Q&A: For Cosmetologist. Do you love your job? Also.. is it hard to determine what you make a week/mos. See Below>.?

Question by : For Cosmetologist. Do you love your job? Also.. is it hard to determine what you make a week/mos. See Below>.?
I live in the Mid West. I have read countless blogs on different careers. Cosmetology.. hair/skin care people seem to love to do. I read pages and pages of a blog that I wish I could find again.

Here is my situation. I wanted to take the full program. I had a dream about this again last night. I was told once that I should do this from a student stylist. I am much older in my 40′s but I live in the Mid West and things are not the same as they are in many other states. Women here of all ages work in this field and are accepted. I look a lot younger as well and had always had an interest in hair and skin. I am just afraid the income would fluctuate where I would not be able to depend on it for rent and all else. I have spoken to a few stylist whom tell me with tips they make 2-3 thousand a month. But.. how long will this take. Many here are paid about 8-9.00 an hour plus tips and a percentage of their product sales.

I watch these shows on TV like Tabitha lol and it makes it look scarey or Gatsby that makes it look sleezy. I was thinking of Aveda the full program. Its more conservative. However .. I am thinking that I would have to husstle to go out and find customers. I have no family or friends here to recruit in.

I am self supporting. However.. I also heard many salons do offer benefits. My other choice would be Pharmacy Tech Or CNA. Or both to support myself. Although both make about the same pay.. its not of interest or fun. I am not sure.. I would stick with it. They only make about 11-12.00 an hour.. But.. with tips.. I am sure I can surpass this correct as a stylist?

Also do customer yell and get upset and not return like they say?

Thanks For The Advise

Best answer:

Answer by Brooke
Stick with Pharmacy Tech or CNA. There are way too many cosmetologists which makes it extremely difficult to make any money and to even find a job. I took me 6 months after I graduated beauty school to find a job in a salon, and I was relentless about searching. I went out of my way with my resume and cover letter, went on countless interviews, only to find out that when they were interviewing me they were also interviewing about 25 other girls only for 1 position. Of all the girl I graduated with, I am the only one actually working in a salon. Most salons will not hire someone who has not already had a job in another salon, which makes it very difficult. I finally got lucky and found a busy salon that gets walkins galore.
Also, be prepared to be very pressured. You only have a certain amount of time to build a loyal clientele. If not, you’re fired!
Salons have these rules, for example:
If after 3 months you are not serving at least (number here) clients in a day you will be given a warning, after 6 months you will be terminated because the salon is losing money by keeping you there.
When I first started beauty school, I had a ton of people tell me they were going to come to me when I started working in a salon, well, it’s been a year and a half and I haven’t seen one of them in my salon. So don’t listen to the people who say they will come to you.
And oh yes, you do get some unruly, impossible to please customers, and many do not return.
Some people will go all over town from one salon to another and no stylist will be able to please them. Some others are just overly critical and may like someone else better. It’s tough field, definitely not easy. And it does not pay good. You have to rely on tips to make any money at all.

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