Whether you're a recent beauty school grad or a seasoned vet, Sam Villa, Redken Education Artistic Director, has a few pointers for building your career as a stylist. "Follow these tips and who knows; you may end up opening your own salon sooner than you think," Villa say.
- Go to every educational event that you can.
- Practice what you learn and share it with others.
- Have you ever heard that the best way to learn something is to teach it? Sharing makes you better because it makes you reinforce information and thereby increases retention.
- Find a great salon that is truly interested in your success.
- When salon-shopping, sit in the waiting room to get a feel for the environment and level of professionalism. Tune-in on how they're answering phones, greeting guests and interacting with one another, then see if you can picture yourself there.
- Ask about the salon's associate or assistant program.
- Request a copy in writing to be certain they have one; verbal confirmations are too ambiguous. You might have to assist for a while and be willing to bend over backward to become part of the team.
- Find the right fit and stay in that salon!
- Do not move around; when you do, people won't take you seriously. Plus, guests don't want to have to be constantly following you from one salon to another while you're hopping around.