Posted April 29, 2012 by Jean Rafaelo in Hair and Beauty

The Path to Becoming a Hair Stylist

Calling all passionate hair designers. Do you find yourself browsing through fashion channels or the pages of beauty magazines to remain up on the most recent hair style trends? Do you recognize others in your travels and feel that they could have a prettier hair style than the one they currently have?

Those are specific signs of a hair stylist in the making, and you should contemplate becoming a cosmetologist and hair stylist.

Hairstylists perform a bevy of beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling. They could also advise customers on how to manage the care of their new hairstyle at home. A hair stylist might even go the extra route of teaching you how to re-create the style yourself. As a trained cosmetologist, you will also perform manicures, pedicures, and scalp and facial treatments,as well as give makeup analysis. So if you prefer variety, you will definitely find it with a beauty-oriented job like hairstyling.

Prior to you being able to grab a pair scissors and call yourself a bonafide hairstylist, hard work and education is required. A hairstylist should complete a curriculum of educational courses like herbology and nutrition. If you would like to own your own hairstyling salon in the future, it’s highly reccommended that you enroll in sales and marketing courses. As a hairstyling apprentice, you’ll gain valuable on-the-floor training. After graduation, hairstylists are required to complete anywhere from 300 to 1600 hours of training. This on-the-job learning will be important in helping new hairstylists to build a nice customer base and make their mark in the industry.

If you’re thinking of choosing the path of a hairstylist, the industry needs you. In researching job openings of the past few years, nearly 75% of salons with open positions could not find qualified applicants to fill them. Many job seekers in today’s economy don’t have the benefit of such a vacant career. Make sure you strike while the curling iron is hot!

But to fill the description of a qualified candidate, you are required become licensed. Potential hairstylists will need to take the appropriate state licensure exams. These tests consist of a written portion which covers the basics (for example, infection control, nutrition and ergonomics) and services like shampooing, cutting and styling. The practical or performance part of the exam will cover procedures such as coloring, heat and chemical treatments, high-lighting, setup and client protection, and haircutting.

If you’ve got the dedication and creativity to create trending hair styles, then chooing a career a hair stylist is your calling. Find hairstyling schools near you and sign up now.

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Jean Rafaelo