Ryna, a stylist at Logan Parlor in Chicago since 2015, has been in the beauty industry since 2009. At the age of 3, she found her passion for hair when she started cutting her Barbie’s hair and coloring it with markers. Her favorite toy as a child was the Play-Doh Fuzzy pumper Barbie shop. Hair was something Ryna was destined to do. As a Redken Artist, she travels and shares her love of hair color education with other stylists.
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 Ryna on Instagram and check out more of her work! Enjoy! #stylistssupportingstylists
What is one piece of advice you give to a new stylist just coming out of school?
Charge your worth. Don’t discount people just to have someone in your chair. You will find people who value you as a professional. Your passion and dedication to this industry are worth it. Also, pass out referral cards to literally everyone. Word of mouth is the best thing for your business.
What would you tell new stylists to look for when choosing their first salon home?
Make sure that the aesthetic of the salon, mission, and clientele suit you. Instagram is a great way to feel that out. Ask if you can shadow for a day or two to make sure you vibe with the other stylists. Ultimately, you want to be doing the hair you love everyday, but you also have to love your coworkers.
What is your why? Why did you choose this industry? What drives you besides your love and passion for hair?
I always loved doing hair. I started being a “kitchen beautician” in middle school because I thought it was fun. I really loved seeing the excitement of others when I made them feel good about themselves. So when I was old enough, I decided to make this my legitimate career. There’s something so wonderful and fulfilling about making people happy. My amazing guests are why I continue to do what I do. Letting me express my creativity with complete trust. I think that’s pretty cool.
What is the one piece of advice you would give stylists that are feeling discouraged?
Keep working hard and you will absolutely thrive in this industry. We all have rough patches, but when we push through is when we shine the most. Take lots of classes. Do the things you hate to get better at them.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a hairstylist?
Making people feel good when they look at themselves in the mirror and hearing them say “I look/feel great!” I work in a community with a lot of trans folx and to me the most rewarding thing is helping them transition to their true self. That warms my heart like nothing else in this world.
What is the biggest challenge you face in being a stylist?
Definitely trying to please everyone. You’re not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. I think the hardest thing for me has been that not everyone will love you or your work. But that’s okay. For every one person that doesn’t, there’s 100 that do.
What is the biggest misconception about our industry?
This one gets under my skin the most. Hairstylists are “dumb” or “took the easy way out”. All I have to say is I don’t think those people have ever tried to do a color correction before because those take lots of knowledge and are far from easy. I use math and chemistry every single day. Not to mention knowing basic color theory. You can’t do hair and not understand what the bonds of the hair are. Or not know that red and blue make violet.
How important is goal setting when it comes to growing your business behind the chair? Give us some tips on how you goal set?
Goal setting is probably the most impactful thing you can do for yourself and your business. Before each shift, our salon team sets goals for ourselves such as service dollars and retail. Each of us follow the Summit Salon System. It’s a great way to track your guest count, referrals, service dollars, and retail. Once you know exactly what you are doing, you can figure out where you can try to grow yourself. Let’s say your goal is to increase your daily service dollars by $50. That’s just a couple treatments! Instead of asking if they want a treatment, explain why it would benefit them. Also, box color comes with treatments so you should always be quoting one into every color service. I think treatment add ons are the biggest help for me reaching and exceeding my goals.