Perhaps you’re a licensed cosmetologist that loves men’s haircutting and you have been thinking about venturing into barbering or you’re a licensed esthetician and would like to offer your guests nail services to create the perfect “treat yourself” package. For many beauty professionals, taking on a second license offers up a bunch of benefits: you can now add more services to your menu (which will bring in more money) and it could make you more attractive to potential employers.
Dual licensing can certainly open up a world of services and career opportunities for beauty professionals. The formula is simple: when you broaden your service options, you can increase your bottom line by offering those additional services to your guests. Additionally, holding dual licenses can widen your career options and make you more valuable as an employee.
Whether you’re considering a second license or looking to offer other specialty services related to your current license I suggest that you do your homework and view your state’s licensing requirements. Based on your state’s requirements you may have to go back to school to obtain a second license or you might be able to attend an advanced certification program/training to provide you with the additional training needed to offer specialty services. It's important to note that in most states if you have your cosmetology license, you can perform services like facials and manicures. In that case, you don't need a second license to offer these services. But, if you're looking to offer lash extensions or microblading, almost all states require you to get additional training.
If the only thing holding you back from obtaining a second license or a specialty certification is the cost, no need to worry. It doesn’t have to be a large financial investment or a huge investment in time. With a little time spent upfront doing your research and then based on your facts and findings, you can create your plan of action. Who knows? Maybe that second license is the key to your dream career.
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Patti Wanamaker brings 21 years of experience to the Milady team where she currently serves as an Implementation and Training Specialist. Her intimate understanding of the salon, school, and beauty industry comes from 18 years of hands-on experience as a multi-faceted training specialist, including 8 years of salon and spa ownership of 3 salons with annual sales of $5 million. Her experience in all 3 areas of our industry allows her to think outside the box and develop innovative training that inspires and empowers beauty industry professionals.
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