In this article, we share 7 tips that will get you where you want to be in your career and keep you on the right track.
It is vital to find a reputable salon that offers an assistant training program as well as continuing education for down the line. Education is critical for assuring greater success in your career. Unfortunately, not all salons offer such training, so look long and hard for the right salon.
Know Your Place
Even if you top your class in beauty school, as an assistant, that statue is no longer valid. It is hard to swallow, but it is not all about you anymore. Your objective as an assistant is to make the person you are working for looking good. Never try to outshine the hairstylist you are assisting. The hairstylist you are supporting needs to trust you and know that you can handle yourself without stepping over the line with their clients.
Make it a habit to arrive 15minutes before your shift to prepare for the day ahead; this will ensure a smoother day for the hairstylist you are assisting. Be prepared and willing to stay back when there are late clients; every assisting assignment is an opportunity. You will learn a great deal, and your diligence will pay-off.
Make a genuine effort to look the best you can. Follow your salon’s dress code stylishly but bear in mind comfort comes first. Always have your hair, nails, and makeup done, but not overdone and keep everything you wear tasteful. We are a crucial part of the fashion industry; walking the talk is essential.
Maintain a positive and professional attitude. Do not bring your personal life dramas to your work. When interacting with clients, be friendly and helpful.
Think Like a Hairstylist
When you become a hairstylist, think about your expectations from your future assistant and start being that assistant. Retrieve the client’s information card before their arrival, making sure all required tools are available and ready.
During the appointment, try to anticipate the stylist’s need, while any color is processing, clean, and wash up tools while paying close attention to processing time carefully.
After appointments, clean the hair station and sweep up immediately. When there is free time, take the initiative to do house-keeping without having to be asked.
Don’t be Scare to Ask Questions
If there are any instructions that you are unsure, always ask. Do not make assumptions if you are unsure. If you tend to be forgetful, have a pen and notebook with you. You do not want to ask the same questions over and over again, especially when the salon is busy. You are still in the learning process, so hairdressers will not expect you to know everything.