Cosmetology Resume Keywords and Skills (Hard Skills)

Here are the keywords and skills that appear most frequently on recent Cosmetology job postings. In other words, these are the most sought after skills by recruiters and hiring managers. So try to include them on your resume where possible. Go to the Sample Templates ↓ below to see how to include them on your resume.

Remember that every job is different. Instead of including all these keywords on your resume, identify the keywords most relevant to the job you're applying to and include those. Use the free Targeted Resume tool to help with this.

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  • Cosmetology
  • Hair Cutting
  • Hair Care
  • Beauty Industry
  • Hair Styling
  • Hair Coloring
  • Makeup Artistry
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  • Cosmetics
  • Waxing
  • Styling
  • Hair Extensions
  • Skin Care
  • Salons
  • Hair Straightening
  • Retail
  • Makeovers
  • Fashion
  • Nail Care
  • Precision Haircutting
  • Updos
  • Merchandising
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Retail Sales
  • Store Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Fragrance
  • Product Knowledge
  • Sales
  • Driving Results
  • Luxury Goods
  • Sales Management
  • Loss Prevention
  • Apparel
  • Cosmetology Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • Higher Education
  • Teaching
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Dentistry
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Veneers
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Dentures
  • Invisalign
  • Oral Surgery
  • Crowns
  • Endodontics
  • Periodontics
  • Root Canal
  • Prosthodontics
  • Aesthetics
  • Surgery
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Dental Care
  • Orthodontics
  • Dental Implants
  • Dentists
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Resume Skills: Cosmetology

  • Hair Cutting
  • Hair Styling
  • Hair Coloring
  • Makeup Application
  • Customer Consultation
  • Product Recommendation
  • Hairstyling
  • Makeup Artistry
  • Facials
  • Manicures & Pedicures
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Resume Skills: Language

Resume Skills: Techniques

Resume Skills: Tools

  • Airbrush
  • Makeup brushes (different types)
  • False eyelash application
  • Makeup sponges
  • Primer & foundation matching
  • Electric Files
  • UV Lamps
  • Nail Drills
  • Callus Removers
  • Sterilization Equipment
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Resume Skills: Industry Software

Resume Skills: Salon Management

Resume Skills: Software

Resume Skills: Technical

Resume Skills: Customer Service

  • Client Retention
  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Product Recommendation
  • In-depth Consultation
  • Consultations
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Problem solving
  • Sales
  • Client relationships
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Resume Skills: Nail Techniques

Resume Skills: Product Knowledge

Resume Skills: Software Proficiency

Resume Skills: Hair Techniques

Resume Skills: Hair Tools

Resume Skills: Hair Products

Resume Skills: Instructional Tools

  Does your resume contain all the right skills? Paste in your resume in the AI Resume Scan ↓ section below and get an instant score.

Compare Your Resume To These Cosmetology Skills (ATS Scan)

Paste your resume below and our AI will identify which keywords are missing from your resume from the list above (and what you need to include). Including the right keywords will help you get past Applicant Tracking Systems (i.e. resume screeners) which may scan your resume for keywords to see if you're a match for the job.

Sample Cosmetology Resume: How To Include These Skills

Add keywords directly into your resume's work experiences, education or Skills section, like we've shown in the examples below. Use the examples below as inspiration.

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Your Name
Cosmetology Professional
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded February 2020 - Present
Lead Cosmetology Professional
Led a team of 10 cosmetologists enhancing salon productivity by 35% using efficient workflow models
Developed an innovative hair care method incorporating holistic products that increased client retention by 40%
Championed an in-house training program in the latest hair cutting and hair coloring techniques boosting salon revenue by $50K annually
Conceptualized and implemented a cyclical fashion trend review process, resulting in a 20% increase in makeover requests
Implemented hair extension services, increasing the client base by 25% and raising annual salon revenues by $30K
Beautify Inc June 2017 - January 2020
Senior Cosmetologist
Reinvented salon’s hair straightening techniques increasing client satisfaction by 30%
Initiated merchandising of high-quality beauty industry products raising retail revenues by 40%
Revamped salon's skincare routine, leading to increased bookings for facial treatments and waxing by 30% August 2014 - May 2017
Increased salon’s customer base by creating unique updos for special events which led to a 25% rise in bookings
Introduced creative hair styling techniques using precision hair cutting tools to boost overall salon performance
Received the most-positive customer reviews within the styling team for 2 consecutive years
Resume Worded Academic Center May 2014
Master of Beauty Therapy
Specialized in Skincare, Haircare, and Makeup courses
Resume Worded University June 2013
Bachelor in Esthetics
Minors in Business Management
Awards: Victoria's Aesthetics Award winner
Technical Skills: Hair Styling, Makeup Application, Eyelash Extension, Microdermabrasion, Botox Application
Software Skills: Mindbody, Vagaro, Salon Iris, Versum, Orchid Spa Software
Customer Service: Client Retention, Appointment Scheduling, Product Recommendation, In-depth Consultation
Language: English (Native), Spanish (Fluent), French (Basic)
Certifications: State Board Certified Cosmetologist, Certified Makeup Artist
Continuing Education: Advanced haircutting and coloring course, Dermatology and skincare course
Professional Memberships: Member, National Cosmetology Association
Volunteer Experience: Volunteer Hairstylist and Makeup Artist, The Princess Project
Your Name
Hair Stylist
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded July 2020 - Present
Master Hair Stylist
Raised the bar in hair styling by pioneering a new cutting technique, leading to a 30% increase in customer satisfaction scores
Initiated a hair care program which improved the salon's retail sales by 20%
Gained a strong following of fashion-forward clients by staying updated with cutting-edge hair coloring trends
Trained junior stylists on innovative hair cutting techniques thereby ensuring consistent quality across the team
Established a regular trend update system to keep the salon fashion-forward, leading to an increase in customer acquisition by 40%
Salon Perfection March 2016 - June 2020
Senior Hair Stylist
Achieved an 80% client retention rate by providing excellent hair care services and consultations
Developed a rapport with clients, leading to a 30% increase in referrals
Improved salon's profitability by promoting and marketing hair products which led to a 20% rise in retail sales January 2012 - February 2016
Hair Stylist
Converted 75% of first-time clients into regular clients with personalized hair care and styling
Increased profitability by 15% through the strategic selling of hair care products
Consistently rated top stylist in customer satisfaction for four consecutive years
Resume Worded Institute June 2020
Certified Master Colorist
Graduated with Honors and Excellence Award
Resume Worded University December 2011
Bachelor of Arts in Cosmetology
Emphasis on Hair Styling and Hair Health
Part-time while working at
Hair Techniques: Hair coloring, Haircutting, Hair extensions, Blowouts, Updos, Hair texture services, Conditioning treatments
Hair Tools: Hair Dryers, Flat Irons, Curling Irons, Hair Clippers, Brushes and Combs, Hair Rollers
Hair Products: Hair dyes, Shampoos and Conditioners, Hairstyling products, Hair treatments, Scalp treatments
Customer Service: Consultations, Appointment scheduling, Problem solving, Sales, Client relationships
Awards: Salon Perfection Stylist of the Year (2019), Creativity Award (2014)
Certifications: Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy Certified, Certified in HotHeads Hair Extensions (2018)
Volunteering: Haircuts for Hope (Provided free haircuts for underprivileged community members)
Professional Associations: Member, The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW)
Your Name
Makeup Artist
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded February 2019 - Present
Lead Makeup Artist
Increased referrals by 50% due to client satisfaction after implementing seasonal makeovers relevant to current fashion trends
Oversaw the training program for junior makeup artists, improving their makeup artistry skills and driving a 20% improvement in customer satisfaction
Achieved a 70% retention rate by creating personalized skincare routines for regular clients
Grew retail sales by 30% through proactively recommending and demonstrating the use of cosmetic products
Initiated the use of sustainable products, appealing to an eco-conscious clientele, resulting in a 30% increase in customer base
BeautyBuzz September 2015 - January 2019
Senior Makeup Artist
Boosted bookings by 25% by offering specialised services for bridal makeup and other special events
Formed partnerships with well-known cosmetic brands, providing a wider product range for clients, fetched 40% higher revenue
Played a key role in the launch and promotion of in-house cosmetic line resulting in $10K in extra sales annually April 2012 - August 2015
Makeup Artist
Enhanced customer experience by offering makeup lessons, leading to a 20% increase in repeat clientele
Earned a reputation for timeless and classic makeup artistry, further bringing a 25% increase in client referrals
Helped drive a 30% increase in profit through strategic merchandising and upselling of cosmetic products
Resume Worded Institute February 2019
Advanced Certification in Cosmetic Artistry
Specialization in editorial and bridal makeup techniques
Resume Worded University March 2012
Bachelor of Arts in Theater Makeup and Design
Recipient of the Top Makeup Artist award for three consecutive years
Part-time, concurrent with Makeup Artist position at
Techniques: Bridal makeup, Editorial makeup, SFX makeup, Airbrushing, Sculpting, Eyebrow shaping
Tools: Airbrush, Makeup brushes (different types), False eyelash application, Makeup sponges, Primer & foundation matching
Industry Software: Salon Iris software, Vagaro Pro, FaceCake, Perfect365 PRO, BookSteam, Dash Salon software
Certifications: Licensed Aesthetician, State Board of Cosmetology (2012), Certified Airbrush Makeup Artist
Awards: Winner, Makeup Artist of the Year, BeautyBuzz (2017), Finalist, National Makeup Artist Competition (2016)
Volunteering: Volunteer makeup artist - Local theater productions (2014-2019), Volunteer makeup artist for Dress for Success charity events (2013-2015)
Courses: Advanced Airbrush Course, Pro Beauty School (2018), Special Effects Makeup Course, High Definition Makeup University (2017)
Your Name
Nail Technician
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded November 2019 - Present
Lead Nail Technician
Innovated nail care techniques that attracted a new demographic, increasing the client base by 35%
Overhauled nail service menus, offering new designs and styles that led to an increase in bookings by 40%
Introduced a subscription-based membership plan, enhancing customer loyalty and increasing annual profit by $15K
Implemented strict hygiene practices which boosted client trust and increased repeat business by 25%
Spearheaded the incorporation of eco-friendly nail products, generating a rise in eco-conscious clientele by 30%
Nails Now June 2015 - November 2019
Senior Nail Technician
Boosted customer satisfaction by providing nail care advice, resulting in a 70% retention rate
Generated an additional annual revenue of $10K by retailing nail care products
Improved salon's market presence by creating unique, trendy nail designs that were featured in local fashion magazines February 2011 - May 2015
Nail Technician
Improved quality of service delivery by introducing new nail care processes which received positive feedback from 80% of clients
Successfully managed and completed 20+ nail appointments daily while maintaining high customer satisfaction
Increased upselling of nail care products by demonstrating their usage effectively delivering a 15% increase in product sales
Resume Worded Institute January 2015
Certificate in Advanced Nail Art Techniques
Specialised in Gels, Acrylics, and Mani Pedi Techniques
Resume Worded Academic Center November 2010
Diploma in Nail Technology
Trained in Sanitation and Infection Control
Part-time course during initial job at
Nail Techniques: Acrylics, Gels, Manicures, Pedicures, Nail Art, Nail Extensions
Tools: Electric Files, UV Lamps, Nail Drills, Callus Removers, Sterilization Equipment
Product Knowledge: OPI, Essie, CND Shellac, Gelish, Morgan Taylor, ORLY
Software Proficiency: Booking Systems (Booker, Vagaro), Payment Platforms (Square, Clover), Photo Editing (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom)
Certifications: Licensed Nail Technician, State Board of Cosmetology; First Aid & CPR Certified
Continued Education: Participated in 'The Future of Nail Designs' workshop (2021), Attended Annual Nail Tech Meetup (2019 - Present)
Volunteering: Beauty Therapy Volunteering at Local Women's Shelter (2016 - Present)
Accomplishments: 1st Place, Nail Art Competition at State Beauty Expo (2019), Featured Nail Artist in Beauty Guru Magazine (2021)
Your Name
Cosmetology Instructor
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded August 2018 - Present
Lead Cosmetology Instructor
Developed a revised curriculum encompassing latest trends in cosmetology, resulting in a 40% increase in college enrollment
Trained over 200 students in hair styling, hair coloring, makeup artistry, and nail care skills, contributing to their successful careers in top salons
Organized regular industry talks with successful cosmetology professionals, providing networking opportunities for students
Implemented hands-on training in waxing and skincare that saw a 30% improvement in overall student practical skills
Initiated a mentorship program bridging students with industry professionals, 80% of the enrolled students received internship opportunities as a result
Beauty College March 2014 - July 2018
Senior Cosmetology Instructor
Developed a comprehensive training module on precision haircutting techniques, earmarking our graduates as highly skilled by top salons
Maintained 100% pass rate in the state cosmetology license exams for three consecutive years
Established salon-like classroom environment providing students with an authentic industry experience October 2010 - February 2014
Cosmetology Instructor
Implemented a 'Learn by Doing' training approach leading to a 20% increase in student practical skills
Incorporated retail and merchandising skills into the curriculum, preparing students for real salon experiences
Assessed and provided feedback on student performance, helping them to refine and improve their techniques
Resume Worded Institute June 2010
Master's in Cosmetology Education
Awards: Best Educator of the Year (2010)
Resume Worded University May 2008
Bachelor of Science - Cosmetology
Specialization in Hair and Skin Science
Graduated with Honors
Cosmetology Techniques: Hairstyling (Expert), Makeup Artistry (Expert), Facials (Expert), Manicures & Pedicures (Expert), Hair Coloring (Proficient)
Instructional Tools: Blackboard (Proficient), Moodle (Proficient), Google Classroom (Proficient), MS Office (Expert)
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Conversational)
Certifications: Licensed Cosmetology Instructor, Certified in Advanced Aesthetics Techniques
Leadership & Volunteering: Beauty Without Borders (Founder and Chair - Provides vocational cosmetology training for marginalized women)
Projects: Developed comprehensive cosmetology curricula for different learning programs across three educational institutions
Awards: Educator of the Year Award by The National Association of Cosmetology, 2018
Your Name
Salon Manager
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded January 2020 - Present
Salon Manager
Enhanced salon performance by implementing a structured booking system, reducing customer wait time by 20%
Implemented a hair care line in the retail section, increasing overall annual profit by $10K
Improved overall salon aesthetic and hygienic standards, contributing to a 25% increase in client base
Introduced a staff incentive system leading to a measurable increase in customer satisfaction by 30%
Mitigated client complaints by training staff in customer engagement, reducing complaints by 40%
Glow and Glamour June 2016 - December 2019
Assistant Salon Manager
Successfully coordinated daily salon operations, increasing work efficiency by 35%
Orchestrated marketing campaigns that increased online bookings by 25%
Managed a team of 15 stylists, maintaining a high standard of hairstyling and customer service April 2014 - May 2016
Salon Coordinator
Enhanced salon work efficiency by managing appointment calendar effectively, increasing customer satisfaction by 20%
Played a crucial role in running promotional campaigns that increased new client acquisition by 30%
Assisted the manager in staff training to ensure adherence to the latest hair styling and coloring trends
Resume Worded University May 2014
Master of Business Administration - Salon Management
Graduated with a Specialization in Marketing and Customer Service
Resume Worded Institute April 2013
Certification in Advanced Cosmetology
Completed studies part-time while working as Salon Coordinator
Emphasized in hair styling, Makeup Artistry and Spa Management
Salon Management: Employee Scheduling, Retail Inventory Management, Salon Sales Strategies, Training & Development, Salon Marketing, Customer Complaint Resolution
Cosmetology: Hair Cutting, Hair Styling, Hair Coloring, Makeup Application, Customer Consultation, Product Recommendation
Software: SalonBiz, Rosy, Shortcuts (Expert), Excel (Intermediate), PowerPoint (Advanced), Word (Advanced)
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Intermediate), Italian (Basic)
Certifications: Licensed Cosmetologist (2012)
Awards: Salon Manager of the Year by Resume Worded (2021), Most Innovative Salon Team Leadership (2020)
Volunteering: Points of Light Foundation, Volunteer Cosmetologist, provided salon services to low-income individuals (2015 - Present)
Professional Affiliations: Member, Professional Beauty Association (2016 - Present), Member, National Cosmetology Association (2013 - Present)

How do I add skills to a Cosmetology resume?

Review the job posting closely.

Go through the Cosmetology posting you're applying to, and identify hard skills the company is looking for. For example, skills like Hair Coloring, Hair Care and Cosmetics are possible skills. These are skills you should try to include on your resume.

Add industry skills like Hair Cutting and Makeup Artistry.

Add other common skills from your industry - such as Cosmetology, Hair Styling and Beauty Industry - into your resume if they're relevant.

Add skills into your work experience.

Incorporate skills - like Retail, Oral Surgery and Periodontics - into your work experience too. This shows hiring managers that you have practical experience with these tools, techniques and skills.

Use the exact job title.

Try to add the exact job title, Cosmetology, somewhere into your resume to get past resume screeners. See the infographic for how to do this.

Cosmetology Resume Templates

Here are examples of proven resumes in related jobs and industries, approved by experienced hiring managers. Use them as inspiration when you're writing your own resume. You can even download and edit the resume template in Google Docs.

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Word Cloud for Cosmetology Skills & Keywords

The following word cloud highlights the most popular keywords that appear on Cosmetology job descriptions. The bigger the word, the more frequently it shows up on employer's job postings. If you have experience with these keywords, include them on your resume.

Top Cosmetology Skills and Keywords to Include On Your Resume

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Frequently Asked Questions

What hard skills should you include on a Cosmetology resume?

Some popular Cosmetology hard skills are Cosmetology, Hair Cutting, Hair Care, Beauty Industry, Hair Styling, Hair Coloring, Makeup Artistry and Cosmetics.

Depending on the job you apply to, skills like Oral Surgery, Periodontics, Waxing, Dentistry and Retail can also be good to include on your resume.

What are the differences in resume skills between a Cosmetics Manager and a Cosmetology Instructor?

If you are writing a Cosmetics Manager resume, try to emphasize skills like Cosmetics, Merchandising, Retail, Visual Merchandising, Retail Sales, Store Management, Fashion and Makeup Artistry.

Similarly, if you are writing a Cosmetology Instructor resume, emphasize skills like Cosmetology, Hair Care, Hair Cutting, Cosmetology Education, Salons, Styling, Hair Coloring and Hair Styling.

What are good resume skills to include for different Cosmetology roles and job titles?

Depending on the specific role you apply to, you may need to emphasize different skill sets. Here are a few examples:

  • Cosmetology Instructor: Cosmetology, Hair Care, Beauty Industry, Hair Cutting and Cosmetology Education
  • Cosmetics Manager: Cosmetics, Merchandising, Retail, Visual Merchandising and Retail Sales
  • Cosmetic Dentist: Cosmetic Dentistry, Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, Veneers and Teeth Whitening

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While the keywords above are a good indication of what skills you need on your resume, you should try to find additional keywords that are specific to the job. To do this, use the free Targeted Resume tool. It analyzes the job you are applying to and finds the most important keywords you need on your resume.

It is personalized to your resume, and is the best way to ensure your resume will pass the automated resume filters.

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