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Becoming a Hair Stylist

Are you constantly begging your friends and family members to let you cut or style their hair? Have you colored your hair more in the past month than most people do in a lifetime? Well, have you ever thought of directing all that hair-raising energy into a future career?

Training

There are hairdressing schools all over the world, but if you aren't the type who wants to spend life after high school taking post-secondary education, then you'll be pleased to know that the training to become a professional hairdresser often takes less than a year! That's not to say it's all smooth sailing, but it does mean you can be in and out of school before you know it and headed for the working world. Once you're certified, you can take specialized courses for different styling techniques like perms and hair coloring.

Highs of the Job

Aside from the ability to play around with people's hair all day, it's rewarding to make a person look and feel great with a new haircut. Plus it's great to know that when a happy customer leaves, they'll come back - and bring all their friends with them! And on slow days, you'll always have lots of gossip to keep you busy!

Lows of the Job

You often don't think about all the time hairdressers spend on their feet, but standing for eight hours a day while clipping, styling and sweeping up the mess afterwards can leave you tired and in need of a good foot massage!

Cause for Concern

We've all been the recipient of a bad haircut that had us grabbing for our trusty baseball caps, but have you ever wondered what it's like to be the one who caused that wretched hairstyle? What do you do to rectify the situation? Well, after countless reassurances that the client looks great (even if they don't) and an apology or two later, the hairdresser won't charge the client. So you'll lose money and possibly even the client, who may go looking for a new hairstylist.

Salary

How much a hairdresser makes depends on which salon they work at, how many regular clients they can rack up, and what the client wants done to their hair. The best clients are usually women because they're all about cuts, styles, blow-drys and color. Potentially a hairdresser can make up to $100 per client - and that's not even for the fanciest salons.

On the Cutting Edge

So if you think that hairdressing is the career for you, then check to see whether your high school offers an introductory haircutting course, or take a weekend class at your local community center. And continue practicing cuts, styles and dye jobs on your friends and family members... if they'll let you!

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    AimeeJury
    AimeeJury posted in Style:
    i'm ginger sadly i had brown hair when i was born though
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    6thBeatle
    6thBeatle posted in Style:
    Black. I'm a Filipino.
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    6thBeatle
    Don't worry too, you'll grow up too and live on your own, I noticed that my aunt is unfair to children (except to her child) and I can't wait to be an adult (she's afraid to adults). And when you grow up, don't make revenge to your parents, I know that you still love them. Trust me, things would get worse if you make revenge.
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    6thBeatle
    I understand you, but those things are worse than my experience. I am a very lonely nerd and I don't have friends. When my mom goes to work she leaves me with my unfair aunt. My aunt is so unfair, she always blames me and ignores my explanations, she always defends my 5 year old cousin even though she's wrong. She's so unfair I wanted to drink bleach or hang myself but I realized that there are more people who love me. When I was months old or maybe 1 year old my dad broke up with my mom because our family doesn't like him because he hurts my mom physically, called my grandpa a liar even though my dad knows how honest he is, and he always blamed things on me when I was a baby. I met him a month ago (maybe), and we were supposed to talk about important thing like if why he left me and other stuff like that, but instead he boasted about being the best pilot in the airport, he did nothing but boast. I never want to meet him again. My problem with my mom is that she hurts me horribly like jumping on my back, and she says hurtful things like she wanted me to die and that she loves her boyfriend (who is a jerk) more than me. I have to admit, I'm the one who started the mess, but that's no way to discipline your child. I apologized to her, but she is still pulling my hair. After we relaxed for about 40 minutes, she apologized. That's it, but my mom is really hard working and is very patient to me (but when it's too much, she gets crazy). There's always a good side of someone. I hope that there are more of your relatives and friends who love you, my advice is to write a letter to your parents, and if it didn't work well, you could always talk to the guidance in your school or your teacher, that's the only one I could think of.
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    QveenAvi
    QveenAvi posted in Family Issues:
    The way they are doing it is wrong,however it sounds like your parents really love you and really want the best for you. they have faith in you. when you get a 3 if they know that you can get a 4 so they address you want it. not that they don't love you.Your parents were the ones who raised you and introduced you to this life so you should always respect them and think them as your god.
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