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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.Global opportunities | Pluses and minuses
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UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2008 10:37 PM IST

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.

Junior Stylist
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.

Senior stylist
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.

Salon director
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.

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