The beauty industry seems to be as close to recession proof as any industry can get. Throughout the economic recession, salons and barbershops have been thriving. While this may come as a surprise to some, it’s something that beauty industry professionals have never doubted.
The proof is in the numbers. According to U.S. Census data, there were 18.6% more barber shops and 14.4% more beauty salons nationwide in 2009 than in 2007. You can watch the CNN report below. Likewise, “hair stylist” was listed as one of 30 Best Careers in 2009 by U.S. News & World Report, which cited job satisfaction, artistic expression, and job stability in its decision.
Beauty industry professionals aren’t surprised by these numbers. They know that even in bad times, people still want to look good and feel good. For someone who is unemployed, this becomes even more important. They need to look polished for the job interview in order to land their next job.
Salon Success educator George Miller agrees: “I call being a stylist the chosen profession. Think about it. You have to go see your doctor once a year. You have to go see your dentist twice a year. But you go see your hair stylist every six weeks. I know a lot of people who can’t live without seeing their stylist that often.”
U.S. News & World Report had a similar outlook: “It’s one of the few careers in which you please nearly every client. And people tend to be loyal to their haircutter, so if you’re pleasant, you can develop plenty of long-term friends or at least acquaintances.”
It’s important to remember that after you complete your education at Salon Success Academies, being a hair stylist isn’t your only option. There are many other careers in the beauty industry that are open to you, such as owning your own salon, working in sales for a cosmetics company, or becoming an beauty school educator.