7 Essential Tools for Cosmetology Students

7 Essential Tools for Cosmetology Students

If you recently enrolled in a cosmetology program, then it’s time to prepare a fully-stocked beauty kit. On top of textbooks and tuition, you’ll want to invest in some professional items that will allow you to unlock unlimited potential and keep you prepared for any project that gets thrown your way. This kit will not only be your life-line throughout the program, but it will also help you in securing jobs after you graduate. 

What should go inside a cosmetologist’s tool kit? Here are the seven essentials every beauty professional should have under their belt.

1. Aprons

Starting with the basics, you’ll want to purchase an apron or two. As a cosmetology student, you will constantly be exposed to products and chemicals, such as hair dye and makeup. To protect yourself and your wardrobe from stains or damage, we recommend investing in a silkara or waterproof polyurethane apron.

Pro Tip: For extra protection, we highly recommend purchasing a pack of disposable Nitrile gloves to protect your skin and nails from punctures and chemicals.

2. Mannequin Heads

To practice a new hair technique or perfect an intensive makeup look, cosmetologists need models. That’s where the mannequin heads step in! You can find various mannequins with diverse hair textures, lengths, and weights, so you can learn to work with several different hair types. For male mannequins, you can even choose to own one with a beard or nape. The caps on the mannequins are fully replaceable, so you can enhance your skills and try new cuts, colors, and finishes every day without fear.

Pro Tip: Detangle your mannequin’s hair by brushing from the ends of the hair and working your way up.

3. Scissors, Shears, and Razors

Potentially the most used item in your tool kit will be a set of professional shears. There are several types of shears you should invest in, including:

  • Short shears 
  • Long shears
  • Thinning/blending shears (single or double-sided)
  • Texturizing shears
  • Chunking/notching shears

With each pair of shears, you will want to make sure they fit comfortably with your hand, are nickel-free, ice-tempered, stainless steel, and most importantly, high-quality.  

On top of shears and scissors, you will want to get a set of razors, razor blades, and a protective case. The most common razors you will need in your kit are hair-shaping razors and straight razors.

Pro Tip: Make your investment last by purchasing shear sets that come with a lifetime warranty and lifetime sharpening.

4. Spray Bottle and Clips

On top of your necessary hair-cutting tools, you’ll want a few invaluable accessories, such as spray bottles and clips. Spray bottles are used to keep hair wet when cutting and styling, while the clips are used to isolate and pin back sections of hair when cutting, coloring, or styling.

Pro Tip: To precisely section someone’s hair, connect your fingers. Place your index finger on the tip of your parting comb, then take your other finger and place it where you want to create the part, then connect the two points.

5. Makeup Tools

Every cosmetologist needs a makeup bag in their tool kit. This bag should include essentials like:

  • Hypoallergenic makeup brushes
  • Spoolie, cotton pads, and Q-tips
  • Makeup sponges
  • Blush, eyeshadow, contour, highlight, and lipstick palettes that range from neutral to vibrant. 
  • A range of foundation and powders

It’s essential to have different applicators, shades, and types of makeup (i.e., liquid and powder) for diverse skin tones and skin types.

Pro Tip: To keep your makeup brushes in tip-top shape, clean them once a week and use a brush cleaning spray in between to keep them sanitized.

7 Essential Tools for Cosmetology Students

6. Combs and Brushes

Brushes and combs are essential tools when it comes to cutting and styling hair. Many brushes are created with a specific hair type in mind and are made from different materials like wood, plastic, and ceramic. They’ll also have different bristle types, including synthetic, boar, or mixed. 

You’ll want to invest in a variety of brushes, including vent brushes, nylon bristle brushes, styling brushes, and thermal brushes that vary in diameter. To save money, we recommend purchasing a brush kit that includes the various types. 

In terms of combs, your kit will need to include:

  • All-purpose comb
  • Barber comb
  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Fine-tooth comb
  • Pick comb
  • Pin-tail comb
  • Rat-tail comb
  • Teasing comb

Again, to save money, purchase your combs as a set.

Pro Tip: Clean your brushes and combs every week (or at least once every two weeks) to prevent buildup and avoid adding dirt and oils back into the hair.

7. Electric Appliances

If you want to be at the top of your class, purchase some electric appliances, including a professional blow dryer, curling irons that vary in barrel width, straightening/flat irons, and/or a diffuser. You will also need to invest in an electric razor with various guard attachments to shape up necklines and facial hair and execute several cuts.

Pro Tip: When using heat styling tools, use a heat-protectant spray to avoid damage and breakage.

Are You Ready For a Career In Cosmetology?

If you have a passion for everything beauty, then it’s time to consider a career as a cosmetologist. At Genesis Career College, we offer premium courses that begin monthly and cater to your schedule. Here, you’ll gain experience and knowledge through in-class instruction and real-world training taught by experienced professionals. Ready to get started??

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