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I decided today to share some views posted by other fellow professionals on our industry and what they would share with any one who is thinking about or training to be a stylist.
I was very pleasantly surprised by the positive energy commitment and passion of these comment. I hope they will inspire others to share and those coming into the industry to embrace it.
For it’s an adventure a journey with challenges and choices but one well worth taking.
Here is the Question:
Question: If you had an opportunity to talk with young training stylists what would you share with them about our industry and profession. What advise would you give?
Here is some of the advise
Education , don’t be afraid to ask questions. Work together with other stylists to share knowledge within the salons you work in. Go the extra mile to let your customers know how much you care about them and appreciate their business. Don’t be afraid to give your time for free to create business. When I moved to Vancouver and was just starting out , I gave haircuts to strangers for 5 dollars, just got them in the door. I also put up a poster and the Nursing college to offer discounts to the students. It is better to be working for free than not at all because you are building experience and repeat business that will take care of your future.
Take your ego out of the profession, it never does anyone any good. My parents were both hairstylists and excellent at what they did. My father always told me to shy away from the Posers, and the Primadonas. I think that was good advice.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions of your clients. The more you get to know them the better you can understand how they like to look. A really good question on first meeting is, Do you like to make a quiet entrance in a room full of people or do you like to stand out right away?
Most importantly ,if you don’t like what you do , it will be very difficult to do well at it. Hairdressing is something you have to love!!
I would tell them ENJOY THE RIDE!!! It is a big, Fun, exciting, challenging career, filled with endless opportunities for personal and professional growth!
That it’s not for everyone….If you have the talent, don’t give it up because there is no other job out there remotely close to this industry. Stay on top of Education! there is always fresh new people coming into the industry to keep up with 🙂 be dependable, listen well and never be afraid to ask questions. If you put your ALL into your work and keep patience and persistence, it will pay off in the long run. Never sell yourself short, there is too much opportunity out there :))!!
I would say dont be afraid to make mistakes – make as many as possible while your are training , Ask ,ask and ask again all the dumb question you think you have and watch -shadow a senior- question why on everything . Put yourself out there confidence comes from doing and dont beat yourself up too much, enjoy and have fun with it .
I would like to thank the members for these comments and for sharing them i hope they inspire others!