According to Beauty Schools Directory, cosmetology kits contain basic supplies for hair care and styling. Some kits are specifically designed for manicurists or barbers. The kits are typically contained in aluminum cases, plastic kiosks with drawers or suitcases with wheels attached.
A basic cosmetology kit contains detangling and cutting combs; a variety of brushes, shears and scissors inside protective cases; and hair clips of various sizes. Electric tools include a curling iron, a flat iron and a professional hair dryer with diffusers. Most cosmetology kits also include razors, hair color application implements, hair products and supplies, perm supplies, hair coloring, capes, aprons and mirrors.
Cosmetology kits for manicurists include manicure tools, nail polish, polish removers, tools needed to work with acrylic nails and lotions. Kits for barbers include similar products to those in a basic cosmetology kit plus clippers, razors, face creams and towels.
Cosmetology students putting their first kits together often must add various smaller items on their own. These include plastic gloves, hand sanitizer, shaving cream, additional hair products, hair color samples and measuring spoons. Mannequin heads are often included in student cosmetology kits as are textbooks. Student kits can cost well over $1,000 but are generally included in the cost of beauty school tuition.