What to do to uplevel your career behind the chair


Just like anything else, there are seasons to being a hairstylist.

You start in school, eager to get your hands in hair. You get out and you apprentice (or maybe you don’t) learning a lot through trial and error and spending a hefty amount of time with a broom in your hands. You grow in to a stylist and figure out how to build a clientele. You start raising your prices and changing your schedule as you advance in your career. Eventually, you look around and you think “alright… now what?” We can always continue to level up when it comes to our skill and our pricing, but for a lot of us we will hit a point where we’re not sure what else to do.

I hit this at 30. I didn’t see it coming. I knew I wanted to slow down on the double booking and maybe quit weekends all together, but what I didn’t know was that I would want to shift my career in a direction I never found appealing before. Educating. It hit me like a basketball to the face.

I thought “You spent all of these years climbing, scaling, working your ass off, and you don’t want to share what you’ve learned with the rest of the world? That’s selfish.”

I’m not here to tell you to be an educator, I’m here to tell you that eventually you might question what’s next and you’ll find yourself in a place that feels foreign to the previous version of you. If you find yourself there, like I did, Here are some ideas for directions you could go:

  1. Educate/Coach

    If you’re at the point where you feel like you’ve studied and scaled and been through hell and back in your career: it might be time to share all that knowledge with other people who need to hear it. Sit down and make a list of the things you wish you had learned early on in your career, or the methods you use behind the chair that others could benefit from.

  2. Own a salon

    For some people owning a salon is the ultimate dream. They want a space of their own where they call the shots. They want to name it after their first born dog and run rampant with plants inside. Is this you? Maybe it’s time to take a closer look in to how you could make this happen.

  3. Become a brand ambassador.

    Are there one or two lines you work with exclusively that you love? That you know like the back of your hand? Maybe it’s time to start networking with the people inside of that line to get your foot in the door as an ambassador.

Those are only a few ideas, because admittedly: there are a lot of directions we could take this. You could enter contests and strive to be the next btc one shot or naha winner. You could run a retreat just for hairstylists or salon owners. You could become an influencer who leaves positive impressions on others via social media. The possibilities aren’t nearly as narrow as they seem in our career. Got other ideas for someone looking for their next step? Drop them in a comment below!

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