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I Want To Be A Hairdresser. What Will My Salary Be?


I Want To Be A Hairdresser. What Will My Salary Be?

Here is an interview I did for the Globe and Mail, Canada’s largest newspaper.

Obviously there is a lot of editing, but there is one thing they covered; It is hard work and dedication to make a great living as a hairdresser.

Success in our business is 100% up to the individual stylist. Nobody got there by accident. You won’t see one single person who is doing well who didn’t work their butt off, especially in the beginning. If you know someone who is or was a hairdresser and they didn’t make a living at it, you better believe they didn’t dedicate themselves fully to their own success.

If most people took just the first year after hair school to truly do nothing but focus on becoming the best, most successful stylist they could be, the rest of their career will be easy, and more importantly, fun. So if you want to make the big $$$ and enjoy the incredible things the hair business has to offer, dump your spouse, put your kids up for adoption, don’t party unless it’s to promote yourself, attend every industry or fashion related event you can, practice your skills and work to improve, dress well, carry a few dozen business cards at all times and promote yourself everywhere you go.

Engage the type of people you would like as your clients in meaningful conversations. Give consultations on the street, in a bar, at a coffee shop, at the book store, at the pharmacists. Everywhere. Go kick ass.

Heck, if every hairdresser did this for even 30 days I guarantee each one will increase their income by between 10 and 20%.

Do you have the courage to step outside of your comfort zone and take control of your career?

BTW, I once had a crowd around me in the haircare aisle at the drugstore. I was suggesting product from the shelf and giving consultations. And I just went in to buy some toothpaste.

13 thoughts on “I Want To Be A Hairdresser. What Will My Salary Be?

  1. Just Awesome! And so true. But how many can be bothered to put the effort in even for 30 days?

  2. 1 out of 10 Anthony. I am coming up with a way to DRAG some of my team there, because I know once they see success it will happen for them.

  3. Nice and well said. Hoping best wishes to you mate.

  4. Thank you for this. I am just starting my journey to becoming a hairdresser (I start training in 8 weeks). I am so motivated and want to be successful in this industry. And this was a great piece on some things you can do to achieve this.

  5. That is some of the best advice I have ever heard for a newbie! And so crazy TRUE!
    Amazing how many WON’T take it……..
    Oh well, more money for us!
    I have to share on my website! (Linking back to you, of course)

  6. I absolutely LOVE this post!! okay, actually I love all your posts, but this one rings very true for where I’m at. I have been spending the last week asking around in the industry and making some decisions on how to truly build a great clientele. I will say it is a bit terrifying to put yourself out there handing tons of cards out as a newbie stylist. Not because I am afraid to talk to people or put myself out there, but because I know my skills are at the very beginning…will I be able to impress and retain that client? Will I screw their hair up? Those are those newbie mental battles that I keep pushing past. Normal growing pains I suppose 🙂

    • JulieAnne, all newer stylists suck. Remember this. I don’t care where you trained, you suck for the first year or two.

      I don’t love the term fake it till you make it but it makes sense here.

      If you act like you are awesome, you are far more likely to become awesome quickly than the person who is scared.

      Your goal at this stage is to immerse yourself in fashion culture and know what’s happening. Follow celebrity, learn appealing language, and get confident.

      As far as your skills go, your technique isn’t going to be there yet, so just remember that know matter how people elevate hair for cutting, it always falls with gravity. So always think about what it will look like in it’s natural fall. And when in doubt, cut it and sculpt it in it’s fall.

      And master finishing and giving a toe curling shampoo as quickly as possible.

      If you don’t exude confidence, people won’t feel confident in you.


  8. I’m 44 yrs old and wanting to make a career change. I’m a Respiratory Therapist and am interested in going to school to become a stylist. I have been researching the industry to see the income potential. I’ve seen $19,000.00 – $29,000.00. I hope I can earn much more because I need to cover my monthly expenses. I’m sure it depends on location and Salon. I’m def a hard worker and am excited to start..Any pointers/info greatly appreciated! I live in St. Petersburg, Fl

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