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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 program. 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.

It’s that time of year again; everyone is headed back to school. While every season offers change, when you think of September you think back to school. Are you ready for a fresh start? If you have always fantasized about going to beauty school, now is the time to get started and sign up for some classes.

Once you enroll you will want to make sure that you are successful. Here are some tips on how to succeed in beauty school classes.

Be on Time

If you are making the financial commitment to beauty school it is important you make the time commitment too. Being late can delay your learning and could even result in a suspension. If you miss too many hours at beauty school it can set back your education and even your graduation date. Making time for your classes is one of the most important ways to be successful.

Be Open Minded

Always be willing to learn and take constructive criticism. You shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes or get out of your comfort zone. Be open to new ideas even if you think you know how to do something already.

Don’t Procrastinate

Stay busy in class by reading your textbook, working with guests, and styling mannequin heads. If you procrastinate you can easily fall behind on your school work.

Ask Questions

Don’t be shy ask questions, students are expected to ask questions in class that’s what your instructor is there for. It is better to understand how to create a style with help rather than struggle with it on your own. Teachers and veteran students are great resources for your questions.

When you begin the clinic parts of your class do not be afraid to ask your guest questions either. Successful students have good communication skills and will ask for clarity if they are not sure what a guest is wanting. Take the extra few minutes to really know your client; this will be much easier than dealing with an angry guest.

The most successful students put their all into their classes. They understand that this year in beauty school is the stage for the rest of their life, if you want to get the most out of your education all you have to do is put forth the effort!