Hair Styling for Makeup Artists - QC Makeup Academy

Every good makeup artist knows that expanding your skill set to include new makeup techniques is a smart move for diversifying your career. Did you know that this rule applies to more than just makeup techniques? Do you think you could benefit from learning other beauty related skills, such as hair styling? If you’ve thought about mastering some basic hair styling techniques to be used hand in hand with your makeup skills, you’re already on the track to becoming an even more employable makeup artist than you already were!

Why should you learn hair styling?

MUA and Hair Stylist

Being able to provide basic hair styling services in addition to your skill as a makeup artist makes you more employable to clients. It also gives you an additional method of making money besides your regular makeup artistry work. When a client learns that you possess more diverse skills than just beauty makeup, they will likely be very impressed, and they might consider hiring you to do both services for them rather than having you do just makeup while someone else does hair. If you’re the only professional being hired as both the makeup artist and the hair stylist, you’re making extra money that might have gone to another person otherwise. Mastering basic hair styling techniques gives you a leg up in competitive hiring scenarios. If a client needs both makeup and hair styling services, and you are up against another makeup artist who is extremely talented but doesn’t know anything about hair, you are much more likely to be awarded the position!

Who might request hair styling services from a makeup artist?

There are plenty of scenarios where hair styling skills will come in handy for you as a professional makeup artist! At a free lance level, brides might be very enthusiastic to find out that they could pay one rate for you to do both, rather than hiring two separate people to do their makeup and hair for their wedding. Even within the film industry, knowing how to style hair can be very beneficial. Many productions are only granted a specific amount of money to spend on actors’ hair and makeup, so if you can save them from having to hire two separate people and therefore making two payments, you are more likely to get the job and be paid more than if you could only offer one service. Modeling agencies running photo shoots and runway shows, theatre companies with big productions, and many other potential makeup artistry clients also have need of hair stylists. Imagine how pleased they’ll be to hear that you are both!

What will you learn in our hair styling course?

What is Hair Styling

It’s important for you to note the key differences between courses that offer lessons in styling hair and those that also teach techniques for cutting and coloring hair. Licensing requirements for hair cutting and coloring vary widely, so our course will focus specifically on methods of styling. You will learn how to use tools like brushes, curling irons, and flat irons to alter the shape and style of the hair without actually making permanent changes to its structure. Even so, it will be necessary for you to verify the licensing requirements in your local area before you begin working in the industry. In some places, hair stylists are required to undergo a formal licensing process before they can do any work with hair in exchange for payment.

What kinds of things are most useful for you to learn?

There are several skills that are fundamental to basic hair styling and it will be necessary for you to master them in order to market yourself as both a makeup artist and a hair stylist. Using heat tools will be crucial, and so will learning different brushing technqiues. You’ll discover which styles need volume and curl, which ones need waves, and which need to be sleek and straight. Tactics for pinning and back brushing hair will be useful for creating gorgeous up-dos, and braiding is a diverse tool that all hair stylists should master. Even though you’re not dying or cutting anyone’s hair, you’re still gaining the ability to transform their whole look for the red carpet, the film set, the stage, or their wedding day!

What tools do you need to learn basic hair styling?

Hair Styling Tools

Basic hairstyling tools of varying qualities are accessible to just about everyone! Most tools are simple things that you’ll recognize from your local beauty or drug store, such as curling irons, curling wands, flat irons, hair pins, hair ties, pick combs, round brushes, blow dryers, hair rollers, and hair sprays. You’ll also become familiar with some additional things that the average person might not regularly use, such as Marcel irons, heat protection sprays, and smoothing serums. Most often, the hair stylists’ kit is made up of products and tools that beginners can get for affordable prices in order to learn. With more experience, high quality versions of these products can be sought for professional use. The better you are with your various styling tools, the more neatly and easily you’ll be able to create braids, curls, beehives, historical up-dos, and trendy red carpet styles!

QC Makeup Academy loves introducing our students to exciting ways of improving their skills and learning new things, including hair styling for makeup artists! Keep an eye out for new opportunities to diversify your career here!

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  • Katherine Jimenez says:

    I Love the idea of this course. I love hair-styling & around here you cant do it unless you study cosmetology! This course should be offered to makeup students at a discounted cost!! so exited

    • Ana Scholtes says:

      Hi Katherine, thanks for your comment! We’re still working hard at developing this course so that we can have it launch in the springtime. The pricing is not yet available, so I don’t have the full details, but there will be a discount for current or past QC students. 🙂 Stay posted on our Facebook page for updates!

  • pang says:

    Please do so! I will definitely take this class. Omg so exciting!

  • Charmela Pettiford says:

    Being that you can’t work in a Salon without an official Cosmetology License I hope yall are not charging a lot of money for this Course cause your Dont make a lot of money as a freelance hair stylist from home

    • Ana Scholtes says:

      Hi Charmela,

      Thank you for your comment! This hair styling course will include the essentials to styling popular looks and is a great way to expand your skill set and add to your makeup business. As a makeup artist, hair styling can be a great asset as it will open up more opportunities and improve your employability. Imagine being able to be the one-stop shop for clients who are looking to have their makeup and hair done for weddings, parties, special outings, photoshoots, etc.

      We’re still working hard to launch this course as soon as possible, and we’d love to have you as a student and to help expand your skills. 🙂

  • Shannon Garman says:

    Definitely love this idea! I’ve wanted to learn the right way to style hair without actually becoming a fully licensed beautician. Would love to take this course!

  • fatmah rajabu says:

    i realy want to become a makeup artist bit we dont have such school in our country….help me please to fulfill my dream..please need ur help

    • Mireille Pitre says:

      Hi Fatmah,

      We will email you privately to discuss your options. Our online makeup courses are international, and we can ship course materials to most countries. I’m sure we can help you make your dreams come true! Be on the lookout for our email 🙂


  • jenny says:

    Hi i was just wondering is this course online or have to attend in class to do this? I’m a graduate of master makeup artistry and I’m so interested in this as my second chose. Clients always ask me if I do hair as well.

    • Ana Scholtes says:

      Hi Jenny, thanks for your comment! This course will also be online. 🙂 And as a QC grad, you’ll be eligible for a discount as well! We’re expecting an August launch for this course, so stay tuned for further updates.

  • Chrissandra says:

    I’m interested in adding the hairstyling course this fall how much is it with my 50% off discount and where can I find the course outline?

    • Ana Scholtes says:

      Hi Chrissandra, thank you for your comment! The course has not launched just yet so unfortunately there is not a course outline posted to our website at this time. This course will cover many things like etiquette and hygiene, understanding the anatomy of the head and hair, learning about all sorts of products and tools for hair styling, various styling techniques like working with wet hair, blow drying techniques, creating volume, curling hair with different tools, etc. You’ll learn how to do finger waves, pin curls, and braiding, bridal updos, working with extensions, male grooming, and the list goes on. I’ve also just received word about the pricing for this course. It will be comparable in price and length to the Master Makeup Artistry course, which is one of our most extensive courses. At a 50% discount, it would be under $800. Keep in mind, however, that if you are taking two (or more) courses, the lesser course(s) will be reduced by 50%.
      I hope this helps! 🙂

  • Heather says:

    just wondering if your any closer to launching this wonderful course. I can not wait to start it

    • Mireille Pitre says:

      Hi Heather!

      We’re getting close! This course will definitely launch before the end of the summer… and it’s looking like it might be as early as the start of August! We’ll keep you posted on Facebook 🙂


  • Cindy Kellum says:

    How much is the hair styling class for makeup artist on Feb.25? And what time , how many hours long?

    • Ana Scholtes says:

      Hi Cindy,

      Thanks for your comment! We actually only offer online courses and do not host any in-class training. You can find more information about our Hair Styling Essentials course here! 🙂

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