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#IBELONG In Beauty: This Pro Found a Salon Family That Takes Care of Her Family

When Melissa Wendt moved to a new city, she needed job security and a fresh start for herself and her two kids. She found all of that and more at The Salon by InStyle inside JCPenney.

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Are You Good or Just Licensed?

Your license is just your ticket to the game. How you play determines your success.

#IBELONG In Beauty: Discover Solo Artist Freedom with Salon Support

Eric Jeter rented a salon studio for two and a half years until he realized he missed the camaraderie of other stylists. Lauren Correll joined a JCPenney Salon right out of cosmetology school, and now, as a salon manager, brings her enthusiasm for the company and the profession to her team. Both agree they wouldn’t change the unique combination of independence, teamwork, opportunity and family spirit the company offers for anything.

Why You Should Pay It Forward and Be Someone's Beauty Mentor

The real value of mentoring is sharing you’ve been there, you know how it feels, and you made it, —so, go for it.

What A Salon Assistant Does and How Assisting Can Propel Your Career

Moving from mannequin heads to real-live talking heads can be a massive transition, and serving as a salon assistant can help make the transition a smooth one. So, why should you consider being a salon assistant and how can assisting help your career? Read on to find out.

The Questions Every Stylist Should Ask at a Salon Interview

Besides trying to impress the owner, it’s important to choose a salon that has a culture that aligns with who you are. Often, we spend more time at work than at home, so it’s important you choose a “work home” where you feel comfortable, where you feel supported, and where you feel like you have opportunity to grow and learn. These questions will arm you with answers to help make your decision.

The Right Fit: Finding Your First Salon

Researching and choosing your first salon can seem daunting. As you begin your journey as a beauty professional, it’s important to find the best fit for your talent, personality and lifestyle.

Career Strategies: 30 Beauty Specialties Open to Licensed Cosmetologists

30 career possibilities or specialties open to licensed cosmetologists. Some are glamorous, some are deeply satisfying, some are fun and some are extremely lucrative.

Customer Service: How To Keep Your Client Happy

It’s not just about doing great hair, makeup, nails or skin care. So much of keeping your client happy is customer service. Eric Fisher shares his ten tips on making the client feel valued and important.

#IBELONG In Beauty: Meet a Manager Who Aspires to Inspire

After successful careers as a stylist, business owner, teacher and corporate manager, Udy Cheatham realized her true passion lies in coaching, training and guiding her fellow professionals. A friend suggested The Salon by InStyle as a place to put her calling into practice, and after three years in as a salon manager in Hurst, TX, she’s never been happier.