When starting your career as a hairstylist, one of the biggest decisions you'll make is whether to become a salon owner, rent a booth, or work as a commission stylist. All three options have unique pros and cons, we don’t think there is a “right” choice just what’s right for you!
Here’s an in-depth look at each option:
Unlimited earning potential through stylist commissions
Unstable income relying on clientele (especially if you are fresh out of school)
Limited space restricted by salon capacity
Little control over policies, hours, culture
Self-promotion required to gain clients
Very low startup costs
Consistent base pay with commissions on top
Focus on doing hair vs. running a business
Established processes and operations
Less control over schedule, policies, procedures
Smaller income percentage kept vs. booth rental
Find a salon that fits your culture needs
There's no universally "right choice" - it depends on your goals, risk tolerance, and experience level. Weigh the unique pros and cons of each option carefully to decide which path is best for you! No matter where you are you can always do anything.
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💜 Peace, Love, & Slay, Chrystal L. (she/her) Founder of Liquid Hair Institute