Guest Blogger Bradley Quick, Cosmetology Floor Manager at Bellus Academy
The profession of cosmetology can be rewarding yet very challenging, particularly when first beginning one’s career as a hairdresser. I encounter this on a regular basis as floor manager here at Bellus Academy. The challenges and struggles that a student goes through during their time here are what will define them throughout their career in this industry. I would like to take some time to discuss the main challenges I see and how my students have prospered through them to be successful students and salon ready stylists.
The first hurdle in becoming great at any profession is knowledge. You cannot become great at something unless you have direct knowledge of how to achieve greatness in that field. The ability to learn from a structured environment is essential in our profession. The student must become a sponge and absorb all the information that comes from that structure. One must then take what has been taught to them and practice relentlessly.
The second challenge facing our students is confidence. Once a student has acquired the knowledge of how to be a stylist then they must perform. This is where I see a lot of students struggle. They understand the concepts, but are lacking the confidence to act them out. This is where practice makes perfect. Hairstyling is a profession where trial and error is critical. Some of our most remarkable achievements have come from mistakes or what I like to call discoveries!!! Confidence comes with time and attitude.
Finally I would like to speak a little about growth. This is an area that is vital to becoming a successful hairstylist. When one stops growing they are doomed for failure. All too often a student can lose motivation or the ability to want to grow each and every day. This is a profession where we can learn from instructors, books, videos, co-workers and even our clients. As stylists we have a duty to continue to grow and realize our fullest potential so that we offer our clients the utmost in quality.
If our students can obtain the knowledge, the confidence, and see growth throughout their time here at Bellus Academy, I have no doubt in my mind each and every one of them will be highly successful in a tremendous industry such as ours.