HAIR­STYL­IST Tress chron­i­cle

THE LOW­DOWN

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CLOCK­WORK 10.30am: Reach sa­lon and start work with clients 11am: If there are mul­ti­ple sa­lons, one needs to be in touch with all of them 12pm: Client meet­ings 1.30pm: Lunch 2.30pm: Get on to work 7pm: Leave for home 8pm: Sit down with the lat­est mag­a­zines and watch fash­ion chan­nels to check out the in­ter­na­tional hair trends 10pm: Din­ner

THE PAY­OFF One can start by work­ing un­der a ‘branded’ hair­styl­ist and earn R15,000 to R20,000 per month. Af­ter about three years in the in­dus­try, the salary at a good sa­lon can be R35,000 to R40,000 a month. Ex­ams con­ducted by sa­lons for pro­mot­ing a hair­styl­ist can cost a lot, in the bracket of R70,000 to R80,000. You can earn big money if you have your own sa­lon and have made a mark in the field Back then, peo­ple would visit a lo­cal bar­ber who used sim­ple in­stru­ments like scis­sors and a comb to style or change your look. To­day, hair­styles make or ruin one’s per­son­al­ity — you can ei­ther stun or shock! Hence, more and more peo­ple are will­ing to ex­per­i­ment with and rein­vent their looks. For this, they turn to pro­fes­sion­als for treat­ments that en­hance and main­tain their looks. To­day’s hair­styl­ist is very dif­fer­ent from the erst­while bar­ber. He/she uses an ar­ray of in­stru­ments/ tech­niques rang­ing from combs and hairdry­ers to chem­i­cal pro­cesses to tint, colour, wave, curl, straighten and con­di­tion hair, as well as prod­ucts to fin­ish off a look. The job in­volves ad­vis­ing peo­ple on the lat­est hair trends and work­ing on a look that suits them. To be­come a top-notch stylist, one should have the knowl­edge of mod­ern hair man­age­ment tech­niques and make sure that the clients get the best re­sults. Many hair­styl­ists also sell beauty prod­ucts and are in­volved in the busi­ness as­pect of a sa­lon and may ex­e­cute man­age­rial du­ties SKILLS/TRAITS Good com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ob­serv­ing skills Cre­ative bent of mind Abil­ity to learn quickly Clean­li­ness and per­sonal groom­ing Keep abreast of the lat­est trends in the fash­ion world

GET­TING THERE No spe­cific qual­i­fi­ca­tion is re­quired to be­come a hair­styl­ist but join­ing a good in­sti­tute to learn the art and sci­ence of hairstyling would cer­tainly help. Hairstyling is all about cre­ativ­ity but cos­me­tol­ogy is a vast sub­ject that in­cludes chem­i­cal com­po­si­tion of scalp and skin, hair colour­ing etc. Thus, if you have ba­sic knowl­edge of chem­istry and maths, it would make him/her more skilled IN­STI­TUTES AND URLS Habibs Hair Academy, New Delhi www.habibs.org.in/thea­cade-

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