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The job outlook for cosmetologists and barbers should be good, according to the U.S. Department of Labor�s Occupational Outlook Handbook, particularly for those who are licensed to provide a broad range of services.

Barbers typically cut, trim, shampoo and style hair, as well as fit hairpieces and offer scalp treatments and facial massages. In some states, barbers are also licensed to color, bleach, or highlight hair, or to apply permanent waves. Some may provide skin care and nail treatments. Cosmetologists, hairdressers and hairstylists provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, coloring and styling hair. In some cases they may offer advice on how to care for a particular hair type. Cosmetologists may also be trained in additional services such as manicures, pedicures, scalp and facial treatments or makeup application.

There are also more specialized positions, such as manicurists and pedicurists, who work exclusively on a customer�s nails, both natural and artificial, and estheticians. Estheticians are skin care specialists who may give facials, head and neck massages or full-body treatments.

Cosmetologists and barbers should have a high regard for hygiene as well as enjoy working with people. Hours are usually flexible, as services are often needed on weekends or in the evenings. Cosmetologists and barbers might find employment in hotels and resorts, spas, salons or operate their own businesses.

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