I Was a Hairstylist...But
Updated: Nov 9, 2018
It’s about to get real real right here.
I have talked to so many people through the years who “used” to do hair.
Sometimes the hair industry is their past because of moving too many times or having kids. Most of the time it is because of ONE thing…they weren’t making enough money.
I researched just the other day and found these astonishing numbers.
The average yearly earnings of hairstylists are $26,171
The average range is from $21,730 to $32,135.
This is ABSOLUTLY insane. I do not believe in your worth being determined by your income, but I do whole heartedly believe in your time being worth money.
You my friend are fully capable of your time being valued at more than $13 an hour!
HOWEVER, the ability to charge what your time is worth is a privilege EARNED not GIVEN.
Those salaries mentioned above are tight even if you are just starting your career. So, what are you going to do about it? Sit and complain? No, you most certainly are not! You are going to hustle.
You are going to know this:
1. You have to set Goals.
I talk a lot about setting goals because they matter! Just clocking in every day and just hoping you magically become a six-figure stylist is not the key to success.
2. Your space affects your pace.
Are you in a salon that has stylists who are succeeding in their careers that you can learn from? Are you in an environment that is encouraging you to grow? If you are not aligning your goals with your environment your career growth is going to be stunted.
3. You have to put in the work.
Notice that I didn’t say “time.” To me here time is relative. Some people can climb their career to tremendous heights in years, some it takes a decade. The difference between the two timelines is most likely how much work they were willing to put in day in and day out.
4. Other people are not responsible for making you grow.
Yup. Do not blame your lack of clientele on the receptionist or manager. What are you doing on a daily basis to bring people into your chair? Sometimes, that is more than just marketing, sometimes that’s really investing the time in your craft to make you better! If your work is excellent then people will talk, and when people talk, new guests end up in your chair.
Tough love up in here!
Know this. I love this industry and I love my job. That is why I am so passionate about helping YOU and encouraging YOU to reach your full potential.
If you quit, quit because you don’t love it. But, you don’t get to quit because you didn’t make it. I won’t let you!