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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 December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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