In the journey to become our best selves, one of things that we pay the most attention to is our hair. It doesn’t matter if you are a man, woman, or child.
Something as simple as the way we wear our hair can influence how a prospective boss interprets a first impression, whether or not that crush we are interested in will give us the time of day, and can influence our level of self confidence, as well.
When you look at it that way, becoming a hairdresser should come with a cape and a pair of snazzy tights. Interested? Below are a few suggestions for finding the Hairway to Heaven (pun totally intended.)
The Education Journey
Almost every great job begins with a good education. Becoming a hairdresser is no different. Your first step in the hair sculpting business will be to find a great beauty school. While each school contains its unique differences in its program, there are courses that are considered staples in any beauty school.
They might include Sanitation and Sterilization, Hair Cutting and Shaping, Hair Analysis, Hair and Scalp Disorders and Diseases, Texturizing, Hair Extensions, Color Methods, Permanent Waving, Relaxing, and for those of you looking to start your own business, Salon Management. Take the time to find the right fit for what you are most interested in.
After you finish your journey in school, your path to becoming a qualified hair artist is not quite finished. Most states will require you to secure a license. The majority of the time, they require you to be at least 16 years of age and have completed a beauty school program that is accredited by the state or an approved out-of-state option.
You will also be required to complete a written exam and, in some cases, you may be asked to demonstrate your skills to receive a satisfactory grade. Not only will this allow you to work in the state you reside in, but will boost the confidence customers have in you to perform your job well.
Find Your Telephone Booth
The last leg of the journey will be finding a job, your telephone booth. You need a business you, as a person can thrive in. Cutting and styling hair is an art form. The final say always resides with your customer, but the way you choose to implement their desire into the style is all you.
You will need to find a place that allows you the space to be creative and listen to your clients. At the same time, there are requirements that most shops will agree must be part of a proposed employee. You will have to invest time in your people skills. Things like being able to work as part of a team and keeping up good customer relationships are a must.
You should know how to clean up after yourself. No business is going to retain you as a stylist if you lack the ability to keep your station clean. Finally, the majority of salons ask that you be well versed in the latest salon techniques and have experience with color.
Want a chance to influence the lives of your customers in a positive and uplifting way? Become a hairdresser. Refer here as often as you need for tips on how to do so.