STEPS TO BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL HAIR BRAIDER

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You are an excellent Braider, You’ve been braiding hair since you were 10 years old.  You can do all the latest styles.  Feed braids, goddess braids, box braids, crochet hairstyles, Ghana braids etc.  Right now you are working from home or you go to your clients homes.  When you tell them the price, they always say its too much.  They tell you that you are in the house and you don’t have any extra expenses to pay so why the high price?  They will tell you that they sit in your kitchen, so how can you charge that much?  It’s time to get the respect that you deserve.  Make the money that you deserve.  It’s time to become a Hair Braiding Professional! Here are the steps:

  1.  Sign up to take The 16 Hour Hair Braiding Course http://www.hairbraiding16hourcourse.com/
  2.  Apply to the State of Florida for your Braiding License.
  3. Find a Hair Salon or Braiding Salon that will employ you either on a salary basis or on commission basis.  When you get yourself established, you can become a booth renter and run your own business within someone else’s salon.
  4. Take advanced classes!  Learn, learn, learn.  Watch videos, take classes from the pros.  Educate yourself in all the proper techniques. Try your best to make your work look flawless.
  5. Promote your business using cards, flyers, emails, Facebook  or other social media platforms.  You can even use your friends and family as walking billboards.  Offer to do your best hairstyles on their hair.  When people complement them, all they have to do is give out your cards with your information on it! You can go to Vista print for all your printing needs.  They are very reasonable with their prices.
  6. Once clients start coming to you offer specials and discounts to drive more business to you.
  7. Keep good records of your clients on your phone, tablet or laptops.  You will need to keep a record of their name, phone number and email address.  You need this information to build your clientele list.
  8. Always be punctual.  Arrive at least 15 minutes before your client to prepare your work station.
  9. Value your clients time.  Everyone is very busy these days.  No one has time to come to a salon to sit and wait for their braider.

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If you follow those simple 8 rules, you will see your business grow.

**Photo Credit for featured Image – Kamdora Blog

 

 

 

 

Photo-shoots – A way to earn extra$$$

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On my previous blog, I gave you a few tips on adding another stream of income.     I suggested that you conduct seminars to teach and share your special gift of hairstyling techniques, make-up techniques or whatever it is that you are currently doing that you think the public would be interested in and benefit from.

For those of you who are shy and can’t seem to get used to the idea of speaking in front of 10 to maybe 10,000 people there is an alternative. Photo Shoots may interest you!

If you own a camera or cell phone, you can make your own videos. Edit it and post on social networks or print and use on your business cards, sell prints to your customers that took the pictures just like a professional photographer would.

For those of you who don’t want to do it yourself and would prefer to use a professional photographer, then go to your local community college and ask if they have a photography class. If they do, I am sure they would be happy to recommend there best student who will put their new found skills to work for you!! The cost will be minimal if at all.

Schedule a day and time then ROLL the camera! Make it fun! Invite your clients to come in and get their hair done. Include a FREE MAKEOVER (charge for the hair, makeup is free) You will earn extra money and gain more clients. Have fun doing something different other than “Pumpin the Chair”. Your clients will love you for it!

TIP #2 How To Get More Clients using Social Media

You have given alot of time thinking about what you are really good at.  You looked at all the photos of your work.  People have complimented you on your work over and over.  You know you are good at what you do!  So, how do you stop pumpin the chair you ask?

1.  Create a YouTube account.  Make videos from your salon – http://www.youtube.com

2.  Create a Facebook Account, give tips, share pictures of your work, ask questions to your audience – http://www.facebook.com

3.  Create an Instagram Page share your photos – http://www.instagram.com

4.  Create a Twitter account, people love to know what their Stylist are doing throughout the day – http://www.twitter.com

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People will begin to know who you are.  You circle will widen.  You will be getting your name out there.  Your clientele will increase, which will mean you will be working more.  Hmmmm, is this what you wanted? There are two answers to this question.  Yes and No. Yes you don’t mind working, you wanted to build a large clientele.  Yes you need the money, more clients mean more money.  Yes its nice to be in demand.  On the flip side of the coin, you may say No.  You will now have to work more days or longer hours to accomodate all of your new found clients.  You will not be able to hang out with your friends as much.  You will miss certain activities with your family because you have to make sure your clients are taken care of.

YOU  WANT TO MAKE THE MONEY! YOU  DON’T MIND WORKING HARD! BUT HOW DO YOU WORK SMARTER?

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You can work smarter but not harder by doing a few simple things.  You can be a six figure Hairstylist.  You can be a Celebrity Stylist.  You can own your own salon.  You can be a Platform Artist.  You can create your own products.   YOU CAN STOP PUMPIN THE CHAIR AS MUCH AND EARN MORE MONEY DOING WHAT YOU LOVE! 

Stay tuned  for Tip #3

Beauty School Sucks! The Secrets they didn’t tell you on how to be Successful.

You were very creative with your hands.  You loved hair and or fashion.  You wanted to make everyone look nice.  You wanted to work for yourself, start your own business.   You went to the salon and sat there all day long……just watching how skillfully the Stylist were doing their job.  You started going to college, then realized that it wasn’t for you or you graduated from college and deceided that you wanted to follow your dreams to enter into  the Beauty Industry.  Well if the above sounds like you, you are not alone!

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I was that High School Grad who wanted to be the best hairstylist in the world.  The person who loved, loved Hair!!   I graduated from Beauty School, Worked on Commission, Rented a Chair in someones salon, Worked as a Platform Artist, Opened my own salons, Taught in Cosmetology School.  Each of these experiences have taught me alot about the Beauty Industry.  After 28 years I have alot to share.  Follow me, subscribe to this blog, I will give you step by step accounts of what you should do and what you shouldn’t do to grow your business.  The things they didn’t tell you or teach you in Beauty School!  I will share helpful tips on how to make your life easier and  how you can make money without pumpin that chair until your legs fall off!!