Although the recession may be over, in these times of economic uncertainty people are looking for ways to save money wherever possible. When it comes to hair care, one way of saving money is to have hair cut, colored and styled in a beauty school. There are some inherent risks if you choose to serve as a “guinea pig” for student hairstylists, if course, but this article will help minimize these risks.
Before getting your hair styled or cut at a beauty school, it is necessary to understand how beauty schools operate. Students spend several months in a classroom setting learning haircutting techniques and color theory and working on mannequins before they are permitted to work on the clinic floor. The clinic floor is the part of the beauty school which is open to the public. This part of the beauty school operates just like a regular hair salon. Most of the students working on the clinic floor are those who are close to graduation.
In order to provide a steady stream of clients for student hairstylists to work upon, beauty schools charge very little for their services. As a client, you will be providing a valuable learning experience for an aspiring stylist and, in exchange, you will receive a cut or style at a fraction of the price charged by salons. Most beauty schools also offer manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing and other beauty services.
When receiving a service at a beauty school, the most important thing is to be courteous and respectful to your student stylist. Students will be nervous and if they sense that the client is being difficult or rude, it greatly increases the risk of a bad experience. Confidence is an essential skill for a stylist to learn, and a confident student will often be able to cut or style hair as well as many licensed professionals. If a beauty school clinic setting, nervousness can be contagious. If the client is uneasy, it will make the stylist uneasy.
There really is no need to feel nervous while sitting in the stylist’s chair. If a student didn’t possess the necessary skills, he or she would not be allowed to be on the clinic floor in the first place. Furthermore, all students are supervised by cosmetology instructors, who should be able to assist a student if he or she is struggling while performing the service. This supervision minimizes the possibility of getting a bad haircut, color, perm, or style.
After the service is complete, the client will be expected to pay for services received at the beauty school just as if the client was in a regular salon. This means that it is proper for the client to leave a tip for the stylist. Student stylists are not only learning the technical skills needed to be a successful professional, but they are also learning the business of operating a hair salon. Since tipping is a standard part of the beauty industry, a client’s refusal to leave a tip may send a negative message to the stylist. Of course, if the client is displeased with the service, it is not necessary to leave a gratuity.