Myth #1: “Cosmetology school will have been a piece of cake.”
This couldn’t be further from the truth. To be a well versed stylist you must learn color theory, trichology, safety & sanitation, chemistry, bone structure, haircutting, chemical waving, permanent relaxing. With an average cost of $20,000 to complete your program which takes an average of about a year it is comparable to going to a 4 year university. Not to mention, the shear terror when that first haircut sits in your chair (haha see what I did there).
We also must maintain our license. Here in South Carolina we must take 12 hours of continuing education within a two year period. Like anything else in life, you definitely get out what you put into it.
Myth #2: “It will be easy. I just get to just play with hair all day.”
Well, after completing school, you have to work very hard to build up your clientele list. I’ll be the first to admit this is no easy task; consistency is key here.
Everyone who sits in my chair is a completely different person, and when I say completely different… I mean it. Not one person has ever asked me for the exact same thing, and even if they have… it’s just not possible. No on has the same hair type, texture, lifestyle, not to mention which way they like to flip their hair.
Aside from coming up with each individual solution to your hair challenges, we also become your hair-apist. As a well seasoned stylist, It is my greatest joy to make connections with people, hold space for them to talk about whatever they need to, and it is my goal for you to leave a better person that you came in (inside and out.)
Myth #3: “I’m just going to do this until I get my real job.”
After standing on my feet for 10+ hours, missing a lunch break because I just wanted to make your hair that much better, not attending family functions that happen on Saturdays, and coming home completely exhausted some days, it sure does feel like the realest job in the universe.
I have learned so much over the past 3 years of owning my own two chair salon. It is not always what happens in the chair, but outside that time as well. Personally, I am the bookkeeper, marketing manager, and all around chief logistics officer. Most of this I didn’t actually learn in cosmetology school. Alot of it has been trial & error, and little real life experience.