How to Become a Hairdressing Lecturer

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How to Become a Hairdressing Lecturer
A competent hairstyling instructor is an asset to a cosmetology program. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

A hairdressing lecturer, or hairstyling instructor, often combines years of practical experience with specialised training in colouring and styling techniques. She communicates this expertise to hairstyling students through varied venues. Hair-styling instructors teach at recognised beauty schools, as well as vocational schools and community colleges offering cosmetology programs. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that cosmetology professionals, including hairstylists, will see overall a 20 per cent employment growth from 2008 to 2018.

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Things you need

  • List of hairstyling and colouring seminars
  • List of hairstyling and colouring techniques
  • Professional resume
  • Photographic portfolio
  • List of local cosmetology schools
  • Seminars contracts
  • Hair-styling Fliers

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  1. 1

    Contact your state's cosmetology licensing board, the agency that verifies that hairstylist candidates have met state licensing requirements. Purchase copies of your existing state hairstylist license so you can include a copy with each hairstylist instructor application

  2. 2

    Complete advanced hairstylist training. Learn advanced hairstyling and colour techniques at cutting-edge seminars conducted by nationally recognised trainers. This training enables you to teach the latest techniques to your students. Complete this advanced training, which includes hands-on practice, before you submit any hairstylist instructor applications.

  3. 3

    Complete your hairstyling instructor training. Confirm instructor licensing requirements with your state's cosmetology board. Some states require instructors to complete formal programs that teach student assessment and classroom coordination techniques; training concludes with written and/or practical examinations. Other state boards accept a written application for instructor certification. Include experience and training documentation with your instructor application Complete your instructor training at an approved United States school.

  4. 4

    Complete your instructional business start-up. Meet with a certified public accountant who can help you establish a business structure for your services. A sole proprietorship, limited liability company and S corporation are examples of business structures. Ask your city or county clerk's office if you need a business license to provide instructional or consulting services. Speak with a commercial insurance agent about business and professional liability coverage. Ask your state's revenue department if you need a sales tax license for your business.

  5. 5

    Contact cosmetology schools in your state. Prepare a marketing package consisting of your hairstylist and instructor certificates, professional resume and a photographic portfolio that showcases your colour and style expertise. Include a bulleted list of in-demand colouring and styling techniques with which you are familiar. Call or visit regional cosmetology schools to introduce yourself and discuss instructional opportunities. Send your marketing package to schools with a current or projected opening.

  6. 6

    Host your own hairstyling seminars. Communicate your knowledge to stylists who want additional training but who cannot spare the time or money for a weeklong seminar. Conduct afternoon- or daylong training sessions at a local hotel's meeting facility. Illustrate hairstyling techniques using live models so each attendee can recreate looks for her own clients. Establish attractive seminar pricing to attract attendees with modest budgets. Distribute seminar flyers to regional salons and day spas that offer colour and styling services.

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