Posts Tagged ‘cosmetology school dress code’

Should a Cosmetology School Be Able To Dictate Your Hair and Dress?

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Logging into TweetDeck yesterday, this flashed across my screen: “Soooo… i can’t wear heels higher than 1 1/2 inch to cosmetology school?? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

Tweeting her back, I asked. “Really??? Is that a new rule?

She sure enough confirmed. The cosmetology program at Trezevant Career and Technology has a one and a half inch heel requirement, which is part of the Memphis City School Stands. Should a rule like this really be instated? At first I thought, this could cause morning dress preparation problems. What if your wardrobe has mainly two inch heels, which are only a tiny half inch higher than the cosmetology dress code standards? According to this rule, you would have to put them all into hiding until getting your cosmetology license and graduating from cosmetology school. My second thought was though, if you are standing on your feet all day practicing and training, why would you want to wear super high heels? The soreness could disturb you and get in the way of your focus, preventing your from demonstrating your best work. My third thought was in the salon I go to get my haircut, almost every girl in the shop is wearing heels higher than one and half inches. If salons allow this in the real world, shouldn’t your training prepare you fully for the real world?

Looking further into this, Paul Mitchell has a strict dress code also as commented by fellow students on the web. One student wrote, “I went to a Paul Mitchell partner school, and you have to wear all black, except on certain days they’ll allow you to wear jeans with no rips. You need your name tag on and closed toe black shoes, and your makeup and hair has to be done. No buns. No ponytails. Braids, updos or wear your hair down. Friends have gotten sent home to put on makeup because they didn’t have makeup on.”

No ponytails allowed and sent home from school for not wearing makeup? One could view this as strict. Another could view this as a hardcore training program to make their students strive for their full potential in their clients work and on themselves. For best practices and dress code, I suppose to each its own and that’s what sets the good cosmetologists apart from the best.