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Want To Be A Top-notch Hairstylist?Want To Be A Top-notch Hairstylist?
February, 17 2007

Gone are the days when a haircut was a casual affair. Back then, a visit to a local hairdresser/barber who used simple instruments like a scissor and comb to style or change your look, was all it took.

Today, hair means big business. And it`s not just the celebrities who are constantly reinventing their looks.

More and more people are willing to experiment and in turn spend money on getting the perfect hairstyle. They turn to professionals for treatments that enhance and maintain their looks.

Hence today`s hairstylist is very different from the erstwhile barber. S/he uses an array of instruments ranging from combs and electrical appliances like hairdryers to complex chemical processes to tint, colour, wave, curl, straighten, and condition the hair, as well as hair products to finish off a look.

More salons are setting up shop all over the country including international brands like L`Oreal, Frank Provost and Schwarzkopf. The industry is said to be growing at 25 per cent a year.

As more salons open, there is a greater demand for trained professionals and many young people are seriously considering hairstyling as a profession.

Do you have the aptitude?
Here are some prerequisites for any good hairstylist:
  • You must be creative and willing to experiment.
  • You must have aninstinct about what hairstyle will best suit aperson. In fact, you should be able to visualise the person with a different look and recommend new and exciting hairstyles.
  • An eye for detail is a must so that the finish of a haircut/treatment is good.
  • Besides being good at your job, a warm, friendly temperament will help encourage client loyalty.
  • You must be articulate and able tocommunicate well.This will help you explain the pros and cons of various treatments.
  • You must have a strong sense of hygeine and beneatly dressed.
  • You must be physically fit and especially have strong legs;this profession needs you to spend long hours standing on your feet.
  • You must have an open mind and be willing to learn about the practical/scientific aspects of new treatments andinnovations in the field.
  • An interest in fashion and art definitely helps.
  • Like any other profession, you must have a passion for yourwork.
  • You must have the determination to keep learning and give it your best shot every single time. Hair is personal business where the results are seen immediately. Many a time, a wrong judgment can not only damage you professionally but also break one`s spirit.
  • This is a profession where you cannot afford to be callous.
  • You need to have a lot of patience especially with fussy customers; you musttry and exceed their expectations, in spite of it.

Career opportunities
  • Join a hairdressing salon.Some healthclubs and fitness centers too have salons. Check out salons in good hotels and spas.
  • Be an in-house employee for fashion houses andfashion magazines, which regularly organize photo shoots.
  • Join a beauty consultant who caters to the film industry.
  • Set up your own salon or be a freelance hairstylist.
    Self-employment is an attractive option but should only be considered after some years of experience. Take a good look at thelocation of the parlour, existing competition and the ability to raise start-up capital for the venture before you take the plunge.

Remember, this is a word-of-mouth business. If you are good at your job, the word will easily spread around making it a lucrative career for you.

A trained fresher can get a monthly salary of Rs 5,000 to 7,000 at a hairstyling salon. If you join a salon run by an international brand, it doubles to Rs 15,000. /p>
Your salary only increases with experience. Those with three to five years of experience can make Rs 50,000 plus. And don`t forget tips, they form a lucrative part of your entire package.

Some beauty salons pay a fixed salary while others have a lower slab for the fixed component and give a percentage of every cut or hair styling or colour job.
Credit : Andrea Gogri


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