What’s the Difference Between a Cosmetologist and an Esthetician?

Cosmetologists and estheticians both perform services that can help their clients feel beautiful and confident. However, the training and educational curriculum are different for each field. With an education in cosmetology, you can learn how to perform different beauty techniques and services than you could with an esthetics education.

What a Cosmetologist Does

Cosmetologists are all about style, trends, and of course, hair! A cosmetologist’s goal is to help a client look and feel their best with the help of modern techniques in hair styling, coloring, and cutting. They can also create on-trend makeup looks and provide nail services. This is a great career option for a creative person who loves fashion and beauty trends.

Stylist round brushes a client's hair.

Here are some of the services a cosmetologist might offer:

  • Haircutting, Styling, and Coloring
  • Makeup Application
  • Scalp Treatments
  • Nail Care
  • Waxing

What an Esthetician Does

An esthetician’s main goal is to literally help their client feel confident in their own skin. Estheticians work on beautifying the skin and creating a healthy, glowing canvas. With the help of various tools, an esthetician can take your skin from looking dull and tired to youthful and bright!

Esthetician doing a model's makeup.

Here are some of the services an esthetician might provide:

  • Facials
  • Waxing
  • Makeup Application
  • Skin Purification Treatments
  • Brow and Eyelash Services

Where Can a Cosmetologist Work?

    • Salon
    • Cosmetics Counter or Other Cosmetics Retailer
    • Behind-the-Scenes of a Film, TV Show, or Play
    • Photoshoot Set
    • Backstage at a Runway Show

Interior of a modern salon.

Where Can an Esthetician Work?

  • Spa
  • Salon
  • Plastic Surgery Center/Medical Spa
  • Dermatologist’s Office
  • Cosmetics Counter or Other Cosmetics Retailer
  • Resort

Woman getting a facial at a spa.

Why Choose Cosmetology?

Choosing to study cosmetology can open up a variety of creative doors for you in the future. Whether you’re interested in working in a salon or want to expand your horizons, life as a cosmetologist can mean much more than just cutting hair. Interested in fashion, film, or theater? A cosmetology license could allow you to work in those industries as a stylist. Looking for a career where you get to interact with new people every day? Cosmetology can be a perfect option for extroverts who get their energy from being around other people. A career in cosmetology could also give you the chance to work with high-end brands like Redken. If you’re considering enrolling in cosmetology school, it could be the best investment you ever make for yourself and for your future.

Why Choose Esthetics?

If you’re passionate about skin care and makeup and want to work with prestige brands like Dermologica, esthetics could be a great option for you. Beauty begins with great skin care. As an esthetician, you can create a glowing, beautiful canvas for your clients. This is the perfect foundation for creating stunning, on-trend makeup looks. When you help a client with their skin care and makeup, it can significantly boost their confidence. Studying esthetics is a great option for people who want to help others feel good about themselves!

Talk to Us About Our Cosmetology Program

Ready to talk enrollment? Contact The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Fort Wayne today to learn about our cosmetology program. Our staff is here to help you navigate the whole enrollment process, from scheduling a tour, to applying to the program. Reach out to us today and started on creating your future!

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