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  • Owning Your Career Choice In The Beauty & Wellness Industry

    For many new professionals, making a final career choice can be scary. We struggle with that little internal voice that says, "Is this career path right for me?” We worry that our friends and family won't support our decision or that when...
  • Tools Of The Trade: Building Up Your "Kit"

    Whether you’re a new or seasoned professional, working as a salaried employee, or you’re a booth renter, there is one thing that all industry professional have in common: you must have your own personal “tools of the trade” kit...
  • 3 Ways to Revive Dry Hair

    We put our hair through a lot to get it looking awesome. In our salon, color services are up and it seems everyone has built a solid collection of wands and irons to keep up with the ever-changing styles. Inevitably, this will lead to hair and scalps...
  • A Beauty Professional's Guide To Networking: The Art Of Conversation

    After reading part one of our networking series , you're probably wondering what the next step is. Imagine this: you're on a trade show floor. The DJ is blasting club music, the air is thick with hairspray, and across the room, you see your...
  • Shearious Question: Paycheck Switch

    SITUATION: Paycheck Switch: I am 1099 at the spa I work at and have been there going on six months. I go in today and the owner told me that her accountant said I cannot be paid weekly anymore. I was told that I must be paid on the same schedule as her...
  • How To Become An On-Call Stylist

    More than likely, you've heard terms like on-call stylist, freelance stylist, on-demand, remote or even mobile hairstylists when you were in school. Although each of these careers sounds different, they all have one thing in common: you are not working...
  • A Beauty Professional's Guide To Networking: Preparing To Network

    When you think of networking, you probably picture a bunch of professionals in suits passing around business cards while they eat hor devours. In reality, networking is something that can happen during a trip to a grocery store in your yoga pants. No...
  • Beauty Careers Beyond The Salon

    The beauty and wellness industry offers an abundance of career opportunities, not necessarily in a salon. As a matter of fact, there are numerous non-traditional career paths that licensed cosmetologists, barbers, estheticians, massage therapists, nail...
  • 4 Resources Every New Beauty Professional Needs

    Graduation is an exciting time for any future graduate. It’s a time to celebrate your successes and look forward to your new career in the Beauty and Wellness industry. As exciting as this might be, it also might be a time when you feel a little...
  • 5 Ways To Survive Being The New Person At Work

    We’ve all been there: it’s the night before your first day at a new job and you can’t stop worrying about “what ifs.” What if my co-workers are catty, what if my boss is tough, what if the clients complain about me; the worries...
  • 10 Signs That You’re A Real Beauty Pro

    From hitting the books to filling your book, you’ve finally graduated from school and are in the working world. But how do you know if you’re a true professional? Here are 10 signs that you’ve made it: Mondays are the new Saturdays...
  • How To Become A Positive Thinker

    Did you know that one of the most important keys to success is having a positive attitude? Success comes in many ways and forms, whether it’s being successful while you’re in school, or upon graduation and working in your dream salon or spa...
  • Shearious Questions: Should I Be An Employee Or An Independent Contractor?

    SITUATION: I’m about to graduate from school and I’m not certain if I should work as an employee or independent contractor. Any advice? SITUATION REVIEW: Whether you are a recent graduate or looking to make a career shift, one of the biggest...
  • What 30 Seconds Can Do To Your Career

    It takes only 30 seconds for someone you meet to form a first impression of you! Yes, 30 seconds. That’s all the time it takes when you’re meeting a potential new employer or a first time client to WOW them or not. You might be surprised...
  • This Is How You Make A Million Dollars

    While a million dollars might be out of reach in the next year, it's never to early to create an action plan. As future professionals, now is the time you should begin having those conversations with yourself. How much money do you need or want to...
  • 4 Resolutions That Could Boost Your Career

    Stop making dead-end resolutions. Opt instead into committing to grow your business in 2017! Who couldn't stand to earn more, take an extra vacation a year, start your retirement fund, or plan for the future in general? While hitting the gym full...
  • How To Integrate New Staff

    Adding a new member to your team can be an anxious time for all. The boss has her fingers crossed that she made the right hiring decision, the existing staff have to realign, and the new teammate has to learn a new culture and new expectations. Here are...
  • Letter From The General Manager: Remembering Christine Gordon, Industry Icon

    As it goes when you’ve lived a life of so many years, you have the experience of babies birthed, graduations, weddings, divorces, promotions, new opportunities, and even death. Each, in its own way, is cause for celebration – for what is,...
  • Retail Insight For Nail Technicians

    Did you know that retailing to your nail clients is only as hard as you choose it to be? What may be holding nail technicians back from retailing effectively is knowledge. Knowledge comes via education. Retail education, isn’t just about knowing...
  • Important Types Of Insurance For Estheticians

    As an esthetician, the well being and safety of your clients is top priority. Not only do you make clients look their best, you make them feel their best as well. With the different types of machines and special services you offer, it's important...
  • 4 Tips for the Timid Stylist

    Do you find yourself struggling to connect or talk with clients? If you answered yes, I completely feel your pain. As a student, you are in the process of learning a ton of new skills and in addition are in the beginning stages of a new career. Certainly...
  • Dry Cutting vs. Wet Cutting. What's Best?

    Throughout my career I've always taken interest in the divide amongst hair cutters who have a preference of wet or dry cutting. In most cases I've heard great arguments for why one is superior to the other. I've gone through phases of experimentation...
  • Good Stylists Don't Sell Product

    More than likely when you think about making product recommendations to your clients you think of selling, or you may feel like you’re being pushy. What if I told you that when you make recommendations for taking home care product to your clients...
  • Shearious Questions: Help For The Only Skin Pro In A Hair Salon

    SITUATION: I recently accepted a job as a skin care specialist in a hair salon. I love the salon; the challenge is the salon isn’t known for skin care or other spa services. What is the most effective way to create awareness and build a skin care...
  • Preparing for the "Real" World

    Graduating and moving into the “real” world can be an exciting time, but it also can be filled with a great deal of uncertainty. You have made the commitment and perhaps have made many sacrifices to attend school and begin your new career...