How to be a successful hairstylist


What does it take to be a successful hairstylist? 

What are the top ten qualities a person should have to be a successful stylist? 

What does success look like as a stylist?

These are three very important questions, and ones that we talk about at La Luma Academy all the time. As I say to our students, everything that we say, do and experience at our salon and academy is preparing you to be able to answer all three of these questions.

What does it take to be a successful hairstylist? This question creates another question and that is: what does a hairstylist do day to day? If I were to answer this question, I would say that I make people look and feel their best. To do this, I believe it comes down to being able to relate to your salon guest. Specifically, can you source empathy, compassion, respect and respond professionally?

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The top ten qualities of a successful hairstylist.

  1. Have a servant's heart. Help guests discover what they want and need.
  2. Be interested and curious about people so you can support them in looking and feeling their best.
  3. Have a keen interest in beauty, fashion and wellness. People want to know you are aware of past and present trends.
  4. Have a love for creativity, design and art—in any of its forms.
  5. Be committed to lifelong learning.
  6. Communicate and be responsible for your professional recommendations.
  7. Be clear and communicate the value that you bring to your guests. You get paid according to the value that you bring. This will result in guest loyalty, and a paycheck you love.
  8. Be consistent. People will be at ease if they know what to expect.
  9. Do not be afraid to say no!
  10. Respect and manage your and your guests' time impeccably.


To sum it all up, a successful hairstylist is someone who purposefully brings the above qualities together in a way that is authentic and clear. By contributing to others, you are contributing to all the ways that humans stay healthy. Last but not least you get the pay cheque that you want, need and deserve.