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What You Need To Know Before Becoming A Hairdresser

What You Need To Know Before Becoming A Hairdresser

Everyone likes getting their hair done. Some of us just love getting new styles and colours each time we go and others of us are so passionate about hair that we want to be the hairdresser and not the client.

The idea of taking a boring head of mousy brown hair and transforming it into long blonde tresses is all too tempting for the hair fashionistas amongst us. But there are some things you should know before you go down to your local college to book a place on the next course.

Yes indeed, there are some shocking truths about this profession you may not have considered and so it’s well worth your while to hang about and have a read.

1. You Will Find College Expensive

It can cost thousands of dollars to get a place in a reputable training college. This means you will likely have to take out a loan or if you have the patience, save up to train for your dream profession.

2. You Will Be Training on an Ongoing Basis

As with technology and many more industries today you will need ongoing training even after you have qualified as a hairdresser. Fashion is continuously changing, and equipment and hairstyling techniques are changing all the time as well.

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If you don’t keep in tune with these changes it won’t be long before you’re losing clients.

3. You Have To Be Interested in Fashion

In order to survive in any business you’ve gotta be passionate about it and hairdressing is no different. Your customers will spot you a mile off if you lack enthusiasm and interest in the latest trends.

Have a look in the mirror and decide if you think you are making a statement of your own. What does your image say about your sense of fashion? Is this really the industry for you?

4. You Will Be On Your Feet All Day

There is no time for sitting down in a busy salon. You will stand  for hours while one customer after another comes in for their upstyle or blowdry.

You will welcome any odd jobs like running to the local shop for change as you’ll get to move around and stretch your legs.

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5.You Will Find it Hard To Please Some Customers

Like any other service industry you will get complaints from time to time. You will have to remain professional and learn how to please the customer no matter what.

6. You Will Have To Be Pleasant

It doesn’t matter if you were out the night before, have your period, or are just feeling down – you have to keep smiling when you’re dealing with customers.

This is harder than it sounds and can be draining for even the most happy-go-lucky types.

7. You Will Have To Practise

Hair can be difficult to manage and cutting techniques aren’t all that easy to pick up. It will take a lot of practise and dedication to become a good hairdresser. Be sure you are prepared to make this commitment.

8. You Will Work Long Hours

In most salons the hours are very long. You could be on your feet for nine or ten hours each day – you could also be up very early if you have to do the styling for wedding parties.

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9. You Will Hurt Yourself

There are many risks to working in a salon from burns (curling irons), allergic reactions (colours and other products), cuts (scissors) and trips and slips from wires left hanging around.

You have to be very safety conscious working in a salon, both for yourself and your clients.

10. Your Creativity Will be Stifled

You may want to turn all of your customers into Beyonce or David Beckham but unfortunately the reality is that most people are very conservative with their hair. You will have to respect their needs and just go with what they want – they’re paying after all.

11. You’ll Need Energy

Hairdressing is physically draining work. Washing hair, sweeping floors, applying colours, blowdrying – it’s all work and you will need to develop upper body strength to keep up with the demands of a busy salon.

Be prepared for a workout because that is what you have in store for you everyday.

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12. You Will Struggle to Find Work

As a junior you will have to hunt down a job that will probably not even pay very well. Get ready to promote yourself to many prospective employers before you get your break.

13. You Have to Work for Years to Make Decent Money

The best way to make money as a hairstylist is to set up your own salon – however, you will have to gain a lot of experience before you will be ready for that.
Be sure that you are willing to put in the time in the long term to reach your goal of having your own salon.

14. You Will Have to Talk to Your Customers

You will have to develop conversational skills – this is harder than it sounds. Clients like to talk about their problems and it will be up to you to listen empathically and respond appropriately.

So, how are you feeling now, are you thinking twice about your dream job or do you still feel that brushing bangs and snipping fringes is the only career for you?

If you have been doing your sister’s hair since you were small then maybe this is the career for you. Either way – don’t say you weren’t warned.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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