How to Become a Stylist

How to Become a Stylist

Stylists provide hair styling services to customers in a beauty shop setting. This type of work involves several different tasks such as shampooing, coloring, cutting, and styling the hair, as well as treating the scalp to promote healthy hair growth. Throughout the course of a normal day, the stylist may perform many different jobs, usually several at the same time. Common duties include advising customers, ensuring the shop meets current regulations and codes, cleaning the work spaces, using creative ways to style hair, providing demonstrations of beauty products, scheduling appointments, and using a cash register. 

Beyond those tasks, the stylist must also have a talent for analyzing the shape and other features of a customer's face in order to make the appropriate suggestions as to which styles would look best.

Educational and training requirements are dictated by the individual states where the stylist lives. Each state has their own set of rules pertaining to how many hours of training must be completed in order for a stylist to get licensed. Typically, someone wishing to become a stylist will attend a state-approved school of cosmetology, where they may not only receive the necessary hours of training required but also be able to work in a real setting where they can learn the practical aspects of the job.

The work environment of these beauty shops varies, but many can be fast-paced. This is especially true of shops that employ several stylists, as these businesses have built up a large number of customers in order to support the salaries of numerous employees. Such environments can be moderately stressful, depending on how much is expected of the individual stylist. Above average physical stamina is required, as well as the ability to stand on one's feet for several hours at a time without taking a break.

The average stylist makes $10.82 per hour, although those who have their own shops with established customers may generally do better. In fact, almost half of all stylists in the United States are self-employed, so some knowledge of running a business is required in order to make more money from the work. Fortunately, job prospects are relatively good for the profession. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the number of stylist jobs to grow by fourteen percent in the next ten years, which is slightly more than the average occupation. Older stylists are expected to retire in increasing numbers within the next few years, which will free up positions for younger workers to take over. 



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