Cosmetologist Job Skills

The following are some useful cosmetologist job skills:

  • Good health and stamina are important since cosmetologists are on their feet for most of their shift
  • good customer and personal service capabilities
  • a good understanding of fashion, art, and technical design
  • creativity and and understanding of the latest trends and hairstyles 
  • good listening skills to understand exactly what the client wants 

Skills needed to be a cosmetologist may also include:

  • good arm-hand steadiness
  • good manual and finger dexterity
  • a neat personal appearance and a clean work area
  • good interpersonal skills, image, and attitude
  • the ability to be an effective salesperson  as  retail sales become an increasingly important part of salons' revenue
  • good business skills are important for those who plan to operate their own salons

This cosmetology skills checklist is an overview and is not exhaustive of all skills needed for a particular position.


Information on this page is summarized from:
(1) Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Barbers, Hairdressers, and Cosmetologists,

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