What do you wish you would have known when you were starting out as a stylist? Cosmetology school was just the beginning. The learning continues in the professional world. We asked recently on Facebook and Instagram what you wish you had known when you left cosmo school. And most answers actually didn’t involve a cut or a technique! Instead, you answered you needed to learn more about salon business.
It’s Where Creativity & Business Meet
You know you’re a creative and talented person. However, the most successful in the salon industry are also business-savvy. Learning that balance as you’re starting out as a stylist is tricky. Kristy told us, “To build your career you have to learn what will make you successful. Planning your day, your week, your month. Add-on service and the importance of rebooking. How important it is to give a great consult and educate on retail.”
Retail, Booth-Rent, Taxes, Oh My!
It’s not just building your book that can be confusing starting out! There are a lot employment-related things to figure out. Darsha said she wish she knew different aspects of salon business “From wages and commission for employees to booth rental.” There are so many options of employment and each comes with its own pros and cons. Then, other elements, like commission on retail sales or taxes can make things even more confusing. Figuring out your employment status as you’re starting out as a stylist will save headaches down the road.
How to Deal…with Other People
You’ve had someone to flop into your chair and fill you in on all the details of their life. And it can be…..a lot. Emotional burnout is real. Tone Salon emphasized this in their response: “Separate your client’s lives and hardships from your own. Endless hours, I have stayed awake at night thinking client’s family struggles, deaths, illnesses, etc. This is the hardest part of the job and I’m still learning. Almost like “therapy training” would have been amazing!”
You have to be comfortable talking to people you don’t know. And if you’re slightly introverted (raises hand over here), this is something you’ve got to learn. Sharlinda reminded us how important that is in a key part of the salon life–the consultation! “Real life behind the chair skills! How to have a proper consultation, conversation with guest.”
Starting out as a stylist is difficult. Here at Salon Service Group, we love empowering stylists, whether you’re a seasoned pro or just finished cosmo school. In fact, we’ll be talking about this in upcoming blogs. Let us know in the comments what you would love to see featured here!