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Career and Education Opportunities for Hairdressers in Amarillo, Texas

If you want to be a hairdresser, the Amarillo, Texas area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. About 35,680 people are currently employed as hairdressers in Texas. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 24% to about 44,170 people employed. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for hairdressers are expected to grow by about 20.1%. In general, hairdressers provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp.

Hairdressers earn approximately $9 per hour or $20,460 yearly on average in Texas. Nationally they average about $11 per hour or $23,140 per year. Incomes for hairdressers are not quite as good as in the overall category of Personal Care in Texas, and not quite as good as the overall Personal Care category nationally.

There are six schools of higher education in the Amarillo area, including three within twenty-five miles of Amarillo where you can get a degree to start your career as a hairdresser. Hairdressers usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so you can expect to spend a short time studying 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 Amarillo include:

  • Barber. Provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.
  • 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

Frank Phillips College - Borger, TX

Frank Phillips College, 1301 W. Roosevelt St., Borger, TX 79008-5118. Frank Phillips College is a small college located in Borger, Texas. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 1,244 students. Frank Phillips College has a less than one year program in Cosmetology/Cosmetologist which graduated six students in 2008.

Milan Institute of Cosmetology - Amarillo, TX

Milan Institute of Cosmetology, 2400 SE 27th Ave., Amarillo, TX 79103. Milan Institute of Cosmetology is a small school located in Amarillo, Texas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 195 students. Milan Institute of Cosmetology has 2 areas of study related to Hairdresser. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, one to two year which graduated 99 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor, less than one year which graduated 4 students in 2008.

Exposito School of Hair Design Ltd - Amarillo, TX

Exposito School of Hair Design Ltd, 3710 Mockingbird, Amarillo, TX 79109-3208. Exposito School of Hair Design Ltd is a small school located in Amarillo, Texas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 62 students. Exposito School of Hair Design Ltd has 2 areas of study related to Hairdresser. They are:

  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, less than one year which graduated 29 students in 2008.
  • Cosmetology and Related Personal Grooming Arts, Other Specialties, less than one year.

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: Texas Cosmetology Commission
Address: PO Box 26700, Austin, TX 78755-0700

Phone: (512) 454-4674
Website: Texas Cosmetology Commission

LOCATION INFORMATION: Amarillo, Texas

Amarillo, Texas
Amarillo, Texas photo by Anonymous Cow

Amarillo is situated in Potter County, Texas. It has a population of over 187,236, which has grown by 7.8% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Amarillo, 79, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Amarillo are priced at $245,400 on average, which is far greater than the state average. In 2008, four hundred seventy-one new homes were constructed in Amarillo, down from six hundred forty-eight the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Amarillo are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and food. The average commute to work is about 17 minutes. More than 20.5% of Amarillo residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.8%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Amarillo is 5.4%, which is less than Texas's average of 8.1%.

The percentage of Amarillo residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 86.4%, is more than both the national and state average. Pentecostal Church of God, Pentecostal Church of God in Christ and Pentecostal Holiness Church are among the churches located in Amarillo. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church.

Amarillo is home to the Amarillo Globe Dream House and the Wolflin Historic District as well as Martin Road Park and Will Rogers Park. Shopping malls in the area include Western Plaza Shopping Center and Westgate Shopping Center. Visitors to Amarillo can choose from 3B Machine & Custom Fabrication, Bailey's Lounge and Comfort Inn Airport for temporary stays in the area.