A Welcome Message to Students from Jon Gonzales
Frequently Asked Questions from Beauty School Students
I would work hard on developing your people and communication skills, develop positive attitudes and work habits, develop your salesmanship skills, self-management and motivation. I urge you to take classes in public speaking; it will prove invaluable in helping you develop your people and communication skills. Toastmaster’s International is an excellent beginning. Lack of communication is the number one cause of customer loss. With experience, you will improve these additional skills.
In order to build your self-confidence and self-esteem; you’ll need to be in a positive and professional salon environment that offers training and education. In a booth rented situation, you’ll be competing with other hairdressers in your
Finding a salon that offers mentoring, training, and education should be your priority. Nine months of beauty school is just not enough time to gain the hands on experience and additional people skills you’ll need to compete and justify a higher income, especially if you want to attract an upscale clientele and charge upscale prices.
If you were going to college it would take 4-6 years to get a degree as well as pay back student loans. When going to college, students do not get paid and usually have to intern and work free for one year. Although entry levels are low when beginning your career, once you acquire the skills and create a demand for your services, your income will grow considerably. This is one of the professions where you can literally get all the overtime you want, once you create value in your skills.
Most young starters’ biggest obstacle is developing unrealistic career and earning expectations. Take one step at a time, as you gain experience and knowledge, your opportunities will grow. Once you acquire a solid learning foundation in developing a demand for your services, the sky’s the limit.
Focus your full attention on basics and commercial everyday salon work. Assisting a top hairdresser can be invaluable; if they’re willing to share their experience and knowledge. When you’re not busy, watch the other hairdressers; then practice, practice, practice on friends or relatives what you’ve learned and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
The salon that sets high standards will be a good opportunity. If you want to attract an upscale clientele and charge upscale prices; you’ll have to become an upscale professional!
When you have 2 to 3 months left in school, start visiting salons in your area and start taking basic commercial haircutting classes for men and women. Introduce yourself to the owner; they may let you watch and learn. Perhaps offer your services as a receptionist or cleanup person. There is no speed limit when seeking out education.
If the hairdressing profession is so good, why do so many young hairdressers leave the profession? There are many reasons….unrealistic career and earning expectations, lack of personal initiative and self-motivation, lack of objective information about the realities of building a hairdressing career, and far too many are unwilling to make the effort and sacrifices needed to succeed.
Other obstacles are poor job choices, lack of quality education and hands on experience, lack of career guidance and frequent job change, are just some of the reasons so many leave the profession. Far too many young starters leave the profession before they give it a chance. Building a career will take time, experience, patience, ongoing support and education, and a fierce determination to succeed. Sadly, far too many want to run before they walk. Building a hairdressing career is a journey.
As you embark on your journey you will encounter many peaks and valleys as you climb the ladder of success; learn from your mistakes. With hard work and a competitive spirit you will reach your goals.
Although statistics show we have a surplus of hairdressers, there is and will be a high shortage of well trained and committed professionals who truly stand above the crowd. Women are going to work in record numbers; visiting a hair salon or spa is no longer a luxury, but a necessity.
Our ability to service both men and women, our country’s obsession with looking and feeling good about themselves, and the business emphasis on image, make the future very promising indeed.
Studies continue to show that only 5% of all people in all walks of life and occupations will succeed; the other 95% will be looking for excuses to fail. Tough times always separate winners from losers, but tough times always present fantastic opportunities for those well informed and willing to take advantage of these opportunities. Today’s savvy consumer and top salons are crying out for quality hairdressers who truly want to exceed client expectations. If you work hard, develop a strong desire towards continuing education, keep a positive attitude, gain experience, develop your people and communication skills, create value in yourself, and persevere, you will be able to create a demand for your services.
A hairdressing career can be exciting, fulfilling, challenging, and financially rewarding provided you receive the proper training, guidance, and education in the early stages of your development. Forming positive attitudes and strong work habits is critical in developing a successful hairdressing career. Unlike college, where the entrance standards are highly competitive and require a heavy investment in time and money, a hairdressing career can be a shortcut to financial security. Once you are able to gain valuable experience, create value in your skills, and create a demand for your services, your earning potential can be unlimited. The sky’s the limit. An outstanding hairdresser will never be out of a job.
I have tried to offer some suggestions above that will help you make informed decisions about developing a successful hairdressing career. Seek out other peoples opinions then make the decision that is right for you. As you proceed on your journey to the next level; I urge you to continue to seek self-improvement and set higher and higher standards for yourself. The higher your standards the higher your rewards. The industry needs you; you represent the future and new breed of professional. As one colleague to another, welcome to the beauty profession.