Aesthetics Daily – There are many jobs that you can do in a beauty salon or beauty spa. One of the most popular professions is a haidresser who is often called a hairstylist. The two terms are indeed familiar when it comes to working in beauty industry.
Both hairdressers and hairstylists treat their clients’ hair as best they can. After all, healthy hair means a beautiful final look. What is the difference between hairdressers and hairstylists?
Some may consider hairdressers the same as hairstylists. Because both of them are great at helping clients find a hair look that suits them. To be able to provide perfect hairstyles, hairdressers must study facial features and hair types.
Everyone knows that there are countless choices of haircuts or hairstyles. However experienced hairdressers understand that not all hairstyles are suitable for a particular client. In other words, hairstyles must match clients’ hair types and conditions as well as their unique personality.
Hairdresser Job Description
Hairdressers provide various hair styling services from hair cutting, hair coloring to hair treatment. But before doing their job, hairdressers need to talk to customers to dig deeper into what services they want. After knowing customers’ needs and checking their hair conditions, hairdressers will determine the type of treatment and suggest the most appropriate product.
Usually working in a beauty salon or beauty spa, hairdressers have duties and responsibilities that must be carried out. Each salon provides different range of work to hairdressers. However, generally, hairdressers will provide the best hair services to clients so that they feel good about themselves.
Hairdressers who already have their own clientele have flexibility in managing schedules. To get services from this type of hairdresser, clients will usually be asked to make an appointment first before coming to a salon.
1. Understanding thoroughly customers’ needs
Hairdressers will not start their work until they know what clients actually need. That is why there are always a consultation sessions or in-depth discussion between hairdressers and customers. For new customers who have never been to the salon, hairdressers will take longer to understand their needs. It will be different circumstances if the hairdresser has known or meet the client before.
Given the importance of good relationships in customer service, hairdressers must have high interpersonal skills. Most of the time, customers will come back to the salon because of satisfying services provided by hairdressers. A great nurturing relationship with customers will provide a strong emotional bond that keeps them loyal.
2. Analyzing clients’ hair types and conditions as well as their facial features
The main task of hairdressers is to provide hair care. But they cannot do it if they do not recognize clients’ hair types and conditions as well as their facial features. Therefore, hairdressers need to be equipped with sufficient knowledge about these subjects.
In addition, hairdressers must also understand various kinds of common hair concerns that can be found out through consultation sessions. Some hair conditions that are often experienced by most people are dry and damaged hair due to the use of chemicals of hair care products.
3. Providing recommended types of hair treatments and products
After knowing clients’ hair types and conditions, hairdressers recommend the most suitable type of hair treatment. The types of treatments that hairdressers usually perform include hair cutting, detox hair treatments, keratin treatments, blow-dry, hair coloring, and others.
Of course, every client requires a different treatment, including hair care products used. The prefered type of hair treatment will determine the product. Smart hairdressers not only recommend some products but also explain their benefits and weaknesses.
4. Creating haircuts or hairstyles
Salon guests have varying expectations for their hair. Some of them may feel that their haircut needed to be replaced with a fresher one. When it comes to choosing a hairstyle, people may be easily tempted to try abundant hairstyles that are trending today.
But professional hairdressers will certainly know that not all popular hairstyles suit clients. If forced, this could actually worsen clients’ appearances. Hairdressers work by using a variety of salon equipment to create stunning haircuts. Thus, mastery of salon tools ranging from various types of scissors to hair dryers is the key point.
5. Providing various treatments to improve hair health
Not all clients who come to a salon want a new hairstyle. They may still feel comfortable with the existing hairstyles. Many salon guests want their hair to simply be cleaned with shampoo or conditioner to improve its appearance. Especially for those whose hair is dry due to frequent exposure to chemicals and the sun.
Not only doing hair styling, hairdressers also work on various kinds of hair treatments including hair detox treatments, scalp treatments, hot oil for hair, hair spas, and others. These types of hair treaemts are useful for restoring freshness of hair.
6. Keeping regular track of client treatments
To expedite their work, hairdresers must keep track of client treatment. They can do this with the help of a mobile application or software. This method is clearly more efficient than hairdressers must rely on his memory.
The track of treatment cannot be underestimated because it can determine the level of salon customer service. Can you imagine if a guest comes to a salon while the hairdresser forgets what kind of treatment she/he has ever done previously? Of course this will affect salon’s reputation in the future.
7. Monitoring hair care product inventory levels
Salons provide various kinds of hair care products to support its services. Likewise, hairdressers must know every single product stored in the inventory. Hairdressers must check regularly to find out whether or not salon products are still available.
Beauty salons may already have their own administrative staff who deal with purchasing and supplying goods. So that hairdressers need to communicate with them as often as possible. Especially if salons already have quite a lot of customers.
8. Following hygiene, safety and sanitation standards
The quality of a salon is determined by how clean its room, facilities and equipment. Salon equipment have a high frequency to be used interchangeably. Hairdressers must know this, sanitation and hygiene are important aspects in salon management that cannot be forgotten.
For that, hairdressers must ensure that every equipment they use must always be clean before and after use. The salon environment must also be kept clean so that guests feel comfortable. Moreover, many guests may have to wait for several minutes or even hours.
9. Staying abreast of latest developments in hair and fashion industry
Hair style trends are always changing with the times. Experts in beauty industry, including hairdressers, should have keen ability to predict hair trends that may develop in the future.
Currently, the internet, especially social media platforms are very advanced. This makes it easier for hairdressers to find out the latest trends of hair styles and fashion. Hair industry is closely related to fashion, so hairdressers have to keep up with that too.
How to be A Professional Hairdresser?
1. Getting a full cosmetology license for hairdressers
There are many ways to become a professional hairdresser but the fastest is to take a 1-2 year course at a cosmetology school. Usually, the program is divided into several levels based on skills you want to achieve. By studying at a hairdresser cosmetology school you will get a license from a state-approved training provider to work in industry.
Apart from learning about makeup, skin care and nail care, cosmetology explores other beauty practices that you may not be interested in. Hairdressers also need to have some of skills described below.
2. Having outstanding interpersonal skills
Whether hairdressers work in salons or spas, they will meet many clients on a daily basis. Each client has their own taste and personality. Therefore, interpersonal skills are the key point to be able to do a job well.
Good communication skills will determine how hairdressers can meet clients’ needs. Some clients like to talk while receiving hairdressing services while others may be more preferably silent. As a professional, hairdresser must treat both types of customers the same.
3. Excellent management skills
To become standout hairdressers, they must have good management skills. Some salons mau require hairdressers to multitask, dealing with client treatments to administrative issues. Hairdressers must have ability to adapt to electronic management systems.
Attention to details is an absolute requirement for hairdressers to have good performance. To upgrade their qualifications and competencies, hairdressers must also have a strong will to learn tirelessly new things.