cos·​me·​tol·​o·​gist | \ ˌkäz-mə-ˈtä-lə-jist How to pronounce cosmetologist (audio) \

Definition of cosmetologist

: a person licensed to provide cosmetic treatments to the hair, skin, and nails : one trained in cosmetology : beautician If you're using … any medication that might make you skin more sensitive, be sure to tell your cosmetologist.— Kathleen Conway Engles

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Recent Examples on the Web Bryant was also a budding cosmetologist, fond of trying out different hairstyles and posting them to TikTok. Washington Post, "Ma’Khia Bryant’s family remember her as loving, affectionate: ‘She didn’t even have a chance to live her life’," 23 Apr. 2021 Ramos de Ruiz had an expired cosmetologist license from 2013. Frank Miles, Fox News, "‘Vampire facials’ salon owner charged after clients contract HIV," 23 Apr. 2021 Xiaojie Tan, who went by Emily, was a mother, small-business owner and cosmetologist who lived in the town of Kennesaw, about 25 miles northwest of Atlanta, and had an adult daughter who recently graduated from the University of Georgia. Jenny Jarvie, Los Angeles Times, "These are the victims of the Atlanta-area spa shootings," 18 Mar. 2021 And of the 34 students who graduated from Madison’s cosmetology program between 2016 and 2020, only seven took the state licensing test to operate as a cosmetologist, specializing in hair, nail, and skin care, figures from the school show. Globe Staff,, "Boston’s lone vocational school struggles to prepare students for jobs. Can Madison Park salvage its beauty program — and itself?," 27 Feb. 2021 But blush can be beautiful when applied correctly, as perfectly shown by Alena Giuliani, a cosmetologist in Sebastopol, California. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "An '80s Makeup Trend Is Coming Back—and It Looks Gorgeous on All Skin Tones," 5 Jan. 2021 She was stunned recently when the funeral home’s cosmetologist, who prepares bodies before viewings, showed up for his 5 p.m. shift. Los Angeles Times, "In East L.A., coronavirus has rewired the rhythms of daily life," 28 Dec. 2020 Clarissa Breedan, an unemployed cosmetologist, lives with her parents and two children in a double-wide trailer home outside the small town of Roland. Dan Levin, New York Times, "In Rural ‘Dead Zones,’ School Comes on a Flash Drive," 13 Nov. 2020 Her mother, a cosmetologist who worked in a braid shop throughout Oye’s youth, has been a strong pillar throughout her hair journey as well. Akili King, Vogue, "How Tolu Oye Pays Homage to Her Culture Through Her Hair," 7 Nov. 2020

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1926, in the meaning defined above

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29 Apr 2021

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“Cosmetologist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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cos·​me·​tol·​o·​gist | \ -ˈtäl-ə-jəst How to pronounce cosmetologist (audio) \

Medical Definition of cosmetologist

: a person who gives beauty treatments (as to skin and hair)

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