Best Practices After Graduating Cosmetology School

By Lauren Salapatek | 02/18/2013 10:51:00 AM


click image to zoom You can plan for success, but sometimes failure happens, says Patrick McIvor, artistic & techniCulture director for Goldwell and KMS California. Even though we rise and we fall, when we hit a speed bump in the journey to success it doesn’t mean you should give up. Remember your short-term and long-term goals as you enter the wide world of beauty. Where do you want to be in five years? 10 years? Remember that success doesn’t happen overnight and doesn’t get handed to you—it’s earned. Here, McIvor shares with FIRST CHAIR his six best practices you should be doing after you graduate from cosmetology school.

Find a Mentor: Learn from the best. You cannot repay great experiences and knowledge learned.

Create a Professional Online Presence: Utilize Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube and Twitter. It’s free advertising!

Put your work on the right people: It gets talent noticed and noticed talent gets famous.

Learn how to shoot a photo, video and write blogs: If you can't capture your work and ideas, no one is going to see them.

Don’t worry if you’re not doing it right. Just worry if you’re complaining about not doing it: If you want to do something, do it—a photo shoot, fashion show, expansion, renovation or attract more guests. Don't sit in the backroom complaining about it, GO DO IT.

Try everything once, figure out what you love, and then be the BEST at that: When I was in beauty school, I was so bad at color that I was not allowed to foil. I actually have a trophy for styling hair, so I am so glad I tried everything and fell in love with color.




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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