When I hear stylist who are in the industry three, five, even 20 years and they’ve never had a mentor my heart goes out.
It’s not to say you can’t make it without a mentor, but it’s definitely a lot easier, and the results you see are faster and more impactful when you have the wisdom of someone who has already gone the mile.
Ask every successful person you know how having a mentor impacted their career!
I remember my first year in the salon industry, actually, before leaving Beauty School, one of the busiest salons in my area came to our local beauty school and inquired about me working with their company.
Who does that?( such a blessing, no searching, no wandering)
I’m forever grateful as I think about it today!
Before beauty school was even over I was able to work in one of the busiest salons in town.
As soon as I graduated, I had sooo many clients. Literally, my first week’s check was over $800 and I was on commission( I only received 40%) You do the math!
I think I thought that’s just how it was out here in the streets (the real world after beauty school) as far as the hair industry was concerned. Clients are everywhere!
I just thought clients were plentiful and it was as easy as them coming to sit in your chair. That’s all I knew at that point! So, after a year in a busy salon, I got the big head and decided to step out on my own to rent a booth. Annnnd, I flopped! I couldn’t keep up my lifestyle, had my car taken back. What happened? I was skilled at styling and I was constantly doing new and repeat customers at the previous salon.
I later realized that the clients loved my work, but they loved the BRAND of the salon I previously came from. Their marketing, the way they scheduled, the added amenities. I didn’t have any of those concepts down packed.
Eventually, I moved to a city about two hours away and my life changed. I landed in, again, THE busiest salon in the area and it more grande than the first. They even advertised their services on BET( not sure if you’ll remember BET).
It was my first time experiencing a salon of this caliber. They had check out systems, assistants, amazing marketing, training classes and at least 15 busy stylists each day! They serviced major artist who came to town for concerts and events. Every who’s who in the area had visited one of their locations. The Salon was so active in the local community, hosting training seminars, participating in hair shows, fashion shows… you name it!
It was there that I met my mentor.( The Owner)
Although she was rarely at the salon, unless it was training day or in for a brief time, we somehow became close. Besides, she was managing one of multiple locations she owned and a beauty school in a completely different state!
It was there that I learned the foundations for the BUSINESS OF HAIR.
Inflight Hair Salon.
Over 7 salon locations(or more) at that time my mentor had established.
working at that Salon and being connected to my mentor( I ended up doing platform work and becoming an educator under her wings) shifted every single thing I did in the industry and definitely how I saw the industry. This experience was an even more impactful one than the salon I’d worked for before.
Guess what? I found out later that the previous owner had worked in one of my mentor’s Salons before! Wouldn’t you know!
I learned so much about systems, business, pricing, people building, growing a T.E.A.M. and marketing than I’d ever known before.
It has impacted my career in ways that I could never imagine not having done it.
22 years later Carolyn Marshall Covington is still my mentor to this day!
So, when I see hair stylist and Salon owners who haven’t had that opportunity to be under a mentor, I think of how much further along they could be with one.
It is the driving force behind me creating one of my staple programs. 3d Success- Mentorship and Branding Bootcamp- For Hairstylist and Salon Owners!
I had so many people reach out to me for mentorship that I created a Mentorship and Branding opportunity for Hairstylist and Salon owners. I’ve since worked with many hair stylists and Salon Owners from all over, mentoring them, helping them grow their business and understand their brand. I’ve seen shifts in their career in as little as 1 week to 90 days that gave them clarity, increase, and direction to continue excelling, reinventing, and prospering in the Salon Industry!
I absolutely stand by mentorship.
We learn 2 ways, TRIAL AND ERROR or the wisdom of others who have already gone the mile. And that way saves you a lot of headaches.
DO you have a mentor?
How has it impacted your life and career?
If you’ve been wanting guidance that will help you position your greatness for greatness, I invite you to join us in the next round of 3D Success Mentorship and Branding Boot Camp For Hairstylist and Salon Owners!
There is power in Mentorship!
- You have connections that you wouldn’t ordinarily have that expand your reach!
- You enlarge your chances for opportunity!
- You get more done in less time because you know not only what to do from others who have gone the mile, but you know what not to do!
Success On Purpose