Sun Hair Spotlight on: Collage Hair Studio
Owner: Deanne Hale
6813 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19119
Appts: Wednesday, 9:00 AM – 2:45 PM; Thursday and Friday, 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM; Saturday 8:00 – AM to 5:00 PM
Specialties: Hair Coloring, Cutting, Relaxing, Weaving, Press and Curls. Wedding Parties and Birthday Parties can be accommodated. Top of the line hair products are available
Contact: 215-438-1040 / Website: collagehairstudio.com
By Leah Fletcher
Your hairstylist has done it again. The reflection, in the hand-held mirror, is mouthing to you, “You look gorgeous, just gorgeous”. Obviously satisfied with the results, you are constantly amazed by the creative talent your stylist employs to enhance your appearance.
While you consider yourself lucky, there are other women lamenting their ability to find a great hairstylist. The solution for some seems to be a simple one. Become our own hairstylists and pursue a career in cosmetology.
What is the outlook for those considering a career in cosmetology? The career opportunities are endless for licensed hairstylist, barbers and cosmetologist, and also for shampooers or salon managers who do not have a formal cosmetology education, according to Deanne Hale, owner of Collage Hair Studio.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics says that the number of cosmetology jobs will increase by 14 percent between 2012 and 2020. Agency data also points toward industry growth fueled by a number of factors.
Beauty salon owners are always on the lookout for qualified hairstylists for their salons, Hale said. “The quality of your team will determine the success and longevity of your hair salon empire,” she said.
However, finding the right staff, presents its own challenges, Hale admits.
“A hairstylist who is the right fit is not always that easy to find,” said Hale, who has been running her Mt. Airy-based studio for 26 years. While being a great hairstylist is important, salon owners also want staff members who are punctual, honest and a have great customer service skills
“You want someone who likes working with people and who has a personality that will help attract more clients” Hale said.
Hairstylists must also be willing to keep learning new things in order to have continued success, Hale said.
“I have seen hairstylist fail in the industry due to a lack of motivation and a failure to continuously improve their skills,” she said.
Adding to that failure are stylist that don’t show up on time, disrespect their clients and even try to recruit someone else’s clients. When facing such troublesome staff, salon owners “solve the problem and solve it fast” said Hale.
Hale considers the field of cosmetology a viable career for those who approach it as the business it is. Today’s consumers, she said, are more informed about their hair options. “With the support of the Internet, social media, consumer training and more sophisticated retail operations consumers are a different type of client. They are demanding top notch hairstylist who well-trained and unquestionably qualified.”