Tips for New Stylists

Mar 11, 2024 | Advice, News | 0 comments

Holiday Hair Stylist Janay Kendall

Starting a career as a hair stylist is an exciting and creative journey that allows you to help people look and feel their best. Whether you’re fresh out of cosmetology school or considering a career change, starting our as a new hair stylist can be rewarding and challenging. At Alline Salon Group, we believe in supporting new stylists who are just starting out in their careers by providing a competitive salary, continuing education and unparalleled support. 

We’ve put together additional ways new stylists can be prepared as they embark on this exciting career path! 

Be Open to Learning

Cosmetology school teaches you the basics and sets a strong foundation, but your career choice requires consistent, continuing education. Beauty trends and techniques are constantly evolving. Stay updated by attending workshops, seminars, and online courses. At Alline Salon Group, we offer continuing education courses to all of our stylists to ensure they stay up to date and always on trend. 

Create a Social Media Portfolio

Set up a dedicated, professional social media presence that will serve as your online portfolio. We recommend having this separate from any personal account. Showcase your best styles and color creations to potential clients using photos, reels and stories. If you aren’t proficient in how to post on social platforms, consider watching a YouTube tutorial that can teach you the basics and best practices. Always make sure you photos and videos are clear, engaging and most importantly – showcase you as a stylist and your best work! 

Practice Exceptional Customer Service

Developing strong client relationships is key to a long-lasting, successful career. Be a good listener, offer personalized advice, and make sure your clients always feel heard and appreciated.

Make Time Management a Priority

Time is money in the beauty industry. Knowing how manage your appointments efficiently is paramount so you can provide top-notch service to every client without running late.

Master Communication Skills

Effective communication with clients is essential, especially when it comes to providing hair and beauty services. Ensure you understand your client’s expectations and provide clear explanations of the services you’re offering, what the results will be, pricing and maintenance. It is also important to provide realistic expectations of client requests – particularly if their particular hair type isn’t suited for a cut or style they’re requesting.

Stay Organized

Keep detailed records of your clients’ preferences, formulas, and appointment history. This will help you provide consistent service and build long-term relationships.

Understand that Mistakes Happen

Mistakes happen, even to experienced stylists. When they do, take responsibility, apologize, and work with the client to find a solution. Learning from your mistakes is a valuable part of growth, especially as a new stylist. 

Seek Feedback

Encourage your clients to provide feedback on what they liked or didn’t like about their cut, color or style. Constructive criticism can help you improve your skills and customer service.

Stay Passionate

The beauty industry can be demanding, but your passion for creativity and making people feel confident should always shine through. Stay inspired, and your clients will notice.

If you’re interested in a career with Alline Salon Group, we invite you to check out our careers page here for opportunities as a stylist or Territory Leader.