Going from student to salon pro is hard. That’s why Kim Thomas, our Memphis Store Manager, started the Student Stylist Success class at her store. She invited cosmetology students from local schools for the event. Throughout the event, seasoned stylists gave students the lowdown on what to expect as a salon pro.
Real Talk About Salon Life
Cosmetology school is just the beginning of your career. There’s still so much more to learn after you leave! Students learn a lot of technical skills in school, but many need more practice on the business side of the salon industry. That’s why Kim started this class: “We wanted to show them how the salon really was! I told them for this class, I was going to just talk to them like they were already stylists.”
She and guest salon owners kept it real on:
- Tips on building clientele
- The importance of social media presence
- Salon etiquette
- Why stylists can’t live without upselling and retailing
But no class would be complete without a hands-on portion. KEVIN.MURPHY educator Ronald McKnight stopped by to demonstrate an updo with a sewing kit!
Formulations aren’t just for hair color
There is a formula for your success in the salon industry and you have to find it. Kim told the students, “Your styling career is uniquely you. No two are alike, and no one has the same path as you. It’s up to you to build a career as a hairstylist. Only you can create your paycheck in this industry. You just have to find your formula!”
She told us one of the most impactful moments of the class was when they looked at what they could earn as a stylist, “We did a visual representation of how many people they were in contact with, all the contacts in their phone, people they meet in restaurants and bars. I told them all to think of them as potential clients! Hand out your business card to them. When we started doing the math and I showed them the potential they could earn, they got really quiet! They couldn’t believe that was what they could earn in a month.”
Kim hopes to empower more students in future Student Stylist Success classes! Keep an eye on our Events and Education page calendar to see what business building classes we’re bringing to your area!