BRISTOL PALIN’s Hollywood dreams are fading but she’s determined to make it big on the other side of the camera — as a Hollywood hairdresser.

Sources say the 21-year-old former “Dancing with the Stars” contestant plans to attend cosmetology school so she can do hair and makeup on movie sets!

The single mom and daughter of former Alaska governor SARAH PALIN needs a new job after filming a reality TV show that may never air.

And a source told The ENQUIRER that Bristol has always wanted to get her cosmetology license. “She plans to find a school near her home in Arizona so she can get away from the Alaskan winter,” said the source. “And after graduating next year, she wants to look for jobs in the movie industry.

“Bristol’s realizing that her bout of fame and big-money job offers in Hollywood is dwindling since her mother isn’t in the spotlight as much, so she needs a backup plan.

“Right now she has money from her ‘DWTS’ gig to live off of while going to school. Then she’ll try her luck in Hollywood again, this time behind the scenes.”

Bristol recently filmed a reality show with former Disney stars KYLE and CHRISTOPHER MASSEY for the BIO channel, but sources say it may be scrapped. She realized quickly she needed to explore other options.

“Her biggest priority is getting a job that is flexible, where she can make plenty of money but not be too tied down since she’s a single mother,” added the source. “Cosmetology work is perfect because she’ll have some control over her schedule.”