It can be the bane of your existence if you have too much, but it can be devastating if you lose it all. It comes in many colors – gold, silver, copper. Some people will spend hours every week obsessing about it, and years acquiring it – just to donate it later. Some people only hire the best professionals to help manage it. There have even been songs written about it…
Do you know what it is yet?
Well, if you guessed hair you’re right!
Hair can be a source of either pride or frustration for many people, and it has become something of an obsession for human beings. Unhealthy or unruly hair can make a person look unkempt. Healthy hair, on the other hand, is often revered as a sign of beauty and vitality.
In order to maintain their locks, consumers spend billions of dollars each year on hair products and services. These products and services have been around for centuries, and they’re in it for the long haul. As long as humans are able to grow hair, there will always be a call for hair professionals. Even in the worst economy, hairdressers will almost always be able to find work, almost guaranteeing them an income and success even in the worst of times.
Qualities of a Great Hairdresser
Before you get all excited and rush out to apply for all the hairdressing jobs in your area, stop! You may want to take a moment to consider whether or not you have what it takes to be a good hairdresser.
First of all, hairdressers should be completely comfortable touching and interacting with other people on a daily basis. Hairdressers spend their days touching all sorts of people and their hair, each and every day. In most cases, both the people and the hair are clean and easy to manage. In a few rare cases, however, either the people or the hair may not be so clean or easy to maintain.
For many people, a trip to the hairdresser isn’t just about keeping their hair maintained. A trip to the hairdresser is often like a social occasion. It involves talking about the latest news in their family, gossiping, or even talking politics. Because of this, hairdressers should have great personalities, and be outgoing and friendly. They should be able to talk about nearly anything with anybody.
Creativity and ingenuity are two other very important qualities that hairdressers should have. Many times, a hairdresser’s clients will know exactly what they want done with their hair. In some instances, however, it may be up to a hairdresser to come up with creative and attractive styles. This often involves a little bit of creativity as well as knowing what types of styles will fit a person’s face shape and hair type.
Hairdressing jobs may be easy to find in your area, but you may want to ask yourself if you really have the experience and expertise that many salons are looking for. While some salons may hire any old Josephine – or Joe – who happens by, this is usually not the case. In order to land a hairdressing job, you usually need to have talent, as well as the proper education and experience.
To obtain these qualifications, your best bet is to attend a hairdressing school. These can be found all over the country, in every state. Reputable hairdressing schools will teach you basic and advanced hairdressing and hair maintenance techniques. For example, you will often learn how to wash, dry, cut, color, curl, twirl, straighten, and otherwise style hair.
These schools will also allow you to gain the experience you need in order to qualify for the best hairdressing jobs. At first, you will be required to cut and style synthetic or real wigs that are placed atop mannequin heads. Once your skills have improved, you will then usually be able to move on to real human hair on real human heads. In fact, many hairdressing schools also run their own salons, which allow students to get hands on experience working at hairdressing jobs.
Where to Find Hairdressing Jobs
To find hairdressing jobs in your area, you have a number of different options. If you already know someone in the hairdressing business, you may be all set. After proving that you are an adept and talented hairdresser, you may be able to get a hairdressing job in a family member’s or friend’s salon. Of course, you can’t automatically assume that knowing the right people will guarantee you a hairdressing job. There may be any number of reasons that these people may not be able to hire you; for example, they may not have any room on their staff or in their budget for an additional hairdresser.
If you don’t know anyone in the business, you can also look for hairdressing jobs in classified ads. Many salons will place “help wanted” ads in newspapers and on online job boards. Check your local paper as well as job search websites daily. When you find a hairdressing job you’re interested in, send an updated resume outlining your hairdressing education and experience, as well as any other pertinent skills and qualities.
Keep in mind, however, that some salons don’t openly advertise that they are looking for help. If you don’t see a help wanted ad for a position at a local salon, you may need to do a little legwork. Visit every salon and hairdressing boutique in your area and the surrounding area during normal business hours. If at all possible, try to visit these businesses during their slow times, usually in the early morning and after lunch. Depending on where you live, this could take anywhere from an afternoon to a week. At each salon, ask to speak with the business owner or manager, and inquire about any possible job openings. Even if there are no current openings, leave your resume and contact information.
When visiting salons to inquire about employment or for a job interview, always make sure that you look your best! Your nails should be manicured, your clothes should be clean and neat, and you should walk, talk, and speak with an air of friendly confidence. Above all, however, your hair should be neat and well styled. After all, you are looking for a hairdressing job…