Beauty: hairstylists' Career Ladder
Vaderer or assistant
This is like an internship where you watch and assist all the seniors and learn while at work.
Pay: Up to Rs 5,000 per month depending on the salon, some pay nothing at all.
You are given walk-in clients who don't have any preference for a stylist. Also assist the senior stylist. Do washes and blow-dries for senior stylists' clients.
Pay: Rs 10,000 plus 5-10% commission depending on the salon.
You work on your own clients plus walk-ins. You do your own cuts, straightenings, colours and styles. Use this period to build your reputation and clients.
Pay: Rs 15,000-20,000 plus 10-15% commission depending on the salon.
You have your own set of clients. You do colour and cut consultations for junior stylists. Don't have to do your own washes and blow-dries. Also conduct in-house training for assistants.
Pay: Rs 25-30,000 plus 30-40% commission for stylists with more than 6 years experience.
Looks after overall management of salon and welfare of staff. Conducts in-house training programmes. Continues doing cuts and colours for their own clients.
Pay: Rs 35-40,000 plus 40-50% commission. Along with the basic salary, senior hairstylists can earn at least a lakh per month owing to the high percentage of commissions they get from working on a larger number of clients.
* Have an option of managing a franchisee of the salon that you're working for or starting your own salon.