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Working As A Stylist Assistant

  • 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

  • $29,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Stylist Assistant 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 Stylist Assistant

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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Top Skills for A Stylist Assistant

  1. Salon Services
  2. Head Stylist
  3. Hair Extensions
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide full salon services, including waxing, hair cutting, shampooing, blow drying, coloring and styling.
  • Maintained an organized and efficient work environment for head stylist
  • Installed hair extensions Treated client's hair if damaged.
  • Provide exceptional customer service skills.
  • Answered telephones and assisted clients with appointment scheduling

Stylist Assistant Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 5,863 Stylist Assistant resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Stylist Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

70.4%

Unknown

16.9%

Male

12.7%
Ethnicity

White

59.0%

Hispanic or Latino

17.7%

Black or African American

13.3%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.6%

French

11.9%

Italian

6.4%

Korean

3.4%

Mandarin

3.0%

Russian

3.0%

Portuguese

3.0%

Chinese

3.0%

Japanese

2.6%

Polish

2.1%

Cantonese

1.7%

Swedish

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Bulgarian

0.9%

Thai

0.9%

Albanian

0.9%

Greek

0.9%

Swahili

0.4%

Romanian

0.4%

Hindi

0.4%
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Stylist Assistant Education

Schools

Empire Beauty School

20.7%

Fashion Institute of Technology

13.1%

Paul Mitchell-The School

8.9%

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

7.9%

Aveda Institute

7.5%

The Academy

4.5%

Regency Beauty Institute

3.8%

Parsons the New School for Design

3.6%

University of Phoenix

3.6%

Community College of Philadelphia

3.6%

LIM College

2.7%

Jean Madeline Aveda Institute

2.7%

Columbia College Chicago

2.7%

Academy of Art University

2.6%

New York University

2.2%

Nassau Community College

2.2%

Strayer University

1.9%

Prince George's Community College

1.9%

Santa Monica College

1.9%

Douglas J Aveda Institute

1.9%
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Majors

Cosmetology

42.2%

Business

10.3%

Graphic Design

6.8%

Specialized Sales And Merchandising

6.3%

Psychology

3.6%

Communication

3.5%

Medical Assisting Services

3.3%

Nursing

3.2%

Marketing

2.7%

Criminal Justice

2.3%

Health Care Administration

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.2%

Fine Arts

2.1%

General Studies

2.0%

Photography

1.5%

English

1.3%

Journalism

1.3%

Management

1.2%

Education

1.0%

Biology

1.0%
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Degrees

Other

40.7%

Bachelors

25.0%

Associate

11.3%

License

9.8%

Certificate

7.0%

Diploma

3.1%

Masters

3.0%

Doctorate

0.1%
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