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What makes a good hair or beauty professional?

A career in hair and beauty requires hard work and study but can lead to a number of exciting opportunities and roles in the industry. Do you have what it takes? Read on for our thoughts on the top qualities needed for success.

Passion

A passion for hair and beauty is essential. As well as having the practical skills, you should be in the know about new trends, celebrity style and love flicking through magazines, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest looks.

Punctuality

Good time keeping is imperative as you need to be reliable for clients and able to carry out great treatments in the allocated time. When this is not possible, a calm nature comes in handy to stop you from panicking or rushing.

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Confidence

You must be comfortable meeting and talking to new people, ensuring you are approachable, friendly and confident working in a close environment.

Creativity

In this industry, it is vital to use your imagination and exercise your artistic skills. You should be able to advise clients on what will suit them and create bespoke looks for the individual.

Thirst for Knowledge

A career in hair and beauty requires keeping up to date with new techniques and products. You should be enthusiastic about learning and training with a desire to evolve and constantly improve your skills. Click here to see the training courses we offer.

Patience

Success rarely happens overnight. It will take time to learn and perfect your skills. Practice and experience make perfect.

Flexibility

A flexible approach to working hours will make you more employable and popular with salons and clients. Going the extra mile to fit a client in will make you stand out from the crowd.

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Respect, Trust & Discretion

Clients will trust you to look after them during treatments and may disclose things they are embarrassed about. Never gossip. Show them you are a professional and try your best to ease their vulnerability and make them feel comfortable during intimate or potentially embarrassing procedures, such as waxing.

Listening

You must listen carefully to understand your client's wishes and expectations during the consultation in order to give them the best possible service. It is also likely that clients will enjoy having a chat with you so show them you are interested.

Dedication

Hair and beauty professionals work long hours, standing for long periods of time, and will inevitably have to deal with complaints  at some point in their career. Dedication and passion for your job will ensure that you enjoy your role even when it presents challenges. If you feel ready for the next step in your hair or beauty career, click here to read our blog on opening your own salon.

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