Getting Started As A Hair Stylist

There are many standard paths that you can take in the hair industry such as working in a salon, or product line education. After a stylist becomes a licensed cosmetologist they will have many options to choose from. Additionally there are doors that can open in the fashion, movie, and television industries.

Personally I immediately plunged into the salon scenario. My passion was to be the best stylist I could be. After years of hard work and many advanced training classes, I reached my goal. As we all know nothing happens over night in our industry. Once you reach your comfort zone and there is no fear working on a daily basis… What’s Next?

My next stop was working with a photographer in San Francisco doing department store print ad campaigns. Little did I know that was to become my introduction to fashion photography.  This was something that peaked my interest. I wanted to pursue more opportunities, but I was so busy in salon that it was difficult to find time. As time went by I thought about fashion more and more.

Personally I immediately plunged into the salon scenario. My passion was to be the best stylist I could be. After years of hard work and many advanced training classes, I reached my goal. As we all know nothing happens over night in our industry. Once you reach your comfort zone and there is no fear working on a daily basis… What’s Next?

My next stop was working with a photographer in San Francisco doing department store print ad campaigns. Little did I know that was to become my introduction to fashion photography.  This was something that peaked my interest. I wanted to pursue more opportunities, but I was so busy in salon that it was difficult to find time. As time went by I thought about fashion more and more.

Find out if the agency has a test roster. Many photographers and agencies are receptive to test shoots. Ask if you could get on the roster. This is a great way to meet photographers that are testing and looking for new people to work with. Ask them if you could test shoot with them. Let them know that you are interested using this work to build your book.

Start reaching out to the photographers you would like to work with based on their work that you’ve seen either in the agency or in the real world. You can use this same technique with makeup artists and wardrobe stylists.  Building good relationships with these professionals can help you build a great team.

Below you will find some information that I found useful in launching my fashion-centered career.

Variety411
Apparel Search
models.com

David Harrington