So, You Want to Become a Hair Artist

Did you know, #hairartist has over 400,000 tags on Instagram? That’s because cosmetologists everywhere are labeling themselves as what they truly are: artists. If you’re interested in learning more hair artistry, read on.

What is a Hair Artist?

“Hair artist” is a title that a cosmetologist is given by their employer or, more often, by themselves. This title often refers to the type of work they do. Cosmetologists can master makeup artistry and skincare, but their focus is usually on hair. During school, cosmetologists often cover several areas of haircare like cutting, coloring, chemical treatments, styling, and much more. Think about it: cosmetologists can help their clients achieve their hair dreams by painting, shaping, and creating the perfect style, and artists help their clients or selves see their dreams by painting, shaping, and creating the perfect piece.

Beauty Anatomy Institute student working on a photoshoot.

What Do Hair Artists Do?

As we mentioned above, cosmetologists usually learn several aspects of beauty. Hair artists are cosmetologists who took their passion for beauty and specialized it. They may also choose to specialize even further by choosing one type of service. These services can be things like:

  • Short cuts
  • Curly hair
  • Blonding
  • Balayage
  • Color in general
  • Hair pieces
  • Braiding

Specific services are not limited to these, either! There are so many areas to explore. You don’t have to limit yourself to one speciality your entire career, and you can definitely learn and do more at any point in time.

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Beauty Anatomy Institute student work.

Can I Become a Hair Artist?

Yes. Yes you can. If you love beauty, if you want to work with people, if you love working in a fast-paced environment, then you should explore this profession. Becoming an artist first requires you to learn the skills. Start your journey off by attending cosmetology school. Here at Beauty Anatomy Institute, we offer a 1200 hour cosmetology course that can help you gain that foundation. If you’re ready to take the leap, learn more about our admissions procedure, and contact us today!


To see these artists at work, just check out this hashtag on Instagram. These photos are full of gorgeous color work, daring cuts, and beautiful styles. They won’t disappoint.

Are you an inspiring hair artist? Then check out our quiz to find out which speciality would fit you best!

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