What does a Hair Stylist do?

As a hair stylist you would provide insight to men, women and children on various hair styles, cuts and color. In addition, you would have the ability to learn and share information on the hair care products to upsell items solid by the salon. Effectively use various marketing methods to grow your clientele such as social media and customer referrals.

The ability to successfully communicate with a diverse customer population is essential. A friendly and approachable individual who finds it easy to speak with a variety of individuals. Experience with various types of hair is preferred. A valid cosmetology license in the state you are practicing is required.

What responsibilities are common for Hair Stylist jobs?
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Superior oral communication skills
  • Ability to develop your own clientele through social media and customer referrals
  • Demonstrate consistent telephone etiquette
  • Keep your station clean and sanitary
  • Assist in upselling salon products and services
  • Safe use of equipment and chemicals
  • Assist with laundry and linens as needed
What are the typical qualifications for Hair Stylist jobs?
  • 3+ years of experience as a hairstylist
  • Knowledge of products solid by the salon
  • Exhibit basic computer skills
  • Accurate use of an office phone
  • Able to lift boxes up to 10 pounds
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Excellent verbal communication skills with customers
  • Reliable transportation to meet scheduling requirements
  • Maintain inventory product log
Work/Life Balance
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3.3 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Hair Stylist make?

$56,149 /yr
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Hair Stylist Career Path

Learn how to become a Hair Stylist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Senior Hair Stylist
Hair Stylist IV
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5 - 7
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Hair Stylist Insights

Read what Hair Stylist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Sport ClipsSport Clips
Hair Stylist
Oct 14, 2021

“Great way to build a clientele and much better money than renting a booth in a salon!”

Sport ClipsSport Clips
Hair Stylist
Oct 14, 2021

“$24. Manager Kendall is super nice and I still keep in touch with her.”

Paul Mitchell SchoolsPaul Mitchell Schools
Apr 28, 2022

“There’s always education and training as well as many opportunities to take your career further.”

Great ClipsGreat Clips
Hair Stylist
Apr 16, 2021

“I suspect they did this to make their numbers look great so they earned a bigger quarterly bonus.”

J. C. PenneyJ. C. Penney
Hair Designer
Dec 16, 2020

“The manager also had an I don't care attitude towards you if you did not make her any commission.”

The Salon
Hair Stylist
Aug 9, 2021

“No work place is perfect but this one was one of the best I've worked in.”

Sensa SalonSensa Salon
Hair Stylist
Jan 28, 2021

“It’s a great way to make good money if you’re new in town because you’ll be busy.”

Jude's BarbershopJude's Barbershop
Dec 11, 2020

“Most of the girls there are great but I was always scheduled with the ones I was never comfortable working with.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Hair Stylist

When working as a Hair Stylist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Test Equipment, Attention To Detail, Schedules, Microsoft Office Suite, and Effective Communication.

The most similar professions to Hair Stylist are:
  • Makeup Artist
  • Salon Manager
  • Beauty Consultant
  • Fashion Stylist

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