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Working As A 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

  • $66,676

    Average Salary

What Does A 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 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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Average Length of Employment
Manager Stylist 4.4 years
Cosmetologist 4.4 years
Hair Dresser 4.3 years
Photo Stylist 4.0 years
Hair Designer 3.8 years
Nail Technician 3.7 years
Hair Stylist 3.5 years
Beautician 3.2 years
Stylist 3.0 years
Food Stylist 2.9 years
Frame Stylist 2.8 years
Fashion Stylist 2.0 years
Shampoo Assistant 2.0 years
Wardrobe Stylist 1.9 years
Stylist Assistant 1.8 years
Apprentice Stylist 1.7 years
Personal Stylist 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Stylist
Cashier 10.7%
Internship 5.9%
Server 4.9%
Manager 4.6%
Assistant 3.7%
Teller 3.4%
Hostess 2.4%
Waitress 2.1%
Volunteer 1.9%
Top Careers After Stylist
Manager 6.4%
Cashier 6.3%
Internship 4.4%
Server 4.3%
Owner 3.5%
Teller 3.4%
Assistant 2.5%
Educator 2.5%

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Stylist Demographics

Gender

Female

85.4%

Male

12.7%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

62.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.3%

French

14.6%

Italian

6.0%

Russian

2.7%

Portuguese

2.3%

German

2.3%

Arabic

2.3%

Mandarin

2.2%

Korean

2.2%

Hindi

2.0%

Vietnamese

1.8%

Japanese

1.7%

Polish

1.5%

Chinese

1.3%

Swedish

1.2%

Tagalog

1.2%

Urdu

1.2%

Turkish

0.8%

Hebrew

0.8%

Armenian

0.7%
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Stylist Education

Schools

Empire Beauty School

17.1%

Fashion Institute of Technology

16.5%

University of Phoenix

7.5%

Regency Beauty Institute

6.8%

Aveda Institute

6.7%

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

5.6%

Columbia College Chicago

4.1%

Paul Mitchell-The School

3.8%

Savannah College of Art and Design

3.7%

Liberty University

3.0%

Academy of Art University

2.8%

Douglas J Aveda Institute

2.7%

University of North Texas

2.6%

Ashford University

2.6%

Howard University

2.5%

LIM College

2.4%

San Francisco State University

2.4%

College of Southern Nevada

2.4%

American InterContinental University

2.4%

Capri College

2.2%
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Majors

Cosmetology

42.4%

Business

12.0%

Graphic Design

6.2%

Specialized Sales And Merchandising

5.7%

Psychology

3.7%

Communication

3.5%

Marketing

3.2%

Nursing

2.5%

Criminal Justice

2.3%

Medical Assisting Services

2.2%

Health Care Administration

2.2%

General Studies

2.0%

Fine Arts

1.9%

Management

1.9%

Accounting

1.7%

Education

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.5%

English

1.3%

Public Relations

1.2%

Sociology

1.2%
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Degrees

Other

38.2%

Bachelors

27.7%

Associate

12.0%

License

9.3%

Certificate

6.3%

Masters

3.9%

Diploma

2.5%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Stylist Videos

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Real Stylist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Designer/Stylist Technicon Design Corporation Marina del Rey, CA Nov 10, 2009 $96,000
Designer/Stylist Technicon Design Corporation Marina del Rey, CA Mar 20, 2012 $96,000
Color Stylist Nickelodeon Animation Studios Inc. Burbank, CA Feb 03, 2015 $83,200
Color Stylist Nickelodeon Animation Studios Inc. Burbank, CA Mar 02, 2015 $83,200
Designer-Stylist Millennium Software, Inc. Dearborn, MI Sep 05, 2014 $71,781
Product Stylist Chrysler Group LLC Auburn Hills, MI Sep 24, 2011 $70,000
Stylist Timeless Treasures Fabrics of Soho, LLC New York, NY Sep 19, 2011 $65,000
Color Stylist Viacom Media Networks, A Division of Viacom Intern New York, NY Nov 25, 2011 $62,400
Color Stylist MTV Networks, A Division of Viacom International New York, NY Nov 25, 2011 $62,400
Junior Stylist Create and Produce Inc. New York, NY Apr 23, 2013 $61,000
Color Stylist Viacom Media Networks, A Division of Viacom Intern Burbank, CA Nov 25, 2011 $60,590 -
$62,400
Color Stylist Viacom Media Networks, A Division of Viacom Intern New York, NY Nov 25, 2011 $60,590 -
$62,400
Color Stylist MTV Networks, A Division of Viacom International New York, NY Nov 25, 2011 $60,590 -
$62,400
Color Stylist MTV Networks, A Division of Viacom International Burbank, CA Nov 25, 2011 $60,590 -
$62,400
Junior Stylist Create and Produce Inc. New York, NY Apr 29, 2015 $60,000
CAD Stylist Sleepwell Inc. New York, NY Dec 01, 2011 $46,600
Stylist The Connaught Group, Ltd New York, NY Feb 07, 2011 $45,000
Photographer/Stylist Robex International Inc. New York, NY Feb 15, 2011 $43,285
Textile Stylist Robert Kaufman Co Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 16, 2009 $38,317

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Top Skills for A Stylist

  1. Hair Extensions
  2. Salon
  3. New Clients
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  • Specialized in foiling, coloring, precision cutting, styling, blowouts, and human hair extensions in an upscale salon.
  • Adhere to salon policies and procedures to ensure operational efficiency.
  • Delivered excellent customer service to maintain relationships with existing and new clients.
  • Performed customer service by answering phones and scheduling appointments.
  • Enhance sales by providing exceptional customer service and possessing comprehensive product knowledge.

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Top 10 Best States for Stylists

  1. New Jersey
  2. Wyoming
  3. Delaware
  4. South Dakota
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Washington
  7. Hawaii
  8. District of Columbia
  9. Minnesota
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