Why I Love Being A Hair Stylist
By Barb Quinn, Hairstylist
When we are children, we have dreams of what we will be when we grow up. Our dreams usually begin with becoming a movie star, Wonder Woman, Superman or Malibu Barbie. As we begin to grow up, sometimes our dreams change, sometimes because we have changed, or sometimes because the world has told us we need to change our dreams. If your dream has always been to be a hairstylist, I am here to tell you that you don’t have to change your dreams.
What I have come to realize after over 30 years in our beloved industry (10 of it as a hair journalist) is that many people, ladies and gents alike need to be educated, not only about their hair and what products they should use, but about our industry as well. That there is more to a Salon than hair being cut and colored and manicures being done while everyone drinks coffee and talks about the newest celebrity couple.
Our beloved Hair Biz (as I like to call it) is a Billion dollar business, year after year. It is an industry that guarantee’s an income – if you do the work. It is an industry that is always changing and evolving and improving. There is always something new to learn, be it a new formulation, a new cutting technique or a better way to retain your clientele. The companies that support the industry offer free product knowledge classes, free cutting classes, and free hair color classes.
It is an industry that embraces the up and comers and celebrates the achievements of salons and stylists alike. It is an industry where education is key. On a daily basis, stylists deal with the science of hair and the chemistry of hair color and perms, how to manage their clientele, their budget, their time, their retail, all the while looking fabulous without a hair out of place. As a stylist, you should always be proud of what you do and always remember how much you have learned, retained and applied. Beauty and brains is a killer combo.
Being a hair stylist, as Tabatha Coffey has put it, is more than just about hair. It is about making personal connections with your clients. Helping them through life’s trial and celebrating life’s achievements. It’s about helping the ladies and gents who sit in your chair find their beauty, inside and out. It’s an industry that helps you grow as person, as an artist and with some blood, sweat and tears – a thriving business professional.
If you have a passion for what you do, as I do, it won’t feel like work. Don’t get me wrong, some days your feet will hurt, some days will be more trying than others – ie; color correction thanks to box dye and a bad break up, but at the end of the day, when you are living your dream and following your passion, it won’t feel like work.
The Beauty Industry is one of the only industries I know that at the end of the day you have made someone look and feel like a movie star, made a woman feel as beautiful as she thought her Malibu Barbie was and you yourself, feel like Wonder Woman or Superman. I don’t know about you, but I think that is pretty awesome. Come and join us.
Guest author Barb Quinn has been a professional hairstylist for over 30 years and has established herself as a nationally recognized hair designer, educator, and freelance writer. Barb has been chosen by her peers to serve on the advisory panel of Cosmos C International the global hairstylist network and is the Men’s Hair Category Expert for Answers.com. Thousands of women each day follow Barb’s hairstyling wit and wisdom on her highly successful blogs Hairstyle-Blog.com and Visual-Makeover.com.