What Makes a Successful Cosmetologist?

Are you passionate about creative hair styling, but unsure how you might be able to turn your passion into a career? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. There are plenty of people with a heartfelt interest in joining this exciting, fast-paced industry, but who lack the tools or motivation to take the plunge.

Among other major elements, this break-in foundation is one of the pillars of Collectiv Academy’s renowned cosmetology school. We’ll show you everything you need to establish yourself as a top notch stylist, plus how to progress in the industry. As a small taste, here are a few general tips for what makes a great cosmetologist.

Foundational Skills

Establishing your basic skills sets your baseline as a cosmetologist. This starts with your work in the salon, from the simple stuff to more technical processes that might take some practice.

It’s not just about your ability to cut hair and make it look nice, though – foundational skills also include the business side of the industry. Networking is vital, as is the ability to present yourself in a professional and upstanding way. The ability to spot an industry trend early might get you a leg up on your competition.

Personalize

Once you’ve firmed up your basic skill set, get to work adding your own personal flair. This might include a signature color scheme or a special design – whatever sets you apart.

At the same time, be ready to adapt your style based on your clients’ preferences. No one wants a rigid stylist unwilling to think outside their box. At Collectiv Academy beauty school, part of our goal is enabling you to maximize your creativity, both for yourself and your clients.

Expect Mistakes

Things won’t always go perfectly! You’ll make mistakes along the way, maybe even a few serious ones. Just remember to view these as learning experiences above all else, and try to never make the same mistake twice.

Present Yourself

To advance in the cosmetology industry, you have to be visible. We talked about networking earlier, and it deserves a second mention – put yourself out there wherever possible. A few simple ways to help market yourself:

  • Business cards
  • Social media
  • Trade shows
  • Word of mouth – satisfied customers spread the word quickly!

Continue Learning

Cosmetology is an ever-evolving industry, and you need to have the same mindset to succeed. Whether you’re a pup still in barber school or a 10-year veteran with an established clientele, you can still find learning experiences in the right places. If you keep an open mind, there’s no telling what might fill it.

Ready to learn more? Collectiv Academy is ready to give you the tools you need to succeed in the hairdressing industry.

Staying Safe in the Salon

It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of cosmetology, but safety in the barbershop is a very important consideration. You’re working with equipment that’s sharp or heats up to what can be dangerous temperatures, after all, and these items are usually used on or around the heads of your customers.

At Collectiv Academy, safety in the workplace is a standard part of our cosmetology school experience. Here are a few general tips we’d offer for keeping your shop safe and fun.

Equipment

The items in your salon are tools at your disposal, but they can be dangerous if used or maintained incorrectly. A few basics to stay on top of:

  • Keep lists of equipment, including regular maintenance tracking
  • Be conscious of cords and electronics, especially near customers
  • Keep track of sharp items
  • Check water temperatures regularly – should never be above 120 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Bi-annual checks on all equipment

These are just general tips, and many individual situations will simply come down to common sense. Don’t let children near sharp or hot equipment, for instance, and don’t try to fix or fuss with equipment you may not know how to use. Part of our hair school experience at Collectiv Academy includes proper use and maintenance of all salon equipment.

Chemicals

If they’re handled and stored correctly, the various chemicals in your barbershop will stay safe and useful as hair products and not accidents waiting to happen. Some ways to stay diligent here:

  • Store chemicals according to instructions
  • Label all chemicals clearly
  • Read directions before use
  • Follow allergy-check recommendations from product manufacturers

Facility

Keeping your salon clutter-free and organized is the easiest way to avoid any potential chaos. A few things to keep an eye on:

  • Wipe up spills on floors immediately, and sweep up hair regularly
  • Provide non-slip footwear to customers if slipping is an issue
  • Wash and wax floors regularly
  • Check fixtures like mirrors, tables and sinks on a regular basis
  • Designate specific areas for employee workstations to avoid confusion
  • Keep a first-aid supply kit handy

If you’re ready to learn more and join an exciting and progressive beauty school, contact Collectiv Academy today. Our passionate team is ready to meet you and start your journey toward creating a successful career.