Contrary to the perception of many, having successfully concluded your years of studies at the local hairdressing school is not enough to set you off on becoming a successful professional hairdresser. Hairdressing school is but the first step up the ladder of success giving you that solid foundation that will be invaluable as you continue to grow.
Hairdressing requires little academic education, but lengthy hands-on training. Hairdressing is a profession that offers unlimited potential once you gain experience. You must keep in mind that a hairdressing school is designed to protect the public health and safety of the consumer and prepare you to pass your examination, it is not designed to give you all the skills and experience you will need to meet the job market and consumer demands in a very competitive and changing job market.
Having gained valuable hands on experience, continue to learn and create value in yourself and in your artistic skills, so you will be able to create a demand for your services.
As an experienced hairdresser you are expected to pursue Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
It is compulsory in many countries of the world especially if you are assessor or verifier. A minimum number of hours are required to satisfy the CPD program, which will help professionals keep up-to-date with changes and developments in industry.
Hairdressing is a continual learning medium, there are always new styles, hair products, cutting methods, hair colouring, etc. to learn. Constant updating of skills is vital to success in any industry. Hairdressing is a fast moving industry and you need to keep ahead to stay successful. One piece of advice I have for anyone thinking of being a hair stylist is that you will get out of it what you put into it. If you love the job and the clients, then you will be one of the many hair stylists who absolutely love doing what they do.