This spring, we're making plans. Our plans start with America's Beauty Show this weekend - the huge show in Chicago is a great stepping stone for your future success with classes, presentations and tons of opportunities to connect with fellow stylists. And make sure you get your tickets for the BCL Experience at Soldier Field while you're there; the runway presentation features NextGen up-and-coming artists teaming up with brand mentors.
Next to check off your list is what you're doing with your life post-grad. That's what this issue's feature is all about - business, life and post-grad preparedness. Just thinking ahead sets you in the right direction, and you'll be glad for it later.
We're also helping you look forward in other sections; consider men's business in the long-term, don't disregard curly clients, and make sure you're asking the right consultation questions before a client steps foot in your salon or studio. Every detail might not go exactly as you plan, but having a map should keep you on the road.
First Glance - Check out student submissions and see how Laura Kaszoni - perhaps better known as her instagram handle, @talasupdos - went from little-known part-time stylist to updo afficionado and traveling educator in no time at all.
First Skills - Master the skills you need to build your own clientele. Visit firstchair.com for more articles on these topics.
Men - ICYMI - men's business is booming. One stylist details how his mastery of men's hair has given him countless opportunities in the U.S. and beyond.
Consultation - Lash extensions are a lucrative service, but do you know how to determine if your client is going Kardashian with her lashes or wants something a little more low-key?
Nails - 10 reasons your nail services aren't standing the test of time.
Design - Expert advice to master the curly consultation, cut and style with finesse.
Business - We teamed up with Texture Media to see once and for all if frizz or moisture is more troublesome for curls, coils and waves.
Tips from the Top - See what industry experts have to say about staying on top of trends and which skills to focus your attention on during school.
Social Studies - #Hashtags: Promote yourself and grow your clientele with just a few pound signs.
Make Way - Planning for post-grad life can be daunting if you wait until the last week of school to kick things into gear. Set goals, create action plans, make your to-do lists and check them twice.