While being a hair stylist is a well-paying and exciting job to have, there is a marked difference between being an average stylist and being a successful one. Priming yourself to be a top stylist will not only guarantee you consistent pay and employment, but it can also turn it from a job into an amazing career. Below are four ways to help improve your success as a stylist.
1. Education - It is always important to keep up with your education and be up to date on trends and techniques in the industry. When your customers come to you, they are also looking for someone with expertise to advise them. Along with taking classes, it is important to continue to practice on a regular basis. Whether it is a friend, family member or mannequin head, perfecting your skill will help you get clients and keep them coming back.
2. Professionalism - Always be professional and customer service oriented. Be sure to keep the conversation appropriate at all times. It is important to remember that clients want to be catered to and expect good customer service. When it comes to your attire, the old adage "dress for success" applies. You should always be dressed in professional attire and not too loud or overstated that you overshadow your client. Remember it is about making them feel beautiful.
3. Ask For Help - Having a mentor is important for any stylist. Hair styling is an art form that cannot simply be learned from reading a book. Having someone show you better techniques will not only increase your skill set, but it will give you more confidence behind the chair. The more experienced stylists you can surround yourself with, the better. You should always remember that no matter how long you’ve been styling hair, there is always room to learn from others.
4. Make Contacts - While there will always be walk-ins and people looking for new stylists, it is important to think on a much larger level as well. Getting yourself noticed by high end venues, restaurants, and hotels will help get you in with people that can expose you to large parties and opportunities, such as weddings and party events. Being known as a great stylist in upper circles will help you keep a steady flow of clients and events.
Whether you’re just starting out in the industry or having been styling for years,taking these tips to heart will help your income and your job opportunities. If you’re looking to get experience and education in this industry, consider The Salon by Lora Brown in Amarillo, which provides a mentoring, team environment as well as advance training for our stylists.
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.