As a student in cosmetology school, your cosmetology kit becomes one of your most prized possessions. It’s essential that you not only tailor it to your specific needs, style, etc. but also that you keep it meticulously organized and properly cleaned. Taking the time to organize your cosmetology kit will not only be beneficial during your education but also once you start your career.

So if you’re wondering how to organize your cosmetology kit, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to find out our tips and tricks for organizing your kit and keeping it organized as you use it. It takes time and practice, but it’s definitely a skill worth perfecting, especially as you’re in school.

Over the Shoulder vs. Roller/Suitcase

Before we dive into organizing your cosmetology kit, let’s first talk about the kit itself. Depending on your school, you may have received a pre-assembled kit, you may have put your kit together yourself, or you may have done a combination of both. Regardless of how you got your kit, you’re probably now realizing how much weight you actually have to carry around on a regular basis.

There are two main options when it comes to carrying your cosmetology kit – over the shoulder or a roller option. What does this have to do with organizing your cosmetology kit? Well, it’s important that you determine what type of kit you want to use before you start the organization process.

A soft-sided, over the shoulder kit will likely be lighter to carry, but it does pose some challenges for organization as things may shift around more easily en route. Roller bags, on the other hand, may be bigger and bulkier to maneuver, but they typically have a hard bottom and sides that help to keep their contents in place. Plus, a roller bag or suitcase tends to be easier on your back – a huge plus. We recommend a makeup traincase like this one by Freedah Luxury which allows for easy access to all of your beauty tools as well as the convenience of portability.

By Program

Now, that you’ve got the outside figured out, it’s time to discuss how to organize your cosmetology kit. You likely will only need specific parts of your kit at specific times (depending on which course you’re in), so many students find it helpful to organize their cosmetology kits based on program.

For example, if you’re in the nail technician portion of your program, you likely don’t need to haul around your hair cutting or styling tools. Obviously this is going to be dependent on your specific program, but if you are able to remove tools that aren’t part of the program you’re currently in, that definitely will keep your kit lighter and more organized.

Internal Storage

Another important thing to consider when organizing your cosmetology kit is the type(s) of storage containers you will need for keeping your tools organized inside your kit. The first, and probably most important, thing to look for is containers that securely latch shut. The last thing you want is to have one of your storage containers open in your kit, spilling your hair sectioning clips all over your bag. You never want to be scrambling to get organized once you’re on the job, so secure storage containers help to keep everything in its place inside your kit.

Another thing to keep in mind is labeling your containers. Make setup much easier for yourself by clearly labeling what tools are in each container. That way, you won’t need to spend extra time opening all your containers and searching for tools. Organizing in the short term saves you tons of time in the long term!

With these tips and tricks on how to organize your cosmetology kit, you’ll be on top of your game in cosmetology school. An organized kit will definitely take you far. So who’s ready to get organized?