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40 Frequently Asked Questions for Hair Stylists (and Their Answers)

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As a hair stylist, you will likely be asked a lot of questions throughout your career. Similarly, if you’re thinking of booking with a hair stylist, you may not know where to start – or what to ask. In this article, we’ll go over (and answer) 40 of the most frequently asked questions for hair stylists! We hope that this information will help those:

  • In need of guidance when it comes to choosing a hair stylist;
  • Working transparently with clients;
  • Looking to ask the right questions.

So, let’s get started!

Common Questions You’ll Hear as a Hair Stylist

First, let’s take a look at the sort of questions you’ll get if you yourself are a professional hair stylist…

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Q: “Can you cut and/or dye my hair?”

A: No, as a hair stylist, you are not trained or qualified to make any chemical and/or permanent changes to a client’s hair. This would fall under the job description of a hair dresser, rather than that of a hair stylist. By the same extension, you would not be able to:

  • Perm their hair
  • Perform any chemical treatments to their hair
  • Install permanent hair extensions

Learn more about the similarities and differences between hair stylists vs. hair dressers!

Q: “What hair services do you offer?”

A: As a hair stylist, you are qualified to offer the following services:

  • Cutting and styling men’s, women’s, and children’s hair
  • Temporary blow-drying
  • Applying temporary coloring products like wax sprays or colorful gels
  • Creating updos, half updos, down hairstyles, and braiding for special occasions

Q: “How healthy is my hair/scalp?”

A: It’s important to answer this question honestly and accurately. As a hair stylist, you must be able to assess the health of your client’s scalp and hair in order to provide them with the best advice on how to take care of it. In order to do so, you should:

  • Perform a full scalp/hair inspection
  • Check for signs of damage such as split ends or brittleness
  • Inquire about their current hair care routine

Q: “Do you offer any styling tips or advice?”

A: Yes, of course! This is a great way to make sure that the client leaves your salon feeling satisfied with their new look. Make sure to use plenty of product and tell them which products they should use at home in order to keep their hair looking its best.

Q: “How often should I be shampooing and conditioning my hair?”

A: This can vary greatly, depending on individual hair type. However, as a general rule of thumb, most people should shampoo their hair every other day and condition it once or twice a week for best results.

With that in mind, here’s what you can recommend, based on their hair type…

Hair Texture:

  • Straight: Shampoo every other day, condition once or twice a week.
  • Wavy: Shampoo every 3 days, condition 1-2 times a week.
  • Curly: Shampoo every 4 days, condition 2-3 times a week.
  • Coily: Shampoo every 5-7 days, condition 3-4 times a week.

Hair Structure:

  • Fine: Use a lightweight shampoo and conditioner.
  • Medium: Use a mild cleanser and rinse out conditioner.
  • Thick: Use a volumizing shampoo and deep conditioner.

Scalp Moisture:

  • Dry: Use a nourishing shampoo and conditioner.
  • Normal: Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.
  • Oily: Use a clarifying shampoo and light conditioner.

Need help identifying your hair type? This chart, courtesy of Function Of Beauty, will point you in the right direction!

Q: “What hair styling tool will I need to use at home to replicate this look?”

A: Once you’ve finished styling the client’s hair, it’s important to provide them with a list of the products used. Plus, you should list any tools they’ll need in order to replicate their look. This could include items such as:

  • Curling irons
  • Flat irons
  • Blow dryers
  • Products like texturizing sprays, mousses, and gels, etc.

Q: “My hair is burnt. What should I do?”

A: Unfortunately, this is something that can happen when using too much heat when styling. It’s important to be honest and tell the client that they should avoid further heat styling until their hair has been treated by a professional with the right qualifications for such a task. Professional treatments could include using specialized products such as protein masks or keratin treatments to help repair their damaged hair.

Finally, make sure to emphasize the importance of using a heat protectant prior to any future heat styling, in order to prevent further damage!

Q: “How much do hair stylists make?”

A: Throughout your career, you may get asked this questions by clients who are also thinking of pursuing a job in this field. Because there’s no clear-cut answer to this question, you can let them know that salaries vary and depend on things like:

  • Experience
  • Qualifications
  • Skill set(s)
  • Whether they run their own business, are a freelancer, or work for an employer, etc.

Should you want to be a bit more specific, you can always give them a general yearly salary range based on the country you live in:

  • United States: Between approx. $20,900 and $68,200 USD annually (Source: Salary Expert).
  • Canada: Between approx. $29,000 and $64,000 CAD annually (Source: Glassdoor).
  • United Kingdom: Between approx. ÂŁ23,400 and ÂŁ39,500 GBP annually (Source:
  • New Zealand: Between approx. $19,700 and $66,200 NZD annually (Source: Salary Expert).
  • Australia: Between approx. $40,000 and $71,000 AUD annually (Source: Payscale)

“How Much Does a Hair Stylist Make an Hour?”

Again, since this can vary depending on a number of factors, it’s best to provide an average hourly rate (if you really want to get into the nitty gritty details). Depending on the country you live in as a hair stylist, you can make:

  • United States: Between approx. $17-$28 USD per hour (Source:
  • Canada: Between approx. $15-$23 CAD per hour (Source:
  • United Kingdom: Between approx. ÂŁ7-ÂŁ11 GBP per hour (Source: Payscale)
  • New Zealand: Between approx. $16-$26 NZD per hour (Source: Glassdoor).
  • Australia: Between approx. $21-$30 AUD per hour (Source: Payscale).

Q: “How long does it take to become a hair stylist?”

A: It really depends on where you get your training from. Some hair stylists opt to get their credentials from a cosmetology school. This typically takes between 8 months and 2 years, depending on the program you choose.

Other stylists decide to gain experience by working in salons as an apprentice. This route usually takes 3-4 years.

You can also obtain a certificate or diploma through online courses, such as the Hair Styling Essentials Course taught by QC Makeup Academy. Since this program is entirely self-paced and done right from the comfort of home, YOU get to decide when you graduate!

(As a point of reference, if you were to devote just 1-2 hours per week to this QC course, you could earn your internationally-recognized Hair Styling Essentials certificate in as little as 2 short months!)

Want to learn more about QC Makeup Academy’s self-paced, online Hair Styling Essentials Course? Check out the full course curriculum!

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Questions to Ask a Hair Stylist

Next, let’s talk about the questions that you – as the client – should ask your hair stylist before booking an actual appointment. Here are a few of the most important ones…

Q: “Do you have any experience with my type of hair?”

A: It’s important for your stylist to be familiar with the type of hair you have. Questions like this will help you gauge how experienced your stylist is. Plus, it can also give you more insight into their overall skill set.

Q: “What are your areas of expertise?”

A: Your hair stylist might specialize in things such as updos, color services, straightening methods, etc. Asking this question can give you a better understanding of what your stylist is capable of doing!

Q: “Do you use professional products?”

A: Ask to see what kind of products they use on clients’ hair, as well as which ones they recommend for your specific hair type. Professional products can make a huge difference in terms of quality and longevity! Not to mention, if a hair stylist is only working with lower-quality products and/or tools, this can be seen as a reflection of the type of work they’d do on your hair.

Q: “Can I see your hair styling portfolio?”

A: Any hair stylist worth your consideration should have a professional portfolio to show you. This is especially the case if that hair stylist has been in the industry for a while!

The purpose of the portfolio is to be able to show you their past work. Ideally, this work should reflect various different styles, techniques, and areas of expertise.

Seeing a hair stylist’s portfolio is important for you to get an idea of their styles and techniques, as well as the results they’re realistically capable of achieving.

Q: “Do you offer consultations or trial services?”

A: It’s always a good idea to ask your hair stylist if they offer consultations prior to actually booking an appointment. This can help you get a better sense of the type of work they do and whether or not their style aligns with yours.

In terms of trial services, this is especially important for anyone that’s looking to book a more complicated service, such as an up-do or color service. A trial run will ensure that you’ll be happy with the results.

Q: “What are your qualifications as a hair stylist?”

A: This is an especially important question to ask if you’re looking for a more experienced or upper-level hair stylist. It’s totally fine to ask what kind of qualifications and credentials they have, as well as where and when they received their training.

The answers to these types of questions can help give you peace of mind that the individual you are booking with is knowledgeable and experienced.

Q: “How long have you been a hair stylist?”

A: This is another important question to ask in order to gauge a hair stylist’s experience level. Generally speaking, the longer someone has been in the industry, the better!

Furthermore, asking this question can also help you determine if they’re up-to-date with the latest hair styling trends and techniques.

Q: “What are your rates?”

A: It’s always a good idea to ask about their pricing before booking an appointment. Most hair stylists will have different rates for various services, so it’s important to make sure that you understand exactly what you’re paying for and why.

Most importantly, don’t be afraid to shop around – price is often a reflection of quality and experience!

Q: “Do you offer any discounts or loyalty programs?”

A: Discounts and loyalty programs can be a great way to save money while still receiving quality services. Ask your hair stylist if they offer any such incentives or programs.

Most salons will have some type of deal that you can take advantage of. So, it’s definitely worth inquiring about!

Q: “Do you have a website?”

A: This is an especially important question if the hair stylist is a freelancer or running their own business. Having a website is essential for any serious hair stylist! After all, it can provide you with valuable information about their services, rates, contact information, and portfolio.

If the hair stylist is running their own business and doesn’t have a professional website, this could be a sign that they’re either new to the industry or not taking their work seriously. Therefore, it’s best to proceed with caution if you’re thinking of booking with them.

PRO TIP: Make sure their website contains these 7 essentials items!

Q: “Can I find you on social media?”

A: This is the kind of questions that’s useful, regardless of whether the hair stylist works independently or for an employer. Here’s why:

  • Social media is a great way to stay connected with your hair stylist!
  • You can get updates on any special offers they may have!
  • You can check out more of their work that may not be included within their portfolio!

Q: “Can you provide references?”

A: A reliable stylist should be able to provide you with references from past clients who have been satisfied with their results. Taking the time to read these reviews can give you a better idea of what to expect from their services.

Having references also adds an additional layer of trustworthiness and credibility, which is always a plus!

Q: “Do I need to come to you or can you travel to me?”

A: If you’re in need of a hair stylist for a special event (such as a wedding), it’s important to clarify if they are willing to travel and what the associated fees may be.

Also, make sure to ask how far in advance you need to book their services if they do need to travel to you!

Q: “Do you offer virtual hair styling services?”

A: You may require virtual services for a number of reasons, such as:

  • The hair stylist you’re interested in doesn’t live/work in your area
  • The event you need your hair styled for is a destination one
  • You’d like to learn first-hand styling techniques from the comfort of your own home, etc.

In any case, virtual hair styling services have become increasingly popular over the past few years. So, it’s worth asking if your hair stylist offers this type of service.

Keep in mind that there may be additional fees associated with virtual styling, so make sure to check on this in advance as well in case you need to include it within your budget!

Q: “Do you have a contract?”

A: Depending on the environment the hair stylist works in, there may or may not be a contract for you to sign. For example, if the stylist is employed by a salon, there likely won’t be one. However, if the hair stylist works as a freelancer or small business owner, it’s quite common to have some type of contract in place.

So, make sure to ask about this beforehand. And if they do provide you with a contract, read it over carefully. This will help ensure that you’re aware of any terms and conditions that may apply!

Q: “What’s your cancellation policy?”

A: It’s always a good idea to ask about the cancellation policy. This will help avoid any potential misunderstandings when it comes time to cancel an appointment. It’ll also help you avoid losing any money in the event that there’s any sort of cancellation fee.

Most salons have a strict 24-hour notice policy. If the hair stylist is a freelancer or business owner, their own policy may be the same – or it may be different. So, make sure you know what their specific rules are beforehand!

Q: “Do I need to tip my hair stylist? If so, how much?”

A: Tipping your hair stylist is a great way to show your appreciation for the quality of their work. And while it’s not mandatory by any means, generally speaking, it’s customary to tip between 15-20%. That said, some people choose to leave more or less depending on their satisfaction with the end result.

Ultimately, it’s up to you as the customer!

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Questions to Ask Your Clients During the Consultation

Finally, let’s circle back and assume that you’re the professional hair stylist. Of course, you’ll want to ensure that the client feels comfortable and safe during the consultation. Moreover, you’ll want to walk away from the consultation with a firm understanding of their needs.

So, here are some essential questions to ask prospective clients during the first consultation…

Not yet a professional hair stylist – but want to be? This comprehensive guide will show you how to become one in as little as 5 easy steps!

Q: “How did you hear about [my business/the salon]?”

A: This question will help you gain insight into any potential referral sources that could be beneficial for your business. Additionally, it may give you an idea of what type of marketing efforts have been the most successful so far!

Q: “Do you know your hair type?”

A: Knowing the client’s hair type is essential, as it will play a major role in determining what products and techniques you’ll use. If they don’t know their hair type, encourage them to bring in photos of themselves with wet and dry hair!

Q: “What are you hoping to achieve with this hairstyle?”

A: Ultimately, you want to make sure that the client walks away with a style they’re happy with. Asking this question will help you gain additional insight so that you can provide them with the best possible outcome.

Q: “Is this for a specific event?”

A: If the client is getting their hair done for a special event, make sure you know what it is. This will provide additional context and help you craft the perfect style to suit the occasion.

Q: “When is this event?”

A: If your client answered “yes” to the previous question, it’s important to get an understanding of when the event is. From there, you craft a strategy for timeliness and ensure that the client has their hair looking great in time for the event!

Q: “What are you looking to get done?”

A: This may seem like a no-brainer, but you obviously can’t do your job as a hair stylist if you don’t know what the client wants – and if you’re capable of providing it to them. So, make sure you get a clear understanding of what they’re looking to achieve. This will ensure that both parties are on the same page and expectations can be met!

Q: “What products do you use on your hair?”

A: It’s always beneficial to have an understanding of the type of hair products the client uses on their hair. From there, you craft a strategy as to what type of products and techniques you’ll use during the hairstyling process!

Q: “Do you have any allergies or sensitivities?”

A: This is a VERY important one! You’ll want to make sure your client doesn’t have any allergies or sensitivities that would cause an adverse reaction. So, make sure you get very clear answers on this one!

Q: “Do you have any hair styling preferences?”

A: Asking this question is essential, as it helps make sure that any preferences the client has are taken into account. For instance, some clients may have a preference for updos, whereas others may prefer to wear their hair down. By asking this question, you can make sure that their hair is styled exactly how they want it to be!

Q: “Do you have any cowlicks?”

A: Cowlicks, or the natural direction that certain hairs grow in, can be a bit of a challenge to work with. This can especially be the case when working with bangs. So, make sure to ask your client if they have any so you can factor it into your styling process.

Q: “Do you have a budget?”

A: In some cases, the client may have a budget in mind for their hair styling session. Knowing this ahead of time will help you plan accordingly and make sure that you won’t be going over their budget!

Now, what happens if a client’s budget doesn’t match with your service rates?

Don’t be afraid to negotiate! It’s a great way to show your client that you understand their needs and wants, and it’ll help ensure that both parties are happy with the outcome.

And if they outright refuse to work with you and pay a fair cost for your services? It’s okay to turn down a potential customer if they’re unwilling to meet a price that you feel is reasonable. Just be sure to do so politely, respectfully, and professionally.

What’s a “Choosing Beggar”? Find out who they are – and why you should avoid working with this type of client!

Q: “How do you like to part your hair?”

A: The best way to get the answer to this question is by asking the client to show you how they typically part their hair. This will give you a better understanding of whether or not their preference is to have their hair parted down the middle, on one side, or a bit more off-center. Once you’ve got a good visual, it’ll be much easier to craft their hairstyle and make sure it’s exactly how they want it!

Q: “Would you also like to get your makeup done?”

A: This is a GREAT question to ask during the initial consultation if you also happen to provide makeup services. Not only will you be able to make sure that your client has their entire look ready for their special occasion – it can also be a great opportunity to upsell and possibly provide additional services.

If they answer “yes” to this question, let them know that you can also provide them with this service at the same time as their hair styling. If you’re able to bundle the services together and give them a discounted rate, let them know this, too!

Interested in adding makeup to your hair styling business? Become a fully trained and globally-recognized Master International Makeup Professional (MIMP) in as little as 8 short weeks with QC Makeup Academy’s online Master Makeup Artistry Course!

Q: “Do you have any reference photos?”

A: If a client has reference photos, this can help give you a better idea of what kind of look they’re going for and make sure that the final style is exactly the way they want it. So, if your client does have any reference photos be sure to ask them to show them to you.

However, approach the reference photos carefully. Sometimes, they can give clients unrealistic expectations. So, take a good look at the style and let them know honestly whether their hair type would produce the same results. If not, let them know how their results may be different, so the client isn’t unpleasantly shocked after all the work is done.

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Frequently Asked Questions for Hair Stylists: Final Thoughts

As a hair stylist, it’s important to be prepared for any and all questions that your clients might have. And as a client, being prepared with the right questions to ask will help you get the best results.

Knowing the answers to all the questions listed above will not only ensure that your hair styling experience is a smooth one, but it’ll also make sure that you and your stylist are on the same page and understand each other.

Got any questions or comments to add to the conversation?

Drop them below, as we’re always happy to hear from you!

Thanks for reading! đź’•

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How to Become a Professional Hair Stylist: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Dream of a lucrative career in the beauty industry? Today, we’re going to break down how to become a professional hair stylist and find success!

Now, you probably have a ton of questions about this new, exciting journey. But don’t worry – we’ve answered ALL of them for you, right here in this article.

All you need to do is find somewhere comfy to sit and put your feet up. In less time than it’d take you to watch an episode of your favorite Netflix show, you’ll learn everything needed to start your dream career!

Are Hair Stylists the Same as Hair Dressers?

This feels like a solid place to start – namely because these two titles are sometimes used interchangeably. But this isn’t exactly correct. In reality, hair styling and hair dressing are two entirely different careers.

For starters, the training and qualifications required aren’t the same. Hair dressers often need to go to cosmetology school and obtain a cosmetology license in order to work. Hair stylists, on the other hand, don’t technically need professional training (although we’ll touch very shortly on why you should definitely still pursue certification training).

Furthermore, there are certain things hair dressers do that hair stylists can’t. Basically, if it’s a service that actually changes the hair in any way beyond styling (i.e. cutting hair, dye jobs, perms, semi-permanent and/or permanent hair extensions, chemical treatments, etc.), this falls under a hair dresser’s capabilities – but not a hair stylist’s.

Want to learn even more about the similarities vs. differences between hair stylists and hair dressers? Keep reading here!

Is Being a Hair Stylist a Good Career?

Do you love getting creative? Would you be happiest working full-time in the professional beauty industry? Do you have a natural knack for making hair look beautiful? Furthermore, would you get joy from helping clients look their best for important events, weddings, and special celebrations?

If you’ve answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, then guess what?

You should totally start a career as a hair stylist!

Not only will you be challenged both creatively and intellectually, you’ll be fulfilled emotionally as well. As a result, you’ll truly get to say that you’re doing what you love for a living. And really, isn’t that the dream?

How Much Do Professional Hair Stylists Make?

Next, if you want to know how to be a hair stylist, it’s worth knowing how much you can expect to make from this job. Here are some average salary ranges for hair stylists, based on location:

  • United States: Between $20,000 USD to $52,500 USD per year (Source: ZipRecruiter)
  • Canada: Between $27,300 CAD to $44,850 CAD per year (Source:
  • United Kingdom: Between ÂŁ16,000 GBP to ÂŁ32,000 per year (Source: Glassdoor)
  • New Zealand: Between $41,599 NZD to $52,920 NZD per year (Source: Salary Expert)
  • Australia: Between $53,625 AUD to $60,000 AUD per year (Source:

Additional Factors to Consider

Keep in mind that your salary will be affected by other factors as well. For instance, a full-time hair stylist will, logically, make more money than someone working part-time. Furthermore, if you live somewhere where hair styling services are in higher demand, your booking potential will be much better.

Other impacting factors can also include whether you’re hired on by an existing company vs. starting your own business. The former will most likely set you up with a set hourly income. The latter, on the other hand, will require some sort of financial investment in the beginning – but then you’ll be able to set your own rates. As a result, you could wind up making a LOT more money eventually.

Finally, it’s also worth taking in account whether you’re only offering hair styling services, or adding them to other existing beauty services, such as makeup artistry. So, as you look at the above salary ranges, don’t forget to factor in that you could also be earning even more money if your business is offering other types of services as well.

The Added Value of a Professional Certification

When you get proper hair styling training, you’re investing time, effort, and money into your skill-set and expertise. Thus, you earn the right to price your services in a way that properly reflects that.

Plus, if your business offers other types of beauty services, as we discussed above, then you can raise those rates as well!

Moreover, having a credible hair styling certification will do wonders in terms of helping you stand out from the local competition. I guarantee you that setting yourself apart from the crowd will not only elevate your career – it’ll definitely help you earn even more money!

Did you know that ALL of QC Makeup Academy’s courses, certifications, and designations are internationally-recognized and accredited? Check out the full list of self-paced, online programs we currently offer here!

What are The Different Types of Hair Stylists?

In my opinion, another reason why starting a career as a hair stylist is such a great idea is because this is one of those awesome jobs that provides a LOT of opportunity. There are countless industries that need hair styling services. As such, you’ll never have a difficult time finding clients, while at the same time, getting to target the areas of the beauty industry that interest you most!

For example, here are just some of the different types of hair stylists out there (that YOU could be, too):

  • Bridal hair stylists
  • Editorial hair stylists
  • Fashion and/or runway hair stylists
  • Film, television, and live theater hair stylists
  • Special events hair stylists
  • Virtual hair stylists (providing services online, either in addition to in-person services, or strictly remotely), etc.

Psst! Here’s a little insider secret…

If you pair these specialized hair styling services with these same specialized makeup services (e.g. providing clients with BOTH bridal hair and makeup for a wedding), you can quickly become a total powerhouse and book more clients than you’ll know what to do with!

After all, you’ll be eliminating the client’s need to seek these additional services elsewhere. Instead, they’ll have the option to book everything they need, all from under one roof, so to say. Talk about a sure-fire way to secure more bookings and make an even higher income!

Okay, so now that you know what it takes to be a professional hair stylist, what should you do to actually become one for real?

Here are 5 tips to walk you through the process!

Step One: Research the Hair Styling Industry

It’s important to begin your journey with a clear game plan. Part of this game plan includes knowing as much as you possibly can about the career you intend to make for yourself.

Here are just some of the things we encourage you to research and learn more about:

  • The job description and typical responsibilities of a professional hair stylist;
  • Past and current popular hair trends;
  • The demand in your local area;
  • Who your local competitors are, what their businesses offer, and how they run these businesses;
  • Who your target clientele will be;
  • Efficient marketing strategies for your own business;
  • What you’ll need to do to launch your own business (i.e. naming your business and getting it registered, building an official website, etc.);
  • Which social media platforms you’d like to establish a presence on;
  • Different areas of the industry you can work in;
  • Which areas of hair styling you’re most passionate about, etc.

If you start your career as a professional hair stylist unprepared, it’ll be really hard for you to make a real name for yourself. But if you do the right research, and walk into the industry with a solid understanding of your role as a stylist, you’ll quickly become a force to be reckoned with!

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Step Two: Take a Course on How to Become a Professional Hair Stylist

First thing’s first: do you want to get your training in-person or online? Let’s take a quick look at these two options.

In-Person Schooling

Brick-and-mortar training is the obvious choice for anyone who thrives most when physically surrounded by their peers and instructor. However, one downside to keep in mind is that in-person courses can get ridiculously expensive!

Another con is the fact that you’ll be forced to go at the same pace as everyone else. Thus, if your hair styling program is, for example, 6 months long, you won’t be able to graduate any sooner than that.

Online Schooling

Online courses, on the other hand, are exceptionally cheaper because there’s no physical campus to maintain. Furthermore, distance learning can often be done at the student’s preferred pace.

QC Makeup Academy, for example, offers online training that’s 100% self-paced! Starting on the date you enroll, you get a full 2 years to finish your program. However, during that time, YOU get to decide when and how often you want to work on your course.

As a student of QC, you could graduate and earn your internationally-recognized certification in as little as 2-6 months, simply by devoting a mere 1-2 hours per week on your studies!

QC Makeup Academy’s Hair Styling Essentials Course

For aspiring hair stylists, QC Makeup Academy’s Hair Styling Essentials Course will teach you everything you need to know! In this 5-unit online course, you’ll discover:

  • How to conduct a successful client consultation;
  • Hair styling etiquette and important hygiene protocols;
  • Proper anatomy of the head and hair;
  • Face shapes and structures;
  • Tools and products used for hair styling;
  • How to build and stock your own styling kit;
  • Blow-drying techniques;
  • How to work with heat/heating tools;
  • Creating a wide variety of flawless curls and hair styles;
  • Popular hair styles from the past and present;
  • How to start your very own business;
  • Client acquisition and retention;
  • Marketing efforts you can make to get your business seen;
  • How to plan a styled photoshoot to help build your professional portfolio;
  • And SO much more!

Once enrolled in this course, you’ll receive your login details for QC’s Online Student Center within 1-2 business days. Within the OSC, you’ll have direct, online access to your digital course materials, assignments, instructional videos, etc.

However, we’ll also mail you a physical copy of your course materials, too (and at no added cost)! Included within your physical materials will be your FREE starter kit. This starter kit contains a curling wand with 5 interchangeable barrels of varying widths. Plus, you’ll also get a heat-proof silicon mat for resting your wand on between curls.

The best part of this course?

Once you graduate, you’ll receive your internationally-recognized Hair Styling Essentials certification. You can proudly add this qualification to your resume – and we PROMISE it’ll wow all of your clients!

Find the full Hair Styling Essentials Course breakdown and curriculum here!

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Step Three: Decide on Your Career Path

Once you’ve completed your professional training, it’ll be time to sit down and really think about what you want your career to look like. What kind of hair stylist do you want to be? What are your goals? How will you go about achieving them?

I recommend sitting down, grabbing a pen and paper, and trying to answer the following brainstorming questions:

  • Do you want to start your own business, or join an existing salon?
  • If you wish to start your own beauty business, what do you want it to look like?
    • E.g. What will its name be? How do you want your brand to be? Do you want to travel to the jobs or open a salon of your own? Etc.
  • Would you like your business and/or skill-set to have any particular niches? (I.e. bridal hair styling, virtual services, etc.)
  • Who will be your target demographic?
  • How will you market your services to these potential customers?
  • What are some of the best ways can you get your name out there and network?
  • Do you plan to offer any additional beauty design services (i.e. professional makeup), or strictly stick to hair styling?

Step Four: Dive In and Work on Real Clients!

Throughout the course of your training, you’ll learn all about different hair types, styles, techniques, products, etc. But once you graduate, you’re going to need two very important things if you want to book legitimate, paying clients:

  1. Real-world experience and
  2. A beautiful portfolio of your hair styling work.

After all, prospective customers will want to see that you know what you’re doing before they hire you. Moreover, you’ll be a lot more confident in your skills if you’ve taken the time to truly hone them first. And obviously, this can only really be done through hands-on experience.

Here are a few ways you can gain this crucial experience and develop your portfolio at the same time:

  • Practice your skills on friends and family
  • Offer complimentary hair styling services to people you know
  • Practice the techniques and skills you acquired from your education on your own hair
  • Take part in a stylized photoshoot
  • Lend your hair styling expertise to a good cause, such as not-for-profit or charitable events, etc.

No, you likely won’t be getting paid for any of the above “jobs”. However, at the beginning of your career, this is okay – because what you won’t be gaining in financial profit, you will be gaining in in-field experience. Not to mention, you’ll also have the opportunity to grow your portfolio… and this on its own is invaluable!

Just remember that you won’t be giving away freebies forever. It’s just a necessary step in order to get to where you want to be!

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Step Five: Stay on Top of Hair Styling and Beauty Trends

If this is really the career path you’re most passionate about pursuing, then taking one course at the very beginning of your journey won’t be enough. Instead, you’ll be motivated to absorb as much new information as possible and advance your craft at every turn.

After all, this is one of the single smartest ways to keep your skill-set current – and that’s SUPER important in every job field.

So, stay in the loop about popular hair styling and beauty trends! Follow other industry experts on social media, read beauty publications, and further your education through advanced and/or specialization courses. You can also join online communities and attend networking events.

All of these things will help you remain up-to-date on what’s going on in the industry at all times.

Obviously, what “keeping up-to-date” means to everyone is different and subjective. Regardless, though, it’ll be in your best interest to do so. In the end, committing to and embracing lifelong learning will only ever help you; ultimately, allowing you to continue leaving your mark on the world as a hair stylist and beauty professional.

And really, isn’t that the goal?

Now that you know how to become a professional hair stylist, it’s time to get started! Enroll with QC Makeup Academy today and book your first client in as little as 2-6 months!

The Top 7 Must-Have Hair Styling Tools for Your Business

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Thinking of adding hair styling services to your makeup business? Online beauty school can help teach you everything you need to know, so you can take your hair skills all the way to an expert level. Not to mention, a hair styling course will arm you with a professional certification that’ll look mighty fine on your resume and definitely impress clients!

Of course, there’s more to being a hair stylist than just knowing the theory. You’ll also be taught how to execute various techniques and applications, so you can thrive in real-world situations. In order to do this, you’re going to need to purchase a few things first.

After all, every trade needs its tools. Being an MUA, you already know that! So, what are the holy grail essential items to stock up on in order to be a successful hair stylist?

Let’s take a look!

7 Must-Have Hair Styling Tools

These are the physical instruments you’ll use in your work to either manipulate the hair (using some degree of heat), or hold it in place. If you want to be a hair stylist, it won’t be enough to simply have a few clips and some hair ties. There’s a lot more to styling than that!

The following are the most common, must-have tools to invest in…

1. Hair Brushes

You can’t style hair if it’s full of tangles. The first step will almost always be to brush out your client’s hair, so it’s smooth and knot-fee! Different brushes come with different bristles, which can impact the hair’s volume and drying time. It’s important that you know what each brush does, so you know when is the best time to use it.

Some of the different types of bristles include:

  • Natural bristles – usually made of boar or hog hair. They are gentle on hair, and best used for daily brushing.
  • Nylon bristles – usually made of plastic, nylon, or rubber. Requires some stiffness, while still being flexible. These bristles are great for styling hair.
  • Porcupine bristles – made of small, evenly-spaced tufts of bristles. Each tuft is made up of a combination of natural and nylon fibers. These bristles are great for styling, while remaining gentle on hair.
  • Metal bristles – made of metal, and often very stiff. For this reason, do NOT use on your client’s hair! These bristles are best used only one synthetic wigs and/or hair pieces.

The way the brush is shaped can also affect its use and purpose. Here are some examples of staple brush types to have in your hair styling kit:

  • Paddle brushes – these are wide and typically shaped as a rectangle. In addition to smoothing hair and reducing static, they’re great for long hair and straight styles.
  • Roller, curling, and/or round brushes – these are most often shaped like cylinders. When used with heat, these brushes can add volume to your client’s roots, as well as add loose curls.
  • Volumizing brushes – these brushes have less bristles than round brushes, as well as holes to allow warm air flow. Also known as “vent brushes”, they are fantastic for styling hair.
  • Smoothing brushes – these are your average, day-to-day brushes. Thanks to their natural and/or nylon bristles and rubber cushion, they’re excellent at smoothing, detangling, and reducing static in hair.

2. Combs

Due to their smaller size, combs don’t allow for the same surface area coverage as brushes. They require a gentler hand, and should not be hastily yanked through the hair. While typically less damaging to the hair when brushing, they’re not quite as effective for styling. However, they make up for this with their ability to comb out tangles and “tease” hair at the roots.

Online beauty school will help teach you about which combs are best used as part of your job as a hair stylist, such as:

  • Tail combs – designed with a pointed tip, to help you divide your client’s hair into sections and parts.
  • Pick combs – these have evenly-spaced “teeth” to help separate curls, add volume, and create a softer look.
  • Fine and medium combs – fine combs have thin, closely-spaced teeth, whereas medium combs have thicker teeth which are more widely spaced. Both combs are great for back combing and detangling your client’s hair.
  • Wide tooth combs – with their slightly thick, evenly-spaced teeth, these combs are best at working conditioner through wet hair and detangling knots.

3. Blow Dryers

Whether you’re starting off your client’s appointment by washing her hair, or you need to dampen it for any reason, it’s going to need to be dried before you proceed with styling it. Remember: other heating tools – such as straighteners and curling wands – can NEVER be used on damp or wet hair!

To dry hair safely, the only tool you can use is a hair dryer.

That being said, there’s more than one kind of hair dryer. For instance, do you know the difference between the functionality of an ionic dryer, versus a ceramic dryer? Do you know the similarities that tourmaline dryers have in common with both ionic and ceramic dryers? What are the different types of rollers, wraps, and hoods?

Your online beauty school’s hair styling course will answer all of these questions, and more!

4. Curling Irons, Curling Wands, and Marcel Irons

The main things these 3 heat-manipulating tools have in common is that they help to create curls in your client’s hair. Beyond that, they have distinct differences that affect the way you make those curls, as well as what the final product will look like.

Because of how strongly these tools rely on heat, it’s critical that you learn the proper techniques and safety measures needed when operating them. We’re sure you’ve seen at least one of those YouTube videos of someone holding their curler too close to the scalp, or holding it in place way too long.

The result? Burns, hair loss, and one outraged client. Always remember that you’re dealing with your client’s hair, and damaging it in any way can directly impact her overall appearance. Improper use of these kinds of tools can be the quickest way to accidentally hurting your client – and your professional reputation!

5. Hair Straighteners and Flat Irons

Continuing on the topic of heat-using styling tools, another must-have, staple piece of equipment is a straightener and/or flat iron. As the name suggests, these tools are used to smooth out hair and give it a pin-straight appearance.

There are also additional ways you can use straighteners and flat irons to manipulate the style of your client’s hair. A recent trend, for example, has been to use straighteners to achieve a curling effect; used in the place of a traditional curling iron. Crimpers are another example of a tool within the same family, which can be used to create natural-looking, wavy hair.

Pro Tip: As we previously mentioned (but it’s definitely worth mentioning again), NEVER use any straighteners, flat irons, crimpers, or curling tools on anything other than dry hair. Doing otherwise can fry your client’s hair to a crisp, and seriously damage it!

6. Clamps, Clips, and Bobby Pins

Brushes and heat tools are great for styling hair to a certain extent. However, if your client wishes for specific styles or up-dos, you may require some additional help! This is where clips, clamps, and bobby pins come into play.

Depending on the type you use, there will be a different shape. This is because it’s designed for specific hair styling uses. A bobby pin, for example, won’t be able to do the same thing as a spin pin. In addition, certain clamps and clips (such as yoyettes alligator clips) are meant to assist you during the styling process, rather than being used in the actual finished product.

Online beauty school will ensure to break down everything you need to know about the various different kinds of clips, clamps, and bobby pins. This way, you’ll know exactly which types to purchase for your hair styling kit!

7. Hair Ties/Elastics

Last but not least, it goes without saying that for every hair stylist, elastics are a MUST! How else can you be expected to secure your client’s hair in an up-do, a braid, etc.? Clips and bobby pins can only do so much.

It kind of sounds like a given to include elastics on this list (I mean, duh), but it feels like it’d be even sillier not to throw that in there!

Can you think of any other hair styling tools that are essential to have as a stylist? Let us know in the comments below!

Ready to earn your hair styling certification through online beauty school? Enroll today in QC’s leading Hair Styling Essentials Course!

The 4 Most Popular Jobs for Hair Stylists

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Are you dreaming of a career as a professional hairstylist? Do your friends beg you to do their hair before a night out? If you’re interested in turning your hobby into a fulfilling career, there are several options at your fingertips!

Read on to discover everything you need to know about becoming a hairstylist, as well as some of the best careers for hairstylists.

What does a hairstylist do?

Let’s get one thing straight first: a hairstylist is different from a hairdresser! A hairdresser changes a client’s hair itself through cutting, dyeing, and/or other more permanent changes.

A hairstylist, on the other hand, makes temporary changes to the look of a client’s hair. This can include things like:

  • Intricate braiding
  • Curling
  • Straightening
  • Any other temporary adjustment that changes the appearance of the hair

How do you become a hair stylist?

A hairstyling course is a great first step for anyone interested in pursuing this exciting career. It may come as a surprise that you can find a quality hair styling course available entirely online. But with the right tutors and dedication, it’s more than possible!

You should also try and build your experience and portfolio. Practice on yourself, as well as your friends and family. You can even volunteer for opportunities, such as community theater productions, to help improve your hairstyling skills! 

 Many hairstylists start their own businesses once they’ve become certified. That being said, there are also existing businesses that are often looking to take on apprentices or hair stylists. This is also a great option for new stylists who are looking to make their start in the industry.

The Best Jobs for Hair Stylists

Wedding Stylist

A wedding is always a day to remember! While this special day will forever live in memory, everything about it will be immortalized in countless photographs, too. So, clients want to make sure they’re looking their very best.

As a wedding stylist, you’ll be in charge of all things hair for:

  • The bride
  • The wedding party
  • Family members
  • And anyone else looking to put their best foot forward on the big day

This job could also include organizing day-of styling with the bride, completing “trial runs” so that everything runs smoothly, brainstorming with the couple so that the wedding party has a cohesive look, and anything else related to hairstyling that may be required on the day of the wedding.

Some couples even opt to have a “hair bar” at the reception, so that guests are always looking picture-perfect!

Media Stylist

From TV to movies, to theater productions – media hairstylists are there to transform actors into their characters and make sure TV personalities are ready for the spotlight.

Whether you need to take the audience back in time with 1800’s-style up-dos, get teen actors ready for prom, or simply touch up the hairstyles of a news anchor, a media hairstylist is a crucial part of any set’s team. 

This is a great path to take if you have awesome people skills. Word of mouth is everything in the entertainment industry, so if you love to network and think you have what it takes to make actors shine on stage, this may be the role for you!

High Fashion Stylist

Do you ever see pictures hot off the runway of models with towering hair, massive curls, or other outlandish hairstyles? Designers are known for their high-concept ideas and big dreams. It takes a team of hairstylists to make that vision a reality!

As a high fashion hairstylist, you’ll be part of the hustle and bustle backstage at fashion shows. It’ll be your duty to be ready at a moment’s notice to whip out the hairspray, fashion a quick braid, or do whatever else it takes to create an incredible show.

If you’re dreaming of working in a fast-paced environment where your work literally becomes art before your very eyes, look no further!

Editorial Photography Stylist

Working on sets is a great way to move up in the fashion and beauty industry. Often, stylists begin as assistants and work their way up. This allows you to properly forge connections with fellow hairstylists, models, photographers, makeup artists, and other on-set professionals.

From glossy magazines to styled shoots, and everything in between, your job will be to maintain the look of models’ hairstyles throughout a busy shoot. If you’re great at thinking on your feet, and you love the challenge of solving problems as they crop up (surprise rainstorm during an outdoor shoot, anyone?), you’ll love a career as an editorial photography stylist!

Similar to high fashion styling, an editorial photography hairstylist is a key behind-the-scenes player during photoshoots.

Who knows: that assistant photographer could be shooting for Vogue one day soon!

The perfect career is the one you build for yourself!

While we’ve listed just a few of the many paths your career could take, it’s worth mentioning that many hairstylists work across different industries. So, don’t fret if you love the idea of working at fashion shows and weddings.

If you’re interested in the world of hairstyling, there are SO many avenues you can consider! Easily one of the best parts of this career is the fact that trends are always changing. There are new opportunities around every corner!

Keep reading to find out why hair styling is the PERFECT service to add to your makeup business!

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Hair Styling vs. Hair Dressing: A Breakdown

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As a makeup artist, you may have dabbled with the idea of adding hair-related services to your business (or at least, to your resume). There’s definitely incentive to do this, as it could very likely improve your overall success! But in doing your research, we’re willing to bet you’ve come across the following 2 job terms: hair styling, and hair dressing.

But wait, aren’t they the exact same thing? Actually, no! While they do share certain similarities, they also have fundamental differences. So what does each term mean? How are they similar, and where do they differ? Is one better than the other to add to your makeup business? Let’s find out!

What is hair styling?

The answer is in the name itself: it means to style hair! As a hair stylist, you would help shape the client’s hair into an attractive style of her choosing (or as expertly recommended by you). You’d create things in her hair such as waves, curls, volume, and/or braids. You’d have the skills and training to be able to give your clients all sorts of up-dos, down-dos, and everything in-between. Of course, you’d know how to do all this with the aid of:

  • Hot styling tools (tools that specifically use heat), such as a: hair dryer, curling iron, straightener, etc.
  • Hair styling products, such as: hairspray, gel, mouse, etc.
  • Other styling tools, such as bobby pins, elastics, headbands, hair accessories, etc.

As a hair stylist, you would use your knowledge and understanding of face shapes and structures to recommend flattering styles, up-dos, extensions, etc. to your client. When a client has their heart set on a particular style, it’s your job to deliver it (if possible), to the best of your ability.

To be a working hair stylist, you don’t necessarily need any formal certification. This is due to the fact that nothing you’d be doing to a client’s hair would permanently change it. You wouldn’t be using any harsh chemicals, or altering color or length. Everything you’d do would always be temporary!

That being said, while many hair stylists don’t always need certification, having it will definitely make you stand out from the competition and look better to clients. Plus, if you really want to know what you’re doing, there’s no better way than by taking a hair styling class, being educated, and getting properly trained!

What is hair dressing?

Hair dressing involves everything that a hair stylist does, but more. The defining thing that separate a hair dresser from a stylist is that a hair dresser is qualified to make permanent changes to a client’s hair. This means that they’re allowed to do any of the following to their clients’ hair:

  • Cut it
  • Bleach and/or dye it (basically give it some type of chemical treatment)
  • Install permanent hair extensions

To be VERY clear: a hair dresser is qualified to do these things. A hair stylist is NOT!

Much like a hair stylist, a hair dresser needs to rely on her knowledge of the client’s overall appearance, facial structure, etc. to be able to make the final call on what will suit them best. You can provide suggestions, give caution against bad ideas, and then apply your skills to execute the chosen look as flawlessly as possible.

To work as a professional hair dresser, most places will require you to obtain a cosmetology license in your city, state, or country. In addition to this, there may be a requirement that you’ve completed a certain number of hours of education, training, and practice.

In these locations, to work as a hair dresser without these things would quite literally be illegal. The consequences could be anywhere from a fine, to criminal charges (if, for example, a client were to be injured in some way).

If you’re interested in become a hair dresser, make sure you research the legislation in your area. If required, ensure you get yourself certified accordingly!

Other Similarities vs. Differences

Of course, we’ve already touched on some of the major things hair styling and hair dressing have in common. We’ve also laid out some pretty huge differences they also have. But here are a couple more to keep in mind…

Potential Income

Because more education, training, and a more extensive skillset is required to be a hair dresser, your income will likely be greater than it would be as a hair stylist. That being said, it also depends on what sort of setting you’re working in.

If you’re employed within a salon as an MUA, you may be able to increase your overall salary due to your additional hair styling qualifications. That being said, those skills may not be required if it already employs hair dressers.

Alternately, if you’re a freelancer, you get to choose how much you charge for your services. If you’re a popular makeup artist with a devoted client base, you may be able to increase your rates with the addition of hair styling services, and make the equivalent of a hair dresser.

People Skills

Both professions definitely have this in common! Whether you’re a hair stylist or a hair dresser, you absolutely HAVE to be good with people. A lot of clients like to make conversation, so introverts will struggle with this type of job.

Plus, your clients would be trusting you with their appearance – that’s a big thing for them to put in your hands. If you don’t at least try to create a positive connection with them, you’ll probably never see them again.

But hey, if you’re already a makeup artist, you know ALL about this already!

Which would go better with your makeup business?

Hair styling services pair extremely well with makeup services because often times, the client is requiring these services for a specific, important event. She is not as likely to want the full services of a hair dresser (such as needing it cut, colored, etc.) on the day of. Rather, she likely will only need/want it to be styled.

Because of this, the likelihood that she will also like to get her hair styled in addition to getting her makeup done (or vice versa) for this big event is high. Thus, these 2 beauty services have a tendency to go hand-in-hand nicely.

That being said, you can by all means still offer full hair dressing services as part of your makeup business. Though not all of your makeup clients will be as likely to need both services on the same day, that’s not to say it’ll never happen.

One positive is that hair dressing services opens up your clientele to more than just a makeup-related audience. You’ll also become open to clients who may only want hair-related services.

Keep in mind, though, that hair dressing is seen as its own job in-and-of itself. There’s also more equipment involved, so the start-up and maintenance costs will be higher than if you were just hair styling alone.

There’s also the potential issue of time management. It might be hard to balance being a makeup artist and a hair dresser. If you want to first and foremost be an MUA, your hair dressing services may need to take a step (or two, or three) back, in terms of your business priorities.

So while technically, there’s absolutely nothing stopping you from adding both types of services to your makeup business, hair styling services tend to mesh a little better. It’ll cost you less to maintain within your business, and won’t be as big of a timely commitment for you to try and juggle.

It’s ultimately your choice when it comes to picking the career path that’s best suited for you and your goals. Go with your gut, and don’t let anything stop you! As long as you properly prepare yourself, do all the needed research, and then put your all into it, your career ahead will be a long and successful one!

Interested in hair styling class? Enroll in QC’s leading Hair Styling Essentials course today!

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4 Reasons Why You SHOULDN’T Add Hair Styling to Your Makeup Business

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Many MUAs see hair styling as a separate field entirely, but play your cards right and hair styling can be your secret weapon. The makeup industry is a tough market with plenty of competition. Without upping your game and adding to your qualifications and skillset, how can you hope to stand out from the crowd? Hair styling classes are one of your best assets to do this!

That being said, watching YouTube videos and possessing a natural ability to do a French braid aren’t going to be enough to add this additional service to your business. That alone won’t make you a pro. Like makeup artistry, hair styling doesn’t necessarily require schooling or certification – but having it not only makes YOU better, it better qualifies you when compared to others who don’t have it themselves.

But we get it: you have your hesitations. In fact, you’re probably thinking, is it really worth shelling out more money to take a hair styling class? It can’t benefit my makeup business that much, can it?

Well, let’s see about that. First, it’s important to quickly understand what exactly a hair stylist is, and what they do.

What is a Hair Stylist?

Is “hair stylist” just another term for a hair dresser?

NO! (We seriously can’t stress this enough.)

The two are completely different, and require entirely separate training, qualifications, and certification. In addition to styling, hair dressers are qualified to cut, color, bleach, and apply extensions to hair. A cosmetology license is usually required to be a hair dresser, which takes anywhere from 1 to 2 years to obtain.

As a hair stylist, you are NOT allowed to do anything but wash, dry, and/or style your client’s hair. You’ll learn how to use various heat tools, and master a number of different brush and styling techniques.

Here are 4 reasons why it would NOT be in your best interest to add hair styling services to your MUA business…

1. You don’t want to book more clients

In today’s age, Millennials and Gen Xers have enough money problems thanks to the economy, so they’re always more than happy to save their pennies whenever possible. This is just a fact: your clients are always going to be looking for ways to combine or decrease their expenses. Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to save some cash?

Chances are, in addition to your makeup services, you client is also in need of a hairstylist for her big event. This means an extra expense she has to pay for, more time she has to put aside for a separate appointment, etc. But if you were able to offer her BOTH makeup and hair styling services, she’d probably book you for that additional service in a heartbeat. It’s just a much more convenient and cost-effective option for her.

This is especially true with brides. The day of the wedding is hectic and stressful enough as it is for her! When researching her options for MUAs and hair stylists, who do you think she’ll be more inclined to want to book with: one makeup artist and another hair stylist, or an amazing makeup artist who’s also a hair stylist?

Point is, being able to offer both makeup and hair styling services would open doors to so many more potential clients. It would provide you with a niche that’s GUARANTEED to make you stand out from your competition in the area, in all the best ways. We think you’d find that it wouldn’t take long before you’d be so busy, you’d have to start booking clients in advance!

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2. You don’t want to make more money

When you can offer more services to your clients, you’ll naturally be able to increase your income – that’s Business 101. You very well might already be making good money with your makeup services alone, but think of how much more you could bring in every month by adding in hair styling services as well!

One option is that you could offer standalone hair styling prices and services, same as how you set your makeup rates. Simpler hairstyles, such as basic up-dos, will be cheaper. The fancier the hairstyle, the more you can charge. That being said, even just the basic services (like washing and drying your client’s hair) can give you an additional $30+ from that one job.

Or, if your client wished to have both her hair and makeup done by you, you could also offer packaged deals. These sorts of options would further entice potential clients to want to work with you. Everyone loves bundles! For instance, Brinelley Hair and Makeup in Baltimore, Maryland, charges $250 for bridal hair and makeup as a packaged service.

When it comes to the various ways you can package these additional services, the sky’s the limit! But one thing’s for certain: it WILL increase your total income and bring you in more money.

3. You don’t like having options

We’ve touched on quite a few ways that adding hair styling to your makeup business benefits your career as a freelance MUA. But what about those interested in working in a salon?

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The good news is that such a skill is just as much of an asset to salon managers, too! If their establishment is in need of hair stylists as well as makeup artists, hiring someone who can do both is one less body they need to staff and provide salary to. Plus, you have wiggle room to negotiate your pay and perhaps ask for a higher salary than you would’ve gotten just as an MUA. For the level of services you’d be capable of providing, it’d be more than fair, and many salon managers will recognize that!

Even if you don’t have any goals to work in a salon, the fact that it would at least be an option available to you is a more than a many other makeup artists out there could say. If nothing else, it strengthens your portfolio and equips you with a pretty solid resume.

4. You hate school

That’s not to say that you don’t love your craft, or even that you don’t like learning new things. But when it comes to an actual school environment, with assignments, and reading, and lessons? No thanks. You’re of the opinion that anything you can learn in a class, you can learn all by yourself on the internet for free.

We’re sorry to say it, but if that’s how you feel, you’re really limiting yourself in terms of your abilities. You’ll never be able to learn from an article or video tutorial the skills, techniques, and theories you’d be taught in school. For starters, there will be things you don’t know until they’re taught to you – so how would you know to research them on your own? You wouldn’t. Your self-taught education would be filled with a lot of self-imposed blind spots.

Schooling is the best method of acquiring information because its entire purpose is to take an expert who knows the ins and outs of the profession, and use their knowledge to help YOU learn and grow. So sure, school may not be your thing… But if this is truly the industry you want to work in, the results are worth it and second to none.

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Ready to take your MUA business to the next level by offering hair styling services as well? Enroll in QC’s leading Hair Styling Essentials class, and become certified!

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QC Makeup Academy’s Top 10 Makeup Articles of the Last Decade

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Happy New Year, beauties! Though it may be the start of a brand new decade, we thought we’d do the ultimate 10 Year Challenge by paying our respects to the 10 most popular blog articles over the last decade.

So strap in, get comfy, and put your coziest socks on, because these blogs are well worth the read!

Fake eyelashes are fun and fabulous, but they can also be the literal worst to put on. Getting glue all over the place (such as around your eyes) can make for a real nightmare. Especially when you finally secure them on, only to realize they don’t even fit! Luckily, this article breaks down the basic steps to finding – and applying – the perfect falsies.

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It’s completely understandable to want to take the extra time to ensure your client is 100% happy with what you give them. You’re a professional, after all! That being said, you may actually be taking too much time in certain places that simply do not need it.

These extra minutes can instead be focused on the aspects of the appointment that matter most. QC executive tutor and professional MUA, Nathan Johnson, provides everything you need to know here, so you best know how to prioritize.

Believe it or not, not every cosmetic product pandered to you is actually required. In fact, many items – even those marketed as top-notch, quality products – either don’t deliver what they promise to, or can be easily replaced by something cheaper. This article is a must-read for anyone who’s looking to free up some unnecessary space in their professional makeup kit, while still keeping the essentials.

One of the greatest ways to get motivated is by seeing others just like you making a successful name for themselves in the makeup industry. This is why we love to showcase our QC students and graduates, and why they’re always such a big hit with our readers!

Special FX Makeup course graduate, Tyler Russell, is without a doubt a talented and valuable asset to the MUA world, so it’s no surprise that his feature made the Top 10! Keep reading to see his portfolio, learn about his personal makeup style, and hear how Tyler feels that QC Makeup Academy prepared him for working in the field!

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Let’s get real here: you may like makeup, but it takes a lot more than that to become a successful, working MUA. Unfortunately, an interest in cosmetics isn’t enough these days to make you stand out from the crowd. There are other crucial factors that are key to being able to turn makeup from a hobby into a career. If you read these 5 reasons why you shouldn’t be a makeup artist and find yourself agreeing with them, it may be time to revisit the chalkboard!

When it comes to the makeup industry, there’s a false notion that in order to be the best, you must always have the best. So basically, if you’re on a tight budget, you’re out of luck. But wait, don’t put your palettes away just yet! The fact is, this isn’t true at all. Many cheaper brands have been known to work just as efficiently as their pricier counterparts.

We highly recommend this article for any aspiring (or even working) makeup artist who’re looking for a few ways to save some cash, without sacrificing quality.

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Millennials are known for their innovation and ability to create new, amazing things. Credit where credit’s due: they’ve paved the way in terms of both makeup and fashion. But admittedly, there have been a few blunders along the way, and not all trendsetting attempts have hit their mark.

Written by QC Fashion Styling tutor and personal stylist, Mallory Sills, his article explores 4 millennial fashion trends that are definitely more cringey than cute.

Another SFX makeup enthusiast, Kirsten Hart is a Master Makeup Artistry graduate at QC Makeup Academy. She’s also paved quite the way as a professional MUA, known for her striking, colorful looks, and her epic Instagram branding.

Check out this article if you’re looking for some serious inspiration for your own portfolio, and are curious to see how online makeup schooling has helped Kirsten along the way!

Think you’re a hairstyling guru? A fountain of follicle knowledge? A sensei of the strands? (Okay, we’ll stop.) Take this popular quiz and find out if you really know as much as you think! Maybe we’ll stump you – and if not, feel free to brag in the comments!

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As a newbie makeup artist breaking free into the professional world, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. But never fear! As The Beauty Buzz’s most popular blog article of the decade (WOW!), we’ll help arm you with 6 ironclad tips to not only get the ball rolling, but set you up for long-term success doing what you love most!

If the past 10 years were able to bring us this much amazing information, imagine what the next ten will hold! Is there anything you’re hoping to see and read about? If so, let us know in the comments!

Turn your MUA dreams into a reality by enrolling in QC’s leading Master Makeup Artistry course today!