So you've finally finished cosmetology school and are the proud owner of a brand new beauty operator license. What next? You must find a great salon to work in that provides financial benefits as well as a sense of job satisfaction. So how do you find the salon of your dreams to begin your career as a professional hairstylist? Here are some tips.
Scope The Salon
Check out potential salons that interest you in your area; you don't want to work at a salon that's too far away. Take a tour of the salon, check out the environment, talk to the stylists, etc. Make sure that the salon is a salon you feel comfortable in, that you would be a customer in, and that you would enjoy working in. Watch the stylists work, talk to the receptionists and manager, and find out as much as you can about the salon so you can figure out if it could be a good fit. You can also walk into a salon as a customer; just get a trim or a blowout and get a feel for the atmosphere.
Learning The Life
It's important for stylists to always evolve and learn new things. Will there be classes at your prospective workplace? Are they offering continuing education to allow you to hone your skills and further your career and techniques? A good salon will allow you to continue learning your craft to be the best stylist you can.
Money is important, and you can't act like it's not, no matter how badly you desire a job in your field. Some salons offer an hourly wage as well as commission, while others may simply offer you a commission of your earnings. Since you're a new stylist, your commissions won't be much. Opt for choosing a salon that will offer you a base salary so you know you have a shot at earning a living as you build up your clientele.
Start At The Bottom
If you're nervous and want to start slow, it may pay to begin as an assistant. Many high-end salons have assistants for their stylists, which is a good way to gain confidence before you get thrown into the trenches. You'll learn more about the salon and be able to determine if it's the right place for you before you take a permanent stylist position.
The Salon by Lora Brown is a great place to start your salon career. The Salon offers mentoring and advanced training to all employees. We also pay new hires a base salary until they can learn more and build up a clientele. We feel your success is our success.
Lora Brown is a master stylist and the owner of The Salon by Lora Brown. She has worked in the salon industry for 30 years.