A hair stylist works in a salon or studio environment, cutting and styling clients' hair. This position typically requires previous education or training in the field through opportunities such as cosmetology or beauty school. Many employers require certification or licensure for hair stylists.
This position requires outstanding manual dexterity and attention to detail. Hair stylists must be familiar with - and continually update - with current popular styles, trends, and techniques. In most salon situations, a good stylist will find that a dynamic personality is a plus in maintaining rapport with clients and maintaining a stable client base. They should be prepared to offer advice and suggestions as required by their clients.
Many times, the hair stylist position requires additional skills, namely hair coloring techniques and hair processing techniques such as perming and relaxing hair.
Stylists often work normal business hours during the week; however, many salons do have certain days and dates where they are open later to accommodate clients' needs. Depending on the salon and its specific needs, experience in smaller studios may be a necessary beyond educational and licensing requirements.
Hair Stylist Tasks
- Keep work station clean and sanitary.
- Schedule appointments, operate cash registers, and sell hair care products..
- Shampoo, rinse, cut, bleach, dye, dry, and/or style hair according to client requests and aesthetic concerns.