Life After Beauty School for a Hair Stylist
By Laurie Brown
Yes, it’s true. The work you put in at the beauty school was just the beginning. Now, as a trained, professional hair stylist, what you do with your career is up to you. In other words, the harder you work, the greater the benefit.
Most hair stylists work from about 9:00 a.m., to 6:00 or even 7:00 p.m. The majority of your income will come from days later in the week, beginning on Wednesdays and increasing through Saturdays. Eager hair stylists will also offer evening hours to accommodate a working clientele. The good news is that talented hair stylists keep busy throughout the day, which makes time go faster, and earns them a great income.
An organized stylist schedules his or her day according to the needs of the client and the salon. It is essential to arrive at least 30 minutes earlier than the first scheduled appointment to ensure the salon is presentable, i.e., floors swept, towels cleaned, mirrors wiped down, tools sanitized, and even coffee prepared.
Performing these tasks early in the day, and continuing throughout the day, will ensure the salon, and its stylists, make a good first impression.
Hairdressers spend their days cutting, styling, perming, and coloring hair, as well as performing scalp, straightening and bleaching treatments which you can learn at any of the top beauty schools. Some hairstylists offer services such as wig consultations, hair extensions, and more. Finding the right style for each client is the biggest single factor in retaining and earning customers.
Retail sales play an important role in a stylist’s ability to generate income both for her and the salon she represents. Expect frequent visits from product representatives and be willing to test new products so that your clients are always afforded the most current information on emerging techniques and fabulous products.
Other income will come from services performed, of course, and tips. Stylists who demonstrate excellent customer service skills, who go above-and-beyond in consultation, and who express a genuine interest in the well-being and personal appearance of every client, will be rewarded with continued business, and lucrative tips.
Beauty School Part Art, Part Science
By Laurie Brown
Among top beauty schools reins some of the nation’s, if not the world’s, finest young talenthairstylists, estheticians, cosmetologists, and nail techniciansdetermined to change the world of beauty and fashion. What will it take for each to find their pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? For starters, a ton of natural talent, a passion for fashion, a willingness to work harder than ever, and enough ‘smarts’ to know that it’s just not about making people look pretty. There’s a science behind the art of beauty, and every destined-to-be-desired young artist knows it.
Some students are surprised by the intensive, stringent curriculum offered by prestigious beauty schools. A great beauty school provides a scientific, hands-on learning environment that includes a variety of courses ranging in sophisticationfrom anatomy and bacteriology, to the more artistic courses such as hair styling and nail art.
Cosmetologists, for example, must be thoroughly proficient in advanced styling techniques as well as understanding the health and safety aspects of the scalp, nails, and skin. Classroom work, which includes lectures, demonstrations, and exams, culminates in clinical trials where students get the opportunity to work in genuine salon settings, with actual clients, performing perms, cuts, manicures, pedicures, facials, make-overs, and more. This highly valuable experience allows the student to gain real world knowledge in the salon industryworking with clients, building customer service skills, and enhancing technique.
Throughout “clinicals,” highly accomplished beauty professionals measure a student’s knowledge, not only of his or her stylistic talents, but also gives great consideration toward his or her technical knowledge of health and safety. Every cosmetologist, esthetician, nail technician, or barber must be thoroughly trained at a beauty school and committed to adhering to state and federal laws concerning the health and safety of every client.
Talk to beauty school teachers to gain greater ‘takeaway’
By Laurie McLachlan Brown
Unlike high school where counseling sessions were tough to come by, even intimidating, and hundreds of students vied for time with the teacher, the low student-to-teacher ratio at top-rated beauty schools actually welcomes student input, both during and after classes.
In fact, research shows that the smartest, most motivated cosmetology students find and keep a teacher/mentor while at hair design school and academies. A mentor is someone who will honor your commitment to excellence, who will push you further than you thought you could go both creatively and academically, and who has the highest expectations for your achievement. Well, you think that might be your “best friend forever” from high school, but will she really give you the goods on that funky mannequin whose hair you just colored bright orange?
Truly, only a professional beauty college teacher will help you realize your full potential by helping to identify both your strengths and weaknesses. As we said, it’s not like high school where teachers can be overwhelmed by dealing with hundreds, if not thousands of students, and the related pressures of educating students under the ages of 18.
At one of the accredited, top beauty schools, you’re not only a student, but a professional, earning her way to the top by consistently motivating herself to succeed, and as someone who continually asks for both positive and negative feedback from trusted teachers and advisors at the design college.
“That’s what we are here for,” said one local salon program teacher. “Yes, we stand in the front of the classroom and lecture and demonstrate, but our greatest gifts are offering the students immediate feedback while they are performing services, or if we’re just walking down the hall, or having coffee. If the student accepts that encouragement, well, it can mean the difference between finding a mediocre job versus a great job.”
Yet all it takes is a simple gesture on the student’s part to signify that “yes, I am willing to listen and learn from you” maybe even beyond the scope of today’s lesson, with the hope that what I will take away will somehow benefit my business, my life, and my client.
All Beauty Schools are not Created Equal
Once you decide that a career in the beauty industry is for you, the next step is to search for a Beauty School. Starting. A good place to start is by searching the Internet for a Beauty School directory in your area or a particular state where you would like to work. You will also be able to find Beauty School reviews so you can determine what school is best for you. Remember, the more research you do, the better your chances are of finding the right Beauty School for your particular needs.
It’s a good idea to make a list of all the things the Beauty School, Beauty Institute, or Beauty Academy should have to meet your needs as a student. Things to consider are:
· Payments plans and scholarships
· Entrance requirements
· Career placement services
· The accreditation of the school
· The beauty programs the school offers
Beauty Schools offer a wide range of programs. There are some beauty schools that lump multiple programs together. For instance, some schools offer cosmetology training and under that program, you can learn about hair, nails and skin care. Or, you can enroll in a specific program such as hair training, nail technician training, esthetics or massage therapy. Choosing a school could depend on the type of programs you are interested in.
Try to make appointments with the Beauty School you are interested in, and make sure you come ready to ask questions about the various aspects of the school. Ideally, try to find someone who has graduated from the school. You will be able to find out it was a good or bad experience, and if the Beauty School prepared them to be successful in their chosen field.
Best stylists stay the course throughout beauty school
By Laurie McLachlan Brown
What’s the toughest part of beauty school? It could be the 1,500 hours of classroom instruction, the hair raising practical exams, or just the notion of putting all of your creativity on the line for others to judge. Yet, it’s all worth it, according to recent cosmetology school graduates who are earning top salaries as hairstylists, nail technicians, estheticians, make-up artists, and barbers.
In fact, students attending the country’s best hair design schools usually find themselves headed toward great careers as either employees or independent contractors in salons, day spas, hotels, resorts, medical offices, or even as product representatives, and academy teachers. Salaries for these exciting careers are on the rise as demand for talented stylists increase.
Nationwide, the demand for top-rated beauty college graduates is expected to grow by 12 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, even exceeding the average growth rate for all other occupations by almost 20 percent. That’s good news for grads from the best hairdressing and esthetician institutes who have a desire to enhance the personal appearance of others.
Some students are surprised by the intensive, stringent curriculum offered by the best beauty academies. Cosmetologists, for example, must be thoroughly proficient in advanced styling techniques as well as understanding the health and safety aspects of the scalp, nails, and skin. Classroom work, which includes lectures, demonstrations, and exams, culminates in clinical trials where students get the opportunity to work in genuine salon settings, with actual clients, performing perms, cuts, manicures, pedicures, facials, make-overs, and more.
Throughout “clinicals,” highly accomplished beauty professionals measure a student’s knowledge, not only of his or her stylistic talents, but also gives great consideration toward his or her technical knowledge of health and safety.
The top cosmetology school teachers believe that intensive classroom instruction, combined with real life styling, manicuring, skin care consulting, and other practical experienceeven living through critical reviewsfully prepare students not only for licensure, but for great careers in the salon industry or medical profession.