So, you want to be a better hairstylist. With the current state of the world as it is now, hairstyling isn’t really possible at the moment, unfortunately, but it wouldn’t hurt to hone your skills in the meantime. Even without an actual working environment and experience, there are plenty of ways to perfect your craft, from learning up new techniques and styles to improving the way you interact with your customers. With that being said, here are some of the best ways you can improve your hairstyling career right now.
Hair Dressers Should Be Friendly
Try to remember the first time you went to a hairstylist by yourself. We’re willing to bet that the experience wasn’t the greatest, and you were at least a bit nervous when they started working away at your hair. That’s natural – anybody, including returning customers, can feel uneasy whenever they entrust their hair to someone else, especially if it’s someone they don’t know. That’s why many customers prefer to stick with one or two hairstylists at a time since they know what to expect with them.
Great Conversation Is Therapeutic
Being a great hairstylist doesn’t mean that you have to be able to style perfectly every time. A large part that contributes to a hairstylist’s success is their demeanor towards their customers. So, if you’re styling the hair of someone you haven’t met before, try keeping them at ease. Strike up a conversation, ask a few questions, that sort of thing. If they aren’t the talking type or aren’t in the mood for a conversation, that’s fine too. Just let them know that they can trust you by acting as friendly as possible.
Be A Professional Hairstylist
Remember, hairstyling is just as professional of a job as being a doctor, engineer, or artist. You need to treat your job seriously if you want to step up your game. To be a professional in the context of hairstyling means that you need to be able to do great in every aspect of your job. Here are some ways you can do so:
Look the part
Hairstyling is all about looks, and your customers will trust you a lot more if you show up to work as neat and tidy as possible. Now, your salon’s dressing policy may be different from others – while some require hairstylists to wear a provided uniform, others allow them to wear whatever’s comfortable. Regardless, though, you should look to keep yourself as clean-looking as possible.
Keep your area clean
If your salon assigns you to a specific seat or area, be sure to keep it as tidy as possible whenever you can. Customers that walk into a messy workspace won’t feel as comfortable as they’d like, which may deter them from returning in the future. What’s even worse is that a messy workspace can cause you to look for tools and equipment that you may have misplaced earlier, which can delay or even sabotage your work.
Therefore, keeping your area clean is essential in maintaining a sense of professionalism in what you do. Not only does it make your customers feel right at home, but it also gives you the perfect environment to work in.
Arrive to work early
A great way to go the extra mile when working as a hairstylist is to arrive at your salon before your shift even begins. It doesn’t have to be THAT early – 15 minutes or so is good enough – but try not to cut it close by arriving just 5 minutes or so beforehand, either. There are two reasons you’d want to do this: firstly, it gives you more time to get ready when you arrive. You get to arrange your workspace, freshen up a bit, etc. Secondly, it sends a message to your co-workers and manager that you’re dedicated to your craft, which will improve your morale and theirs as well.
A professional does their job to the best of their ability, and these are just some ways of doing so. Don’t limit yourselves to just these habits, though – there are more ways to improve your craft than through just these.
Know Your Clients
Remember how we mentioned earlier that customers prefer to stick to one or two hairstylists at a time? That includes you, too! If you’ve been working as a hairstylist for a while, you probably already have a few regulars that love your work, and there’s a good chance you’ll end up with more in the future. A great way to improve your hairstyling career, then, is to remember your clients, especially your regulars.
Address Your Regulars By Name
Anybody who’s a regular at a hair salon can testify to how nice it feels to have a hairstylist that remembers them. It makes the salon feel a lot more like home, in a sense. As a hairstylist, you should strive to give your regulars that experience. You can do this by showing them that you remember the hairstyles that they prefer, or talking a bit more about the stories they may have shared with you before.
Do Not Ask Invasive Questions
An important reminder, however: do NOT overstep your bounds. Remember, your work is professional, and you shouldn’t try prying into their personal lives out of nowhere. Asking about personal information, sensitive topics, or anything controversial is a definite no-go UNLESS they specifically bring up the topic first. At that point, it’s completely up to your discretion on whether or not you want to continue the conversation.
Getting to know your clients can be one of the best ways to establish a name for yourself locally. Just remember to not overdo it, and you’re already halfway there.
Be Very Knowledgeable
Hairstyling involves a lot of hair care and styling products. These products can be confusing for many customers, and they won’t understand why you’re using them. A great way to keep your customers interested in you and your salon is by giving them information about these products. You should also be prepared to answer any questions regarding hair care in general, as it does technically fall under your field of expertise.
Make Solid Recommendations
For example, if your customer asks for recommendations for hair-nourishing shampoo or conditioners, name them some products that you know fit the description, and explain to them their differences, such as price, scent, formula, and more. Being approachable as a hairstylist doesn’t just mean that you can strike up a casual conversation at any time, but it also means that they can rely on you for any sort of hair care advice.
Stay Updated On The Latest Trends In The Hair Industry
With that in mind, we recommend that you take your time to learn everything about hair care. Learning the different types of products, what they do, and how they work. If you’re really that dedicated, you can even read up about hair in general, learning about the difference between “alive” and “dead” hair, how hair grows, and more.
We’d be lying if we told you that being a hairstylist was all sunshine and rainbows. Like any profession, being a hairdresser comes with its fair share of ups and downs, and when you’re working with complete strangers, anything can happen. You may even end up feeling burnt out after a while, and the thought of quitting may start to pop up every now and then.
That’s why self-motivation (along with a positive attitude) does wonders. Keeping yourself motivated is essential in anything that you do, especially when it comes to hairstyling. Tell yourself that you’ve got what it takes to stand out among the rest and that your hairdressing skills, combined with your attitude and a lot of hard work, are more than enough for you to succeed. You won’t always end up on top, but with a positive mindset, you’ll feel like you are, at least.
Improve Your Technical Skills
There’s a reason why we saved this tip for last. This is arguably the simplest way to become a better hairstylist. At the end of the day, a friendly demeanour and a sense of professionalism aren’t enough to be one of the best. You’ll need to step up your hairstyling game technically. This is, of course, easier said than done, especially when it’s impossible to gain experience at the moment.
Maintain A Positive Attitude
That doesn’t mean, though, that you’re out of luck. You can easily improve your hairstyling know-how by learning about new and unique hairstyles, trending hairstyles, and more. You can also read up about more technical hairstyling guides online. While experience isn’t the best teacher, the Internet isn’t that bad, either.
Market Your Hair Dressing Skills
Hairstyling is a fun and rewarding job but demands the same level of professionalism as any other career. It’s a serious business, and when quarantine ends where you live, you can expect that you’ll be having one of the busiest weeks (or even months) of your life. During that time, it’s vital that you perform to the best of your ability, not only to make a name for yourself, but also to satisfy every customer you work with.
With these tips and suggestions, you’ll find that you can become a better hairstylist without even leaving the comfort of your own home. By learning as much as you can, and improving the way you work with others, you can become the best version of your hairdressing self.