Meet network television hairstylist Tara, who’s worked in the beauty industry for over 20 years! Tara shares a heartwarming story about how simple acts of service can transform others’ lives. Read on for more perspective about the importance of beauty industry licensing and how stylists make true impacts in the lives of their clients and community!
Why did you decide to pursue beauty as a career?
I was always intrigued by the creativity and glamour of the hair industry. It is what drew me to sign up for cosmetology school. After 21 years in this industry, being behind my chair and working one on one with my clients is still one of my favorite things to do. I have always been a person that loves people. The greatest gift is when someone hugs you after a new haircut or color and tells you that they love your work.
Why is it important to be licensed as a professional?
In any profession it is imperative to learn the most you can about your craft. You must know the “why” and “how” of what you are doing before you can properly execute a task. This is most important when performing chemical services on a client. You run the risk of chemically burning someone or burning off someone’s hair when you don’t have the proper knowledge. Going through cosmetology school and getting a license ensures that proper training has been achieved.
What would the industry look like if licenses were taken away?
Licensed professionals use chemicals and specialized equipment to perform their services. Delicensing the beauty profession could cause serious safety issues for clients. An important example of this is that untrained individuals would be improperly putting chemicals on client’s heads without knowledge as to what chemical they were using. People would end up with unpredictable results and could end up chemically burned or endure hair loss. Additionally, taking away licensing in the beauty industry will devalue our profession and can be demoralizing to stylists. I have put a lot of time and money into my education and I value being known for producing professional, quality work.
Tara joined the movement to spread awareness of the importance of cosmetology licensing! You can join too, at probeauty.org/IAM.
Why do you think it is important for your clients to know you are licensed (and proud to be)? What do you wish your clients and others knew about the industry?
My clients need to know that I am professionally trained to establish their trust that the services I provide to them are of high quality and are safe. That is why it is of utmost importance that they know I hold a professional license in the cosmetology industry. I want customers to feel confident that I can create their desired results without compromising the integrity of their hair; that I am well versed in the chemicals I am applying and know what the outcome will be when using these chemicals.
We need to stay on top of furthering our education to build our skills, increase our credibility, retain our motivation, keep our ideas creative and fresh, and keep our passion ignited. This is why I AM is such a great movement, because it provides professionals with talking points about the importance of licensing.
What are the rewards of working in this industry? The challenges?
The biggest reward is making someone feel more confident in their appearance. You can transform the way someone views him or herself simply by giving them a new hairstyle. I have been blessed in my career to work with some TV personalities as well as style hair for photo shoots for some popular TV networks. The biggest sense of gratification for me has come from volunteering at a local hospital where I give sick patients haircuts. One memorable moment was when I trimmed the beard and mustache of a man whose unruly facial hair prevented his oxygen mask from fitting properly. After the cut, the oxygen mask fit perfectly and he looked at me with tears in his eyes because he was so appreciative. I left that day with tears of my own. I was truly moved by the joy of making a difference in someone’s life. This is the biggest reward one can achieve.
Where can our followers find you?
Become part of the I AM movement! Sign up for industry alerts and support your profession by stopping deregulation at probeauty.org/IAM.