A few months back I asked a few stylists for some feedback and some insight on what it's like to be a newer stylists in this business. I wanted them to be able to provide other fellow stylists with some great advice and insight on building a business behind the chair. We have all been "new", we have all had a first day behind the chair, and nothing is better than knowing you have the support and encouragement from other stylists that are living, or have lived in your shoes. These 3 awesome stylists have such wonderful advice for all of you that are just getting started. I broke this up into a two part blog, so all the stylists would have an opportunity to be heard. They truly have incredible insight on how to succeed in this industry and are kicking some major ass right now behind the chair!
As always, we hope this interview will motivate you, inspire you, and encourage you, to continue to share your love and passion for the beauty industry.
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What is your best advice for a new stylist that is feeling discouraged behind the chair?
Let me start off by saying the best things never come easy. Everyone struggles at the beginning, but that's the the test to see if this is what you really want. Being a stylist is more than just doing hair. Is is the ability to change people. The sooner you focus on yourself being better and stop focusing on what you can't do, you will succeed. You are the creator of your own journey. Ask yourself how bad do you really want this? My best advice is never give up. Educate yourself, and know your worth in this industry. Success is not about how many followers you have, but about never giving up.
Besides social media, what is the best way to build your business behind the chair?
Carry your business cards everywhere. Look presentable, and always ready to sell yourself. You are a brand. Be sure to get involved in mommy groups, walk around to local shops and introduce yourself, and show you care about others. Never stop educating yourself and show people you are dedicated and that this is your passion. People love confidence. Know your worth!
Southern Obsession Salon
Winter Garden, FL
What is one piece of advice you give to a new stylist just coming out of school?
Coming right out of school and going into a salon can be scary because there is still so much you have to learn. That was my biggest fear and why I took a little time off before I started working because I was scared to begin not knowing everything. But that’s absolutely normal! They can’t teach you EVERYTHING while you’re in school, there is still so much to learn out in the real world. I’ve learned a whole lot more being behind the chair and doing things on my own than a lot of what I did in school being shown by a teacher.
What would you tell new stylists to look for when choosing their first salon home?
I would absolutely recommend finding a salon that gives classes or if they don’t then a salon that has other stylists willing to help you and grow with you also. In my first salon I had both and I learned so much, and in my current salon, my fellow stylists are willing to help me when needed and teach me new tricks! It’s reassuring to know that someone who’s been in the industry has my back if something goes a little wrong and they’re willing to help me learn through the process. It’s sometimes scary when you get a client that wants something that you’re not 100% comfortable with, but having fellow stylists there to plan with and help you make it so much easier!
Ciao Bella Salon
What advice would you give a new stylist looking for their first salon Home?
Personally I was lucky, my best friend is a stylist and she got me into a really good salon right off the bat, I know that won’t happen for everyone so my advice would be, check out multiple salons, do research, ask lots of questions. If you’re anything like me, you want to be in a work space with good people, and a salon with room to grow. You don’t want to assist forever, and if a salon doesn’t have new clients walking in the door it will be hard to build your book. Due diligence is key.
What is one piece of advice you would give to a new stylist when feeling discouraged behind the chair?
Confidence is key! If you’re not confident yet, fake it till you make it! I dealt with a few clients when I first started who were not so nice and I swear could smell my fear, I hated feeling uncomfortable like that so I made a choice. I didn’t want to disappoint my clients by not giving them what they wanted or letting them think I didn’t know what to do, so I spent all my extra time watching TONS of youtube videos of “how to” anything.
I wasn’t feeling strong in balayage techniques and short haircuts, I practiced on my mannequin and my very brave friends, until I felt I was comfortable with my skills. There is so much education in the industry and you cannot take it for granted, once you stop learning, your career will stop growing.