Marina S.- Hairstylist
@colorbymarina - Insta
Carmine & Co
Marina has been in the hair industry for 17 years and spent her entire career at the same salon specializing in color at Carmine & Co in Warrington, Pennsylvania.
Lived in color is her passion, and continued education is very important to her. Giving her clients the hair of their dreams and making them look and feel their best is what makes her the happiest and keeps her motivated to better herself every day!
Marina is currently a nominee for Best Of Bucks for hair color. “Wishing you the best of luck my friend!”
Please be sure to check out more of her beautiful work on her Insta and show her some love by giving her a follow.
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. Enjoy! #stylistssupportingstylists
1. What is one piece of advice you give to a new stylist just coming out of school?
Never stop educating yourself! The minute you think you’ve learned it all is the moment your career will fail. This industry is forever changing, and you need to stay in the game to be successful!
2. What would you tell new stylists to look for when choosing their first salon home?
Find a salon that promotes continuing education!! This is so important. You can always do classes on your own too but working in a salon where continued education is a priority and not an option, will only benefit you in the long run. Also, go somewhere you feel comfortable being you. Somewhere that encourages the importance of being a team and supporting one another. This is huge for me.
3. Is there anything stylists can do to better prepare for working behind the chair?
Thorough consultations are KEY! I can’t stress enough how important this is.
4. How often are you posting on social media to attract new clients? How important is this in our business?
1-2 times per day and it’s helped me tremendously! It’s allowed me to get more of my “dream clients” and meet so many new amazing people. Social media is such a huge part of our industry today and can really benefit your business in so many ways.
5. What is the one piece of advice you would give stylists that are feeling discouraged?
Don’t give up! If there’s something you wish you were better at, keep trying. Keep educating yourself. Take more classes. If you can’t afford classes then go online, there is a world of free education on IG alone, it’s unbelievable! Find what you’re most passionate about and what excites you and do more of it!
6. What is most rewarding about being a hairstylist?
The capability we have to change someone’s view of themselves... making them feel more confident and beautiful. That’s what gets me. When I take photos of my clients hair and they look at them and say “omg I can’t believe that’s my hair!” and the hugs that follow. For me that’s the best part of my whole job. There’s honestly nothing better!
7. What is the biggest challenge you face in being a stylist?
Today the internet is full of photoshopped and filtered photos, resulting in clients sometimes having too high of an expectation as to what can be done with their hair. It’s my job to educate them on what’s realistic, and in today’s world where everyone wants instant gratification that can sometimes be tough. But sticking to your gut and educating them on the importance of trusting you with keeping their hair healthy and beautiful is the goal.
8. What is the biggest misconception about our industry?
That we’re “just hairdressers.’ I could go on and on with this one. Yes we are hairdressers but we are not JUST hairdressers. We are who you go to when you want to look and feel your best. We are your shoulder to cry on when something bad is happening in your life. We are there to celebrate your accomplishments. We are standing behind a chair for sometimes 10 hours straight and go all day without eating. We are answering your messages late night when our shift is over. We are human beings that care about you, appreciate you and want you to feel your absolute best when you walk out of our chair. That’s much more than “just a hairdresser” in my book.