Whether you're in need of a new cut or a little color, there's one person who can make you look and feel great, a hair stylist.
Listen first with the clients, get a, do a consultation, find out what their needs are, whether it would be from cutting, styling, or for an event or anything of that nature.
Joseph Justice manages East Side Hair Studio. His team is no stranger to the beauty biz.
I've been a stylist my whole life.
Your whole life.
You just grabbed some scissors and started making magic.
No, no, no, no, no, no. No, in this business outside of schooling, you then must do an apprenticeship.
You also need to get licensed from a barber or cosmetology school in the state you want to work.
The more education you have, the better off you are. So do that.
Okay. It's not necessary to have a college degree though?
It's not necessary but I think it's becoming more necessary.
Or more necessary to have some kind of business background or a couple years of college. Learn how to think.
Once you've got the basics, it's time to start building your clientele. Once you've done your apprenticeship, you would probably rent a space in a salon right?
No? How does that work?
In most cases, you are hired by a salon.
And you work as part of the team.
Or run your business every day. Most hairdressers do work on a commission basis, and that commission basis, of course if you're doing very well, is fifty percent and as you get better, it might even go even higher or lower or whatever.
Joseph says when most assistants start out, they earn an hourly wage. But the pay grows with experience.
I've had hairdressers inside of three years make up to a hundred thousand dollars in income. It's a very good business.
Nice. Nearly half of all hair stylists are self-employed and most put in a forty-hour workweek. So you have to be pretty driven.
You have to be driven, but again it's a fun business. You give a lot and you get a lot back in return. You know, I can change somebody's life in an hour, truly.
It's true, it's very important.
It's a lot of power, it's a lot of power. It's not only that you give people confidence and there's a lot of things you do in this business. I really think it's very rewarding that way.
What would you say are the pros and cons of being a stylist.
There's a lot more pros than cons. There really is. I like the connections that you do make with people. I'm a people person, so I enjoy that aspect of it. I don't see too much negative. A negative might be you stand all day long.
I figured I'd take advantage of having an expert like Joseph give me a few pointers.
Come here I'm going to make it real easy for you.
Because I wouldn't dare give you a scissor yet. But what we do is like the important part of every hair stylist, the finishing.
So ready for a photo shoot?
Now you might want to, now look.
As the population grows, so does the demand for hair stylists. And they've got their work cut out for them. Hair is one of the fastest growing tissues on the human body. It gets nearly twelve centimeters longer a year.
What I find is there really are no limits to what people will spend to feel good on beauty and it's having the knowledge, the education, and the guts to ask for what you want.
Do you think you could cut it in Joseph's salon? I totally can right?
I'll take those.
Maybe I'll just observe.
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