Whether you're a recent beauty school grad or a seasoned vet, Sam Villa,
founding partner of Sam Villa and Redken Education artistic director,
has a few pointers for building your career as a stylist. "Follow
these tips and who knows; you may end up opening your own salon sooner
than you think," Villa says.
1. Go to every educational event you can. Continue advanced education throughout
your career; it's the key to success. Classes, shows, DVDs are great
resources. Make sure you check out ShopModernSalon.com for a range of
books, DVDs and on-demand videos for continuing education!
2. Practice what you learn and share it with others. Have you ever heard
that the best way to learn something is to teach it? Sharing makes you
better because it makes you reinforce information and thereby increases
3. Find a great salon that is truly interested in your success. When salon-shopping,
sit in the waiting room to get a feel for the environment and level of
professionalism. Tune-in on how they're answering phones, greeting
guests and interacting with one another, then see if you can picture yourself there.
4. Ask about the salon's associate or assistant program. Request a
copy in writing to be certain they have one; verbal confirmations are
too ambiguous. You might have to assist for a while and be willing to
bend over backward to become part of the team.
5. Find the right fit and stay in the salon! Do not move around; when you
do, people won't take you seriously. Plus, guests don't want to
have to be constantly following you from one salon to another while you're
By Lauren Quick I Source: ModernSalon.com