The Secret to a Successful Career in the Salon & Spa Industry

A career in the salon & spa industry is the best choice for someone who is creative, loves to work with people and crave the excitement and dynamic environment that only the industry can offer. This field is highly competitive, so someone who wishes to make a mark here or at least earn an income doing what he or she loves should be ready to take on the challenge.

How to Make it in The Beauty Industry

The secret to real success in the industry can be summed up in two words: Branding and cosmetology school. You need to build your own unique, easy-to-recognize and easy-to-remember identity. Your brand is not just your company name, it is also who you are and what you represent. When you know your brand, you can market it much more effectively. So how do you build it

Know Your Product

As a stylist, you have a pretty good idea about what you can do. You trained for it, you spent hours learning it, you used it as a focus for your future goals. You know what you bring to the table. Whatever that is, that is your product. Your skills, along with your knowledge and abilities is your product. Sprinkle in a good dash of your own personal style and you have something to sell that is uniquely your own.

Focus on Opportunities

Success is being able to grow. You do not need to go national within a year, or even regional but at least make sure your brand is something that can cater to a wide segment of the market. Learn to identify the different types of opportunities available to you – your current market and your target market, your location and expansion potential, access to training, products and supplies, networking, etc.

Go for Relevance

Have short-term plans but do not neglect your long-term plans as well. Your goal is longevity and if you want to last long in this industry, you will do what you can to remain relevant. Get your skills up to par and mind your competitors. Guard your brand well because if you don’t, it is quite easy to slip and make mistakes. Keep in mind that you are still building your reputation. Go slowly but be sure about each step so that it is in sync with your professional goals.


The salon & spa industry is one of the most dynamic industries in the world. Nothing ever stays the same here, at least not for long. Each year, each season, expect changes to come, not just in styling, makeup and personal care but also in the type of products and technologies that come out. To succeed in your field, you need to be on top of the game. Know your competition, boost your skills, keep learning new things, keep your ears glued to the market. Keep your skills and knowledge updated. The more you know, the more you will be viewed as a specialist, someone who can be trusted. If you have a good understanding of how you will thrive in the business, the more likely you will reap the rewards of a successful career in the salon & spa industry.

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

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