Decisions, decisions…. As a new professional you are at that pivotal point in your career where you will be making the very important decision where you will work and put your new skill sets to use.
I’m often asked, "What’s the difference between working at a Blow-Dry Bar/Salon or a Full-Service Salon? And which one would be the best fit for a new professional?"
Certainly, there are pros & cons to both. I suggest that you begin the process by doing a little soul searching. What do you want out of your career? Is there a specific area/service that you enjoy over another? Do you want to specialize or be a generalist? These are important questions: take the time to think about them and be honest with yourself.
Whether you’re considering working at a blow-dry bar/salon or a full-service salon, it’s important to remember they are both salons. No matter which you choose, you can always take your next job or role at the other. Let's walk through two of the biggest differences:
Regardless of the differences, the best place to begin your quest for the perfect career path is by taking the time to do a little soul-searching. If you discover you have a great passion for styling, and your preference is not to offer cut or offer chemical services, then a blow-dry bar/salon might be a perfect fit. And remember: nothing is concrete. You can always try both work environments and see what's best for you (whether you take on full-time positions or serve as an apprentice to get a taste of each.) Good luck!
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Patti Wanamaker brings 21 years of experience to the Milady team where she currently serves as an Implementation and Training Specialist. Her intimate understanding of the salon, school, and beauty industry comes from 18 years of hands-on experience as a multi-faceted training specialist, including 8 years of salon and spa ownership of 3 salons with annual sales of $5 million. Her experience in all 3 areas of our industry allows her to think outside the box and develop innovative training that inspires and empowers beauty industry professionals.
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