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what are the hardest parts of the cosmetology industry?

I am 15 I dream of owning my own beauty shop in which I will do hair, nails makeup everything cosmetology related #cosmetology #owner #blackowned #business

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Brayden’s Answer

Hello!

While not in the cosmetology space I would think the hardest thing is learning how to run your own business and dealing with all the things that are involved with that. Unless you go work for a chain and are contracted then you will have to deal with gathering clientele, finding a space and paying for the expenses thats involved with owning a business. You will have to get your licenses and permits and things of that nature that for me being a engineering major is super confusing for me. Just the business side in itself is super difficult because you are dealing with customers and making sure they are happy and getting them to return and setting prices and rate. I have great appreciation for people who go into this line of work because its super difficult and competitive but also a art and it takes skill to be good in the field.

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Robin’s Answer

Keeping up on industry trending and changes can be a challenge. Making your customer have a unique experience in your business is key to success. Customer have many choices, work on specialty skills or giving them a relaxing comfortable experience.. good luck
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Deborah D.’s Answer

Hello jasmine K, nice to meet you.
Your question is good, and I totally agree with Brayden, but I want to talk a little about your question.
When you say "hard", are you referring to the skills required, or the hardest part about the job itself.
The reason I make the distinction is because as with most jobs, sure the training may not be so easy, but with dedication, and persistence, you can get it done. I'm sure.
I think it is important to understand that you have to be "PEOPLE PERSON", to do this line of work. What I mean by that is you have to sincerely want to do the best for your client. That means having good listening skills, understanding that you can't please everyone, and being confident enough to ride the waves, so to speak.
To quote Jason here; " Just the business side in itself is super difficult because you are dealing with customers and making sure they are happy and getting them to return and setting prices and rate."
Sounds like a lot? Trust me it is!
All that to say ; the academics are the building blocks, but it's you the person that makes the success.
How did you get interested in the field? Are you doing hair now? Try to hook up with a mentor, who might be willing to let you visit the salon, and see first hand what it all entails. I think this may be one of the harder fields to build up clientele, so try to get as much experience as possible. If you are doing hair for friends or family, post it on Instagram, start a on-line blog about your journey. All these things will get your name out there. You might follow other hair stylist to get more tips, and useful tools.
I see several black cosmetology schools in New York, so already in a great place to learn.
Visit some schools, and salons. Talk to experienced professionals.
Let your passion fuel your desire to be the best!
Wishing you all the best!
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