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Cosmetology Career Starter

Cosmetology Career Starter

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"You have to be creatively open and listen to what the client really wants. I learned from salon owner Eric Fisher
how to do a consultation. He asks the client what she likes about her hair, what she doesn't like, and why she left her
last salon. The answers to those questions give me the ability to stack the deck: I already know what she doesn't
want. Once you build relationships with clients, you can expose them to new ways of looking at themselves.

"You really need to learn about color and tone. Don't be ashamed to ask questions. I learned from some very talented
people who took the time to explain the whys of color to me.

"The biggest misconception about being a haircolorist: Even colorists sometimes think it's an exact science. But it's
an educated guessand the more educated you are, the better guess you're going to make. I still test-strand the client's
hair if I'm doing allover color or making a dramatic change.

"I do think it's valuable to have cutting expertise first before going into a chemical service specialty. It's what I did;
now I know what makes a haircut structurally, so when I paint it I won't destroy the structure or intended appearance
of the haircut."

Platform Artist or Educator

Cosmetology is a very visual field, and education at trade shows often features hairdressers' work shown on models.
If you're interested in creating fashionforward looks or like the fast-paced energy of beauty shows, this could be the
niche for you. "Sharing with my peers, I get so many ideas back in return; it's very fulfilling," says Jo Blackwell,
who owns New York's Dop Dop salon and was a respected platform artist by her mid-20s.

Companies rely on individuals or teams not only to show how their products work but also to create beautiful styles
using them. The hope is that these styles will inspire cosmetologists in the audience, who will then take their new
knowledge back to the salon and share it with their clients, recommending those products used at the show. If you're
comfortable in front of an audience, speak well, and like to collaborate, then this could be a great career path for
you. Ruth Roche, a former stylist at Xena's Beauty Co. in New York, now works as a platform artist for Redken.
"Getting up in front of people was pretty terrifying at the beginning," she recalls. "Now I get such a high from seeing
people get excited by what I'm showing them."

If you decide that platform work or education is something you'd like to do, forge a relationship with your
distributorsattend their classes, ask questions, and

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