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As a hair stylist what would be the single most important piece of advice you would offer a cosmetology student?

Learn Humility
7% (27 votes)
Attend Educational Events (at least 3x per year)
10% (41 votes)
Learn Customer Service skills
10% (39 votes)
Work in a Busy Salon
10% (41 votes)
Be Focused
13% (53 votes)
Learn Social Media Skills
13% (52 votes)
Focus on one discipline first (color : cut : chemical : styling : extensions : editorial)
17% (69 votes)
Mentor Program (study as assistant under "Certified Master Stylist or Colorist"
20% (83 votes)
Total votes: 405
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More advice for students: Make a Great First Impression

From the moment you greet a new client, you want to make a professional impression. At the shampoo bowl, you can spend 5 minutes giving a relaxing and thorough shampoo. This by itself can earn you a client for life. Offer your client a drink, and listen to your client. They aren't there to hear about Your problems. Great customer service should flow naturally. Just remember, you can get a great steak, but if the waiter is bad, what will you remember? Same with hair designing...sometimes you don't get a second chance to make a great first impression.

PLEASE EXPAND THIS AND HAVE THIS AS 1 OF PERHAPS 25-50 ?'S....

- 80% OF SUCCESS IN THIS BUSINESS = GREAT INTERPERSONAL SKILLS.... TO WORK FOR A GREAT MENTOR, THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX - ALWAYS HAVE THE ATTITUDE YOU ARE ALWAYS LEARNING ETC = YOU HAVE TO HAVE HUMILITY...I KNOW YOU CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS !:) XXOO

TO WORK FOR A GREAT MENTOR,

TO WORK FOR A GREAT MENTOR, THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX - ALWAYS HAVE THE ATTITUDE YOU ARE ALWAYS LEARNING ETC

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Best advice for students

In the above poll, there was not a choice for 'learn the basics,' but that is a great piece of advice.
I have heard young stylists saying "I don't do perms" for instance. Why limit your income? Someday we may all be wearing afros again! How will you make a paycheck then if you cannot preform a simple pattern with the proper tension to give a uniform over-all curl?
There is really nothing new in the game it's all recycled, updated yes, but it all has basis in the basics.

yes:)

you make a lot of extremely good points - and they are all connected - the professional observations - with also becoming a better, more well-roiunded person, open to all types of experiences, people etc. I'm what is labeled an "older" student = 85% are @ 17-19. i hear so many people/students say, " i don't want to work on old ladies hair , no perms, i don't clean, they only work with different texture of hair when required...all of this = if you have this attitude you are defining not only how far you will grow professionally but also as a person. to check your ego at the door and be open to trying anything = the true key:)

Leaving powerful additions

Overall what we are looking to share are amazing thoughts, a hierchy if you will of what are the best areas of focus for stylists in the industry and getting into the industry. AS this is just a poll what it will show is simply what is the belief system of stylists as to what is important when getting into the industry.

If you want to leave an answer to be added to the pol, leave that in you comments and we will gladly add it to the poll. This poll will be ongoing for the next 30 days and we will see if it turns into something that would make sense to leave up for some time after.

Thank you for taking a moment to support new stylists and share your advice and stories.

It would have easily helped me to see this in plain text in front of me so when I was looking for the "place to go and work" I had an idea of what I should be looking for.

Namaste,

Peter Anthony : Founder LTAYH.com and 25 year Salon Owner and Stylist

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