Are you considering hair styling as a career? Maybe you’re a certified makeup artist and want to add to your skills and boost your income. Either way, pursuing a career as a hair stylist offers many benefits. We’ve put together a list of what makes hair styling such a rewarding job. Read on to discover why it’s the perfect fit for you!

1. Meet New People

Hair stylists, like makeup artists, are constantly meeting and interacting with new people – you’ll be doing people’s hair after all! Humans, by nature, are social beings. We crave interaction! So, if you consider yourself to be particularly outgoing or just simply enjoy the company of others, chances are you’ll find a lot of joy working as a hair stylist.

You’ll be there for people on some of the most important days of their lives – wedding days, graduation ceremonies, and baby showers just to name a few. There’s nothing more special then witnessing the joy on the faces of those who are about to embark on new beginnings! As a hair stylist you’ll get to share in that joy with your clients on a daily basis!

2. You’re Never Bored

Not only will you meet new people, you’ll also visit many different places as your career progresses. Hair styling jobs range from local weddings to New York fashion shoots to Bollywood movies and a lot more! For every event or production that requires a makeup artist, a hair stylist is also almost always needed! Take a look at these makeup artist jobs around the world to discover how a career as a hair stylist can also take you to places you’ve never dreamed of!

On top of that, hair styles are driven by individual preference and a constantly changing beauty industry. You’ll not only encounter a wide variety of requests for different styles, you’ll also have to deal with each individual’s hair color and texture. Keeping up with the latest trends can be a challenge! But, it can also be a lot of fun! Testing out new styles and color combinations is even more rewarding when you finally master the technique, like perfecting a seamless ombre! With hair styling, there’s never a dull moment!

3. Explore Your Creativity

Hair styling is a creative industry. You should think of yourself as an artist and your client’s hair as the canvas. Many customers will come to you with specific instructions about exactly what they want. Some will bring pictures for inspiration. Others will leave it entirely in your hands (literally). The point is that as a hair stylist, it’s your job to create and enhance the beauty of your client.

Watching and having complete control over your work from start to finish is rewarding. There’s something satisfying about capturing a great “before” and “after” photo comparison. Styled hair is more than just bobby pins and hairspray. It can affect you’re client’s entire mood. If you look good, you’ll also feel good, and this can mean a lot for someone’s confidence. Especially on some of the biggest days of their lives! There’s nothing like finishing the day knowing that you’ve made somebody look and feel like a movie star!

4. Enjoy the Benefits of a Flexible Career

Most desk jobs revolve around a daily 9-5 schedule. But hair stylists often enjoy more flexibility when it comes to the hours they work. Some salons offer the opportunity for you to choose your work hours as long as you meet a certain number of hours. This means you can work when it suits your schedule and manage your other priorities. Since hairdressing is mostly scheduled on an appointment-basis, some salons will allow you to come in only for your requested appointment times.

Since hair styling is a trade, once you’re certified and have built your portfolio you can choose to work as a freelancer. You’ll have complete control over your schedule, where you work, and how much you charge! You can choose to work on the weekends or even do at-home visits only. The options are limitless! As a freelance hair stylist, you’ll basically run your own business. This means you have the authority to make all the executive decisions! And if you’re really good and really well known, the potential to earn big only goes up!

5. Follow Your Dreams!

Many people don’t consider hair styling to be a real profession. Boy, could they be any more wrong! If you love hair, and have loved it for a long time now, there’s no reason why you can’t make a career out of it! Whether people realize it or not, the beauty industry has been growing for a long time. The time to start your hair styling career is now!

There is always demand for beauty services, and there’s potential to make a lot of money if you’re good! With social media and the internet on the rise, it has never been easier to market your services and create a strong personal brand. Our advice? Ignore the haters and follow your dreams! They won’t be laughing when you’re an established and successful business owner. You’ll get to travel the world, meet amazing people, and create your own schedule!


Is a career as a hair stylist something you’re interested in? Check out these other articles for more information:

Want to add hair styling to your list of credentials? Check out QC’s Hair Styling Essentials Course!

Kate DeCastro

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