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

 

 

 

 

Tip #3 How Hairstylist can teach seminars and earn extra money

Now that you have set up your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts and you are beginning to get your name out there.  People are checking out your work, following you on line. Sharing your pages with friends.   They are getting to know you.  Your clientele is growing. Your appointment book is beginning to fill up with new names. You will start making more money! Remember!  You are now working harder with longer hours on your feet because you have more clients now…………this is a wonderful thing.  But for those of you who don’t want to stop there, you have another option.  Seminars………..Yes you can conduct seminars and teach others what you know how to do best.

YOU ARE SAYING “I AM JUST A HAIRSTYLIST”!

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Not so.  You are not Just a Hairstylist.  You are a Professional.  Your job is very important. We  listen,  we give advise on hair topics and products.  We even give advise on personal matters that our clients share with us.   I know you may say  “I don’t talk that much”……….Yes you do!  No one goes to a Hairstylist that has no personality or someone who doesn’t utter a word to them throughout their service!  Let me remind you of how much you talk throughout the day:  You answer your phone for your business.  You order products, therefore you have to speak to the sales representative.  You give your clients consultations. You give your clients advise. You speak to your fellow co-workers.  You may even pass out cards or flyers at the grocery store.  You are communicating and sharing ideas.

So, we are all public speakers in one way or the other.  You have a lot of knowledge pinned up inside of you.  You may have to get used to speaking to a larger audience, however, you are all capable of stepping into the land of public speaking.  Yes, public speaking.  You can set up seminars and classes to teach others.  Start out small.  Why not share with your fellow Hairstylist or Beauty Enthusiast and get paid for it?!!

CAN I REALLY CONDUCT A SEMINAR???

Yes you can Teach!! You are the expert.  You are the one who went to Beauty School!  The one who has passed your state board exam!  The one who conducts the consultations with your clients!  So YOU are an authority in your field.  YOU are the professional. Therefore, you can Teach!!! You already have a PHD behind your name! ………………..Professional Hair Designer!  Do not look at yourself as just a Hairstylist that pumps the chair.

TO DO LIST FOR YOUR FIRST SEMINAR

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First you have to figure out what you want to teach.  There are a wide variety of subjects.  Hair cutting, permanent waving, chemical straightening, keratin treatments, hair coloring just to mention a few subjects. These are things that you do on a daily basic.

To Do List To Get Started:

1.  Topic – What are you going to speak about?  What do you want people to learn from you?  What information do you have to share?

2.  Research – Although you are an expert in your field, you may still have to do some research so that you will know as much as you can on your topic.  Read books, read articles, review your Cosmetology text-book, look at videos.  Know your topic inside out! Do not get lazy when it comes to research!

3. Put together your Lesson Plan

4.  Prepare your power point and handouts

5.  Choose a date and a location

6.   Advertise your event

Start out small, maybe 5 – 10 people.  Once you have build up your confidence and you are comfortable, then increase your seminars to 20 and so on.  You’ll be surprised how easy it will become.  For those of you who need more information on how to set up your seminar, please fill out the contact form and subscribe to this blog.

TIP #1 – How to Earn Extra Cash without Pumpin the Chair

Going to Beauty School was so exciting.  I learned the basic information needed to pass my state board examination.  What I didn’t learn was how to build a clientele base.  How not to work hard but work smart.  Working smart means doubling or tripling  your income without standing behind the chair.  How is that possible you might ask?  Well its simple.  You have to have more than one stream of income.  What I mean by that is that you have to extend yourself beyond the chair.  Do something out of your comfort zone.  You have to put yourself out there.

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HOW DO YOU PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE IN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY?

The best way of putting yourself out there is to first figure out what your strongest skills are.  Ask yourself “what am I  really good at doing”?  “What are my strong points.”?  “Which haircut can I do best”?   “Am I an excellent braider, make-up artist,  hair weaver, colorist”?  Take a good look at yourself and figure out your strongest skills and market it.  You don’t have to wait until you are a certain age.  You may have been the Hairstylist that got started at a young age.  By the time you have 5 years under your belt, you may only be 25 or 30  years old, which is fine.   Don’t wait till you have been a Hairstylist for 10 or 20 years to branch out!  

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MARKET YOUR SKILLS – TEACH OTHERS

Once you figure out your strongest skills, now its time to share with the world.  You can earn extra money by teaching a class, holding a seminar, writing an instructional manuel or E-book.  By doing this you will be helping other grow and at the same time earning more money without having to “Pump the chair”.

 

Stay Tuned for Tip #2  on “How To Stop Pumpin The Chair”

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!!