I read an article recently filled with great advice for hair stylists and salon owners which inspired me to write my own thoughts down on what I feel should be shared with all potential stylists. This information could dramatically change the thought process of why they should want to enter the industry and give them fundamental insight into whether being a hair stylist is really what they want. The bottom line is – IT’S NOT ABOUT THE HAIR. Surprised? I think most people signing up for hair school would disagree with that statement, but most of us who are earning our living as hair stylists know this as fact.
I’m sure any hair stylist you ask will tell you how much they love doing hair. Coloring, cutting, styling – it’s something we are passionate about. A way for us to express our artistry and create. Basically, as artists, hair is our medium. The feeling we get from creating something truly beautiful is what drives us to continue, to find the next medium and create. Anyone who follows their passion in life or is an artistic person will understand this feeling. It’s this feeling that most young hair stylists are chasing in their journey to turn their passion of hair styling into a career. Now if you are reading this and are a paying client I’m sure you are waving your red flag. Sound like I’m forgetting something? You are right – there is something enormous missing and this, for some hair stylists, is where is goes horribly wrong.
People!!! Our medium is person, not a piece of canvas, not an inanimate object. A PERSON with feelings, hopes and desires who actually OWNS, USES and WEARS our art everyday! What a privilege that is for us and something that needs to be taken seriously. So tell me again why you want to be a hair stylist – because you love to do hair, right? Try again. You should want to be a hair stylist because you love making PEOPLE love their hair.
Being a hair stylist is not about you – it’s about every person who sits in your chair. Every person who hands you their time, their trust, their hair, and amazingly allows you to touch a tiny piece of their heart. Now that’s an amazing privilege and responsibility to carry with you every day. It is through their eyes that you chase your artistic passion, to bring what they are dreaming of to life.
Not a people person? Stick to working with canvas. Trust me though – you’ll be missing out on an amazingly rewarding profession.
So you want to be a hair stylist?
Thanks for listening,