5 Fabulous Tips for Becoming a Celebrity Hair Stylist

Many of us look at celebrity hair stylists and are a bit awed. We wonder just how did they get there. Well, as any celebrity hair stylist — or celebrity for that matter — can tell you, they didn’t get there by pure luck or even pure talent.

Getting to the top often requires a series of steps that require you to put in hours of hard work, along with a heavy dose of patience, persistence and confidence. Also, you must want it bad enough. The competition in the hair styling business is pretty tough. Snagging a gig with a celebrity is even tougher. So, of course, you’ll need the stamina to hang in there.

Take a look at these 5 tips to get you closer to your goal of becoming a hair stylist to celebrities.

  1. Invest in your training. Whether you’ve been in the hair styling business for a few weeks or 5 years, it’s essential that you put in the time and resources to learn about the latest styling techniques, cuts, color and other products. Keep at it. Don’t ever get into the mindset that you’ve learned enough. Make it your goal to get better so that you’re constantly striving to become the best of the best.
  1. Seek out an apprenticeship. Speaking of the best of the best, there are always stylists more successful than you. And, as with most professions, you get better by learning from the the experts in the field. Seek out work at salons that are attracting the most attention in your city. Perhaps, some of the local celebrities frequent there. See if you can negotiate an arrangement to rent a booth if you’re not interested in working directly for the owner. Soak in as much as you can from observing the work.
  1. Build your portfolio. You won’t attract the attention of celebrities, local or national, with a lousy portfolio. Make the investment to get a professional photographer to shoot some of your best work. If you can’t afford their fees, work out a trade — you provide hair styling services in exchange for photography to help you build out a professional looking photo. Likewise, make sure your website and social networks look professional — not just something you threw together in a few hours. Maintain an active presence by regularly updating your online portfolio with stunning photographs that show off your stunning hairstyles.
  1. Network. Being a stylist to celebrities doesn’t always require that you pack your bags and head to Hollywood or New York. Guess what? Performers, especially singers and bands, often go on tour. Start making the connections with the venues that host these performers. Find out if you can get on a list to provide hair styling services to visiting celebrities. Offer to be on hand for the night if services are needed. By all means, show off that portfolio. And, if you’re able, head to New York, Los Angeles and other major cities for more opportunities.
  1. Sign up with an agency. If you’re seeking a connection with a top celebrity, you may have to enlist the help of an agent who has the ability to book appointments for celebrities on sets or on tour. They will take a percentage of your sales, but could help you get started with a successful career styling for actors, singers, and TV personalities.

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Michelle Guetersloh

Michelle Guetersloh

Hairstylist Consultant at Michelle My Stylist
For some, hairstyling’s a job. For others, it’s a passion: an innate gift that lights them up and drives them to outperform and overdeliver. Michelle G. is definitely the latter.

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