First Chair

Spring 2015

It can be all too easy to delay a post-grad strategy when you’re wrapped up in perm rods and sanitation practices. But postponing your action plan could set you behind your classmates who have prioritized their next steps.

This issue of FIRST CHAIR is designed to help you set the stage for your next chapter: Starting your career. It begins on page 14—learn the rules to navigating social media to catch the attention of potential employers. In Tips from the Top, hear from industry leaders on topics ranging from being the best assistant, scouting out salons, planning your beauty show strategy for the best networking experience, and the magic that happens when you become both skilled and creative. Learn the value in experiencing a professional photoshoot and how challenging yourself through industry competitions can lead to publicity, platform work and another outlet for your creativity. In First Business, on page 36, see how $5 add-ons can equal a big return—a $5,000 yearly increase if you play your cards right. And before your days in school come to an end, start building your professional portfolio and drafting a strong resume. Though your experience is likely limited at this point in your career, see how to use your training and experience from cosmetology school to show your commitment and professionalism with tips from Jim Yates, founder of Nuts & Bolts training company.

But as you look around the student salon floor with the bittersweet prospect of saying your goodbyes, remember that it’s easier, and more important, than ever to stay in touch with classmates AND the world of professional beauty. Be sure to join the 500,000 beauty pros who follow MODERN SALON on Facebook and @modernsalon on Instagram. It’s an easy way to stay connected, and could even be your first opportunity to get your work published.

In This Issue


A Lesson in Social Media Etiquette

Chandler Rollins | March 11, 2015

Think of your social media channels—Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as your first interview. This doesn’t mean shut everything down, but make sure the content you are displaying shows off your talents, personality ...


Happier Life: Oprah’s 8 Little Changes

Rosanne Ullman | November 3, 2014

She may have left her high-profile talk show, but Oprah still supplies a lot of advice through her OWN network, her website and her magazine. Healthy Hairdresser peeked at her eight suggestions for improving your daily routine and living more ...

Article What does it take to be considered for a position at a great salon? It all starts with a great resume.

The Write Stuff: Writing a Professional Resume

Lauren Salapatek | March 11, 2015

Most salon owners visit schools to recruit talent. Some may personally invite you to visit their business, but whether they do or not, you’ll want to research and visit several salons on your own. In either case, should you just drop in ...


On the Career Path: From Student to Hairdresser

Anne Moratto | November 13, 2014

We are following Jessica DeAngelo as she leaves school and sets herself up for success in the salon world.  She will be blogging in subsequent posts and we wanted to introduce you to how she found her passion for hair:"Perhaps the ...