When pursuing any career, you might ask yourself the question: “Am I cut out for this?” Nobody wants to take the next step without feeling reassurance that they are capable. While there are many different kinds of people who thrive in this industry, there are certain traits that can turn a good cosmetologist into a great one, and recognizing these traits can help you succeed in your cosmetology journey!
Do you enjoy meeting new people and creating relationships? Cosmetology could be the career for you! Every single day you have the opportunity to create new relationships and nourish existing ones. People love to talk, and every client has their own story. While they are in your chair, create a fun and safe place for your clients to share and even vent. You may never know what insights or opportunities may come from a simple conversation with a client.
Did you know that most cosmetologists consider themselves artists? If you love expressing yourself creatively, cosmetology could be a new and exciting outlet to take advantage of… and the possibilities are endless! Some beauty pros love to experiment with new designs, techniques, and styles, others like to perfect their skills, and some enjoy a good mix of both. Whether you consider yourself an innovator or a follower, there’s room for your creativity in the beauty world!
Turning a client’s vision into a reality and being a part of a successful transformation can be so rewarding! Not only does it make you feel accomplished but it creates loyalty. The key to a loyal customer is when a cosmetologist understands a client’s needs through two-way communication which is the ability to ask the right questions and then listen to the feedback of your clients! Strive to be a skilled listener. When you are, you will better envision what your client wants and, ultimately, the happier you and your client will be at the end of the appointment.
Another important aspect of communication is when talking about pricing. Be upfront about your prices. More often than not, they will appreciate you being honest about your services, so they can either accept or decline.
There comes a time when a client will ask you to cut or dye their hair a way that you, as their stylist, know won’t be achievable in one appointment or ultimately may not be the best choice for them. The difference between a good stylist and a great stylist is being able to identify what is and what isn’t a good fit for your client and expressing it in a kind and informative way. If you’ve never done a certain technique or cut, tell them. If a certain haircut may not look the best for their face shape, offer them an alternative. Many, if not all, of your clients will appreciate your desire to keep the integrity of their hair and to make them look their best!
Another important aspect of hair integrity is recognizing what you can do with your skill level. While practice does make perfect, clearly communicate with your clients on what your expertise level (what you can and cannot do) is so they can have realistic expectations. If you need help from an instructor or coworker, don’t hesitate to ask in order to learn and better create what your client is envisioning for their hair. Your clients and your reputation will appreciate your honesty.
Whether it’s your workstation or your own hair, having an attention to detail and being clean is so important. If your hair isn’t brushed, how are people going to trust you with their hair? If your station isn’t organized and cared for, how are clients going to know you care about their hair? Being organized and tidy is a good indicator of how much love and attention you put into things in your life. Always strive to go above and beyond to create a pleasant experience from your workstation to your work of art!
Being able to learn new techniques and tools when different trends arise is a huge advantage as a cosmetologist. There is always something new to learn and techniques to improve upon. You should constantly improve upon your knowledge and expand your skill set even after school. Listen to the media and stay on top of trends and styles that pop up. Adapting to change and even getting a head start can set you apart and increase your demand. Be confident that your creativity and skill will help clients achieve their desired results and remember that practice makes perfect!
Recognizing what makes a great cosmetologist is the first step to becoming one! Whether you have one or all of these personality traits, explore the possibilities of a future in cosmetology at Moler Beauty Academy.