Maybe you’ve graduated from cosmetology school. Maybe you took time off to focus on your family. No matter the reason, you have so many options in finding the perfect job! In cosmetology school, it’s likely that you were encouraged to “work in a full service salon” or “be skilled in...
There are many reasons as to why people leave the industry. A move, an injury, or a change in family structure. One of the most dangerous and often overlooked is burn out. It is a very real threat to our mental health and exercise behind the chair. Doing the same...
Great Clips is a company which provides tremendous opportunities for advancement and vast career options. “That’s not what I want”, said no one ever. The personal and career growth potential coupled with stellar salon support is what has kept Sara Perry with the company for 28 years! As a general...
With the fresh breeze of spring comes spring cleaning and that includes your tools. Although we keep our tools clean and sanitized between customers, every once in a while it’s best to do a deep clean. Before taking apart your tools, place a towel down to keep any pieces from rolling...
It is the everlasting debate between stylists…what is the difference between a thinning shear and a texturizing shear? The break down between the two common tools will be cleared up right now. Cutting tools are the stylist’s best friend, otherwise we would not have a fun and beautiful career. Using the correct tool is...
Learning basic cutting skills is important to know and understand for future growth and success. This video from Great Clips provides great technical cutting direction to complete a Back Outline that is round and undercut. The video breaks down the cut into simple steps that are easy to follow and...
“So, tell me what your best qualities are…..” If you’re anything like me, I find THIS part of an interview to be the most nerve-wracking. How can I sound like a rock star, yet humble at the same time? I know I’m qualified, hilarious, and focused, but how can I get all that across...READ MORE
Many times the topic of disinfection is overlooked, however it’s a very important topic especially for busy salons like Great Clips. Barbicide is a great product for cleaning tools but sometimes they can be confusing to use. Below are a few frequently asked questions and answers about Barbicide. Q: How do I mix Barbicide properly? A:...READ MORE
Nothing fuels the flames of creativity like attending a hair show. Reignite your passion, view the latest trends, see what’s new and know what’s happening. Honestly, what could be more fun than a couple days with thousands other stylists? Talk about a show with lots to see. Larger shows draw up to 63,000 professionals and...READ MORE
Whether you are a seasoned professional or just out of cosmetology school, ongoing education is essential for continued growth and success. This is why at Great Clips there are exciting opportunities for advanced training, and most importantly, hands-on education. Many industry experts believe there is no substitute for hands-on learning. Shamar Suggs, a Great Clips...READ MORE
What’s on your career radar for 2016? New job, promotion to management, or simply building up your styling skills? There happens to be a one-stop shop for all of the above at the Great Clips career website. There, you can explore the many available job openings plus see up-to-date information linking you to everything Great Clips has to...READ MORE
I feel like I am wearing the same outfits to work all the time…which always seems to happen to me mid-season. Being a stylist in the beauty industry, I think it’s important to look trendy and cute. With my wallet stretched to the max after all my Christmas shopping, I can’t spend much on new...READ MORE
A career in hair is more than just building relationships with customers. It also leads to lasting bonds with other stylists and beauty-industry lovers. Often the people we work with become a second family; hair-in-laws if you will—people we love, learn from, and challenge. Busy stylists may spend more time with their work family than...READ MORE
An Emmy Award, recognizes excellence in the television industry. The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards took place Sunday September 20, 2015. Among the many talented people, the best show is the hair! There were a lot of women wearing their hair down with either a side or middle part. If you are a hairstylist, you know...READ MORE
Many new and experienced stylist always wonder, “Does the length of a shear matter?” Students and stylist should consider the many different techniques in cutting hair. So, the length of the shear DOES matter! Shears are measured in inches and by the full length of the shear. Different sized shears are used for different styling techniques. For...READ MORE
Dryer vents allow air to pass through the dryer motor, guarding the motor against exhaustion and overheating. Dryer filters catch dust, hair and product that would otherwise settle in the salon. Cleaning your dryer vent, including the filter on a weekly basis will protect the motor and help maintain consistent and clean airflow. DIRECTIONS: 1.Unplug...READ MORE
How does an aspiring hairstylist determine their income? Can a price be put on the lifestyle benefits of being a hairstylist? Answers to those questions depend on so many factors. Let’s take a deeper look into what those factors may be. When deciding on the cosmetology industry, making an informed decision that will impact your...READ MORE
Somewhere between laid-back and ladylike, this style works on long hair or short and is ideal for tucking away unruly bangs. The knot’s location—at the crown of the head—draws attention to the eyes and the cheekbones, giving your face an instant lift. How to: (1) Spritz a texturizing spray on dry hair, scrunching sections to...READ MORE
As a stylist, it’s important to engage a conversation with customers and be able to exude confidence without being arrogant! When a customer or a friendly person on the street asks “What do you do for a living”, your fast response is most likely “I’m a hairstylist”. Of course, this natural response is completely normal...READ MORE
Spring is arriving and so are the cute styles! So what is happening in 2015? No matter your look, these terrific trends for spring are 4 great styles. If you have the long locks to play with, then you can create all four looks ranging from carefree, barely-there waves to tight and sleek buns. Happy Styling!...READ MORE
Move over ladies, men are no longer strangers in the bathroom! In fact, they are using our tools! Yep, we are now in an alternate universe. Lets really think about this. Having a guy who is well groomed, looks amazing and wants to spend time on his appearance might not be a bad thing. Who knows,...READ MORE
Recruiting to staff your salon can be one of the manager’s most difficult jobs. It would be so much easier if you could just get applicants to walk through your door. Even if you really need more stylists, it’s important that you don’t have your blinders on and hire just anyone…if you do that, you...READ MORE
Video By Sam Villa Stylists know there is more than one way to cut any haircut. But we sometimes get stuck in the same-old, same-old routine because what we are doing is working just fine. This technique by Sam Villa (Platform Artist and Educator) will help get you out of your funk. It shows how...READ MORE
We all know that a stylist tool kit consists of shears, clipper, trimmers, combs and clips. When cutting men’s hair, clippers and trimmers are often the go-to tools. Together they complement each other in the haircut. So what is the difference? Why have both? Clippers are larger in size and are able to cut larger...READ MORE
I am LOVING this look! It just screams fun, creative and sassy. Besides, as a hairdresser, I am always looking for some fun tricks and new styles. I double dare you to give this one a try. What kind of a look can you create with this technique? Share your finished look with us on The...READ MORE
By Kathy Jager – Educational Director, Beauty Industry Speaker, Trainer, Cosmetologist at Kathy Jager & Associates Today’s Cosmetologist go to school thinking that they are going to leave with everything they need to go out and have a successful career. They arrive with their dreams of being a super star stylist, owning their own businesses and...READ MORE
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From behindthechair.com By: Kerri Lee Are you having a hard time getting a perfect line on your textured hair clipper cuts? There’s just one place to turn for answers—to clipper master Ivan Zoot, Director of Education Sales at Marianna Industries. “The crisp and clean lining and edging of a clipper cut makes all the difference...READ MORE
This season is all about texture and movement and the key to getting this look is disconnection. Here Dimitrios Tsioumas, Goldwell Artistic Director, shares a quick tip for achieving this hot, trendy look. Try it on your next client! From behindthechair.comREAD MORE
Choosing the right cutting or styling tool for the job means the difference between an average cut or a GREAT cut, so choose carefully! If you struggle with decisions like whether to reach for a razor or texturizing shears, or whether to use clips to save on time or not, maybe it’s time to develop a better strategy. Here...READ MORE
In the cosmetology industry we have one all-important tool we rely on for success…our shears! It’s like having a really good pair of running shoes if you are a marathon runner. There is no way your feet will last on a $20 pair of running shoes. Investing in your tools is important for your career....READ MORE
Do you think that hair color can determine the amount of fun one person can have? Lets put it to casino a poll. Put in your vote to the right and see the results.READ MORE
Are you tired of wearing your same old go-to style to parties? Want to try something new and different? Try one of these amazing celebrity-inspired hairstyles for your next special event. There are a variety of party hairstyles to choose from. Remember to always choose a hairstyle that suits your face and personality. All of...READ MORE
From a recent poll on Facebook, it looks like one of the most sought after style guides for men”s hair is a modern pompadour! There are plenty of versions out there, so there is really no right or wrong way. I found this great video by Amanda Bush from the Allen Ray Salon. This Video...READ MORE
I get that all females want to have long, gorgeous movie star hair…but lets get real now. Customers should not wait 8 months between haircuts just because they want waist length hair. They need to keep their hair in shape for the marathon ahead! So of course the top question I hear after cutting off...READ MORE
I’m always on the lookout for beautiful new styles. And when the stars come out to walk the red carpet (like recently for the Emmy’s), my attention goes straight to their lovely locks! casino My favorite style this year was Maria Menounos. Her hair was styled very elegantly but also following the current trends. I...READ MORE
I found this great video that shares a long layer cut using a razor from Gratitude Education. The cut is Matt Beck online casino and the style is Drea Boland. They are creating a long layer using a feather razor. A razor is designed to create movement and softness.Take a look! READ MORE
I love this twist cutting technique done by Sam Villa. It is very efficient and trendy. Take a look! READ MORE
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Who comes up with hair trends? Could it be a celebrity hairstylist? Or the everyday (but fabulous!) stylists like you and me? Or a crazy group of people who think they know hair, so they formed a committee? No matter who starts the trend, it often grows and spreads like wild fire—usually because a celebrity...READ MORE
Haircutting should always be left to the professionals. This IS why stylists go to cosmetology school, right? As a professional hair stylist myself, I want to make people feel good about themselves in how they look. I like to give people a self-esteem boost! Plus, I like it when they tell me how good I...READ MORE
Separating myth from fact can be tricky. I get asked the same questions all the time when I am cutting someone’s hair. I decided to share the answers! So believe what you want to believe but as a professional…this is the truth! Myth: Will frequent trims make my hair grow faster? The truth is:...READ MORE
STRESS: Who doesn”t get stressed? We are only human. But we have to learn to manage this stress. I am certainly not one to judge people on how to handle stress because we all deal with problems in our own ways. I handle my stress by arguing with my husband. Our wedding vows did state:...READ MORE
Your customers would love to see you around for a very long time. To be honest, I want to be around for a bit longer myself! I know my customers would really like that. They have already warned me they would hunt me down if I decided to move…Wow! All they want is to keep...READ MORE
Using a feather razor is a great tool to help give some added life to a haircut. The razor can help create movement, softness and volume. I love to use my razor on women with fine hair to really pump up the look! Here are some simple tips to help understand your razor: Changing the...READ MORE
From starting cosmetology school to working in the salon, stylists are taught that product sales are as important as the hair services they provide. Customers who purchase a product from a salon are much more likely to return. Retention leads to a busy place of work where money grows. I think most stylists would agree...READ MORE
Nearly six months ago, Cavarcia Bivens-Walker began her career as a hairstylist and much to her surprise it began at Great Clips. “Total honesty, never in a million years did I think I’d come to Great Clips [because] there are no chemical services”, recalls Cavarcia. Though ultimately, she was drawn to the company when she...READ MORE