Hairstylists who are sometimes called hair dressers offer professional cosmetology and hair care services often for both men and women. The hair styles they fashion are based on a client’s preference. Experienced hairstylists are able to communicate with a client as to what hair style they think would be most suitable based on that client’s facial shape facial features and bone structure. Hairstylists cut style condition straighten give permanents and for some clients also color hair. For men they may also trim beards and moustaches. They use scissors various brushes rollers curling irons and blow dryers. Hairstylists are responsible for keeping their work station neat and for cleaning it at the end of each day. Hairstylists must have a high school diploma or the equivalent. They must have a license to practice hair styling which they earn by getting practical training and graduating from a state-licensed cosmetology school barber school or vocational school and finally by passing a written exam. Hairstylists in salons usually work 40 hours or more a week and they often work weekends and evenings. Freelancers may work more hours and on a less regular schedule. Hairstylists must be physically fit because they spend long hours in a standing position. The website says that entry-level hair stylists often earn an annual salary of approximately $20000 a year. With experience they can earn between $30000 and $50000 with an average of $33000 annually. However those who are talented and working in locations where they get sufficient exposure to develop a loyal base of clients can make $70000 or more a year.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Certification and/or License
Avg Salary: $45000
High Salary: $70000
Low Salary: $20000
Tasks: Advises customers on suitable hair styles.
Recommends hair styling products.
Cuts, colors, and styles hair.
Discuss hairstyles that clients wish to achieve.
Also Called: Stylist
Hair Dresser
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