How do I Become a Junior Stylist?

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A junior stylist usually refers to the apprentice of a professional stylist who may specialize in areas such as fashion or hair styling. Junior stylists generally train under the tutelage of the professional stylist, learning valuable skills and gaining experience. There are various ways to become a junior stylist, such as looking at job listings for companies that specifically request the position, or by taking an accredited course that can give you the qualifications to become a junior stylist.

The term professional or senior stylist is generally used to describe an employed expert in style and fashion. This can range from being a hair stylist to selecting wardrobe choices for a prospective client. The stylist usually has a good idea of current fashions, alongside a developed sense of style, aesthetics, and image, which they usually will try to share with the client.

Junior stylists normally work under the supervision of the senior stylist. The junior stylist may be required to work on the floor of a hair salon or clothing store. In hair salons, they may assist with preparation, cutting, coloring, and finishing of hair. Junior stylists may also help with the preparation of fashion shows, photo shoots, or hair shows.


Looking at job listings can be a good way to look for junior stylist opportunities in your area. These listings should tell you about the specific duties the prospective junior stylist will be expected to perform. They can also include information about any necessary requirements and qualifications that you may need to become a junior stylist. Some listings may also specify if the position is paid or is an unpaid apprenticeship.

Many prospective employers note that they will hire junior stylists on an individual case basis. This usually means that the junior stylist does not require any formal qualifications to get the position. The prospective junior stylist’s dedication to the craft and their passion to learn is usually what is taken into account in these individual case interviews.

Some junior stylists have completed their education in areas such as fashion or hair styling. An educational background may increase your chances of becoming a junior stylist. When looking at education opportunities, you may want to consider factors such as the accreditation, quality, and cost of the courses offered.

Firms looking for junior stylists tend to emphasize that any future employees should possess qualities such as the ability to work with a team, communication and people skills, and a passion for style and creativity. Creativity is usually viewed as important because it can help build exciting new looks. A familiarity with fashion trends may demonstrate that the junior stylist is dedicated to the profession. Teamwork usually is emphasized because the junior stylist is an apprentice to a professional or senior stylist.


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