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Hair Design

The legendary Joan Crawford once exclaimed that “the most important thing a woman can have – next to talent, of course – is her hairdresser.”

Like it or not, first impressions often are determined by one’s physical appearance. If a person is not well dressed and well groomed, it doesn’t provide a positive reflection to others. As the saying goes, there are no second chances when it comes to first impressions.

A 2009 study in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found that clothing style, posture and other physical attributes play a key role in the formation of others’ opinions about us. The study indicated that women, in particular, also should pay attention to hairstyle, choosing one that reflects not only their individuality, but also conveys professionalism.

Hair designers – also known as hair stylists and hair dressers – play a crucial role in helping both men and women choose a hairstyle that works for them, both in their private and professional lives. Hair designers are a subset of the cosmetology profession, and are trained to work with all types of hair and are able to create a variety of hairstyles for men, women and children.

Those who wish to pursue a career as a hair designer can attend a cosmetology program at a vocational or technical school. Some community colleges also offer certificate and associate degree programs in cosmetology. Curriculum will focus on teaching prospective hair designers how to work with clients to choose a hairstyle that is complimentary to their features, as well as the various applications and treatments available for the hair and scalp. They also will learn how to create a variety of hair styles and cuts. Additionally, some hair designers learn how to help clients apply make-up to accentuate a hairstyle. Sanitation procedures should be a part of any quality hair design program. Since tools of the trade are used on more than one person, hair designers will be taught how to properly clean each device used to ensure there is no transmission of disease or germs between clients.

All 50 states require hair designers to be licensed. Following completion of a cosmetology program, candidates may take their state’s licensing exam. The exams vary by state, but often include oral, written and hands-on components. Some states require hair designers to participate in continuing education courses in order to maintain their license, while others require a re-application process for licensure after a set period of time.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for hair designers as of May 2012 was $22,700. This figure does not factor in client tips. Hair designers can work in salons, resorts, spas and upscale hotels.

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Articles & content by Shari Berg, Collegefinder.us.com.

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