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ASSISTANT HAIRSTYLIST, IN-DEPTH: You Can Brighten Someone's Day By Making Them Feel Beautiful

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Sarah, an assistant hair stylist, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. Working in this field can be challenging because there are lots of things to keep up with and continually learn such as new trends in cuts and color. She discovered her love for hair and makeup when she joined her high school theater program and became the lead hair and makeup artist.

Job Title: Assistant Hairstylist

Job Summary: Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists

Job Description

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

On-the-Job Training

None

Quick Facts

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

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Trade/vocational School
Recommended majors
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Cosmetology
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m='12470'>faces</span> <span m='12960'>when</span> <span m='13060'>you're</span> <span m='13200'>leaving</span> <span m='13650'>and</span> <span m='13780'>stuff.</span> <span m='14050'>It's</span> <span m='14560'>a cool</span> <span m='14990'>thing</span> <span m='15160'>to</span> <span m='15230'>do.</span> <span m='16079'>You</span> <span m='16370'>can</span> <span m='16490'>definitely</span> <span m='16770'>brighten</span> <span m='17130'>someone's</span> <span m='17500'>day</span> <span m='17900'>by</span> <span m='18290'>making</span> <span m='18610'>them</span> <span m='18840'>feel</span> <span m='19070'>beautiful.</span> <span m='19600'>So</span> <span m='20352'>that's</span> <span m='20730'>awesome.</span> </p><p><span m='21280'>A</span> <span m='21350'>challenge</span> <span m='21870'>is</span> <span m='22010'>definitely--</span> <span m='24530'>it</span> <span m='24640'>does</span> <span m='24790'>get</span> <span m='24920'>busy.</span> <span m='25220'>It's</span> <span m='25350'>a</span> <span m='25420'>lot</span> <span m='25620'>of</span> <span m='25690'>hard</span> <span m='25880'>work.</span> <span m='26310'>It's</span> <span m='26580'>definitely--</span> <span m='27110'>people,</span> <span m='27370'>I</span> <span m='27530'>think,</span> <span m='28100'>tend</span> <span m='28290'>to</span> <span m='28360'>say,</span> <span m='28570'>like,</span> <span m='28770'>oh.</span> <span m='29790'>You know,</span> <span m='30050'>hairstylists,</span> <span m='30280'>they</span> <span m='30340'>don't</span> <span m='30730'>go</span> <span m='30750'>to</span> <span m='30800'>school.</span> <span m='31240'>They</span> <span m='31390'>didn't go</span> <span m='31490'>to</span> <span m='31550'>university.</span> <span m='32030'>But</span> <span m='32150'>it's</span> <span m='32689'>hard.</span> <span m='33140'>It's</span> <span m='33320'>hard</span> <span m='33570'>work.</span> <span m='33810'>It's</span> <span m='33960'>not</span> <span m='34130'>easy.</span> </p><p><span m='34930'>And</span> <span m='35240'>also</span> <span m='35780'>the</span> <span m='35950'>technical</span> <span m='36400'>skills.</span> <span m='36960'>Everything's</span> <span m='37280'>so--</span> <span m='38390'>there's</span> <span m='38980'>always</span> <span m='39220'>new</span> <span m='39390'>things</span> <span m='39660'>to</span> <span m='39760'>learn.</span> <span m='39990'>Everything's</span> <span m='40290'>changing.</span> <span m='40880'>There's</span> <span m='40980'>always</span> <span m='41290'>new</span> <span m='41420'>trends.</span> <span m='41950'>It's</span> <span m='42130'>kind</span> <span m='42260'>of</span> <span m='42300'>like</span> <span m='42470'>the</span> <span m='42540'>fashion</span> <span m='42850'>industry,</span> <span m='43160'>in</span> <span m='43240'>that</span> <span m='43400'>way,</span> <span m='43570'>where</span> <span m='43710'>you have</span> <span m='43920'>to</span> <span m='44960'>stay</span> <span m='45350'>on</span> <span m='45490'>your</span> <span m='45630'>stuff.</span> <span m='45970'>You</span> <span m='46290'>have</span> <span m='46360'>to</span> <span m='46450'>look</span> <span m='46610'>at</span> <span m='46680'>magazines</span> <span m='47200'>and</span> <span m='47310'>say,</span> <span m='47440'>OK.</span> <span m='47710'>This</span> <span m='47920'>is what's</span> <span m='48120'>in.</span> <span m='48400'>This</span> <span m='48480'>is</span> <span m='48710'>the color</span> <span m='49080'>that's in.</span> <span m='49300'>This</span> <span m='49470'>is</span> <span m='49540'>the</span> <span m='49630'>cut</span> <span m='49840'>that's</span> <span m='49930'>in.</span> <span m='50150'>So</span> <span m='51000'>that's</span> <span m='51180'>the</span> <span m='51250'>hardest</span> <span m='51570'>part,</span> <span m='51840'>I'd say.</span> </p><p><span m='52920'>I</span> <span m='53020'>guess</span> <span m='53260'>my</span> <span m='53530'>aha</span> <span m='53930'>moment</span> <span m='54400'>was</span> <span m='55100'>in</span> <span m='55200'>the</span> <span m='55290'>theater.</span> <span m='56330'>I</span> <span m='56470'>did</span> <span m='56640'>that</span> <span m='56740'>as</span> <span m='56880'>a</span> <span m='56910'>hobby</span> <span m='57390'>at first.</span> <span m='57690'>My</span> <span m='57810'>friends</span> <span m='58110'>were</span> <span m='58190'>kind</span> <span m='58350'>of</span> <span m='58430'>into</span> <span m='58640'>that</span> <span m='58900'>and</span> <span m='59030'>so,</span> <span m='59640'>I was like,</span> <span m='60100'>oh</span> <span m='60150'>yeah.</span> <span m='60380'>I'll</span> <span m='60670'>do it.</span> <span m='61020'>And I</span> <span m='61100'>started</span> <span m='61290'>on</span> <span m='61720'>the</span> <span m='61800'>painting</span> <span m='62180'>crew,</span> <span m='62500'>but</span> <span m='62630'>then</span> <span m='62780'>I</span> <span m='63170'>saw</span> <span m='63470'>the</span> <span m='63550'>hair</span> <span m='63710'>and</span> <span m='63780'>makeup</span> <span m='63920'>and</span> <span m='64000'>was</span> <span m='64220'>like,</span> <span m='64370'>wow.</span> <span m='64640'>That's</span> <span m='64819'>awesome.</span> <span m='65120'>So</span> <span m='65260'>then</span> <span m='65810'>I</span> <span m='65930'>got</span> <span m='66130'>into.</span> <span m='66360'>And</span> <span m='66640'>I</span> <span m='66690'>guess</span> <span m='66960'>that--</span> <span m='67910'>my</span> <span m='68070'>senior</span> <span m='68370'>year of</span> <span m='68660'>high</span> <span m='68900'>school,</span> <span m='68970'>that's</span> <span m='69150'>when</span> <span m='69280'>I</span> <span m='69320'>was</span> <span m='69510'>like,</span> <span m='69840'>this</span> <span m='70070'>is</span> <span m='70220'>what</span> <span m='70370'>I</span> <span m='70430'>think</span> <span m='70620'>I</span> <span m='70660'>want</span> <span m='70810'>to</span> <span m='70870'>do.</span> <span m='71100'>And</span> <span m='71410'>of</span> <span m='71560'>course</span> <span m='71780'>my</span> <span m='71910'>parents</span> <span m='72280'>were</span> <span m='72960'>kind</span> <span m='73140'>of</span> <span m='73190'>wishy-washy</span> <span m='73790'>about</span> <span m='74030'>it,</span> <span m='74160'>but</span> <span m='74390'>I</span> <span m='74480'>convinced</span> <span m='75250'>them.</span> <span m='75570'>And</span> <span m='75940'>I</span> <span m='76040'>think</span> <span m='76340'>I'm good at</span> <span m='76560'>what</span> <span m='76690'>I</span> <span m='76760'>do</span> <span m='77050'>so</span> <span m='78220'>yeah.</span> <span m='78590'>This</span> <span m='78890'>is</span> <span m='79150'>what</span> <span m='79330'>I decided</span> <span m='79680'>to</span> <span m='79740'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='80100'>Is</span> <span m='80280'>it</span> <span m='80370'>hard</span> <span m='80640'>to</span> <span m='80720'>get</span> <span m='80830'>a</span> <span m='80890'>job</span> <span m='81110'>in</span> <span m='81170'>this</span> <span m='81350'>field?</span> <span m='83610'>It</span> <span m='83780'>definitely</span> <span m='84150'>depends</span> <span m='84650'>on,</span> <span m='85050'>I</span> <span m='85170'>think,</span> <span m='85400'>your</span> <span m='85540'>schooling</span> <span m='86010'>and</span> <span m='86080'>your</span> <span m='86180'>background.</span> <span m='86760'>So</span> <span m='87560'>if</span> <span m='87700'>you</span> <span m='87820'>go</span> <span m='88000'>to</span> <span m='88230'>a good</span> <span m='88360'>school,</span> <span m='88750'>I</span> <span m='88920'>don't</span> <span m='89090'>think</span> <span m='89220'>it's</span> <span m='89380'>too</span> <span m='89520'>difficult.</span> <span m='89970'>You</span> <span m='90080'>have</span> <span m='90230'>to</span> <span m='90310'>just</span> <span m='90480'>be</span> <span m='90580'>willing</span> <span m='90970'>to</span> <span m='92040'>go</span> <span m='92200'>out</span> <span m='92400'>there</span> <span m='92660'>and</span> <span m='92750'>put</span> <span m='92880'>yourself</span> <span m='93190'>out</span> <span m='93370'>there.</span> <span m='94170'>Go</span> <span m='94350'>to</span> <span m='94400'>the</span> <span m='94490'>salon</span> <span m='94910'>or</span> <span m='95020'>whatever</span> <span m='95510'>you</span> <span m='95940'>want</span> <span m='96100'>to</span> <span m='96150'>work</span> <span m='96400'>at,</span> <span m='96640'>and</span> <span m='97090'>just</span> <span m='97570'>go</span> <span m='97870'>and</span> <span m='98000'>say</span> <span m='98220'>that</span> <span m='98360'>you</span> <span m='98460'>want</span> <span m='98590'>to</span> <span m='98640'>do</span> <span m='98780'>it.</span> <span m='98950'>And</span> <span m='99120'>you</span> <span m='99170'>have</span> <span m='99250'>to</span> <span m='99330'>be</span> <span m='99420'>willing</span> <span m='99670'>to</span> <span m='99720'>work</span> <span m='99920'>hard</span> <span m='100230'>and</span> <span m='101220'>you</span> <span m='101320'>have</span> <span m='101400'>to</span> <span m='101490'>find</span> <span m='101800'>models,</span> <span m='102260'>which</span> <span m='102380'>is</span> <span m='102470'>also</span> <span m='102730'>difficult.</span> <span m='103290'>And</span> <span m='103910'>so,</span> <span m='104360'>yeah.</span> <span m='104850'>You've</span> <span m='104890'>just</span> <span m='105080'>got</span> <span m='105230'>to</span> <span m='105370'>be</span> <span m='105540'>willing</span> <span m='106070'>to</span> <span m='106560'>throw yourself</span> <span m='107110'>out</span> <span m='107260'>there</span> <span m='107460'>and</span> <span m='107600'>get</span> <span m='107740'>in</span> <span m='107860'>there.</span> </p><p><span m='109130'>My</span> <span m='109230'>work-life</span> <span m='109650'>balance</span> <span m='110410'>is</span> <span m='111640'>pretty</span> <span m='112000'>good.</span> <span m='113330'>Usually</span> <span m='113700'>the</span> <span m='113790'>salon's</span> <span m='114170'>open</span> <span m='114400'>Tuesday</span> <span m='114710'>through</span> <span m='114870'>Saturday,</span> <span m='115440'>so</span> <span m='115830'>I</span> <span m='115990'>get</span> <span m='116160'>a</span> <span m='116210'>couple</span> <span m='116460'>days</span> <span m='116650'>off a</span> <span m='116820'>week.</span> <span m='117280'>And</span> <span m='118790'>I</span> <span m='118950'>think</span> <span m='119240'>everything</span> <span m='119560'>else</span> <span m='119790'>is</span> <span m='120570'>manageable,</span> <span m='121100'>definitely.</span> <span m='121710'>It's</span> <span m='122020'>a</span> <span m='122070'>lot</span> <span m='122220'>of</span> <span m='122290'>hard</span> <span m='122450'>work</span> <span m='122700'>and</span> <span m='123490'>it's</span> <span m='123720'>the</span> <span m='123840'>same</span> <span m='124110'>as</span> <span m='124340'>most</span> <span m='124690'>jobs,</span> <span m='124960'>9:00</span> <span m='125170'>to</span> <span m='125240'>5:00,</span> <span m='125610'>so</span> <span m='125750'>five</span> <span m='126000'>days</span> <span m='126150'>a</span> <span m='126210'>week.</span> </p>","file":{"id":381912,"video_id":"3408776744001","name":"2345-Sarah-AssistantHairstylist2","duration":128082,"thumbnail_url":null}});