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When you apply for jobs as a all around cosmetologist which job in cosmetology do you get assigned to?


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Andrea’s Answer

This will depend on the person who hires you. If you are hired in a salon they will discuss with you in your interview what it is they are expecting. There are salons that want their hair stylist to also provide nail, skin and waxing services. There are other salons that will allow you to focus on the services you feel comfortable with. I would not advise you to take a role anywhere that does not support your comfort level, but I also encourage you to acclimate your self with as many services as possible. This will support your growth in the industry as you move further into your career.


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Vive’s Answer

This can depend on a few factors and it’s up to the owner of the salon. However to get a well rounded experience you want to start at the first point of contact for the client which is the shampoo person. This is the job that helps you prepare and relax the client before they see the stylist. It helps you get a technique on the scalp and gain a small insight on how to wash the clients hair. You also want to be friendly, give eye contact and good customer. The hair industry is very personal and relational so good energy and attitude is helpful. You should also know the inside track of the reception area and know how to schedule someone in the event the salon is short handed. Be willing to learn all entities of the salon until you find a fit that suits you. Positive energy, understanding and patience is required when working in this industry so keep that in mind. Also be willing to sweep up, wash towels and stock inventory. Being helpful and taking direction when assistance is needed for a service. However be willing to learn until you are confident you are ready to build your clientele.

Vive recommends the following next steps:

Be early and not just on time
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Learn hair products on different hair types
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Know the new hair trends
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Get certifications in coloring
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Stay on top of your license renewals
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