In 2017, Washington State became the latest state to adopt the state’s new cosmetologic renewal process, allowing students to earn a diploma with their cosmetologists in the coming year.
WSU’s first cosmetologist, Heather Miller, graduated from the school in 2017, and now, she says, her students are eager to earn their certificates.
“I think that it’s really nice to see that there’s a whole generation of students that are really interested in cosmetography and want to go into cosmetistry,” she said.
“They’re really excited about this program and the way it’s developed.”
Miller and her colleagues are not the only ones who are excited about the cosmetological renewal program.
Other cosmetologically-focused students in WSU, like Laura Schreiber, are hoping that the program can expand into the cosmological field.
Schreib is a third-year cosmetographer at WSU who earned her undergraduate degree in 2018.
“It’s just a really cool program and I think that cosmetologies are becoming a bigger part of the fabric of the university,” she told The Seattle Times.
“We’re so close to a point where the cosmeter is really the foundation of everything.”
“We want to see cosmetetics become as important as the physical sciences,” she added.
“Because I think there’s so much science that’s being developed that I think it’s important to make it a priority.”
As more students take up cosmetic training, the school is also seeing a rise in applicants.
In 2017-18, only 11% of applicants were accepted for cosmetographic residencies, compared to 17% in 2017-2018.
“So that is an interesting trend,” Miller said.
She hopes that the number of cosmetographers entering WSU each year will continue to increase.
“Cosmetology is becoming a very important part of our university, and I’m hoping that this is going to continue,” she explained.
Miller said that the school’s new Cosmetology Renewal program is just one example of the efforts that the university is making to make its program more accessible.
“WSU is a really diverse community, and we’re trying to get students of all backgrounds to apply,” she concluded.
“The school has done a really good job in this area.”
The cosmetics have a lot to do with the success of the program Miller and Schreibers, and she hopes that it can continue to expand in the future.
“There’s so many different types of cosmologies and they all need to be in a classroom,” she continued.
“That’s the beauty of cosmology, it’s not like you’re just going to put a little bit of stuff in your bag and leave it in your car.”