We can all appreciate the power of a new hair cut, colour or even a blow-dry. It can help elevate our mood and change the way we feel about ourselves. It’s an important role and there is a lot of trust put into the hands of hairstylists to ensure we feel satisfied with the final look.
And whilst it is incredibly demanding, a City and Guilds survey ranked hairdressers as the second happiest in their job, for reasons including great support and recognition within the industry. Keep reading as we discover more reasons why you too should be part of such a welcoming community.
Unleash your passion
Clients will often come to you looking for a change, and it will be up to you to provide guidance on what will look best. Often, this means having the opportunity to work with different colour hair dyes, braids, hair textures and lengths all whilst using a variety of equipment to showcase your creative abilities.The nature of the role also involves working with all types of people, from young children to the elderly, so you’ll never be short of conversation. However, it’s important to embrace a friendly and professional manner with all your clients.
Your role could also see you branch out into specialist areas, such as the bridal and party sector, television and film or even theatre. And with the advent of social media, influencers are always looking for hairstylists to accompany them on photoshoots to help create multiple looks and to be on hand for necessary touch-ups.
Celebrity influencers such as Kylie Jenner have also played a huge role in redefining ‘hair-fashion’. Hair is becoming more of a statement. From hair extensions to wigs and extreme coloured hair, these trends have changed the way we see and style our hair and it’s putting stylists to the test!
The constant evolution
Working a 9-5 office job isn’t for everyone and hairdressing is anything but mundane. There are always new styles, trends and techniques presenting themselves to the beauty industry and a good hair stylist recognises the importance of mastering them.
It also helps to have a sound understanding of previous trends and styles, as often they make a resurgence every few years like the ‘bob-cut’, which we’ve seen almost every celebrity sporting, from Kim Kardashian to Holly Willoughby.
Whilst each salon has its own ‘vibe’, most provide the professional freedom for you to express your personal identity. It is incredibly accepting of body art, be it tattoos, piercings or nail art – which can sometimes be questioned in other work environments.
The relationships and community
Good hairdressers are excellent communicators and have a knack for making clients feel at ease during their appointment. Often, clients may be nervous before a special occasion, or may even be reluctant to go for a new look, so it’s important to build a good relationship throughout each stage of your interaction. This often leads to repeat business and even life-long friendships!
These strong relationships can further extend to the hairdressing community, which is known for its supportive nature. Asking for advice or guidance on a particular cut or colour is never too much trouble for fellow colleagues, who are happy to share tips on how to improve your skills.
Becoming a hairdresser is so much more than just cutting, colouring and styling hair. It’s about sharing your passion and creativity with clients to help them look extra special. If you too would like to be part of helping clients look and feel their best, then a hairdressing course with Walsall College is a great starting point.
Apply now to secure your place for September. See our Hairdressing courses.