howtobecomeastylistWhen you are walking down the street, in the mall, at work, or at a family gathering – there will be that one person who makes you think to yourself, “I wish I could make them over!”  If this has happened to you a few times before, you might just be a natural-born stylist.  Now, you might think being a stylist is all about shopping with your friends and picking out things to wear.  While, yes, it may encompass selecting certain outfits, there is much more to a stylist than a few trips to the mall.  A stylist does not simply tell you what to wear or give suggestions; a stylist will assess, visualize, plan, and execute the ideal look that they perceive for you.  Before you start picking out clothes off the rack, let us help you take a look at the different facets of styling career options that there are.  Remember—there is much more to style than just clothing.

Aside from fashion stylists, there are hairstylists, and you have probably been to one before.  If you love playing around with your own hair, as well as others, you might consider a career as a hairstylist.  We are going to go some basics about becoming a fashion, or, a hair stylist.  Let’s start with hair, since it’s one of the most defined parts of our appearance.

Hair Stylist

Being a hair stylist has more to it than simply cutting.  Like any job or craft, there are techniques, guidelines, and forms to following when creating something ideal.

Regardless of where you decide to go for school or training, you will need to make sure you have courses covering:

Once you have taken your required courses, you will be ready to get licensed and begin your hair styling career!  Here are some of the things you will have to do in order to obtain a hairstylist license to work in the United States:

Now you are on your way to a career as a hairstylist.  As you start searching for your first job or client, keep in mind the skills that employers look for when choosing to hire a hairstylist:

Fashion Stylist

We might think that we have fashion down.  We know what we like, and we stick with it.  The thing with fashion, however, is that it is always changing.  This means that we have to change with it; or at least tinker with aspects of our style to fit current trends if we want to stay in “the know”.  Turning to the internet or magazines are an option, but we need to know how to fit the latest trends into our individual style.  How do we do this?  With a fashion stylist, of course!

If you find yourself on top of current trends with the ability to work creatively and artistically to put together a unique and personal look, a career as a fashion stylist may be right for you.   If you are thinking about heading down that runway, here are some things you need to keep in mind as you style yourself into your new career.

To become a fashion stylist, there is not a requirement to go to school.  However, if you want to master the skill of fashion stylist, you are going to need to learn, or teach yourself, the very basics of the components of fashion:

Being a fashion stylist has a lot to do with knowing the latest styles and trends in the industry.  You can stay in the inner circle by:

Unless your mom is Anna Wintour, chances are your first job or client is not going to be easy to come by, let alone glamorous.   Instead, you are probably going to have to pay your dues.  Do this through:

Lastly, here are some skills and attributes that people look for in a stylist that will help get you employed in the fashion industry:

Ready to Rock

The road to becoming a stylist may seem a bit overwhelming, but with a little help from some of our very handy online classes and tutorials, you will be on the fast-track to helping people strut their stuff.  Remember that there are many different categories and compartments to styling, and once you know that you want to style, all you need to do is figure out which works best for you.

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