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Career and Education Opportunities for Hairdressers in Grand Rapids, Michigan

If you want to be a hairdresser, the Grand Rapids, Michigan area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. There are currently 23,120 working hairdressers in Michigan; this should grow 10% to about 25,390 working hairdressers in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for hairdressers are expected to grow by about 20.1%. Hairdressers generally provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp.

Hairdressers earn about $9 hourly or $20,690 yearly on average in Michigan and about $11 hourly or $23,140 per year on average nationally. Compared with people working in the overall category of Personal Care, people working as hairdressers in Michigan earn less. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Personal Care nationally.

There are nineteen schools of higher education in the Grand Rapids area, including two within twenty-five miles of Grand Rapids where you can get a degree to start your career as a hairdresser. The most common level of education for hairdressers is a post-secondary certificate. It will take a short time to learn to be a hairdresser if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Hairdresser

Hairdresser video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, hairdressers provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. They also may also apply makeup, dress wigs, perform hair removal, and provide nail and skin care services.

Hairdressers analyze customers' hair and other physical features to establish and recommend beauty treatment or suggest hair styles. They also bleach or tint hair, using applicators or brushes. Equally important, hairdressers have to update and take care of customer data records. They are often called upon to keep work stations clean and sanitize tools such as scissors and combs. They are expected to apply water, setting, straightening or waving solutions to hair and use curlers, rollers, hot combs and curling irons to press and curl hair. Finally, hairdressers comb and spray hair or wigs to set style.

Every day, hairdressers are expected to be able to control objects and devices with precise control. They need to move quickly in order to hold onto or control objects and devices. It is also important that they control and manipulate objects at a fine level of detail.

It is important for hairdressers to massage and treat scalp for hygienic and remedial purposes, using hands or vibrating equipment. They are often called upon to shape eyebrows and remove facial hair, using depilatory cream, tweezers, electrolysis or wax. They also administer therapeutic medication and advise patron to seek medical treatment for chronic or contagious scalp conditions. They are sometimes expected to operate cash registers to receive payments from customers. Somewhat less frequently, hairdressers are also expected to bleach or tint hair, using applicators or brushes.

and cut, trim and shape hair or hairpieces, on the basis of customers' instructions, hair type and facial features, using clippers, scissors, trimmers and razors. And finally, they sometimes have to comb and spray hair or wigs to set style.

Like many other jobs, hairdressers must believe in cooperation and coordination and have strong self control in the face of challenging situations.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Grand Rapids include:

  • Makeup Artist. Apply makeup to performers to reflect period, setting, and situation of their role.
  • Manicurist. Clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails. May polish or decorate nails.
  • Skin Care Specialist. Provide skin care treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Hairdresser Training

Empire Beauty School-Michigan - Grand Rapids, MI

Empire Beauty School-Michigan, 1735 Four Mile NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525-2440. Empire Beauty School-Michigan is a small school located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 495 students. Empire Beauty School-Michigan has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated 225 students in 2008.

Regency Beauty Institute-Grand Rapids - Walker, MI

Regency Beauty Institute-Grand Rapids, 3583 Alpine Ave, Walker, MI 49544. Regency Beauty Institute-Grand Rapids is a small school located in Walker, Michigan. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 47 students and an admission rate of 56%. Regency Beauty Institute-Grand Rapids has a one to two year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist.

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Permanent Cosmetic Technician: CPCT certification can be used to demonstrate advanced skill in permanent cosmetics to employers and clients to help advance ones career.

For more information, see the Allied Health Association website.

LICENSES

Cosmetologist

Licensing agency: Department of Consumer & Industry Services
Address: Bureau of Commercial Services, Michigan Board of Cosmetology, 2501 Woodlake Circle, Okemos, MI 48823

Phone: None
Website: Department of Consumer & Industry Services Bureau of Commercial Services Michigan Board of Cosmetology

LOCATION INFORMATION: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan photo by Grguy2011

Grand Rapids is located in Kent County, Michigan. It has a population of over 193,396, which has shrunk by 2.2% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Grand Rapids, 81, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Grand Rapids cost $98,700 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, forty-three new homes were built in Grand Rapids, down from ninety-two the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Grand Rapids are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, transportation equipment, and educational services. The average travel time to work is about 19 minutes. More than 23.8% of Grand Rapids residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 8.0%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Grand Rapids is 15.4%, which is greater than Michigan's average of 14.3%.

The percentage of Grand Rapids residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 52.9%, is more than both the national and state average. Church of Jesus Christ, Immanuel Church and Trinity Church are among the churches located in Grand Rapids. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Christian Reformed Church in North America and the Reformed Church in America.

Grand Rapids is home to the Kent Country Club and the Walker Juvenile Court as well as Comstock Riverside Park and Richmond Park. Visitors to Grand Rapids can choose from Hampton Inn Grand Rapids, Hampton Inn Grand Rapids/North- Mi and Hampton Inn Fax for temporary stays in the area.