SO YOU WANNA BE… A BEAUTICIAN
Kristin Fisher is the director of Kristin Fisher Eyebrows, Sydney’s top brow salon.
Have you got what it takes to be a beauty boss?
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I am a brow artist at my own salon located in Double Bay. I’ve owned my own salon for six years, it started with just me but now I have a team of six staff.
WHEN DID YOU DECIDE YOU WANTED TO BE A BROW ARTIST?
Probably when I was at boarding school, when I used to bring tweezers to school in my uniform pocket and tweeze everyone’s eyebrows at lunchtime.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CAREER MOVE?
I went to beauty school straight out of high school where I trained for six months and eyebrows were my focus.
HAVE YOU DONE ANY FURTHER TRAINING?
Yes, I now do the art of eyebrow feathering, which I trained for here in Sydney then also in Los Angeles. It’s brow tattooing for people who have sparse or thin eyebrows.
WHEN YOU EMPLOY BROW ARTISTS, WHAT SORT OF QUALIFICATIONS OR EXPERIENCE DO YOU EXPECT THEM TO HAVE?
All of our staff are qualified beauty therapists. It’s essential to complete an accredited course, either at TAFE or a private college. Most of my staff come with experience but we have also employed girls fresh from college and trained them our way. You definitely learn more on the job.
HOW MANY CLIENTS DO YOU SEE IN A DAY?
Usually around 20 and they come for anything from just regular brow maintenance to preparation for formals, parties, weddings and people always book in before they go on holidays.
WHAT ARE THE BIG CHALLENGES YOU’VE FACED IN YOUR CAREER?
Definitely juggling my family, trying to have a social life and running a successful business all at the same time. It’s important to keep a balance but it’s not always easy to do. I’m lucky I have such a great team of girls to help keep the business running smoothly.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT SO FAR?
Moving from my little studio into our beautiful salon and the growth that the business has had in a very short amount of time.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?
Definitely the transformations and the reactions from clients when they look in the mirror.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE READERS WHO WANT TO BE BEAUTICIANS?
I would say to look at doing some work experience so you can get a feel for the job and see if you like the industry, then book into a course that suits you and put yourself out there!
“I USED TO BRING TWEEZERS TO SCHOOL AND TWEEZE EVERYONE’S BROWS AT LUNCHTIME.”