Talents and Skills to Become a Good Hairdresser (2)

Hairdresser with short hair and a positive attitude
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Especially women tend to visit hair salons with radical wishes like cutting long hair very short or applying an extreme color, when they actually want to change their lives. Also, many people love to come to a salon just to get some personal attention and to talk to someone, be it about celebrity gossip or more personal matters.
This gives being a hairdresser a whole other dimension that is not mentioned in schools or during training, just like a bartender doesn't only pour drinks. A good one listens and anticipates.
Remember, you don't just cut and color hair. You give customers a new look, a new feeling about themselves, a new confidence and attitude. This all comes with great responsibility, and it is extremely important to understand your customer and to have the social and communication skills to avoid any misunderstandings.
Be strong. How do you deal with problems or stress? To be a hairdresser, and especially a good one, means being exposed to many types of pressure. No matter how good you are, there will be unhappy customers and maybe one or two technical mistakes. Learn to be a proactive problem solver and find effective solutions. You want people to come back to you, and they will if they feel that you take them seriously and care about how they feel.
Be fit. Your dream profession is physically demanding. You will be on your feet and moving around all day, so you need to be in good physical condition. You wouldn't be a happy hairdresser with aching joints and swollen feet. So, keep exercising regularly, eat healthily, and make sure to wear good shoes.
Hairdresser cutting a client's long hair off
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Be a perfectionist. Once the hair is cut, it is gone and it will take a while to grow back. Hone your skills and strive for perfection and never settle for "good enough". Know your products inside and out. Never stop learning and never rest on your laurels.
Be glamorous. One way to gain the trust of your customers is to present yourself in a professional manner. No one will feel confident in the chair and under the scissors of a drab stylist who did not even manage to control his or her own hair that morning.
All of the above points will make customers find you special enough to come back. And that is not only a foundation for your business, but also a great motivation that will help you get better and better at what you do, while you enjoy every moment of it.
See also:
Cosmetology schools
Freelance hair jobs
On becoming a hairdresser
The pros and cons of being a hairdresser