Career Advice for Aspiring African American Hair Stylists

February 10, 2011  |  

Are you interested in gaining a reputation as a hair stylist for an African American cliente? Start a career in cosmetology or hair designing so you can perform lasting, professional hairstyles that make people feel new and improved. In addition, you can put your experience to the test by teaching them how to maintain their locks on a regular basis.

Here’s a basic tutorial on how to be a hair stylist:

1. Find out what your purpose is

Graduating from high school is a milestone in one’s life where they must undertake some type of career. If your passionate about becoming a hair stylist to the stars, or owning your own hair franchise, then maybe you should pursue this initiative the common way. Before embarking on a carer in hair styling, know what your purpose is for doing so, so that you don’t wallow in financial debt or regret.

2. Enroll in a school of cosmetology or hair design school

Getting a head start in either of these areas – cosmetology or hair design school – is the fastest way to learning the basics of hair treatment, styling and perms, braiding, coloring and cutting the hair. As a new student, you will have to take prerequisite courses with other students, and above all, get an extensive manual on how to perform each function on hair. Undergoing this challenge will prepare you for the next phase of your career.

3. Get an apprenticeship with a hair salon

Similar to an internship, hair salons accept recent graduates of hair schools to start honing in on their craft as an apprentice. In this setting, you will be working with an experienced hair stylist to perform hair on his/her clientele base, and gain momentum as an up-and-coming stylist yourself. Hair salons love to see a resume outlining your experience.

4. Perfect your skills

A new graduate shouldn’t expect to perform on the same level as a veteran stylist. The skills learned on-the-job cultivates your experience after beauty school, because it lessons you on how to perfect your craft and work in a fast-pace environment. In due time, you will be knowledgeable about the process.

5. Gain a reputation as a established hair stylist, and market to your clientele base

The path to success requires hardwork and dedication, and doing so, you must reach out to contacts and a clientele base to kick start your career. If your next juncture is opening your own business, then it takes a bit more work than someone whose just starting out at a hair salon. Gaining a reputation for the work you do, is the fastest way to reap benefits for it in the long run.

6. Acquire a license to do hair

Hair professionals must fulfill all license requirements in their state. If you are enacting a business or trying to land a job, you must pass a written and practical exam so that you can legally do hair.

African American hair stylists are essential to successful salons that cater to black women.

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