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Welcome to the latest instalment in our Be ambitious in
2017 series. Today we're looking at the creative and social world
Hairdressing is one of the most mobile and portable professions out
there. Jobs can be picked up all over the world if you're a skilled
hairdresser. All you need are some basic tools, a mirror and a comfy
chair for your client. And as long as humans continue to express
themselves by how they wear their hair, a good hairdresser will always
be in demand.
It's no surprise that there are certain personal attributes and
qualities that will put you ahead of the pack as a hairdresser.
Chiefly among these is being a good listener, and hearing what your
client wants from you.
It's important to understand the aesthetics of your work so the hair
suits the client's facial features and shape, bone structure,
complexion, body type and personal style (from Damien Carney in
Secrets to Becoming a Successful Hairdresser").
If your client loves their new do, they will be back. This is a sure
way of ensuring repeat clients. A good memory is a great asset. People
love a hairdresser who remembers exactly how they did their hair two
months ago. It's not uncommon for these clients to follow their
regular hairdresser from salon to salon.
On a more technical note, good hand-eye coordination is important, as
is a methodical and careful approach to working. Hairdressing disaster
stories happen when a hairdresser is sloppy or careless.
They are out there and can be found if you're willing to do the work
looking for them. This means going from salon to salon and asking if
they'd be willing to take you on as an apprentice. Many salon managers
started their careers as apprentices themselves and so will appreciate
your situation and your initiative. Start with salons that you admire.
Another option is to hop on to jobs websites such as seek.com.au
and search for hairdressing apprentice.
Your chances of being offered an apprenticeship will increase if
you've signed up for some formal qualifications. TAFE NSW's Certificate
III in Hairdressing is a good starting point as it doesn't have
any entry requirements. It's also a popular pathway for the Certificate
IV in Hairdressing or the Diploma
of Salon Management. Download our free course guide here for info
on all hairdressing courses.
A client places a great deal of trust in
the skills and creative abilities of the person holding the scissors,
clippers and mixing colours. The confident hairdresser who
consistently delivers great results will always be in demand.