Lesson 1: How to Gain Confidence
It can be nerve-wrecking when you start out in a new career. Stylists learn quickly that gaining confidence in your own abilities is an important key to thriving behind the chair. If you aren’t confident in yourself, why should a client put their confidence in you? Stylists must come to a point where they have confidence in their accumulated knowledge and the time invested in perfecting their craft. If they aren’t able to do that, they know that they must take ownership in gaining the knowledge and putting in the practice time to help them get to where they need to be.
Lesson 2: How to Accept Criticism
It can be difficult to accept criticism, especially in a creative field where you pour yourself into your work. It is easy to be tempted to take the criticism personally. Stylists learn that most of the time, the criticism isn’t of them personally but rather the client having their expectations unmet. Stylists learn to take criticism as motivation to know better and do better, continually perfecting their craft.
Lesson 3: How to Problem Solve
You never know who will sit in your chair, so a stylist must always be prepared for any kind of situation...And when they aren’t prepared, at least know how to come to a solution. To problem solve, stylists marry their field knowledge and technical knowledge to the current state of someone’s hair (their current hair color, cut, style, history) and what results a client is looking to achieve. It takes a mixture of great creativity and intelligence to solve these kinds of problems, and stylists continue to perfect it.
Lesson 4: How to Get Along with Anyone
Stylists get to meet a whole array of different people. Different people with different backgrounds, histories, careers, home situations, personalities, etc. Stylists learn how to connect, empathize with, and help the folks in their chairs. Stylists are the objective listening ear to their clients.
Lesson 5: How to Make Someone’s Day
Stylists also meet people in all kinds of different moods – happy, depressed, stressed, excited. A perk of being a stylist is getting to celebrate with them when they are going through a great patch in life. The challenge is when a client is going through something difficult. But stylists learn that they can make a difference for that client, even if just for the day, by listening to their problems, empathizing with them, and giving them a beautiful look that will change the trajectory of their day. By the time they leave our chair, they can be sporting a beautiful smile along with their beautiful new hair ensemble.
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