How to Become a Mortuary Cosmetologist

As a mortuary cosmetologist, you will be responsible for applying makeup on a deceased person’s face to make them look as natural as possible. Some family members may request that you style the deceased hair as they used to wear it. In special circumstances, if the deceased died in a traumatizing manner and has bruises or scars, you may be asked to recreate their face using plaster of Paris and other tools. While previously, it was the job of the funeral director to make the deceased look natural, now cosmetologists are being hired as freelancers.

How to Become a Cosmetologist?

The process by which you become a mortuary cosmetologist is the same as the process of becoming a cosmetologist. You will require a high school diploma or an equivalent degree. In addition to this, you will also need to get certified from a state accredited vocational or training school. The duration of your program will depend on your state as well as your specialization and student status.
If you know you want to become a cosmetologist, then it is advised that you take courses on anatomy, biology, and chemistry, while in high school. This may seem redundant at first but a part of becoming a cosmetologist means working with people’s hands, nails, and hair as well as providing skin and hair treatments.

How to Become a Professional Cosmetologist?

Part of becoming a professional cosmetologist means getting your education by an accredited school. In addition to this, you will need tons of practice, both on mannequins as well as on friends, family, or models. The next step to becoming a professional cosmetologist includes working on your portfolio. Your portfolio will include pictures of your best work. As a professional cosmetologist, you should stay up to date on all recent style trends.

How to Become a Cosmetologist Online?

Since getting a degree in cosmetology is a hands-on process, there are few options available for those who want to get an online degree. There will be no fully online program on cosmetology, although you should be able to take some of your courses online.

How Many Hours to Become a Cosmetologist?

It could take anywhere from eight months to two years to become a cosmetologist in nearly any field, depending on a few factors. Firstly, the duration of your degree will depend on your student status, i.e. whether you are a part-time or a full-time student. In addition to this, your area of specialization and state will also impact the duration of your program. In California, you need to put in the following hours into a cosmetology degree:

  • “Cosmetologist: 1,600 hours
  • Barber: 1,500 hours
  • Electrologist: 600 hours
  • Esthetician: 600 hours
  • Manicurist: 400 hours”

How to Become a Cosmetologist Without School?

There are strict requirements you will need to follow in order to become a cosmetologist of any sort. You will need to have a high school diploma as well as graduate from a beauty school in every state in America. Without graduating from a state accredited vocational school as a licensed cosmetologist, you will not be able to practice. However, if you do not have a high school diploma as an adult, you can take a competency test in place of it and then get licensed as a cosmetologist.