MY cosmetologists go to school full-time for a year, which costs them $10,000, EXCLUDING all the equipment and supplies they must purchase. They start out on the doll heads, but then they do practice on people, under very tight supervision by experienced cosmetologists/trainers. I went to the Horst School (Aveda Institute) for highlights and they were amazing.<quoted text>Barbers train through out school cutting on live people, cosmetologest's train by putting on hair color and cutting hair on dolls. They do real practice while ther're at great clips. Good luck.
I won't go to any cheap, chain place. My haircut now costs $50 and that trip to the salon is worth every penny. Even when I'm growing out my hair, she cuts it in a way that it looks great for several months until I go in again.