How to become a successful hairstylist

How to become a successful hairstylist

Do you love thumbing through beauty magazines? Are your friends always turning to you for advice on how to style or dye their hair?

If so, a career as a hairstylist might be your calling. However, working in the beauty industry is very competitive, and it takes a lot of hard work to be successful.

It’s important to know that there’s more to this trade than just earning a degree, so let’s take a look.

Enroll in Cosmetology School

Cosmetology school is where you will learn the skills and techniques you need to be successful in the beauty industry. Many states have certain examinations and licensing requirements that cosmetology school will help you prepare for. When choosing a school, it’s important to make sure that the school you enroll in is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS).

These schools generally give you the chance to learn under instructors that come from the industry with years of experience to pass down to you.

Master Customer Service

You are going to be interacting with clients daily so strong communication and customer service skills are essential to success. Success means listening closely to the needs of the customer and making sure no one leaves unsatisfied. If you ever end up with a dissatisfied customer, you’ll want to gain the skills you need to make sure they leave feeling like their issue is resolved.

Network with other Beauty Professionals

Considering most of your clients will be generated by referrals, it’s important to network with other beauty professionals. You may specialize in color while others specialize in cuts, which would make the perfect partnership for referrals.

It goes without saying, the more connections you make, the busier you’ll be and the more money you make.

Know your products

Get to know products and brands. If you have a particular brand you love, connect with a brand-representative, and see if there are discounts available if you commit to only using their products. Partnering with a brand could help cut costs and bring in more revenue if you decide to sell their products at your salon.

Social media is a must

Cutting and styling hair is an art, and like any art, it deserves to be seen. Start an Instagram and Pinterest account to show off your work. A social media presence will not only help build your personal brand but could help bring in new clients.

Keep up with trends

The beauty industry is constantly changing as new trends develop. Always continue your education by taking classes to learn new techniques. The more experienced and diverse you are, the more clients you can service.


The first step in becoming a successful hairstylist is selecting the school that’s right for you. When choosing a school, pay attention to the resources they offer in comparison to others. Hint: Some will pay for state licensing after graduation!

With hard work and focus, you can develop a very successful career where you could be your own boss someday!