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July 24, 2020

What’s The Difference Between Cosmetology and Esthetics?

Cosmetology and esthetics are both in the beauty industry, but what are the differences when it comes to skills and what you can do with each education? Well, we’ve got it covered! When it comes to the differences between these two programs, it all comes down to the skills and services each can provide. Cosmetology focuses on hair, nails, and skin while esthetics is specialized in skincare.

Here is a simple breakdown of the two programs:

  Cosmetologist Esthetician
Do they learn hairstyling and haircutting? Yes No
Do they learn skincare, facials, and makeup? Yes Yes
Do they learn nail art, manis, pedis, and acrylics? Yes No
How many hours of schooling are required? 1,500 hours 600 hours
Do they require you to sit for an exam? Yes Yes
Is this program offered at Moler Beauty Academy? Yes Yes

Let’s dive deeper into cosmetology and esthetics in Ohio and at Moler Beauty Academy!

Learn About Cosmetology

hairstylist using hairspray on client
Do you love learning the latest hair and makeup trends? Do you watch Instagram hair videos all day every day? Cosmetology could be the path for you! In school, cosmetologists learn a wide variety of skills that can help them create a good foundation for when they step out into the beauty world. Some of the skills you can learn in school are:

  • Hair coloring
  • Haircutting
  • Hair trends and styles
  • Balayage
  • Color corrections
  • Perms
  • Relaxers
  • Braiding
  • Wig making
  • Facials
  • Makeup application
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • And more!

Cosmetology can be the most diverse program in the beauty industry because it offers both hair, makeup, and nails. It’s perfect for those who love and want to pursue all three areas!

How To Become a Cosmetologist

If cosmetology is the path you want to pursue, the first step is to enroll in a state-approved cosmetology program like Moler Beauty Academy. A cosmetology program helps you learn skills from trained professionals that will give you experience and knowledge needed to sit for the state exam.

In the state of Ohio, after the completion of the 1500 hours of training, the next step is an exam. We’ve covered all the steps for sitting for the exam in another blog. There you’ll find all you need to know about how to become a cosmetologist in Ohio!

What Careers Can Cosmetologists Have?

Let’s face it, knowing the career path you want to pursue with your education can make all the difference when going to school. You tend to be more motivated, excited, and hard-working, so let’s take a look at what cosmetologists can do in Ohio:

  • Color specialist
  • Cut specialist
  • Wig specialist
  • Salon owner
  • Educator
  • Social media influencer
  • Beauty Advisor at Ulta, Sally’s Beauty, or in the mall
  • Salon manager
  • Estheticians in a spa
  • Nail technician in a salon

Cosmetology is a great path to take if you’re wanting to pursue something in the beauty industry. Let’s not stop there and see what esthetics has to offer as well!

Learn About Esthetics

Do you have a skin routine that you swear by? How about watching a ton of makeup tutorials on Youtube? Have you ever made one yourself? If so, esthetics could be for you! As part of our programs, estheticians can expect to learn:

  • Basic and machine facials
  • Chemical peels
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Basic makeup
  • Eyebrow and eyelash tinting
  • Eyelash extensions
  • And more!

Esthetics is all about the skin from enhancing its health to enhancing its beauty. If you have a love for helping others feel beautiful in their own skin, consider pursuing esthetics!

How To Become an Esthetician

esthetician doing a facial treatment on a female client
Just like cosmetologists, a future esthetician’s first step is to complete a required amount of hours. In Ohio, estheticians need to complete 600 hours. After those are completed through a state-approved school, you’ll need to sit for a practical and theory exam.

Learn more how you can become an esthetician in Ohio!

What Careers Can Estheticians Have

Estheticians can work at a variety of places! While the traditional salon or spa are both amazing choices, here are some other careers estheticians can pursue in Ohio:

  • Spa/salon owner
  • Makeup artist
  • Waxing specialist
  • Facial specialist
  • Esthetics Instructor

Have you dreamed of pursuing a career in one of these areas? Learn more about Moler Beauty Academy and their esthetics education!

Choose Cosmetology or Esthetics!

At Moler Beauty Academy we offer both cosmetology and esthetics at our Cincinnati and Fairfield campuses along with full-time and part-time courses! Fill out this form or call directly for more information on start dates and to ask any questions you may have. We can’t wait to help you on your journey in the beauty world!

Cincinnati campus

Moler-Hollywood Beauty Academy
6142 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45213

Fax: 513-621-1008
(513) 621-5262

Fairfield campus

Moler-Pickens Beauty Academy
5951-S Boymel Drive
Fairfield, OH 45014

Fax: 513-874-5102
(513) 874-5116