Hair Stylists go beyond just washing and cutting hair. They also inspect a client's hair and scalp to recommend various treatments. In addition, they may suggest specific hair colors and cuts for the purposes of improving a client's overall appearance. Hair Stylists also perform hair conditioning, tool sanitation, work area sanitation, hairpiece fitting, hair bleaching, shampooing and, depending upon managerial level, may also carry out supervising, hiring, recordkeeping, supply ordering, advertising and other managerial services.
Hair Stylist Education Requirements
It is necessary that a person obtain a license to be a Hair Stylist. To obtain a license, a person must graduate from a state-approved program in cosmetology. This usually entails at least nine months of education, an oral exam, styling skills exam and a written exam. However, many seek additional education to gain knowledge in current hair-cutting and coloring trends. In addition to licensing, a hair stylist must be at least 16 years of age.
Hair Stylist Job Market
Hair Stylists will continue to be in demand. The job market for Hair Stylists is expected to increase by 13 percent within the next decade, which is a similar growth rate as compared to other occupations. This increase is due to an increase in the general population and a greater need for Barbers and Hairdressers. It is also an exciting time to be a Hair Stylist as a greater number of people are seeking services to customize their appearance. More individuals are exploring hair care options in particular cuts, colors and specialized services.
Hair Stylist Salary
Hair Stylists earn a median amount of $10.95 per hour. However, Hair Stylists commonly receive gratuity for their services, generally around 20 percent of the total amount, resulting in a larger yearly income.