Before writing more about equipment and supplies of being a hair cutter, I thought that before moving forward, I should express the importance of always being a student in the hair industry.
The hair industry is wide yet narrow. You can choose what part of the industry you would like to pursue or to learn more about.
Since having a 3-year gap from 2016 to 2019, I was cutting my father’s hair only because I pursued jobs outside of hair.
Now that I am back in the game, I still had some skills, but had to learn the most up-to-date hair cutting equipment and knowledge.
The purpose of this blog is to emphasize how important it is to be the student even after you have finished beauty school and newly licensed as well as being a seasoned hair professional.
Even the best cosmetologist and barbers are constantly learning to improve their hair cutting performance.
Virtual mentors are so much more accessible these days with social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
If you want to stay updated on the latest trends and techniques, YouTube is the best place to keep up with your hair cutting education because there are so many videos out there to learn from.
Since I predominately focus on men’s’ haircuts, I watch barbers cutting hair since they post videos on men’s’ haircuts.
On YouTube, I subscribe to professionals like
360Jeezy (Vacaville, CA),
Sofie Pok (Los Angeles, CA),
and Freeda Gotfades.
It is important that you watch other professionals and their work because you may get better just by watching what they do.
Instagram is another platform to follow your virtual mentors because it allows you to see what they do regularly and what education resources they may use.
They may go to conventions or conferences that is related to hair that you may not know of.
Whatever social media platform you use, always ask questions and be positive.
Don’t be too hard on yourself when learning a new technique or method of hair cutting.
Great things take time and be gentle with yourself
If you are thinking of working in a salon or barbershop, be sure to ask in the interview if the salon or barbershop offers education.
If they don’t, I would get experience at a corporate or franchise salon because they usually offer free education.
Other stylist and salon managers should be knowledgeable and should be willing to help.
In my own experience, I felt that working in a corporate franshise franchise salon really helped hone my hair cutting skills as well as the timing of my haircuts.
Check out Regis Corporation to see which salon is nearest you.
If you are still in beauty school always, ask for help and try not to be afraid.
I know what it was like just starting out. It was difficult and anxiety inducing.
I was shy and was afraid to ask for help.
Don’t be like me. 😉
Another way to expose yourself to improving your hair cutting skills is to actually go to a real class. You can either register for a class that you pay for or ask your manager that you want more training with their educator.
Attending hair conferences include the Hair & Beauty Expo located in Los Angeles, CosmoProf North America, IBS Las Vegas, International Salon & Spa Expo and many others.
Search hair conferences and see which ones are closest to you.
If you have the means, you can ask your hair mentor to give you private lesson either individually or in a group setting. You can always message these mentors on their YouTube channel or Instagram. See what they say, they might say Yes!
The ones that improve their craft always ask questions. If you have a hair mentor, always ask questions virtual or live.
Ask help from a colleague that you went to beauty school with.
Even if you are in the middle of a haircut, ask your manager or coworker for help. Don’t be ashamed or prideful.
Just because you may not have perfected a certain skill like blending that one guideline, doesn’t mean you should not have your client leave without their hair not finished.
I recently had a customer who doesn’t get his haircut often and said to me, ” I only give stylist one chance, if they mess up I don’t go back to them.”
He only wanted a # 0 on sides and back and a #1 on top. But I had trouble blending because his hair grows in so many directions and my blending was sub par.
Although he was being semi-sarcastic, yet serious, I still had to stop my haircut and ask my coworker for help because I am still not 100% confident in blending curly hair.
I honestly didn’t care what he thought of me at that point because I wasn’t going to let him leave without his hair properly faded.
Think about the client first to make sure they leave with a good haircut.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Whether you just graduated or have been working for a long time, practice your craft all the time.
Ask friends or family members to give them free haircuts.
Practice all types of haircuts on both men and women
Practice on your nieces or nephews, cousins and uncles.
Trade services with someone. If someone is another licensed professional like a massage therapist or waxing professional, you can trade services with them.
But be careful when trading services. Only trade services if you already know the person.
If for some reason, you don’t have access to a live person to practice on, you can always practice on a manequin head.
Take photos or record a video of your work so that you can see your progress.
Post your work on social media and face your fears. Take constructive criticism and move on. Don’t dwell.
Remember, you are not alone.
Always be a Student
After being licensed for 12 years, I have only about 8 years of professional experience.
Trends and techniques always change.
Each head is a different head. And everyone’s hair is different.
Even if you may be a seasoned stylist or hair cutter, you have to know what kind of hair you are dealing with.
Always ask questions and look for a virtual hair mentor or live mentor or both.
If there’s a will, you will find a way. And take classes, free and paid. Hair cutting classes are out there.
Classes are great because you learn and meet people and you may find a mentor or new friend.
I hope this helped out.
Remember, you are not alone.
You are always welcome to contact me.