Dream Big, Aim High, Take Risks and get career satisfaction in the Hairdressing Industry.
Are you stuck in a career rut? Looking for a new direction? Want to know how to progress to success in the Hairdressing industry?
The Hairdressing industry is one of passion, focus, creativity and achieving the ultimate satisfaction. This satisfaction may come in the form of a great hair cut, the ultimate salon experience, a product launch or watching a masterpiece be created by an international artist. It is because of this, our industry has an unlimited amount of career opportunities. The critical point for you to advance your career is deciding which yellow brick road to follow, not being afraid to ask for directions along the way, perseverance to succeed, stamina and passion. You may hit some speed humps however If you dream big, aim high and take risks you will succeed and find the career fairy at the end of the yellow brick road.
“Calibrating with an artistic team to deliver progressive trends and setting the standards in our industry” Jody Fiannaca.
Session stylists capture a moment in time that reflect our past and inspires the future of hair, fashion and culture. It is not only about creating the look and being published in print or walking down the catwalk; it is the progression to this point which will ultimately gains the attention and respect. To get to this point a Hairdresser needs to amerce themselves in education, be confident in all areas of hairdressing, take risks and have a knowledge of fashion and make up. With this knowledge, volunteer and assist on shoots and parades, enter competitions and create a folio. This folio becomes an extension of you, your capabilities and your experiences. A session stylist also has to have the ability to work with an eclectic team of Models, Photographers and Designers in a limited time frame with limited resources , it is how you cope and the quality of your work you produce which will ultimately lead to success as Session Stylist.
“Passion, dedication, inspiration, drive to make a difference as knowledge is ours to share” Stelios Papas.
Matrix Global Educator and Design Team member.
Known as the Godfather of Hairdressing Stelios Papas is an Educator than can inspire a generation. With his pizzazz and humbling nature Stelios has the innate ability to instil creativity and passion to his students. This is what every educator sets out to achieve. To work as an Educator on any level whether it be in a salon, for a product company or on a global design team you have to first become the greatest student yourself and refine your own skills and abilities as a hairdresser. It is then having the talent to teach these skills and inspire your students, this is the critical point. Educators must have the ability to identify how inpidual’s best learn; this may be hands on, demonstrating, theory and most likely a combination of all three. It is at this point when educators can steer their students to a world of the unknown, push the limits and achieve education satisfaction.
“We have created the most respected, creative hairdressing company on the planet, where people love to work and clients love to be. “
Managing Director of Toni and Guy Australia
This is a dream that has been lived out by a passionate family and team determined to push the limits of success in our industry. This is no longer their dream it is now the reality of Toni and Guy. Not all of us aim to go global but many of us dream of opening a successful Hairdressing Salon. For some this is a niche salon close to home for others it is a high end Boutique salon on the fashion strip of your capital city. Whatever your dream and direction may be, the pivotal point will be your planning, preparation and creating a point of difference between your salon and the one 50 meters down the road. To many of us having you own salon will mean no longer having to work as many late nights and Saturdays, or maybe just for the first year? Having the ability to get your hair done whenever you like, having all your friends come work for you, it will be fabulous…. Does this sound familiar? Sorry to burst the bubble of dreams, but this attitude is destined for disaster. Your focus needs to be on creating a profitable and sustainable business for the long term. Sounds boring but once you have the numbers figured out, this is when you can let your creativity run wild. To achieve this dream do a lot of research. In your current place of work envisage the salon being your own and note what works and what you would like to change. Be aware of competitors in your area and what your point of difference will be. Go to a busy salon and see why you think they are so successful. All this ground work and having a real understanding of the industry and trends of clients will lead to your dream becoming reality.
“Influence, motivate and help guide salons to experience education and quality products enabling areas for growth and success within their business, is truly rewarding”
State Sales Manager for Redken and Matrix.
The position of a Sales Representative appears to be one of glamour and ease; however it takes true passion for the industry, determination, organization, brains and a high level of customer service to climb the sales ladder. You have seen them waltz into your salon looking glamorous, new products in toe, shiny pamphlets, and smiles on their faces taking your orders and showing true interest in the success of your salon, it appears to be a dream job. However this is all a well constructed thought out and highly organised operation. Behind the scenes there are sales meetings, targets and budgets to hit, deliveries running late, a favorite product has been discontinued, endless hours of driving and your report is due at the end of the day. Overcoming these obstacles, seeing salons succeed and still having a smile on your face at the end of the month is what makes this position truly rewarding. To advance to this position it is about having the right attitude and making contact with the right people. Ask your own reps how they got to where they are, ask to do a week of work experience with them, stay motivated and always on the lookout for that opportunity, as you never know who may be watching and on the lookout for the next big thing in sales.
If you are willing to take risks, overcome knock backs and keep fighting it out in the Hairdressing arena the career opportunities are yours to seize. At the end of the day it comes down to having the right attitude and the burning desire to succeed. Of course all of this has to be done in a hot pair of heels, an eye catching outfit and hair to die for as after all this is the Hairdressing industry.
Written by Jane Dilorito.
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