As a master hair colorist, educator and salon owner who has been in the industry for over 20 years, I attribute a great deal of my success to focusing on continued education. Because we have all chosen a career in beauty, it is imperative that we keep “in the know” with the latest cuts, styles, services and trends. If you can’t provide your client with what they are looking for, they just may consider taking their business elsewhere. In this digital information age, there is no excuse for slacking in the cuts, trends and styles department. Online cut, color and styling courses are sometimes offered for free (or next to nothing) or you can pay a bit more to take an online course from more seasoned professionals in the industry. Regardless, the time you invest in learning, and the nominal fees spent on these courses, will pay off in spades down the line. Remember, experience is often the best teacher, so it pays to keep in the know with the latest and greatest in the industry and to continually try new things. Whether you’re new to the business or a seasoned professional, this can open up a world of opportunities, and lead to growth from a personal and a business perspective. Learn something new every day, and every day will be a success!