The Difference Between a Beautician and a Cosmetologist

What’s the Difference Between a Beautician and a Cosmetologist?

What's the Difference Between a Beautician and a Cosmetologist? Contact Health & Style Institute at 1-844-94-STYLE for more information on our cosmetology program.

What’s the Difference Between a Beautician and a Cosmetologist?

If you’re interested in attending the Health and Style Institute Cosmetology Program, you may be wondering, “what the difference is between a Cosmetologist and Beautician – aren’t these the same thing?”

The answer might surprise you! There are some major differences between Cosmetologists and Beauticians. Let’s explain the basics now, and help you understand the differences between the two.


A Beautician focuses on hair care and basic skincare treatments. The term “beautician” typically refers to a person who is skilled in treatments such as:

  • Hair care – hair cutting, coloring, and other basics
  • Hair design – styling for special occasions
  • Skin care services – facials, waxing and more

Beauticians typically attend a beauty vocational school or college and acquire the necessary certifications and licensure to practice in their state, such as North Carolina or Georgia.


Cosmetology typically refers to an individual with a more well-rounded education, and with a broader range of service offerings compared to a beautician. Compared to beauticians, Cosmetologists usually have more extensive training and more expertise in beauty treatments including – but not limited to – hair, makeup, skincare, nail treatments and more. A cosmetologist generally receives a well-rounded education that covers all the basic treatments that may be offered at a salon, spa, or beauty clinic of any kind – instead of just focusing on one specific area – and offers a broader range of services compared to a beautician.

All Cosmetologist are Beauticians – but not all Beauticians are Cosmetologists.

Certification Requirements

The terms “beautician” and “cosmetologist” both mean the same thing in North Carolina and Georgia – and to work as either a Beautician or Cosmetologist, you must obtain your Cosmetology certification and license from an accredited school.

In North Carolina and Georgia, individuals must undergo at least 1,500 clock hours of training from a licensed educational institution, such as Health and Style Institute, to become a certified Cosmetologist. In addition, Cosmetologists must pass a written exam to obtain certification after graduation.

Get Your Cosmetology Certification at Health and Style Institute

If you’re in Greensboro, NC, Atlanta, GA or Kennesaw, GA, and you’re interested in becoming a Beautician or Cosmetologist, you’ll need to get your Cosmetology license through a licensed beauty school – such as Health & Style Institute.

We serve students from all around the Atlanta, Kennesaw, and Greensboro areas, and our accredited, 1,500-hour program will provide you with all the knowledge and skills to help guide the way to become a successful Cosmetologist in North Carolina or Georgia.

If you’re interested in learning more, you can request information online, or get in touch with Health and Style Institute now at 1-844-94-STYLE. Don’t wait – whether you want to become a Cosmetologist or Beautician, Health and Style Institute is here to help.

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