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Working As A Frame Stylist

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • Make Decisions

  • $55,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Frame Stylist Do

Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists provide haircutting, hairstyling, and a range of other beauty services.

Duties

Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists typically do the following:

  • Inspect and analyze hair, skin, and scalp to recommend treatment
  • Discuss hairstyle options
  • Wash, color, lighten, and condition hair
  • Chemically change hair textures
  • Cut, dry, and style hair
  • Receive payments from clients
  • Clean and disinfect all tools and work areas

Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists provide hair and beauty services to enhance clients’ appearance. Those who operate their own barbershop or salon have managerial duties that may include hiring, supervising, and firing workers, as well as keeping business and inventory records, ordering supplies, and arranging for advertising.

Barbers cut, trim, shampoo, and style hair, mostly for male clients. They also may fit hairpieces, perform facials, and offer facial shaving. Depending on the state in which they work, some barbers are licensed to color, bleach, and highlight hair and to offer permanent-wave services. Common tools include combs, scissors, straight razors, and clippers.

Hairdressers, or hairstylists, offer a wide range of hair services, such as shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling. They often advise clients, both male and female, on how to care for their hair at home. They also keep records of products and services provided to clients, such as hair color, shampoo, conditioner, and hair treatment used. Tools include hairbrushes, scissors, blow dryers, and curling irons.

Cosmetologists provide scalp and facial treatments and makeup analysis. Some also clean and style wigs and hairpieces. In addition, most cosmetologists actively recommend professional hair care products or salon hair care products.

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How To Become A Frame Stylist

All states require barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists to be licensed. To qualify for a license, candidates are required to graduate from a state-approved cosmetology program.

Education

A high school diploma or equivalent is required for some positions. In addition, every state requires that barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists complete a program in a state-licensed barber or cosmetology school. Programs in hairstyling, skin care, and other personal appearance services are available in postsecondary vocational schools.

Full-time programs in barbering and cosmetology usually last at least 9 months and may lead to an associate’s degree. Most of these workers take advanced courses in hairstyling or in other personal appearance services to keep up with the latest trends. Those who want to open their own business also may take courses in sales and marketing.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists must obtain a license in order to work. Qualifications for a license vary by state, but generally, a person must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Reached a minimum age of 16
  • Received a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Graduated from a state-licensed barber or cosmetology school

After graduating from a state-approved training program, students take a state licensing exam that includes a written test and, in some cases, a practical test of styling skills or an oral exam.

In many states, cosmetology training may be credited toward a barbering license and vice versa, and a few states combine the two licenses. A fee usually is required to apply for a license, and periodic renewals may be necessary.

Some states have reciprocity agreements that allow licensed barbers and cosmetologists to get a license in another state without needing additional formal training or state board testing, but such agreements are not common. Consequently, people who want to work in a particular state should review the laws of that state before entering a training program.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists must keep up with the latest trends and be ready to try new hairstyles for their clients.

Customer-service skills. Workers must be pleasant, friendly, and able to interact with customers in order to retain clients.

Listening skills. Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists should be good listeners. They must listen carefully to what the client wants in order to make sure that the client is happy with the result.

Physical stamina. Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists must be able to stand on their feet for long periods.

Tidiness. Workers must keep a neat personal appearance and keep their work area clean and sanitary. This requirement is necessary for the health and safety of their clients and for making clients comfortable enough so that they will want to return. 

Time-management skills. Time-management skills are important in scheduling appointments and providing services. For example, routine haircuts do not require the precise timing of some other services, such as applying neutralizer after a permanent wave. Clients who receive timely hair care are more likely to return.

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Frame Stylist Demographics

Gender

Female

82.8%

Male

16.4%

Unknown

0.8%
Ethnicity

White

57.0%

Hispanic or Latino

20.9%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0%

Frame Stylist Education

Schools

Edgecombe Community College

8.7%

Robert Morris University

8.7%

California State University - Northridge

8.7%

Santa Monica College

4.3%

Midlands Technical College

4.3%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

4.3%

Rose State College

4.3%

Victoria College

4.3%

Ramapo College of New Jersey

4.3%

ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis

4.3%

Washburn University of Topeka

4.3%

Cabrillo College

4.3%

Central Georgia Technical College

4.3%

El Paso Community College

4.3%

College of Central Florida

4.3%

York College

4.3%

State University of New York Potsdam

4.3%

Los Angeles Harbor College

4.3%

Essex County College

4.3%

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

4.3%
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Majors

Business

12.3%

Psychology

7.0%

Medical Assisting Services

7.0%

Nursing

7.0%

Biology

5.3%

Marketing

5.3%

Health Care Administration

5.3%

Graphic Design

5.3%

English

5.3%

Communication

5.3%

Criminal Justice

5.3%

Sociology

3.5%

Computer Information Systems

3.5%

Cosmetology

3.5%

Dental Assisting

3.5%

General Studies

3.5%

Early Childhood Education

3.5%

Education

3.5%

Liberal Arts

3.5%

Science, Technology, And Society

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

40.0%

Bachelors

28.7%

Associate

13.8%

Certificate

8.8%

Masters

5.0%

Diploma

2.5%

License

1.3%
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Top Skills for A Frame Stylist

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  2. Customer Service
  3. Insurance Companies
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted patients with exceptional customer service while ensuring to exceed expectations with quality service for all eye care needs.
  • Repaired glasses, and billed insurance companies.
  • Helped patients select frames according to desired style and color.
  • Assist with all orders in all aspects of the lab process including VSP orders/processing.
  • Cross-trained for some front desk procedures, some knowledge of insurance billing and filing.

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