The salary is not a big deal for a cosmetologist, but it is a big payday for a young woman who has a long history of cosmetological training.
She was one of a group of cosmologists at a private clinic in downtown Toronto when a job offer came in.
“I was really shocked.
I was like, ‘Oh my god.
I’m just getting off the phone with my partner and my boss, and they’re like, no, no,'” says Jasmine Vinson, who’s just 18.
“And I was just like, why are you doing this?'”
She said she was able to secure an interview at the clinic, which pays $100 a day, with a Cosmetology Career Centre, and was hired as a cosmologist.
“The first week I was doing cosmetotherapy and I was looking for a job and I had no clue what I was getting into,” she said.
“That’s what was really scary about the job, was how long it was going to take to get through the first few weeks.”
After four months at the Cosmetological Career Centre in Toronto, Jasmine decided to start a career in cosmology, which she’s done for the last five years.
“Cosmology is a career, and it’s a profession that is kind of hard to get into because it’s very technical and very technical,” she explained.
“It requires a lot of education, but you can do it.
You can do anything cosmologically.”
Vinson is just one of the hundreds of cosmen who have recently been hired in the industry, and many of them say they’ve had little to no warning.
They say they’re getting paid for the work they do.
“We’re really just taking it one day at a time,” says Jason Fisk, a cosmonaut who runs a cosmology consultancy.
Fisk says it’s hard to gauge how many cosmologs there are because the numbers are so small, but he’s confident in the quality of their work.
“They’re just really good at what they do,” he said.
The numbers tell a different story, however.
Cosmetologists, who are predominantly men, make up just 6 per cent of the Canadian workforce, according to a 2015 census, and are only paid a base salary of $62,000.
They’re also underpaid in many cases because of the industry’s outdated industry standards.
“When you’re a cosmo, you’re not really looking for the money,” says Vinson.
“You’re not looking for recognition, you don’t want that,” she added.
“If you’re like me, you can’t really afford to buy a house, but cosmeticians don’t have that luxury.”
Cosmologists say they have no choice but to take advantage of the money that’s available.
The Cosmetologes Association of Canada says there are no minimum requirements for cosmological work, and that cosmetists can earn more than $100,000 a year.
But, says Viggi, it can take years of experience to land a position at a cosmetic company.
“In terms of what’s required to be a cosme… there’s a very rigorous qualification process that’s not available to all employers,” she says.
“What we’ve seen is that it’s taken them quite a while for them to even make it to that point.”
And cosmetologies still have a long way to go in terms of diversity.
The cosmologies association recently published a report called Cosmetologist Diversity: An Empirical Analysis.
According to the report, only 1.8 per cent women cosmetologs are women, and 1.6 per cent are black.
The report says that’s down from about 9 per cent in 2008, but not enough to change that.
“This is not an issue that’s been discussed in the cosmetistry community, it’s been a long time coming,” says Fisk.
“As a cosmopolitan city, it does seem like we’ve had a really progressive attitude towards cosmetics.”
Jasmine says she’s happy with the work she’s been getting, but she’s hoping to start her own career as a photographer.
“People are just not really understanding cosmetography and the job that it entails,” she told CBC News.
“Because I have so much experience, it makes me feel like I’m going to be really lucky if I get to be on a magazine cover and be famous.”