Thinking of a career in hairdressing or, maybe, you are already here? Well, you’re in incredible company! The professional beauty industry is the perfect mix of creativity and business, attracting unique artists from every walk of life.
However, it's not all fun and games. There are plenty of daily tasks that a hairdresser has to take care of, just like in any job. Inventory, marketing, budgeting, guest relations, social media, and more - all of these responsibilities can seem daunting at times, but it doesn't necessarily have to be that way.
Creating small habits that help you take control of your day (and even your conversations), can help set you up to accomplish those bigger must do's. So, what does this look like?
Make an Entrance
When you look good, you feel good. This reflects in everything you do, every interaction that you have. So, make it a point to bring your best self every day. Your appearance makes an impression on your client. No one wants to get their hair styled from a stylist who looks disheveled and unkempt. Remember that you are representing your salon and your industry.
Mind Your Minutes
Keep tabs on your bookings & use technology to your advantage. Most booking systems have an app or online access so that you can stay one step ahead of your day with alerts to new appointments or changes.
Avoid being the one who says, “I had no idea it could do that!” Get to know the features available (such as auto-confirmations) so that you can really reap the full benefits.
The World Around You
Knowing a bit about a variety of things comes in handy, especially when working with clients from all walks of life. So, stay up-to-date with current affairs.
While this can mean the news of this day, for beauty professionals, this also means understanding what's happening in regards to industry trends, fashion, and beyond. It’s part of the benefit of an ever-changing landscape of what’s in vs. what’s out. Spend a little time each day to discover something noteworthy, new to you, and interesting.
What look is in right now? Which hairdos are going out of style? Make yourself aware of all this and more to thrive in your career as a hairstylist.
Take the time to capture your work & show it off. Whether you map out preset postings in one sitting or go for a more authentic,”on the fly” approach, create the habit of connecting & communicating consistently via your social media platform(s) of choice. Update your professional online presence & interact with your audience. Answer questions, reply to comments, and share some love!
Make it a habit to ask good questions. Avoid the fear and ask for feedback. Feedback lets you know how far along you are on your way to achieving your desired goals. It is an affirmation that you're headed in the right direction or that you may need to make a slight course correction.
Listen (truly listen!) with an open mind, to your mentors, those you value, and, certainly, to your clients. We lead very distracting lives, but it’s important to consciously practice focusing on the conversation you are having right now. You’ll benefit from simply being present; your guests will be blown away because it’s become such a foreign concept to truly be heard.
Beauty professionals work hard. Start with small shifts (like the ones mentioned above). They only take a few minutes out of your day. Practiced often, these efforts become second-nature habits that will lighten your load as you build your future.