Meet Megan! She has been in the industry for 3 years! Her passion and love for people in the industry truly shines through. You will see what I'm talking about when you read our interview below! Megan is Redken Certified and is also Brazilian Blow Out Certified! Something personal that Megan shared in our pre interview really stuck with me, and I think so many stylists can relate, myself included!
"I suffer from depression and anxiety. Even though I have very low/down days, I keep pushing because I know tomorrow is a new day. When I’m working on a client, I feel like all my worries go away. I feel like I’m at peace, even if it’s only for 30 mins. This career is like my antidepressant. I absolutely love it!"
I love her honesty and her realness. I think it is so incredibly important for us to talk about this, share our stories, and support eachother along the way!
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 her on Instagram and check out more of her beautiful work! Enjoy! #stylistssupportingstylists
1. What advice would you give to a stylist coming out of school? What should they expect?
My advice would be to definitely take an associate program.
I told myself I wouldn’t when I was in school. That I would just go out and start.
I started my associates program 6 months before I graduated and I’m so glad I did!
I learned so much working side by side with my boss. Probably things I would have never learned or would have learned the hard way. She’s still my mentor till today and pushes me to go past my boundaries. I wouldn’t be where i am today without her.
2. Besides giving a great cut and color what do you feel is also important in terms of providing a 5 star experience?
The whole experience. Making sure they have a refreshment and are comfortable. Make sure to talk about them! My boss currently came up with a shampoo experience which involve, essential oils and a hot towel.
3. What is your biggest accomplishment? What are you most proud of in your career?
All of the education I’ve taken! I am currently a redken specialist and a redken authority. I’m taking my color certification at the end of this year. If I wouldn’t have taken those classes, I don’t think I’d be as knowledgeable as I am now. Especially with color.
I also was asked to do the raw artists showcase April 5th. It was an amazing feeling to have when they picked me!
4. Using only 4 words. Describe the most important attributes of a successful stylist?
5. What is the biggest misconception people have about hairstylists?
They don’t work real jobs. They don’t have a real career.
I’ve been told this so many times. It gets frustrating. But at the end of the day I know this is a real career, making real money, and changing lives.
I’ve never enjoyed going to work till now and am finally able to start paying off debt.
6. What do you do to keep your clients coming back? How do continue to wow your clients year after year!
I always love to tell my clients, I learned this new technique at a class, we should try it! They are usually fine with it and love the change up!
I also give them the best salon experience from the greeting to the check out (and everything in between)
Get to know your clients. Keep up with what they are doing outside of the salon, so you can ask them about it when they come to their next appointment. They will love you for that! They won’t feel like just a number.
7. Tell us the importance of offering retail to your clients? What are some tips you have to help other stylists feel more confident while talking retail?
Study, study, study!
Get to know the product you are using, what’s in them, how they work.
Show them how to use them. That a big thing when it comes to styling products. If they don’t know how to use it, why would they buy them.
Tell them why they need them.
Make sure to ask and listen to what their needs are. That will help you in the long run when it comes to offering products.
8. would you tell other stylists that feel like giving up? Have you ever felt like giving up? How did you work through that? What advice do you have for stylists feeling this way?
Yes! I still sometimes feel that way.
Just keep pushing yourself! You will have good days and you will have bad days. The good always makes up for the bad. When you hear that client say, I absolutely loved my hair, you know you did something right. You will feel amazing when you can put a smile on that persons face.
Keep your head up and don’t look back.
It’s worth it, I promise!