Being a hairstylist for many is a rewarding career that allows you to express your creativity while making people feel confident and beautiful. However, as an introverted hairstylist, the social aspect of the job can be daunting. The good news is that you can still thrive as a hair stylist while staying true to your introverted nature. That's why I'm excited to introduce you to "The Introverted Hairstylist's Handbook: Thriving in a Social Industry", a new book on Amazon that offers practical tips and advice on how to succeed in the hair stylist business as an introverted individual.
In this blog post, I'll share some of the tips from the book to help shy hairstylists feel confident and empowered in their cosmetology careers. So, if you're a quiet and reserved hairstylist looking to succeed in this social industry, this post is for you! Let's get started
“I am the introverted stylist,
I prefer to work alone,
I find peace in the quiet,
As I style and comb.
I may not be the most talkative,
But I am a skilled artist,
I use my hands and my tools,
To create beauty that can't be missed. ”
- The Introverted Hairstylist's Handbook: Thriving in a Social Industry
How to succeed as a shy hair stylist
First, as introverts, it's important to recognize our strengths. There are many things that actually give us an advantage in the salon and our business. Here's a great example I loved from the book -
“One of the biggest strengths of us introverts is our ability to listen. You may be more inclined to focus on the person you are interacting with, rather than on yourself. This can be a huge advantage when it comes to connecting with clients. By really listening to what your clients are saying, you can understand their needs and preferences, and create hairstyles that they will love.”
It's also important to remember that building relationships with clients is a two-way street. You may be more inclined to listen and ask questions, rather than talking about yourself. However, it's important to open up and share a bit about yourself with your clients as well. Here's another tip I loved from the book -
“One helpful tip is to have a list of conversation starters on hand. These can be simple, open-ended questions that help you get to know your clients better. For example, you might ask them about their day, their job, or their interests. This not only helps to break the ice, but it also helps you tailor your services to their needs and preferences. I always like to ask if they are from the area or how long they have lived”
Dealing with Difficult Clients in The Salon
One thing about the book is it covers all major aspects and issues you may have while in the cosmetology business, especially as someone who is introverted. Here is one we all encounter, difficult clients. Here's some advice I loved -
“If a client is consistently crossing your boundaries or behaving in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable or disrespected, it may be necessary to set a clear boundary or to end the professional relationship altogether. It can be difficult to let go of a client, especially if you rely on their business for income. However, it's important to remember that your own well-being is more important than any one client. It's okay to advocate for yourself and to set a clear boundary, even if it means losing their business.”
Find the book on amazon here and start unlocking your potential as an introverted cosmetologist!