6 Movies That Will Inspire You to Become a Cosmetologist

Have you ever been inspired to do something because of a movie? Certain films can be extremely influential, especially when it comes to making choices for your future. We’ve picked six of our favorite movies that could inspire you to choose cosmetology as a career. From dark and quirky to emotional and lighthearted, this list has something for everyone!

1. “Edward Scissorhands”

Tim Burton’s 1993 film about a misunderstood young man with scissors for hands has become a beloved classic. Sure, we all remember Johnny Depp’s leather outfit, Winona Ryder’s giant doe eyes, the bright pastel houses, the scary dark castle, and a cameo by horror legend Vincent Price. But what about those haircuts? In one of the movie’s most famous scenes, Edward wins the heart of the neighborhood when he gives the women (and dogs!) haircuts with his scissorhands. While these wild, ridiculous hairstyles are not something you’d actually want to give clients in a salon, it’s a fun and creative take on haircutting that only someone like Tim Burton could come up with.

2. “Steel Magnolias”

Grab your tissues for this one, because you’re going to laugh and cry. Set in the 1980s in a small Louisiana town, this movie follows the lives of six women who love and support each other through difficult times. It all starts when Shelby Eatenton (Julia Roberts) and her mother M’Lynn (Sally Field) visit Truvy’s (Dolly Parton) hair salon to get ready for Shelby’s wedding. Throughout the film, the hair salon becomes more than a setting, it’s another character. The characters have their most intimate, funny, and heartbreaking conversations within this space. If you want to see some seriously big ‘80s hair and learn how much a trip to the salon can help someone feel better, check this funny tearjerker out.

Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts

3. “Hairspray”

As its name would suggest, hair is a big deal in this upbeat musical movie. In 1960s Baltimore, the dance-obsessed teenager Tracy Turnblad auditions to become a dancer on “The Corny Collins Show”. When she wins, she’s exposed to a whole new world of celebrity, which she finds out has its ugly side. As it’s set in the 1960s, “Hairspray” pays important attention to themes of racial inequality and integration. It also does a great job of depicting how people looked during this era, especially when it comes to the hairstyles. The beehives, bouffants, and flipped bobs in this movie are spot-on, and the makeover scene (featuring John Travolta as a woman) will make you wish you could work in a musical salon!

Cast of Hairspray dancing.

4. “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

Set in a dark and dreary Victorian London, ex-convict Benjamin Barker (Johnny Depp) returns to his home after being in prison on a false charge for 15 years. When he discovers what happened to his wife and daughter during his absence, he becomes obsessed with getting revenge on the men who destroyed his life. Under the pseudonym, Sweeney Todd, he takes up his old post as a barber, where he gives straight razor shaves that you won’t soon forget. His bloodthirst does well to help out his neighbor, Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter), who owns a pie shop and can’t find good meat to fill the crusts. We won’t spoil any more of this dark and twisted musical thriller, but if you’re interested in learning to cut men’s hair, this is a movie about what NOT to do.

Johnny Depp as Sweeney Todd

5. “Beauty Shop”

In this comedy, Gina Norris (played by Queen Latifah) is a gifted stylist who has just relocated to Atlanta so her daughter can attend music school. After being repeatedly beaten down by her boss (Kevin Bacon), Gina decides to open her own salon. She buys a run-down salon, as it’s all she can afford, and works hard to build it from the ground up. Though she constantly runs into roadblocks like disrespectful clients, a jealous former boss, and a ruthless health inspector, Gina fights for her dreams and never quits. This movie is a great representation of how important passion and drive are in the beauty industry!

Queen Latifah in Beauty Shop.

6. “Legally Blonde”

When California sorority girl Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) heads to Harvard to prove that blondes can do more than have fun, she realizes how unfriendly the Ivy League can be. To comfort herself, Elle heads to the salon for a manicure, where she befriends a lonely manicurist named Paulette (Jennifer Coolidge). Paulette empowers Elle to show the Harvard snobs that you can be smart and beautiful, and Elle uses her new legal expertise to help Paulette deal with a deadbeat ex-husband. This movie is a great example of cosmetologists helping clients and making good friends along the way. Did we mention the salon is where the ultra-important “bend and snap” scene happens?

Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods

Follow Your Inspiration and Choose Cosmetology!

If you’re considering a movie marathon now, you should check out our cosmetology program at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Collegeville! Contact us today to learn more or schedule a tour. We’re here to help you follow your inspiration and achieve your dreams!

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