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June 23, 2011
Recognizing Star Potential

Below is an example of the types of communications I have been receiving recently.  It will give you a good idea about all of the passion that goes into the art of hair. There is a whole wealth of young talent just looking for the right break.  Salon owners, you may have a star right there in your salon…the letter speaks for itself.

Dear Linda,

My name is Kay and I’ve just turned 22. I am a Licensed Hairdresser/ Cosmetologist in Boston who has worked in a salon as an assistant, but felt I did not have any growth potential there. Right now I work in an office Monday- Friday 8am-5pm staring at a computer screen when my true passion is hair! I’ve tried to apply for styling jobs at salons but without much "in salon" experience it’s impossible to make a career out of it. I do hair on the side and love the instant gratification people get when they love what I’ve done to their whole look. I WANT THAT. I want to be at work where I love doing what I love to do! I believe in myself and need somebody to believe in me as well. Everybody has to start somewhere and I was wondering what you think the best way would be to start. It is a struggle without guidance. I am always on the search on how to get behind the scenes and be a pair of hands for sponsors at shows or assist in some sort or fashion hair show, but am so LOST! Please help me out with any advice you have!  Most importantly, if you've read this, thank you for your time!

Dear Kay,

Having worked in beauty for many years, I can only tell you that you have to start at the bottom in order to make it in this industry (as with most careers). Fortunately, the beauty industry does have a built-in apprenticeship known as the "hair assistant." However, you must choose a salon that offers in-house training and apprenticeship programs that would bring you to the floor within a certain amount of time. At the same time, you should attend training workshops given by manufacturers in order to keep abreast of the latest techniques and trends. Most importantly, build up a client base through word-of-mouth. In other words, if you have private clients, encourage them to spread the word about you to their friends so that you can show potential employers that you have a following.

Other tips: Find out about the top salons in your area by reading the local press. These will most likely offer you the most potential.  Another great way to break into this business in a big way is to master a particular skill (for example, hair extensions) that will make you more employable. There are schools that offer workshops in a variety of hair treatments and it is well worth the cost. I wish you success in pursuing your passion. Please let me know how you are making out in the future.

Best wishes,


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