Can I make a decent living being a hairstylist?

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Lauren in Jamaica, New York

49 months ago

It can be a rough world for a racist in NYC.

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coiffeuse

48 months ago

Here's what worked for me. I rented a booth in a salon. I went to 28th Street to buy most of my hair products in bulk. I found a wholesale color supplier for Wella and bought my hair coloring products. I created a flyer for free services for women like, precision cuts, extensions, and eyebrow threading. I went to the mall, public schools in the mornings and handed out flyers. I also posted the free services on craigslist. The clients brought their own styling and shampoo products. I gave each client a relaxing scalp massage when shampooing and gave them advice on how to care for there hair @ home. My 2nd week 20% of the free clients returned and paid for there services. My 3rd week 25% of them returned. Then I started a referral program giving clients a free eyebrow wax or threading service. 7 months post graduation I had a $1,700 weekly gross profit. Now I am @ $2,200 weekly gross profit and I've been out of school for 2 yrs. My advice is buy all the cutting and coloring dvds you can. Go on websites like behind the chair and scissor boy for free hair tutorials by professional stylist. Go to salons with your friends and family and watch the stylist. Once you get comfortable financially, find a wholesale supplier for hair products to sell to your client. You will see a 30% increase in your income. Learn all about extension techniques and offer those services. They can generate 20% more income for you. Also before you graduate school be sure you have mastered hair cutting and texturizing, color application, color correction, and be sure to practice every moment to enhance your speed. Clients become loyal to their stylist for these reasons... The stylist listens to them, makes them feel comfortable by keeping their hair out of their face, not wetting their back while shampooing,not burning the scalp while blow drying, the stylist is pleasant and gentle with their hair, The stylist gives them advice on how to recreate the style @ home etc.

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Lauren in Jamaica, New York

48 months ago

Your comment was very inspiring. I assist in a commission based salon right now and wish I was brave to do what you did. Most times when I look at what's available as far as booth rental and they always mention you have to have a following. How did you get around that when you're just out of school and don't have one yet.

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Lauren in Jamaica, New York

48 months ago

Your comment was very inspiring. I assist in a commission based salon right now and wish I was brave to do what you did. Most times when I look at what's available as far as booth rental and they always mention you have to have a following. How did you get around that when you're just out of school and don't have one yet.

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coiffeuse

48 months ago

Lauren in Jamaica, New York said: Your comment was very inspiring. I assist in a commission based salon right now and wish I was brave to do what you did. Most times when I look at what's available as far as booth rental and they always mention you have to have a following. How did you get around that when you're just out of school and don't have one yet.

I had no clientele. I paid my booth rental and just built up my clientele from handing out the flyers for free services.

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jayme in Granite City, Illinois

48 months ago

virgoedge in Atlanta, Georgia said: Janie Lee, this is meant in all kindness. If you are not wanting to put in long hours, this is probably not the business for you. I have been a stylist since '95 and have worked in about every type of salon. When you are totally new to the biz, working long hours is a must. The typical salon opens at 10 am and you need to be there for the morning people. They there is usually a slow period between 12-2 but then the afternoon/evening rush starts. It is not uncommon to be at the salon working until 8-10 pm (or later!)and you need tobe there to develop the clients and make some money. So it is not unusual to be at the salon 10 hours a day. You may not be working the whole time as a new stylist, but you need to be there. And when you are not working, you are not earning.

And from a salon owners viewpoint, if you are not willing to pay your dues and be there for walk-ins and new clients, you are not seen as being motivated. Every stylist has had to do this in the beginning, and it will just depend on you how long it takes to build a clientel. If time goes by and the owner does not think you are really aggresively trying to build clients, they will put someone else in that chair who will. This may sound harsh, but it is the reality of business.

There will always be demand for stylists, but it is survival of the fittest. The best will always be busy and do well, the mediocher will usually end up changing careers. There are so many stylists now, there is no such thing as a guaranteed career. It depends 100% on the stylists talents and ability. Most ppl would rather wait 2 weeks to get in with someone they know is good, instead of seeing someone mediocher immediately. It is the nature of the beast.

Good luck to you if you decide to pursue it. But just know it is a very hard career and you absolutely have to love it to make it. There is no easy ride in the hair industry.

I 100,000,000 % AGREE

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ava marie in Toms River, New Jersey

48 months ago

I have to add my opinion because some of you are right and some are wrong. EVERY THING right now is hard to get into but i think the advantage of hair styling as oppose to any other career is UP to u for ur money. If u want to succeed and be the BEST you have to work hard and take it seriously but if your not going to do that it will not benefit you in any way.. I chose hair styling simply because i am a go getter. I don't stop until i know that i am completely satisfied in what i am doing and how good i am doing. i went to college for ONE semester and said to myself what am i going for? when i really LOVE beauty fashion and photography and i knew that if i love all of that my only choice right now is hair stylist.. and you can do so much with a licenses. and i think its a great job with a family, ( if you want your own salon). I cant wait to finish! GOODLUCK EVERYONE :)

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Keiko in Mililani, Hawaii

43 months ago

NYC girl in Brooklyn, New York said: I'm halfway through college. Thinking about leaving college and going to school to be a hairdresser. Can someone tell me what the process is to become a hairdresser in NYC? If I go to Carsten School located in Manhattan, which is an 8 month program, what happens next? How much can I expect to make the first few years? I would think that there are no paid benefits at the majority of the salons. If this is true, how do people pay for their health insurance, retirement? Do you receive any paid vacation or sick days? Thanks very much in advance for your responses.

I have been doing hair for 12 years. you can make good money but you have to work hard for it. It is a "service" Customer service skills, technical skills, sales skills and constantly getting new education. It is like exersize the more you put in the more you get back . when you first start out you will hardly make anything , but onceyou build clients it becomes easier. The plan is not to move around . start off at a corporation , such as Regis so that you can have the medical benefits and training you need to advance . Staying in one location will build you devoted clients . If you change salons alot , you will almost have to start over from scratch to build your business and even if your working for a company you are your own business. so research into the salon you want . ask questions about pay . you want commision and you want it to be at least 40-45 % starting out . Not hourly . youdo have to purchase your own tools most of the time but that is better because you will have tools that you like that are best for you . Good Luck to you.

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tiffany clay in Harvey, Illinois

41 months ago

girl you do not know what you talking about yes your going to pay evreything in life ant free of esay to get you have to work for it look i am 15 years old wishing i had the job you have rite now i have been doing hair since i was 9 i cant wait to get a shop be greatfie for what you got and pay them bills

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anonymous in Meriden, Connecticut

41 months ago

I have been working since 1982 and with the same group of girls for almost 30 years. This industry is very cut throat and when I say no benifits I mean NONE! The pay is unrealiable and nothing for retirement, Can't stand on your own 2 feet. I love my clients,but lets face it they cancel,go off to college,pass away, move, ect. With this econemy its ver hard to make new ones,noone is spending like they used to. I work at a high end salon,am a master designer,constintley taking classes and am very good at my job. Stay in college, maybe use this as a little part time job. It is not the money making job they tell you it is,you will break your back for 50% if youlucky,no clients no pay,no sick days nada. Good luck!

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Pondering Beauty School in Searcy, Arkansas

40 months ago

I have always been a creative person. I paint and draw. I taught myself how to braid at a yound age and then to french braid as a teenager. Recently taught myself how to plait braid aka fish braid. I love doing funky hairstyles.. The situation Im in is Ive finished 2 years at a community college only to be able to get medical reception jobs and its not for me. I cant afford to go on to a 4yr University. So, Im considering going to beauty school bc I like the idea I can make my own hours and basically work for myself. I Dressing trendy is a plus too.
I found this website interesting and I think I will go for it.

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Amyfan1994 in New Rochelle, New York

40 months ago

If you want to make GOOD money as a cosmetologist, look into the science of cosmetology college programs AFTER going to cos school because you can be the lazy person on weekends naming nail polish colors & making hundreds upon thousands of dollars. I have a cosmetology teacher that owns an entire estate of town houses, has a MASSIVE clientel (she said she charges an easy $500 for highlights on hair) & teaches for the first half of the day.
She makes alot of money because she doesn't work at a salon, AND SHE GETS 401K BENEFITS for working as a field cosmetology "scientist".
She is in her 50's & she's had her license for 35 years. She's an amazing woman.

However, if you want to work as a hairstylist at a salon that 99.99% of the time will pay about $10 an hour (minus tips)with NO benefits, don't pay me any mind.

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jasmine in San Antonio, Texas

39 months ago

hairdresser is its hard makeing a live as a hairdresser?!

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emcie0515 in Portland, Oregon

39 months ago

ashley in Wesley Chapel, Florida said: Its not easy trust me. Most people hop from one place to another. Then when you find it the pay isn't that great either. One way I've been making some extra money to pay for bills is to do surveys and offers at [comment edited by forum moderator] They are one of the ones that isn't a scam. Its a little boring but you can actually make enough money to pay for a few of your bills without putting very much time in. I still love doing hair and thats what keeps me going.

Mind if i ask what the survey company is? i am a student and would love to make some pocket money

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elan in Roanoke, Virginia

39 months ago

kila in Norfolk, Virginia said: yes there is paid vacation and health insurance and investment plans in most chain salons

I agree..with comments that caution you. It is a hard job on your feet with little time off. Competition is great, pay goes up and down depending, no benefits or insurance and at the end of the day the owner of the salon goes home with the money. I hold three licenses one is cosmetology and I wouldn't do it again. If you want a future..go for nursing..They are in constant demand, you have many options, a choice of cities that want you and if you like you can become an medical esthetician giving injections and laser treatments for a physician..and here's the point~ WITH benefits and a salary you can count on.

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Salon Owner in Ohio in Cleveland, Ohio

39 months ago

There are salons out there that offer insurance, benefits and 401K. Just depends on your area and the type of salon you are working for. There are salon owners that believe in giving back and growing their own. Look for salons that belong to large associations like the PBA (Professional Beauty Association. They are salons that uphold good values, good ethics, and network with other like minded salon owners. There are smaller salons and larger salons within this association. If you contact them they can help you with who may be in your area.

In any career you will need to work hard... be it nursing or hairstyling.

Follow your heart and your passion with whatever career you choose. Find your own happiness. It is out there =)

XO
A Salon Owner that does care =)

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joey-phila in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

39 months ago

second career in Baldwin, New York said: I went to Carsten and finished two years ago, I started in the night program and then switched to the day. I was actually a teacher and everyone thinks I"m crazy to give up all those benefits, but I've always wanted to do hair, and I truly do love it.

Here's the lowdown:
Carsten is the best school to go to in NYC. You don't appreciate it while you're in it, but in most schools you barely get to work on human heads, and if you do, it's just roller sets/perms. At Carsten I was doing highlights and cuts on clients everyday, so when I came out of school, I was much more experienced than other graduates.

My fellow classmates went on to be assistants at big name places like Fekkai, Rita Hazaan, Cutler, etc...If you feel you are young enough and patient enough to do this, you will most likely be an assistant for 2-3 years. Hours will be long, you will get yelled at, but you will be making amazing tips ($20 a shampoo), and if you last you will be making serious money and respect.

Hey all, So i am 27 with some college credits. I keep taking classes and dropping. I have an eye for fashion and hair, so i think i Might be attending Jean Madaline hair school. My question to you is, do you think I will live comfortably and gain experience here in Philly and then move elsewhere like NYC. I do have a friend that offer me a chair right after i graduate the program. Also, the tution is very high, 17,600 + 1000 for kit....reasonable? They seem like the best school to go to. I also thought, you get paid an hourly wage + tips in some saloons.? No benefits anywhere? don't people move up to management and make ntips?

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Salon Owner in Ohio in Cleveland, Ohio

38 months ago

joey-phila in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania said: Hey all, So i am 27 with some college credits. I keep taking classes and dropping. I have an eye for fashion and hair, so i think i Might be attending Jean Madaline hair school. My question to you is, do you think I will live comfortably and gain experience here in Philly and then move elsewhere like NYC. I do have a friend that offer me a chair right after i graduate the program. Also, the tution is very high, 17,600 + 1000 for kit....reasonable? They seem like the best school to go to. I also thought, you get paid an hourly wage + tips in some saloons.? No benefits anywhere? don't people move up to management and make ntips?

Joey,

I have a friend that owns a salon in Philly. She is incredible. Guest Artist with me many years ago. She also has won NAHA awards for her photography fashion work. Her salon in Follicle Studio. Francesca is great she can help you in your area. It is always good to have a local mentor =)

XOXO
Salon Owner that Cares

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aaarista in New York, New York

38 months ago

how much does it cost to go to school in nyc to become a hairdresser ? i'd like to learn about hair coloring, cutting, styling, exntensions, etc. and how long does it take?

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Jessie in Woodbridge, Virginia

37 months ago

I make over 100k a year doing hair. I love what I do and have worked hard to earn a good living. There is a lot of money to be made in the hair industry but you need talent and a realization that it is also a business to do really well.

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Angela in Jacksonville, North Carolina

37 months ago

I was ion a salon for 6 years and was making $60,000. If I had stayed long it would probably have increased. Cuts about $50-55, color $70-125. It can be done but if you're a "salon hopper" you wont see much money out of the career. Also, education to set you aside from other stylists and to be well informed on your craft.

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ABR36965 in New York, New York

37 months ago

could you tell me how much are classes? How long does schooling take to become a hairdresser, colorist (both?), esthician? I live in new york city but I can commute to nj if cheaper. Also which schools are good, which to stay away from?

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AnthonyStyle in Stamford, Connecticut

36 months ago

There are a million opportunities in the cosmetology field! I am a stylist in an upbeat salon in southern westchester in NY. I have been there 5 years and I make over 50k and that is not including tips! I must agree with some of the people, if you do not love it, it shows. You really have to feel what you are doing and you can create anything. I wouldn't change my job for anything. Did I mention that I only work 4 days a week? Did I mention that I only work 5 hours a day? so 50k for 20 hours a week? I am not complaining!

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AnthonyStyle in Stamford, Connecticut

36 months ago

ABR36965 in New York, New York said: could you tell me how much are classes? How long does schooling take to become a hairdresser, colorist (both?), esthician? I live in new york city but I can commute to nj if cheaper. Also which schools are good, which to stay away from?

I went to school in the Bronx. American Beauty, its a little ghetto but all school teach you the same thing, trust me I teach advanced salon technique. You need 1000 hours (about 9 months) and you are well on your way. Don't go and spend thousands of dollars on a useless school. They teach you how to pass the State Board Exam and that's all.
I would suggest to save all the money you can cause for the first 2 years after you get your license you will most likely be an assistant and that sucks!

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tracyw in Boca Raton, Florida

36 months ago

brittanyy521 in Utica, New York said: --screw that! if you love your job and you are GOOD at what you do, you will do FINE. i've been licensed for 2 yrs & only started building clientelle within the past yr and already have enough money for a down payment on a house & im 20 yrs old! everyone is different ; dont scare ppl away from something they want to do just because you're no good at it!

Hi brittanyy521 - I'm an entrepreneur in Florida. I'm running some marketing tests for a new follow-up system for hair salons which will result in great repeat business and referrals. I would be happy to give you more info if you're interested. Thanks. TW

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ABR in New York, New York

36 months ago

Can anyone help me out by telling me any reputable and affordable beauty schools? I'm on unemployment right now and i'd like to do something with hair or learning how to give facials, massages, etc. Either one is a skill i'd like to learn and I dont care so much about making money as my primary income, would just like to learn an extra skill and to make some extra $$. BTW I live in manhattan

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Devon in San Diego, California

36 months ago

brittanyy521 in Utica, New York said: --screw that! if you love your job and you are GOOD at what you do, you will do FINE. i've been licensed for 2 yrs & only started building clientelle within the past yr and already have enough money for a down payment on a house & im 20 yrs old! everyone is different ; dont scare ppl away from something they want to do just because you're no good at it!

Being a stylist take more than just being great at hair, you have to have the overal look and personality. Professionalism!!! Even in this economy stylist are making good pay. Depends on you where you work and again you!! Your entire presentation!! I just started off and doing great! I have friends that are in the business for only 4 years and are making 65,000 a year net and others who are making 125,000.00 a year. If you make this decision go to Paul Mitchell... very professional, Im so glad I chose this school... I researched many many school... DO it if you love hair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Liz in Clarkesville, Georgia

36 months ago

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jknurse in Columbia City, Indiana

36 months ago

Ok... let me give you the low down on nursing. I have been a Registered Nurse for 18 years. I do not want to scare anyone away from this profession at all, however those inquiring about this area needs to know the pros and cons. The days of starting off on "5 days a week, day shifts" are gone. If you are a new nurse, you will likely be placed on midnights, evenings or swing shift. I have worked from days, evenings and midnights all in the same week. It wore me out. The pay is great but it's extremely stressful and challenging. Also you need to know that if your "replacement" nurse (the one coming on after you) calls off, you HAVE to stay no matter what. You have to be extremely flexible with your schedule. Also, if you are lucky to have a day shift position. Watch out, there's nurses out there wanting that position too and will do anything to get it. Have to work holidays. Pro's.. good pay, various fields, job growth. If you're in it for the love of caring for others, go for it.. but if you're looking for $$, the stress is not worth it. I'm actually in Cosmetology school and continue to work as a nurse. I am very interested in the Medical Esthetician field and looking forward to combining my degrees.

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themreiso in Satellite Provider

36 months ago

thanx alot guys..!
evry cnvrsation out ter, relly helps me..

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mscooljo in Catskill, New York

36 months ago

ashkaylin said: I have been a hairstylist for 23 years. It's a tricky business and very hard work if you want to make good money. Your paycheck depend on if someone cancels or keeps an appointment for that day or week. I have a daughter in college right now and one in high school. If she asked me about going to beauty school instead of college, I would tell her not to do it. I am burned out with hair right now, so I decided to take a break, but I don't have a backup now. If I had gone to college and decided on beauty school as a backup, I would be fine right now. Luckily, my husband makes pretty good money while I try to go back to school to get a degree at my age. So, I advice you honey, to stay in college and finish. You maybe tire of it, but you will look back on your decision in 20 years and be greatful. You can go to beauty school as a secondary choice later. I have back pain and developed allergies to the chemicals also. Good luck!

It's funny but I am a nurse who has just begun cos...I tried when I was 18 and my Dad got sick so I had to work. Then I tried a couple of years ago and picked a terrible school-now, the 3rd time is the charm. Here's my point-if you have a passion for something then it's not a burden. I love cos and I will do great because of that. Ya know, there are other options besides just doing the salon thing. You can teach, you can sell products-be a rep. There are so many choices. If you are burned out then find something to inspire you again...but don't leave what you know so well!

Goood luck right back atcha!

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sldesigns1 in Lakeside, California

35 months ago

Devon in San Diego, California said: Being a stylist take more than just being great at hair, you have to have the overal look and personality. Professionalism!!! Even in this economy stylist are making good pay. Depends on you where you work and again you!! Your entire presentation!! I just started off and doing great! I have friends that are in the business for only 4 years and are making 65,000 a year net and others who are making 125,000.00 a year. If you make this decision go to Paul Mitchell... very professional, Im so glad I chose this school... I researched many many school... DO it if you love hair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was wondering what type of salon you work at and about what part of town in San Diego, I am from San Diego

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Bri in Bayville, New Jersey

35 months ago

i have an associates degree in science and i am going to school in the fall for cosmetology.. is there any jobs i can combine both or any chance i can make a little extra as a cosmetologist with a degree?

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Michele in New York Mills, New York

35 months ago

I am 22 years old and started working as a salon owner assistant right after I graduated HS. I also got my associates degree in general education. I've always wanted to be a hair stylist and cannot think of anything else I would want to do as a career. A year or so after starting I started gradually doing a client of my own here and there. It is now 2012 and I work about 30-40 hrs per week working as an assistant as well as at my own booth.

I get paid hourly, tips plus do not have to pay for supplies or my booth. Instead, I get 40% commission on any services I do. Right now I average about $500 per week (tax free)..some weeks closer to 600. I am still working on building up my clientele and I've just recently become more motivated to advertise more to gain more clients. I feel at this point I can only go up from here but have been feeling very stressed about money. I know the average person in my area earns a salary around $30,000-35,000 before taxes so being that I make around $26,000-28,000 seems decent for my age and experience.

I've recently started taking an online makeup artist class to start offering makeup application for special occasions. I guess I am just looking for some encouragement that I can only go up from here as I go into the future. I guess what it also comes down to is I would rather enjoy my job than hate it.

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Katherine in Cleveland, Mississippi

34 months ago

Can anyone figure out what's a good cosmetology school in Mississippi? Even better if someone could find the best one. I'm having a hard time finding this information.

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Bluetea in Texas

34 months ago

jaigi said: I have a simple question...what is the typical price for COSMO SCHOOL?? I am enrolled, I don't start untill a couple of weeks the tuition is like $$20,000, to me this seems expensive! Does it matter wht school you go to? Is the cirriculam the same? Thank you

My sister and I both have college degrees but we talked her daughter (my niece) out of college! Instead, she went to a community college beauty school.

This was over 10 years ago and she never had a student loan, she has never been laid off and now, after 10 years in the business, makes pretty good money. She works at an upscale salon.

My niece says that it doesn't matter what school you go to as long as you get your license. The reason why cosmetology school is so expensive now is that all the people with useless college degrees and who can't find jobs are going back to get their license and the beauty schools are making money hand over fist now.

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jessie in virginia in Phillipsburg, New Jersey

34 months ago

School is your foundation for education. You need to learn above and beyond what they teach on the boards. If you go to a bad schol it will be a slow road to he top and it may be hard to learn some of the most basic information that you will need. If your going to pay a lot for schol make sure they teach above and beyond the minimum required to pas the boards. I went to a great school and started out in a high end spa. I don't usually hire from elsewhere without an additional 2 hrs education.

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LMTin nyc in Far Rockaway, New York

34 months ago

Hello Hair Stylists, Cosmetologists, nail technicians and estheticians. I am NOW HIRING for my mobile spa services.

For more info check us out at www.salsa2spa.com

We serve East Queens and the entire Tri-State area as well.

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Em S in Oakland, California

34 months ago

ashley in Wesley Chapel, Florida said: Its not easy trust me. Most people hop from one place to another. Then when you find it the pay isn't that great either. One way I've been making some extra money to pay for bills is to do surveys and offers at [comment edited by forum moderator] They are one of the ones that isn't a scam. Its a little boring but you can actually make enough money to pay for a few of your bills without putting very much time in. I still love doing hair and thats what keeps me going.

What is the website?

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travel hair dresser in Bronx, New York

34 months ago

kila in Norfolk, Virginia said: im a hair stylist and first off you have to love being one in order to achieve. then you have to develop the confidence in order to build a cleintele. i love my job and i make enough to take care of myself, but i have the opportunity to advance even more everyday. you decide your paycheck as a hairstylist especially if you work for yourself and i suggest you do if you really want to expand financially but if you just want to live good and go home at the end of the day try a high end company once you have the skills which take some time

Hello Travel hair dresser is looking for license and experience hairstylist for our clients.You will be doing events such as weddings,baby showers,birthdays,elderly and children.Please note: Travel hairdresser only do consultations,you will set your own price for our clients and you are only going to give us 15% of what you will make.This job require you to have your own equipment and travel to our clients.This job is more rewarding than renting a chair or a salon.We have several upcoming events that we are trying to fulfill.contact travelhairdresser@yahoo.com.Thanks in advance Cristal

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travel hair dresser in Bronx, New York

34 months ago

NYC girl in Brooklyn, New York said: Thanks for the advice. If I decide to go to school and come out with a license...do I begin cutting hair right away or do I have to put in time washing hair, sweeping floors?

Hello Travel hair dresser is looking for license and experience hairstylist for our clients.You will be doing events such as weddings,baby showers,birthdays,elderly and children.Please note: Travel hairdresser only do consultations,you will set your own price for our clients and you are only going to give us 15% of what you will make.This job require you to have your own equipment and travel to our clients.This job is more rewarding than renting a chair or a salon.We have several upcoming events that we are trying to fulfill.contact travelhairdresser@yahoo.com.Thanks in advance Cristal

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travel hair dresser in Bronx, New York

34 months ago

second career in Baldwin, New York said: my reply continued:

For me, it was a little different. I was 27 when I finished school (a little older to get in the game, everyone in my class was around 21), and I was done living and working in the city and having completely insane hours. I felt if I was an assistant for 3 years, I'd be 30 by the time I got on the floor, the time I want to have kids. I moved out to the beach in LI and started assisting in an extremely highend place, but proved myself quickly b/c I was older/more experienced and got on the floor in 4 months. I stayed at that salon for a year but wasn't happy, so am now somewhere new. It's really annoying to switch salons b/c you lose your clients and have to start from scratch, which means no money and sitting for most of the day, but it's only been two months and I'm already getting referrals, and things are getting better everyday. It usually takes a year to start building a following, so don't hop around. Money is not great, and there's no benefits, but I love it. Hope this helps.


Hello Travel hair dresser is looking for license and experience hairstylist for our clients.You will be doing events such as weddings,baby showers,birthdays,elderly and children.Please note: Travel hairdresser only do consultations,you will set your own price for our clients and you are only going to give us 15% of what you will make.This job require you to have your own equipment and travel to our clients.This job is more rewarding than renting a chair or a salon.We have several upcoming events that we are trying to fulfill.contact travelhairdresser@yahoo.com.Thanks in advance Cristal

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Angie in Elk Grove, California

34 months ago

50 + in Forest Hills, New York said: Hi jayme
Ok so Im taking that an older woman no matter how decent she keep herself together WILL get discriminated agains . What are professions for older women 50 + ????Goodness!

I had a hard time when I moved to another city from San Francisco and I am a high end hair stylist with many credentials yet being in a new city, I didn't have a clientele. They either want you to walk in with a full clientele or be a young person in my experience. Luckily one gal DID give me the opportunity to start (after I went a second time) and I rent my station and am building a high end clientele here now.

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ryanmaya in Syosset, New York

34 months ago

You will make a lot of money if you are dedicated. I graduated beauty school in 2010 and assisted in 2 high end salons in Manhattan. I switched to booth rental and now I rent 2 chairs and work with an assistant. I made a net profit of $64,000 last year. I am to double that this year. Confidence, motivation and preserving is the key. Don't be afraid to do anythin. Hairstylist don't make mistakes we make discoveries! Good luck!

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Amber S. in Oakland, California

34 months ago

I deciding to quit my full time job to do hair! But realize that I don't make as much money! I cut 8 heads yesterday and made $22 in tips! Will it get any better?

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Jess in Dallas, Texas

33 months ago

Jessie-whop in Houston, Texas said: not sure if you have any college course but substituting is great. if you dont want to go to work you dont have to answer the phone when the district calls. I worked at a bank for 3yrs. Bankers hours might be very beneficial for your school sched! hope this helped

Wow thats Amazing!!!! Yeah of course!

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Holly I in New York, New York

31 months ago

Woah! Finish college!!!! I'm a fairly successful hairstylist in soho. I lovely job, but it's also the only thing I'm qualified for. Without a bachelors degree in anything, my options are very limited if for some reason I couldn't do this anymore. The recession was brutal ( lost 30% o my business)and it's harder then ever to build a clientele with all the groupon and social media deal sites chipping at the integrity of the business. When I started there was only two schools in NYC now there are 5. ARROJO is absolutely the best one by far having that on your resume is excellent. You will have to assist long hours for little pay for 2 to 5 years depending on where you end up. You will have ALOT to learn when you finish beauty school. Becoming a hairstylist is easy, staying one takes work and lots of it. It will not be easy. Vist us at Alibi in soho and I'll gladly show you the ropes. GOOD LUCK

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31 months ago

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30 months ago

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atom1 in Brooklyn, New York

27 months ago

A hairstylist can absolutely make much more than a decent living. I'm in beauty school now, and I have repeat clients and referrals every day of shcool which I've built up in the 7 months I've been in the student salon! Most students do maybe 1 client a week. I do 4 to 6 clients a week as a part time night student. I do cuts, color, relaxers, blow outs etc. And I make the most tips of anyone by far, and have even received $40 for a $28 bill. S

everal of these clients have already expressed interest in following me where ever I go when I graduate even though prices will be several times what the school charges.

Here's why I believe I will succeed:

Passion - I love what I'm doing

Education - I really know my stuff. Most of the other students dilly dally and never really learned the science behind the hair. I use this information to educate my clients

Skill - I've become really good by always making sure I have someone in my chair. I do everything and take risks now as opposed to being scared of making mistakes like most of the other students. My attitude is that if I make a mistake the instructors will help me fix it. I won't have that when I go out in the real world.

Value - I know what the value of a great cut and color can do for a client's image, self esteen ets. It's life-changing and I communicate to my clients.

Trust - I educate clients, and give them great advice on how to maintain beautiful and healthy hair. They in turn trust me, and become extremely loyal to me.
Relationships - I build a relationship with my clients. The types of clients I have are a reflection of who I am.

Attitude - I am always positive around clients and make the whole time we have together about them.

There's of course more reasons why I think clients return to me and refer their friends and family. But in the end, it comes down to how much you put in, how positve you are. Clients are people, and you have to become a magnetic personality to attract them.

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