Hair Stylist: Job Duties, Career Outlook, and Education Prerequisites

Hair Stylist: Job Duties, Career Outlook, and Education Prerequisites

 

What Is a Hair Stylist?

As a professional hair stylist, you may work in barbershops, beauty salons or spas. Hairstylists, also referred to as hairdressers, provide a range of hair care treatments for both men and women, and they also give advice to clients for home hair care. Those that have their own business may take on clerical duties as well.

An overview of career details, including licensure and education, is highlighted in the table below.

Training RequiredState-approved cosmetology program
Key SkillsPhysical stamina, time management, attention to detail, creativity
LicensureState licensure is required to work as a hair stylist
Job Growth (2014-2024)*10% for all hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Job Duties Might I Have as a Hair Stylist?

Your main responsibilities as a hair stylist will be trimming, shampooing, conditioning and styling hair for male or female clients. Some other services you may perform include scalp massage, facial shaving and hairpiece styling. As a licensed hair stylist, you’ll be able to give permanent waves, relaxers and bleaching or coloring treatments. Should your customers have questions regarding at-home hair care, they’ll turn to you for advice. If you become the sole proprietor of your own salon, you’ll also be in charge of managerial duties such as hiring workers, advertising, maintaining salon inventory and keeping business records.

What Is the Projected Career Outlook?

It was predicted that job openings for hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists would expand between 2014 to 2024. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment would increase by 10% during this period. The increasing population and their desire for hair treatments and coloring services was expected to contribute to the employment growth. The BLS also indicated that a number of workers will leave the field, making job prospects favorable for newcomers. However, it was believed that employment at limited higher-paying establishments would have increased competition for employment.

What Education Prerequisites Should I Fulfill?

Hair stylists must complete a state-licensed program in a professional cosmetology or barbering school. Public vocational schools and community colleges also have cosmetology programs that can prepare you for a career as a hair stylist. Your certificate or diploma program can last nine months or longer and it could be applicable towards a 2-year associate’s degree. Cosmetology programs include topics such as hair coloring, communications, cosmetology concepts and hair cutting techniques.

Every state requires hair stylists to obtain licenses in order to practice. Individual states may have different licensing requirements, but generally you’ll need to be at least 16 years old with a high school diploma, along with a certificate, diploma or associate’s degree from a state-licensed and approved cosmetology program. If you have met those requirements, you can take the state licensing examination. The test should include written and oral sections as well as a practical portion allowing you to demonstrate your hair styling skills.

What Are Some Related Alternative Careers?

People interested in hairstyling could also consider becoming barbers or cosmetologists, the former focused more on men’s hair care, and the latter focused on all-around beauty treatments and makeup. A skincare specialist and a manicurist/pedicurist are two other career options. All of these jobs require postsecondary education.

TSPA National Student Competition Winners Attend REDKEN Symposium

 

TSPA National Student Competition Winners Attend REDKEN Symposium

Every year there is a national student competition involving the 45+ TSPA academies. Winners in each of several categories are awarded a trip to the REDKEN Symposium in Las Vegas, where students get to work side by side with the biggest names in the industry.

Congratulations to our very own Robin Etter, who won the Hair Color category, and  Hathaway Heber, who was a finalist in the Makeup Beauty category!!! We are so proud of you and all of our students!!!

In addition to the great prizes and recognition, the opportunity to participate in competitions like this one are invaluable; providing experience and education that can elevate one’s skills and foster an even greater passion for this industry.  Congratulations to all of our Winners, Finalists, and those who stepped outside their comfort zone and were brave enough to compete!

HAIR COLOR – TSPA

     

WINNER                                         FINALIST                                                    FINALIST
Robin Etter                                     Mackenzie Snyder                                     Amanda Goggins
TSPA Fargo                                    TSPA Buffalo                                              TSPA Buffalo

 

CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC – TSPA

    

WINNER                                                   FINALIST                                                   FINALIST
Kaylah Schoen                                         McKenna Will                                            Andrea Opel
TSPA Appleton                                        TSPA Appleton                                         TSPA Appleton

 

EDUCATOR – TSPA

    

WINNER                                                   FINALIST                                                   FINALIST
Kate Meginley                                          Winter Brown                                            Nancy Boshier
TSPA Buffalo                                            TSPA Appleton                                          TSPA Buffalo

 

FINISHING – TSPA

    

WINNER                                                    FINALIST                                                FINALIST
Sam Bingenheimer                                   Maddy Rothe                                          Nilaja Rann
TSPA Buffalo                                             TSPA Appleton                                       TSPA DC

 

MENS – TSPA

    

WINNER                                                   FINALIST                                               FINALIST
Dean Sullivan                                           Briley Wingerter                                   Gracie Kluck
TSPA DC                                                    TSPA Evansville                                   TSPA Appleton

 

MAKEUP: BEAUTY

    

WINNER                                                   FINALIST                                                FINALIST
Kristena Brown                                        Katelin Underwood                               Hathaway Heber
TSPA Winnipeg                                       ESI Chubbuck                                         TSPA Fargo

 

MAKEUP: FANTASY

    

WINNER                                                   FINALIST                                                  FINALIST
Genevive Browne                                    Meagan Allen                                            Brittany Knox
TSPA Buffalo                                            TSPA Evansville                                       TSPA Buffalo

 

NAILS

     

WINNER                                                   FINALIST                                                  FINALIST
Sharily Cruz-Medina                              Lyric Jensen                                              Emily Munster
TSPA Buffalo                                           TSPA Colorado Springs                           TSPA Nampa

 

You can check out the fun and craziness of REDKEN Symposium here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGMw4VzFzJo