The pandemic has revealed a lot of things, not least how much we value our hairstylists. The stay-at-home orders meant many of us couldn’t wait to see our stylists again.
This trusted role is also a popular one. It’s estimated there are over 302,000 hairstylists in the US.
There are also good prospects since you can move into working in styling for stage or screen. Yet, it’s not that simple to walk into a job.
How does hair stylist training work so you can become a hairstylist? Read on to find out what steps you need to take.
Find the Right Program
Your first step is to complete a cosmetology program. If you already have your high school diploma, check out programs at vocational schools. A hair stylist training school would be a good choice.
These programs usually last between nine months and two years, depending on the content. You may even earn an associate degree when you complete the course.
Check the American Association of Cosmetology Schools’ website for programs. You need one that specializes in hair. Include the cost of tools in your budget when you’re checking fees.
Ignore any programs that aren’t state-approved where you plan to work. The state may not grant you a license unless they’ve approved the program.
Once you complete your course, you need to get a license from the state. Some states will accept training from programs completed in other states.
Check with the state what they require so you can get your license. Most states have a minimum that you have completed an approved program and that you’re over 16.
The state will also set a written exam. Some states also set practical exams, so you can show off your skills.
Find a Job
You may be able to find a job in a salon while you’re doing hair stylist training hours. Ideally, you’ll be able to move into permanent employment once you graduate.
If not, look for jobs in other salons. Check the kind of styling that salons specialize in before you apply. Most salons will also expect you to be able to use color and to build good relationships with clients.
Some stylists also open their own salons or rent space in larger salons. You might want to get more styling experience before you do this.
Continue Your Hair Stylist Training
Your training doesn’t end when you finish your cosmetology program. You’ll need to complete advanced hairstylist training throughout your career.
These courses keep you up to date on the latest trends and techniques. It also means you can offer more services to your clients.
Start Your New Career
Now you know how to become a hairstylist. Finding the right hairstylist training program is your first step. Make sure it’s approved by your chosen state.
Practice your skills at every opportunity. That includes interpersonal skills, as well as styling. Work hard and build up a portfolio of your work to show to employers.
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