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    So I'm in a career slump. I left high school and worked in my dad's office to be able to afford to see my American boyfriend. My dad closed his company and I went to work in a local government office as basically the lowest person on the food chain. I HAAAAAAAAATE working in that office! The women are bitchy and the bosses are all micro-managing mini Hitlers.

    My husband and I have got our shit together, he moved over from America, we got married and he's just got a great job that he enjoys doing. So now it's my turn. I really struggle to think what I want to work as, the one constant thing I've always fancied is to be a hairdresser. Or an international pop superstar, but that dream has fallen by the wayside thanks to GR, y'all have scared me out of that dream .

    So basically I'm wondering do we have any hairdressers or beauticians or whatever on the board, and can you give me an honest opinion of what you think of your job? I know the hours are long and I could get better money being a lawyer (or that international pop superstar), but it seems like it's my heart's calling!

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    Karistona-

    My hairdresser actually does make more than a lawyer.

    If it's what your interested in doing, than do it.

    Lots of good hairdressers or colorists make excellent money.

    Take a look at WWW.Behindthechair.com , there are lots of things there on the message board that might help you work this out. You can post questions to a whole board of pros.
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    My hairdresser cousin is loaded. She makes a killing. If you're good, and I mean REALLY good, you can, as stated above, make as mch as a lawyer.

    If you're not so good, you're stuck making crap for money and working terrible hours.

    Like the lady who cleaned up the back of my hair for me last night for 10$
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    I am good friends with my hairdresser. OK-I would have to scrafice my house before giving her up! Anyhow-she makes a great living and does just what she wants. She is single & her deadbeat ex husband contributes nothing, so she raises her daughter & has her in private school.Most of her clients have been with her for years & the fun part for her (and maybe you) is doing brides & bridal parties-hair & make up. She even feeds them breakfast! Go for this-it is creative and makes a difference in peoples lives.Seems to be a very satisfying job on many levels.
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    the lady that does my hair makes a bankroll of money. but, she also is responsible for paying the people in her shop. so if you are going to do this as a job instead of a business, then go for it! i think its a grand idea
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    why'd you give up the singing idea?

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    go for it!! if i wasn't so grossed out by hair (when it's no longer attatched) i'd be a hairdresser as well. such a fun and creative industry and youll get to meet so many people! good luck!!

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    Sounds great, and I can book you to do my hair if you qualify.

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    It's a great career choice and you can take it anywhere in the world if you decide to travel or move around in the future. It's also fantastic if you want to work part time down the track if you have a family, etc. Colourists make a fortune and so do Really Good Cutters. The world is your oyster - go for it!
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    Aww you guys! Thanks I've emailed a few colleges for information and application forms for a beginners course in hairdressing. I really appreciate everyone's support and advice! I really feel positive about this decision, my husband is just thankful I've decided what i want to do, we both figured that 23 is a bit too old to be saying "I'll decide what I want to do when I grow up" hehe.
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    I agree with everyone else, hairdressing is a great career choice. I just wanted to add its a job that can't someday be replaced by a computer either.

    There's always a demand for good hairdressers.

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    OK, as always I'll be the dissenting opinion. Yes some hairdressers make a bundle. Plenty more don't. You have to work standing up all the time. You get carpal tunnel from doing the same repetitive movements all the time. Most hairdressers don't get good health benefits, sick time, vacation days etc. None of which matter when you're young but believe me as you age they sure will. My hairdresser has breast cancer now, had to go to county hospital for her surgery and treatment, doesn't get paid when she's not working - so she's forced to go in after chemo and radiation. It's not always a fabulous idea.

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    When I read the title I wanted to shout out, Yes, do it! Set up a chic barber style salon for men, hire cute hair washing and manicure girls and you'll make a ton of money. I don't know why that popped into my head but it did. A boutique business with a word of mouth following. A haircut, manicure, a drink at the pub!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Palermo View Post
    OK, as always I'll be the dissenting opinion. Yes some hairdressers make a bundle. Plenty more don't. You have to work standing up all the time. You get carpal tunnel from doing the same repetitive movements all the time. Most hairdressers don't get good health benefits, sick time, vacation days etc. None of which matter when you're young but believe me as you age they sure will. My hairdresser has breast cancer now, had to go to county hospital for her surgery and treatment, doesn't get paid when she's not working - so she's forced to go in after chemo and radiation. It's not always a fabulous idea.
    The medical benefits' part doesn't apply where I live but the rest of it does. My mother was a hairdresser and esthetician for many years and it is very hard work. She was quite successful but it is a tough business, especially as you get older, and a lot of her friends ran into the kind of problems you described.

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    i watched a medical show on tv and a hairdresser had to have her fingers fixed because she got really bad arthritis in her cutting hand, they were all bent and gnarly and she could barely hold her scissors.

    I imagine it would be quite rewarding being a hairdresser helping people look great. I love watching people cut hair and watching the transformation... best of luck hope you follow your dream.
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