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Hair Stylist

Hair Stylist

Hairstyling is an always popular position in the cosmetology field. Perhaps it is because it’s something so many of us have wanted to do since we were young! Hair styles and designs constantly change - from bobs to beehives, from the classic "Rachel" to the " Hombre hairstyle" - Trends are constantly in flux and are often driven by celebrity and red carpet hair styles. The ability to express your creativity every day and continuous education opportunities (often employer paid) makes hairstyling the career choice of thousands. Hairstylists have the option to:

  • Work in a variety of professional environments such as salons, spas, hotels, photographic studios and more
  • Have room to grow as a manager of a salon or salon owner
  • Can work in a variety of settings including, cruise ships, on movie and television sets, magazine shoots, and more!
  • Work flexible hours, depending on the salon

United States Department of Labor and Statistics 1

Cosmetology Job Information

Projected Industry Employment Growth: 20%

Median Hourly Wages: $11.13 - (May 2008)

General Outlook - Employment is expected to grow faster than the average employment rate for all occupations. Additionally, the demand for hair coloring and other advanced hair treatments has increased in recent years, particularly among baby boomers and young people.

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Hair Stylist At Work

Hair stylists, or cosmetologists, provide a wide range of hair care services to help enhance the appearance of their clients, which often helps with self esteem and self confidence too. Hair stylists also may provide advice on things like:

  • How to care for your hair at home
  • Recommend products to use
  • Tips for keeping your hair healthy
  • Styling tips
  • And general advice on any thing from fashion to relationships

Hair stylists often develop long lasting relationships with their clientele and even friendships. In fact some beauty schools consider “people skills” such an important part of the job that a portion of the curriculum is focused on teaching students how to interact with their clients 1.

Opportunities abound. One thing we can be pretty sure of is that people will always have hair, and as long as they do, they are going to need someone to cut and style it. According to recent projections, employment opportunities for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists will increase by about 20 percent 1. So if you’re looking for a stable career that can never be outsourced, perhaps becoming a hair stylist is right for you.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the estimated median wage is ,510, while the top 10% of hair stylists earn an average of ,540 annually1. Those who reach the top of their profession can earn much, much more. Not bad for a career where you get to be creative, help people look and feel better, and love what you!

Hair Color Specialist

Hair Colorist

Colorists have many opportunities to reach their creative heights. Fitting styles and colors to meet the needs of women and men with different types of hair, skin tones, facial shapes, personalities, and professions keep coloring as a challenging but rewarding career. Hair Color Specialists perform:

  • Highlights
  • Lowlights
  • Color Correction
  • New Color Concepts
  • Create Complimentary Colors For Their Clients
  • And More!

Hair Color Specialists can earn an average of ,000 according to job site Simplyhired 2. Having this specialty allows these types of professionals to work in a variety of locations. Enjoying the freedom to mix and combine varying colors to create new trends or designs keeps these professionals on the artistic verge of their craft. Sound like fun? Consider a career as Hair Color Specialist.

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Barbers, Cosmetologists, and Other Personal Appearance Workers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos332.htm (visited October 13, 2011).