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Education in hair design
Hairstylists have to stay ahead of the rest, as styles and color trends are constantly changing and evolving. Education is your most powerful tool and will remain a crucial piece to fulfilling your dream.
According to bls.gov, the average median pay for a hairstylist is $25K per year, which translates to roughly $11.95 per hour. The top hairstylists earned over $24 per hour (more than $50K per year). The salary outlook does not include tips, which can range wildly.
The job outlook for hairstylists is a 13 percent growth from now to 2026, or over 80K new job openings, which is faster than the average job growth for all.
To become a barber or hairdresser, you must be a minimum age of 16, have a high school diploma or GED, and you’ll need to graduate from cosmetology school. To work in the beauty industry, a state license is necessary.
In order to obtain the license, you must attend barber or cosmetology school. Full-time programs in cosmetology take around 9 months to complete. Once you have become fully licensed, you’ll occasionally need to take continuing-ed classes in order to keep up with the latest trends in style and color.