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Head Straight for a Career in Hair Design

Working with hair requires more than a sharp pair of scissors and a decent blow-dryer. Professional hair designers offer beauty services such as shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling, and they advise clients on hair care, straightening and curling, and coloring. They also give scalp treatments, and clean and style wigs and hairpieces.

In order to become a licensed hair designer, you'll need to take the National Hair Design licensure exams, which are developed and administered by the National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology.

The written exam for hair design covers basic principles of chemistry and electricity, ergonomics, human anatomy and physiology, infection control, and nutrition. It also covers hair care concepts and services such as braiding, wigs, and hair enhancements/additions; brushing, shampooing, and conditioning; chemical texture services; draping procedures; hair coloring; haircutting; hair styling; and principles of hair design.

The practical exam for hair design covers six core domain services: chemical relaxing, chemical waving, hair lightening and hair coloring, haircutting, setup and client protection, and thermal curling.

Rest assured that your work will be worthwhile -- according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, hair designers held 670,000 jobs in 2004, and overall employment is projected to increase 9 to 17 percent through 2014.

If you've got a way with scissors and a sassy style, head straight for a career in hair design.

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