Whether you’ve been in the industry for less than a year or you’re a seasoned salon veteran, there is never a shortage of life lessons learned along the way. We asked our Instagram followers what career advice they would give their younger selves.
*Posts edited for length and clarity.
@courtneymarie_cle: Don’t lose your confidence or career drive when losing a client, it’s not always about you.
@alexaceleste.hairartist: Do your wrist and shoulder warm-ups—and make them a habit.
@live_kreative: Create financial stability; tips are not just fun money.
@emily_strickland: Charge your worth.
@hairbyrochelleshope: Spend more time assisting and taking trips/classes right after graduation.
@jimk_hair: Don’t try to fit in. Do the hair you want to do to attract the clientele you desire.
@amandarosecolorist: Work at a salon where you fit in, that has your back in tough situations and where you can build the career you want.
@gretchen_everton: Learn the business side of our industry. Work smarter, not harder!
@spookycaitlyn: Limit your social media intake, it will be better for your mental health.
@tabithahairstylist: Pick the thing that lights you up and become the expert in that area.
@getjoehairdid: Raise your prices when you run out of schedule space to make room for the new clients who are willing to pay.
@kerridoesmyhair: The best way to avoid burnout is to always keep learning.
@dombbeauty: Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for help.
@kellyoliviahair: Don’t be too hard on yourself when you mess up; every mess up is a lesson, not a mistake.
@hair_by_love: Don’t try to be your mentors. You were meant to make your own path.
@lacey_locks: You’re better than you think you are so stop doubting yourself.