Thursday, July 31, 2008

A Flair for Hair

Here's an article from JobsDB Singapore Campus on Hair Stylist Apprenticeships.
A Flair for Hair gives us a look into a fabulous and dare I say cutting edge industry.

A Flair For Hair

Von Ang is a hairstylist at Clover Salon, and he has been helping clients to look their best for the last 8 years.

Even in his early teens, Von knew that his passion and calling was to be a hairstylist as he enjoyed cutting and styling his friends’ hair. JobsDB Campus editor, Mark Lim, chats with Von to find out more about his chosen profession.

Von, how did you become a hairstylist?
After saving some money, I enrolled in a 3 month intensive hairstyling course, where I learned about the detailed and finer aspects of shampooing, blow drying, colouring and cutting. I also studied about hair, so that I could better understand the different types of hair that clients have, and what type of hairstyles will best suit their face shapes.
The course was very useful and has definitely given me greater confidence as a hairstylist as I am now able to clearly communicate with my clients when they ask me for advice about their hair.

“Every day is a learning day.”
- Von Ang, Hairstylist

What's it like being a hairstylist?
First of all, I really enjoy my job as it’s my passion and I definitely believe that everyone should be able to work in a job that they are passionate about, as it definitely makes their working life much more meaningful and enriching.

As a hairstylist, every day is a learning day as we are always working hard to master new hairstyling techniques, trying and recommending new hairstyling products to our clients, so that they will able to look and feel good.

Our clients come from all walks of life – doctors, lawyers, accountants and even students. It’s definitely a very empowering experience when people trust you with something as important as their hair, which is a crucial part of their self-image. Furthermore, it’s also about building a good relationship with our clients so that they will feel comfortable and satisfied with our service, and in the process, recommend their friends to us.What do you like best about being a hairstylist?
I feel a deep sense of satisfaction whenever a client tells me that people really like the hairstyle that I’ve done for them. To me, that is just as important as getting a good salary, which for that matter is pretty decent too, as experienced and talented hairstylists can earn a good income these days.

There is always a shortage of good hairstylists everywhere in the world, and famous local hairstylists like David Gan and Addy Lee are just two examples who have made it big in Singapore and also overseas.Is it challenging being a hairstylist?
I’m sure that every profession has its challenges, and hairstyling is no different. When I first started out as a hairstylist, I had to work hard to learn everything about a hair salon, and even now after eight years, I still constantly keep abreast of the latest trends and updates in the hairstyling world, so that I’m able to stay ahead of the competition and ensure that my clients are satisfied and continue to engage my hairstyling service.What are your goals and dreams for the future?

Currently, I’m very happy working at Clover Salon as it’s a fantastic place and I’ve got great colleagues, so it’s great coming to work everyday.
As for the future, I hope to have my own salon someday.

Clover Hair Salon is located at 14 Scotts Road, Far East Plaza, #03-12. You can call them at 6836 2748 to make an appointment today.