In my opinion, this is one of the most important things to figure out as a stylist. It’s a beautiful time to be in the hair industry because there is such a diverse selection of types of stylists and salons. My best advice? Know what you want and don’t want before making a commitment to a salon. Ask as many questions in the interview as possible. It took me working for a salon where I wanted to change so much of how it was being ran and daily interactions within the company to know what I actually needed from a salon I want to be a part of. These are my personal 5 must-haves in a salon.
I work best when I know what the end game is. I have always have looked for a Summit salon because they truly allow stylists to grow their personal careers. The Summit structure is fair, consistent, goal oriented, and highly rewarding.
I need to be in a work environment that allows me to express my creative self through how I create looks for my clients and also the way I dress. I need to be surrounded by people who share my drive and passion for cosmetology. I need a clean and well-organized work space. And I need a loving, judgment-free support system.
I have always held continued education as one of my top priorities. I don’t think that it’s possible to keep up with this career, if you have no idea what is happening in the world of learning. Although I do seek education away from the salon as well, I want to receive education from the salon that I work for.
I need to work in a salon that carries products I trust and have been educated on. I need the salon that I work for to keep products stocked and current.
I need the salon I work for to care about me as an individual first before making money.
Create your own checklist of must-haves and if where you are interviewing doesn’t meet your personal criteria, keep searching. Best of luck!
One more question that I’m asked frequently from clients is how to curl your hair without using heat or a curling iron. There are actually multiple ways to achieve waves and curls, and I’ll show you just how in my next blog!