Students should consider the area of cosmetology they plan to specialize in when choosing a hairdressing college. An evaluation of the accreditation of schools is also an element of the choice. Many hairdressing schools are accredited by the National Accrediting Commission for Cosmetology Arts and Sciences.
Students should consider the type of curriculum available when choosing a hairdressing school. Some schools offer instruction in hair coloring, cutting and styling only, whereas other cosmetology schools feature instruction in nail care, makeup and massage. Students who want to broaden their skill set may choose a school with a more comprehensive program. Aspiring hairdressers should also evaluate if they prefer a school with a hands-on program that includes a lab or salon open to the public so they can gain immediate experience. Some students may prefer a lecture or theory-based instructional program accompanied by an internship at a local salon.
Available scholarships also factor into the decision to attend a hairdressing school. Students who qualify for federal or state financial aid, loans and grants may opt for a school that is accredited and eligible for federal financial aid. Students should also investigate if a school offers a career placement program to increase employment opportunities after graduation.