Hairstylist Overview

If you’re a creative type who likes to keep up with trends, work with your hands, and chat with people, becoming a hairstylist may be your calling.

You’ll help your clients get the looks they want, and you’ll always be learning about new techniques and hair care products. Most hairstylists work in a salon environment where there is lots of interaction with people. This is work that keeps you up and moving!

Responsibilities

  • Give your clients hair consultations. You’re the expert, so flex your creative muscles and make suggestions.
  • Perform a variety of hair services. Anything from cuts and blowouts to coloring and involved updos. The more styles and coloring techniques you learn, the better you can style all kinds of customers.
  • Keep your station prepped and clean. Your work can get messy, but you’ll get it into shipshape for each appointment.
  • Get to know your clients and earn their trust. When people are confident that you understand their style and can recommend the right products, they’ll want to come back to you.

Skills

  • Customer service. To give clients the hair they want, hairstylists need to be friendly people and excellent listeners.
  • Creativity. It’s your job to freshen up a style or create entirely new looks, and sometimes that takes imagination.
  • Physical stamina. Hairstylists can spend entire shifts on their feet, so be ready to stand for long periods of time.
  • Professionalism. As a representative of your own work and your salon, it’s important to keep a neat appearance, speak respectfully, and be punctual with your appointments.

Experience

Many salons prefer that hairstylists are licensed and have graduated from a cosmetology school or program. This generally includes training in basic hair cutting, styling, and care techniques, plus experience working with clients. Once they have a solid client base, some hairstylists may work for themselves or start their own salons.

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