BeautyLink - Volume 7, Issue 2 - (Page 18)
BY BEAUTYLINK STAFF
Hair Designer & Ergo
Artistic Team Educator,
Pin Me Up Salon,
Hair Designer & Ergo
Artistic Team Educator,
C The Salon,
Studio City, CA
Let's Hear It From the Guys Part II
featured the perspectives of
male hairstylists who had created careers spanning decades. But what is it like for a male hairstylist
whose career is relatively new? What influences a
man to consider cosmetology school? What is it like
to be the only man in a female-centric environment?
To get a perspective on how Millennial men feel about
careers in hairstyling, BeautyLink spoke with a few
up and coming male hair designers.
THE LAST MANLINK
BL: How did you find a career in the
(Cory): I was in the right place at the right time. I
played in a rock band at a hotel that was holding a
hair show. As my band was hanging out in the bar,
Shannon King of Redken's team was short on models
and asked if I was up for a different gig - hair model.
Although I didn't change career paths immediately, it
became clear that music wasn't going to pay the bills,
and I began thinking about a job that would allow
me to express myself artistically, connect with others and use my art to inspire. Hair was the answer. I
left Las Vegas, headed home and enrolled at Empire
Beauty School in Portage, MI.
(Brock): I was working at Nordstrom's while pursuing a music career. Robert Reed complimented my
arm tattoos and said he'd like to use me as an Ergo
Company hair model. He told me about his Sassoon
background which I thought was cool and got me a
model pass for the ISSE show. At ISSE, I saw madness, great hair everywhere and lots of beautiful
women. I enrolled in Flair School of Cosmetology
in Valencia, CA two weeks later.
professional career for anyone. Instagram, other
social media channels and the Web have helped many
male hairstylists become accomplished professionals
and even celebrities.
BL: What is it like to work in such a
(Cory): Before doing hair, I worked in construction for
a long time, so this environment is all new. Listening
to my female coworkers and clients, I sometimes
play the role of confidant and I get to hear "the other
side." Working around women has opened my eyes
and made me more aware of the things I do or don't
do in my relationship. But it's also hard not having
another guy to talk to about old cars or working on
motorcycles. I focus on why I'm at work - to be the
best hairstylist I can be.
BL: What is the best thing about working
in the beauty industry?
(Brock): The best thing about working in a salon is
being able to behave creatively and dress to express
myself. Tattoos are acceptable and the environment
is welcoming. A hairstyling career is great for any
person regardless of gender, color, culture, ethnicity,
sexuality, age or personal lifestyle choice. Everything
(Cory): When the client looks in the mirror and I
see "duck lips," I know they feel beautiful. And as
an educator, when I see the light bulb click on in a
student's mind and see them understand the "why"
part of what they're doing, it is a wonderful, rewarding feeling.
BL: What could beauty schools do to
interest men in hairstyling careers?
BL: Just one word - being a hairstylist
makes me feel:
(Brock) Keep promoting the career on social media.
With acceptance from social media and changing times, hairstyling is becoming an acceptable
"When the client looks in the mirror
and I see 'duck lips' I know they
feel beautiful. And as an educator,
when I see the light bulb click on in
a student's mind, it is a wonderful,
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 7, Issue 2
Message From the AACS President and CEA Chair
Spring Executive Retreat & Financial Aid Workshop
And Then There’s Compliance
The Esthetics Regulatory Environment: What You Need to Know
Spotlight on Esthetic Treatments: Sugaring
6 Questions With Steven Frost, Dermalogica Academy Director
Trends: Where Old School Meets New
Tapping Into the Asian Skincare Market
The Nitty Gritty on Lasers
Mind Over Hair Matters
Getting Started With a Barbering Program
What It’s Like to Work in a Med Spa
What to Say When You Have to Say, “You’re Fired”
A Student’s Perspective
Beauty Changes Lives
Voices From the Classroom
People & Places
Associate Member Profiles: Marketing & Advertising
New Products & Services
New School Members
Upcoming 2015 Events
Index to Advertisers
BeautyLink - Volume 7, Issue 2
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