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Lets assume you have finished your training and are now fully qualified depending on where in the world you live some form of testing examination will have taken place to prove a level of skill and qualification. whats next?
Here in the Uk that would be either having done an apprenticeship with day release to college. Or may be you went to College then worked in a salon to gain work experience. finally maybe you paid and went to private academy.
What ever your chosen career path you should in the Uk walk away with a NVQ qualification level, 2 or 3. This basically means you have reached a standard of ability to satisfy the examination board. You have the skills but do you have the salon experience? If not then get some hours under your belt Salon day to day experience is essential to your future success in the hair industry.
Here is the reality. Your hairdressing career is now about to start put everything you have learned to one side and open your mind to the real world of commercial hairdressing if you want to make a living and be successful. Be prepared to offer assistance in the salon to any one and every one watch listen learn. Become a team member make your self invaluable to the salon and your work mates.
Ask questions a!
Recent quotes comes to mind.
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 :)) thanks Elizabeth.
I would say don’t 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 .
this is all such good stuff might have to do a blog using all these comments to inspire trainee’s . Thanks Jacqueline Norman
Over time as a junior stylist you will start to do clients and hopefully build up a following a loyal clientele one that request your services and recommends you to others.
This is how you establish your self in the salon it’s up to you. No one else is responsible for your success. Non one else is responsible if you fail! The hairdressing world is very competitive so be prepared for some knocks some good days some stressful days.
Once established what next? Think about your clientele the type of people they attract. Maybe you get a lot of recommendation because you are good with curly hair [maybe you have curly hair so you understand it] maybe you are getting recommendation for your colouring or highlighting skills.
Every one has one aspect that they excel at, either because you really enjoy it or just get it.What ever that thing is capitalise on it. specialise be the one that people ask for because you are knowledgeable and passionate about it ,The skill you have the service you offer!
Recently whilst having Lunch with my dear friend a very talented man MR Jon Paul Holt owner of the Avantgarde artistic center Vancouver Canada. He was her in the Uk for a short visit he is very well know in North America a huge talent check out his web site see his work.
Whilst having lunch taking about past shows we had done together member’s of staff what they are now doing.We got onto to the topic of specialisation and the key to building and staying busy. That is finding that thing that defines you. Even if your an all rounder one thing will stand out.
For me although most of what i write a great deal of my knowledge is on hair colouring both application and technical knowledge.This is what i like to educate and share with others, if I am really honest my skill and passion is free style razor cutting. understanding how to create shape and form without cutting straight lines allowing hair to move and fall the way it grows and flows.
Once you have polished up those skill started building up your client base.Take time to think about the clientele your are building the clients your are attracting you will find a common skill that binds these clients to you.What is that skill what is it that you do that attracts your clients. work it out and use it capitalise on it.
Decide that you are going to Specialise in this chosen skill and service within your salon. Maybe it’s putting hair up. Do some extra course invest in your self.
Some stylist hate putting hair up so if it’s your skill you can gain from it whilst offering a service and helping out a work mate.
As this chosen skill grows and the word gets out you will attract more and more. keep updating all your skills but always go that bit extra to stay on top of what it is that defines you.
The more in demand you become the more specialised you become the more valuable you become the rewards for this will naturally follow. cool ha .
As a specialist in your field doors can open for you. Maybe education others or working for a product company. Maybe photographic work or competitions.
What ever door opens consider you options and choices before making a decision.Once a decision is made you have to go with it live with the consequences. Don’t always just be driven by money the quick reward!! just let that naturally follow as it will.
Creativity. Passion . Drive . Motivation these are the things to focus on. never get to big for your boots never let EGO take charge remember who you are! Where you started out share and give back to others as success comes. Never ask anyone to do something you are not prepared to do yourself be it shampooing floor sweeping or stay ing late