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 4 awesome stylists are all under 3 years and the industry and have such wonderful advice for all of you that are just getting started. 
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. Be sure to follow them on Instagram and check out their beautiful work!  Enjoy! #stylistssupportingstylists

Jasmine Bumgarner- 1 year in the industry
Utopia Salon and Day Spa
Vancouver, Washington
Insta: @jbumstyles

What is one piece of advice you give to a new stylist just coming out of school?
Be a sponge! Take every opportunity you have to absorb more knowledge. Watch videos, take classes, attend seminars, and shadow more experienced stylists. This has helped me immensely because once you’ve graduated you have the base knowledge but there are tips and tricks that are only learned through years of experience. If you take every opportunity you can to gain more knowledge, there will be nothing you can’t do!

What would you tell a new stylist to look for when choosing their first salon home?
Take it slow! When you graduate it’s easy to get excited and jump on the first opportunity you get, but you should take your time when finding a salon. Make lists of wants and expectations you have for the salon you are looking for. Do research on the places you’re interested in. That means following them on social media, reading reviews, and getting familiar with their mission statements. Go to interviews with prepared questions and don’t be afraid to ask them! It’s also a good idea to shadow a salon for a few days to get an understanding of how the salon runs. It’s okay if a salon is not a good fit, do not get discouraged. After all having a career is about doing something you love, so you should love the work environment as well. Take your time and you will find a salon that brings out the best in you.

Jordan Festger- 1.5 years in the industry
Rooted Salon
Allentown, PA

How often are you posting on social media to attract new clients? How important is this in our business?
Social media is super important in the hair industry to get your work out there for people to see! I totally recommend using a separate hair account, that way all your posts are strictly hair. When it comes to posting, that depends on how many clients you see a week. For example, you have two days behind the chair and you see six clients through those two days. Spread your work out throughout the week, whether that’s everyday or every other. I think it’s important to have a schedule to consistently post. And if you don’t have a hair picture to post, spread the word about your availability! I have gotten a ton of people who say they see my work on Instagram or saw my website. It totally helps to share your work on a social media platform!

What is the one piece of advice you would give stylists that are feeling discouraged?
Feeling discouraged is totally normal from time to time. So try not to beat yourself up over it! Find the source of the problem and learn from it! One thing I didn’t have in the very very beginning of my career was a mentor and that really helped once I did. I was in a rut feeling alone and that I didn’t have someone to really look up to in the business. Sure I had Instagram hair artists but I didn’t know them on a personal level. Having someone that understands the industry and wants you to succeed just as much as yourself, is so helpful. Another thing for myself is I felt like I lost my talent a little bit. And that happened for me when I felt discouraged, in myself and in my work. So I started going online and watching hair videos and doing online education. Classes can be expensive, so use the tools you have available to you while you save up. Learning more definitely helps you open up your mind to creative techniques and that makes you wanting to do those!

Taylor Baggett- Just about 3 years in the industry
Utopia Salon And Day Spa
Vancouver, Washington

What is the one piece of advice you would give stylists that are feeling discouraged?
The one piece of advice I would give to a new stylist, is that not everyone will like you. You may be cute and bubbly, but not everyone will like you. When I first started working for my mom just about everyone hated me. They all thought that I got the job handed to me and that I didn't need to prove myself to my mom. Clients won't like you either. To the point where they walk out based off of your appearance. DO NOT conform to them!! Stay true to yourself! One of the best things about this industry is the individuality for each stylist. Just because you can't blend with a person doesn't mean you need to change. The right people will come. Your chair will fill with all your ideal clients. You'll be bringing in the money!

What is the best part of being a hairstylist?
The best part of being a hairstylist is being able to make people feel incredible. Giving people that little breath of fresh air they need. So much of our job is not just being a stylist, its being a person that is impactful. We touch lives, we impact lives, we inspire lives, we make people feel AMAZING! There is no better feeling than knowing you have changed an entire persons day, week, month, etc... in just one appointment. We become a part of people's lives why not impact it positively and help enhance their lives. Nothing makes me happier than knowing I positively impacted my clients day in and outside of hair.

Cynthia Antonioli- 1.5 years in the industry
J. Morgan Salon and Home
Easton, PA

Is this industry everything you thought it would be
It is everything and more! I always loved doing hair growing up, but it is much more than that. It’s growing a relationship with the client sitting in your chair, creating this trust between you and them. And once you finish their hair and they feel so good about themselves their confidence grows and it’s always a beautiful thing to see confidence grow. Seeing the client truly happy it’s the greatest feeling for me as a hairstylist. 

What is one piece of advice you give to a new stylist just coming out of school? 
My advice to you would be, don’t be afraid to make a mistake. Me personally, I am always so determined on trying to be the best I can possibly be and the perfect stylist which isn’t a bad thing but I’ve made mistakes, and will continue to make a few mistakes here and there, but I always beat myself up over it because I was so scared it was going to be the end of my career if I made the smallest mistake and that is not the case. When you find the right salon for you, everyone you work with will be there for you to help you learn and grow as a stylist, and help you if you make a mistake. So don’t be afraid to ask for help either, everyone supports everyone in a salon.