest beauty trends and techniques, it’s important to participate in continuing education programs. The state of Illinois requires continued education in order to renew your license. 14 hours is required between October 1 and September 30 of the renewal period. Here’s a list of approved CE classes in Illinois.

Pursue Your Love Of Beauty

Become a cosmetologist in as little as 12 months! If you’re ready to pursue your love of beauty and turn it into a career, then congratulations! You have an exciting opportunity ahead of you. Our students’ success is our success, and we strive to create an environment where our students can thrive.

If you have any questions regarding your education, don’t hesitate to reach out or book a tour! A tour is a great way for potential students to gain first-hand understanding of our school, our facilities, and our staff and students. We look forward to meeting you and helping you pursue your dream of becoming a cosmetologist!