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Your First Steps to Becoming a Professional Hairstylist

A professional hairdresser cutting a lady's hair

A professional hairdresser cutting a lady's hairJust as buying a professional camera doesn’t necessarily make you a photographer — buying professional hairdressing scissors won’t instantly make you a hairstylist. It takes knowledge, skills, practice and a lot of determination to become a successful hairstylist.

A Sense of the Past and an Eye for the Future

As a hairstylist, you should have a basic knowledge of past and current hair trends and hairstyles. Getting to know what was popular in the past years can benefit you and at the same time help you hone your styling skills and creative eye. Your clients may ask for a certain style so it’s best to be familiar with the popular trends.

Plus, knowing past trends will also go a long way towards helping you project future ones. A deep awareness of the industry helps train your ability to spot, even predict, the next big thing.

The Right Tools

Buying professional hairdressing scissors won’t make you a hairstylist — but it certainly helps to have the right tools for the job. Professional scissors are sharper and easier to use. They also protect your client’s hair from damage like split ends. Aside from standard hairdressing scissors, you will need to familiarise yourself with the use of thinning and texturising scissors, as well as with other tools that you may encounter when you start working professionally.

Skills, Artistry, and Creativity

Hairdressing isn’t just about having knowledge and vision, you also need to put these into practice. Having a steady hand and a keen eye are also requirements to be able to perform the job. There are apprenticeships and programs that you can enter that can hone your skills and give you a good amount of experience in styling hair. As you gain more experience cutting hair, your skills will naturally grow and you will find instances to display your creativity.

Styling hair can be a fun hobby, but it can also be a practical and rewarding profession. In fact, in New Zealand, it is an industry that has continued to grow since the early 2000s. With the necessary knowledge, practised skills, creativity honed from experience and a fierce determination to succeed—being a successful stylist is just a cut away.