Being a professional hairstylist requires more than just passing your licensing exams and developing the skills for doing hair. There are several traits that successful hair stylists have, which helps them have a more fulfilling career. At Beauty and Bodywork Insurance, we want you to have a successful hairstylist career. Today we’ll share six tips with you on how to become a successful hairstylist and how that will help you excel in your career.
Trait #1: Desire for Additional Education and Training
One of the biggest things that separates a good hairstylist from a successful hairstylist is taking the time to further develop skills and knowledge. Hair school teaches a lot, but it doesn’t teach everything.
As you learn more skills, you can add more value to the salon you work at and to yourself as a professional. You will also be able to earn more money as you diversify your skillset. Beyond cutting, coloring, and styling hair, you can also seek out further education with learning how to install extensions, learn more coloring techniques, business and social media tips, and more.
Trait #2: A Good People Person
Because a hairstylist is with people all day every day, a successful hairstylist is good with people. Being a people person will help you keep your clients. As you develop relationships with your clients, they’ll want to show their loyalty to you and keep coming back to make them look and feel great with their hair.
Successful hair stylists lend a listening ear to their clients and genuinely care about what they have to say. When a hairstylist is a good people person, their clients aren’t just customers that pay them to do their hair, they become friends.
Trait #3: Practices Self Care
In order to have a successful hairstylist career, it’s important to remember to take care of yourself. Being a hairstylist can be exhausting because you’re on your feet all day. Make sure that you’re taking care of your feet so you can do your job well.
Many times, hairstylists can have flexibility with their schedules, especially if you rent space. Try not to overbook yourself, and realize that it’s okay to take time off for yourself if you need a few days to recover from an exhausting week.
Trait #4: Has Good Organizational Skills
A successful hairstylist has good organizational and time management skills. This means that they can organize their schedule well, especially if they work at a salon with repeat clients. Because there is flexibility involved, it can be easy to reschedule someone so you can fit something else into your personal schedule. Make sure you organize your schedule so that you can reschedule clients’ appointments as little as possible.
If the salon you’re working at doesn’t offer as much flexibility, make sure that you can work around the salon’s schedule. Clients may cancel right before their appointment, or not show up at all, so keep in mind that you also need to be flexible when these things happen.
Trait #5: Sets Professional Goals
Setting professional goals is another thing that makes a successful hairstylist. You can set professional goals that have to do with the number of clients you have, the numbers of hours you put in at the salon, your social media presence and engagement, and, like mentioned above, the additional skills that you’d like to develop.
There are always professional goals that you can be setting so that you can improve yourself as a hairstylist and as a professional. You can set short-term monthly goals, or long-term yearly goals. Try to always strive for improvement if you’d like to see continual success from your hairstylist career.
Trait #6: Has Hair Stylist Insurance
Lastly, a major component that sets successful and professional hairstylists apart from the rest is having hairstylist insurance. Having insurance helps successful hairstylists have more credibility and instills trust in your clients. No one plans to have accidents, but they do occur, so you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared with hairstylist insurance.
Beauty and Bodywork Insurance (BBI) offers general and professional liability insurance for several different types of beauty professionals, hairstylists included. Join the tens of thousands who have purchased insurance from BBI, so that you can have a financial safety net and do what you love with peace of mind. You can fill out an application online in less than 10 minutes.
We wish you the best of luck in your hairstylist career and we hope these traits listed above have been helpful to you!