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ASSISTANT HAIRSTYLIST: I Went To University & Realized That I Was On The Wrong Path

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Sarah, an assistant hair stylist, spends her typical day assisting the lead stylists by blow drying, shampooing, doing the dishes and sweeping. Her interest in hair styling began in high school where she was the lead hair and makeup person for the theater program. She went to university and realized that it was the wrong path for her, so now she is on the path that she was always interested in and beginning her career.

Job Title: Assistant Hairstylist

Job Summary: Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists

Job Description

Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists provide hair styling and beauty services.

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Average salary
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$10,000 - $35,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Part-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Home, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Creativity, Organizational skills, People skills, Strength/stamina, Verbal communication skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Trade/vocational School
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Cosmetology
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P3.instances[0].transcript.parse_transcript_data({"transcript":"<p><span m='0'>I'm</span> <span m='480'>Sarah</span> <span m='920'>Tafoya.</span> <span m='1080'>I</span> <span m='1590'>work</span> <span m='1830'>at</span> <span m='2090'>Keter</span> <span m='2270'>Salon</span> <span m='2650'>as</span> <span m='2750'>an</span> <span m='2830'>assistant.</span> <span m='4780'>I'm</span> <span m='4830'>actually</span> <span m='5220'>pretty</span> <span m='5560'>new,</span> <span m='5770'>just started</span> <span m='6090'>about</span> <span m='6290'>four</span> <span m='6430'>months</span> <span m='6710'>ago.</span> <span m='7580'>So</span> <span m='8410'>basically</span> <span m='8910'>what</span> <span m='9140'>I do</span> <span m='9300'>as</span> <span m='9500'>an</span> <span m='9610'>assistant</span> <span m='10020'>is</span> <span m='10940'>run</span> <span m='11450'>the</span> <span m='11560'>salon</span> <span m='11970'>besides</span> <span m='12680'>the</span> <span m='12840'>actual</span> <span m='13120'>haircuts</span> <span m='13460'>and</span> <span m='13540'>color.</span> <span m='14280'>So</span> <span m='14740'>we</span> <span m='15280'>assist</span> <span m='15720'>all the</span> <span m='16440'>lead</span> <span m='16670'>stylists,</span> <span m='17330'>which</span> <span m='17650'>means</span> <span m='18100'>anything</span> <span m='18480'>from</span> <span m='18690'>blow-drys</span> <span m='19025'>to</span> <span m='19360'>shampoos</span> <span m='20670'>to</span> <span m='21020'>treatments</span> <span m='21720'>to</span> <span m='22210'>sweeping</span> <span m='22620'>the</span> <span m='22710'>salon,</span> <span m='23150'>doing</span> <span m='23390'>dishes,</span> <span m='23940'>doing</span> <span m='24140'>laundry.</span> <span m='25010'>Basically</span> <span m='25340'>everything</span> <span m='25580'>behind</span> <span m='25860'>the</span> <span m='25930'>scenes.</span> <span m='28370'>Yeah,</span> <span m='28650'>that's</span> <span m='28830'>pretty</span> <span m='29000'>much</span> <span m='29430'>what</span> <span m='29580'>we</span> <span m='29690'>do.</span> <span m='30030'>And</span> <span m='30180'>it's</span> <span m='30630'>long</span> <span m='30920'>days,</span> <span m='31440'>about</span> <span m='31790'>8:30 to</span> <span m='32165'>5:00,</span> <span m='32540'>usually.</span> <span m='33430'>But</span> <span m='34180'>we</span> <span m='34320'>make</span> <span m='34520'>tips,</span> <span m='34940'>so that's</span> <span m='35140'>awesome.</span> <span m='36390'>And</span> <span m='36660'>yeah.</span> <span m='36930'>It's</span> <span m='37230'>a</span> <span m='37270'>cool</span> <span m='37840'>place</span> <span m='38040'>to</span> <span m='38130'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='39040'>I</span> <span m='39160'>actually</span> <span m='39960'>did,</span> <span m='40490'>in</span> <span m='40660'>high</span> <span m='40830'>school,</span> <span m='41270'>a theater</span> <span m='41680'>program.</span> <span m='42020'>So</span> <span m='42360'>I</span> <span m='42500'>did</span> <span m='42760'>hair</span> <span m='42970'>and</span> <span m='43050'>makeup</span> <span m='43360'>for</span> <span m='43450'>that</span> <span m='43630'>program.</span> <span m='44080'>And</span> <span m='44200'>I</span> <span m='44290'>was</span> <span m='45220'>technically</span> <span m='45630'>the lead</span> <span m='46200'>hair</span> <span m='46430'>and</span> <span m='46500'>makeup</span> <span m='46760'>artist,</span> <span m='47080'>I</span> <span m='47120'>guess</span> <span m='47300'>you</span> <span m='47380'>could</span> <span m='47510'>say.</span> <span m='48020'>And</span> <span m='48160'>that</span> <span m='48290'>kind</span> <span m='48440'>of</span> <span m='48510'>sparked</span> <span m='48860'>my</span> <span m='48970'>interest.</span> <span m='49540'>I</span> <span m='49600'>did</span> <span m='49830'>go</span> <span m='50010'>to</span> <span m='50080'>university</span> <span m='50750'>first,</span> <span m='51450'>and</span> <span m='52580'>realized</span> <span m='53050'>that</span> <span m='53170'>I</span> <span m='53210'>was</span> <span m='53380'>on</span> <span m='53460'>the</span> <span m='53540'>wrong</span> <span m='53750'>path.</span> </p><p><span m='54060'>So</span> <span m='54700'>I</span> <span m='54730'>went</span> <span m='55030'>to</span> <span m='55240'>Vidal</span> <span m='55390'>Sassoon</span> <span m='55630'>in</span> <span m='56020'>Santa</span> <span m='56250'>Monica.</span> <span m='57150'>It's</span> <span m='57690'>a</span> <span m='57830'>great,</span> <span m='58390'>great,</span> <span m='58620'>great</span> <span m='58830'>academy</span> <span m='59290'>for</span> <span m='59450'>hair.</span> <span m='62250'>That</span> <span m='62480'>place</span> <span m='62740'>was</span> <span m='62970'>amazing.</span> <span m='63570'>So</span> <span m='63680'>inspirational.</span> </p><p><span m='65500'>I'm</span> <span m='65680'>originally</span> <span m='66020'>from</span> <span m='66140'>the</span> <span m='66420'>East Bay.</span> <span m='66630'>I</span> <span m='66660'>came</span> <span m='66890'>back</span> <span m='67120'>here.</span> <span m='67600'>I</span> <span m='67810'>heard of</span> <span m='67980'>Keter.</span> <span m='68420'>It's</span> <span m='68560'>an</span> <span m='68610'>amazing,</span> <span m='69050'>amazing</span> <span m='69440'>salon.</span> <span m='70290'>The</span> <span m='70360'>staff's</span> <span m='70770'>great.</span> <span m='71180'>And</span> <span m='72000'>that's</span> <span m='72210'>kind</span> <span m='72380'>of</span> <span m='72660'>where</span> <span m='73030'>my</span> <span m='73440'>inspiration</span> <span m='73950'>came</span> <span m='74130'>from.</span> </p><p><span m='74910'>What</span> <span m='75140'>I</span> <span m='75180'>wish</span> <span m='75580'>I</span> <span m='75650'>knew</span> <span m='76190'>when</span> <span m='76850'>I</span> <span m='77010'>was</span> <span m='77190'>younger,</span> <span m='77590'>a</span> <span m='77640'>student,</span> <span m='78040'>I</span> <span m='78110'>guess,</span> <span m='78350'>in</span> <span m='78430'>high</span> <span m='78560'>school</span> <span m='79130'>or</span> <span m='79370'>younger,</span> <span m='81400'>was</span> <span m='81560'>that</span> <span m='81660'>you</span> <span m='81740'>have</span> <span m='82170'>options.</span> <span m='82790'>You</span> <span m='84160'>have,</span> <span m='84630'>I don't</span> <span m='84720'>know,</span> <span m='85630'>freedom,</span> <span m='86030'>I</span> <span m='86100'>guess,</span> <span m='86370'>to</span> <span m='86730'>decide</span> <span m='87130'>what</span> <span m='87260'>you</span> <span m='87350'>want</span> <span m='87510'>to</span> <span m='87570'>do.</span> <span m='88310'>You</span> <span m='88380'>don't</span> <span m='88530'>always</span> <span m='88850'>have</span> <span m='89010'>to</span> <span m='89110'>go</span> <span m='89380'>down</span> <span m='89840'>the</span> <span m='89930'>path</span> <span m='90190'>that</span> <span m='90360'>everyone</span> <span m='90590'>else</span> <span m='90720'>goes</span> <span m='90870'>down.</span> <span m='91170'>So</span> <span m='92000'>I</span> <span m='92080'>wish</span> <span m='92360'>I</span> <span m='92420'>knew</span> <span m='92670'>back</span> <span m='92940'>then</span> <span m='93210'>that</span> <span m='93360'>I</span> <span m='94230'>could</span> <span m='94460'>have</span> <span m='94690'>done</span> <span m='94880'>this</span> <span m='95100'>from</span> <span m='95210'>the</span> <span m='95290'>start.</span> <span m='95620'>And</span> <span m='95750'>I</span> <span m='95820'>could</span> <span m='96150'>have</span> <span m='96290'>just</span> <span m='96470'>said,</span> <span m='96750'>hey,</span> <span m='96900'>this</span> <span m='96980'>is</span> <span m='97020'>what</span> <span m='97130'>I</span> <span m='97160'>want</span> <span m='97310'>to</span> <span m='97370'>do.</span> <span m='97600'>This is</span> <span m='97750'>what I</span> <span m='97930'>love.</span> <span m='98970'>I</span> <span m='99040'>like</span> <span m='99200'>to</span> <span m='99280'>be</span> <span m='99370'>creative,</span> <span m='99820'>and</span> <span m='99920'>this</span> <span m='100080'>is</span> <span m='100160'>my</span> <span m='100300'>creative</span> <span m='100570'>outlet.</span> </p>","file":{"id":381911,"video_id":"3408754827001","name":"2344-Sarah-AssistantHairstylist1","duration":102586,"thumbnail_url":null}});