No matter their background, where they live, or their expertise, every stylist starts out in one place: cosmetology school. For this edition of Crazy/Beautiful we wanted to get the inside scoop on the life of a stylist in training. Nicholas Dunton hails from Augusta, Maine, and attends the Empire Beauty School in Waterville, Maine. The budding stylist took some time out of his training to answer our questions about what it's like to be a student in this field:
It depends, but on salon nights lately I have been getting a lot of color correction and blonde clients. I am booked pretty much all night because color takes a little longer and you want to make it just right, but on a typical night I can typically get in one hair color, two haircuts, and a couple waxing clients. This is in a four hour class period.
There are! I have a couple at school I really look up to. Rebecca Goff has been my go-to girl for everything. She has taught me so much and is always there to help me. Jaymi Mullins is another student at school that has been there with me for the long haul. She was my very first practice updo, she taught me how to back comb, and is always a refreshing face to see. I really do have a great support system at school. For the industry big names I'd have to say all the way my two biggest influences are Tabatha Coffey and Brig Van Osten. And then I have my extended support system on Twitter, which includes my dear friends Renee Summa (@dyehardbeauty), Mel Ball (@dearmissmel) and Karmen Buttler (@primptapp)
Most definitely! I want to specialize in color. It's a real science and the more you know the more you grow with it. I get a lot of clients that are not the everyday color, I need to correct something first then add color. I think because I get a lot of clients that have different needs it would be an asset to have color under my belt.
Yes, these issues get brought up in the sense that what you are using on your client you should be telling them what you are using. This way they know the name of the product and where to find it, and also what the product does/ is used for. You don't want your client going out and buying generic product on a $200 service either, so I guess I'm still working on how to have a client switch their product without sounding like a bad guy. Professional brands make a huge difference from generic brands. I start explaining the differences between products to my clients that way they understand it better.
I see myself either on the west coast or down south in Florida. I'd love to work fashion week in Miami, I live for photo shoots and fashion shows.
My ultimate career goal would be working with celebrities, photo shoots, fashion shows, basically I'd like to be the "Go-To" guy for the stars. I love the thrill of intense jobs and get a huge adrenalin rush from it.
A big thank you to Nicholas for talking with us about his education and hair journey!
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