So you think you want to be a hairdresser?

    So many people tell me that they think my job would just be so fun. I can’t argue with that. I believe that I have the best job in the world. I get to reach out and touch people every day. I love that something that is a simple as a hairstyle can change someones life and even just brighten their day. I love what I do and it is the reason I pursued this career. I love the fashion industry as a whole and knew I wanted to be involved in it somehow. It was far more important to me to love my job every day and enjoy going to work then it was to make a ton of money. These are the reasons I chose Cosmetology. As wonderful as my job is, it also comes with a lot of things that many don’t realize and I think should be said if you or someone you know is thinking about becoming a hairdresser. Here are a few questions to ponder before signing up to become a licensed cosmetologist.

  1.   Do you like people? Seriously, do you really LIKE people and I mean all types of people?  Every single walk of life is going to sit in your chair and in order to be successful as a hairdresser you have to like them and know how to work with them. I don’t believe you should just like people. You have to LOVE people, LOVE being around people and LOVE interacting with them every single day!  I bring this up first because I have met many a hairdresser who says that they don’t really like people. I, for the life of me, don’t get that one, but it is true and it happens. So, if considering this career path sit and stew on that one.

2. Are you a creative, artistic type person? I believe that anyone can go to school to learn how to cut hair and most of you can go to school, finish and pass your state test to become a licensed cosmetologist. This is not going to make you a successful hairdresser, I promise. The type of talent you need to do well and to become a great hairstylist is not taught in school. It is truly an art and you have to have some amount of inner artist to be able to do well. I think more people who are artistic should consider this as a career path. Every six weeks you get to create a masterpiece that walks around advertising for you everywhere. How cool is that?If you are not crafty, creative and/or artistic person then this is not the job for you.

3.   Are you willing to put the work in?  Are you a hard worker? Are you self motivated? Are you goal driven? All the above must be answered with a YES. This is a great job, but it is hard work. Physical and mental work. Most hairdressers work very hard with no paid vacation time, no health insurance or any other benefits given to them. You are not going to leave hair school with what you need to make it in this career. You don’t know nearly enough. Gosh, I have been at it almost 12 years and I don’t know enough. You have to be willing to work and I mean WORK. This is the service industry. It is going to take you years to build a clientele and then you have to maintain those clients and adjust where you lose some. You constantly are “selling” yourself and your talents. If you expect to have any of it handed to you, you are mistaken. If you understand and I mean really understand what it is going to take then you are going to do well.

   I can’t sugar coat this because it is a big commitment and if you aren’t aware of these few things then you will be wasting your time and messing up perfectly good hair. There are many more rewards to my job then negatives, but that is because I love this job and I am fully aware of all that it takes. If you or someone you know is considering this career, please share this with them and I am always available for advice and support. Email me at

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