Maybe you had one too many rude clients in a row who doubted your abilities. Maybe you had an argument with a fellow stylist at your salon. Maybe you had to miss your child’s school play because your boss wouldn’t give you the time off. Maybe you’ve spent another week wondering if you’d be able to make ends meet after making few commissions.
Whatever the case, it’s only natural sometimes to ask yourself: Is the hair industry really the right one for me? Should I quit hairdressing to find a different job?
Ultimately, that answer will be a personal one. But we believe that the best stylists are those who got into the hair game because they loved making a difference in the lives of their clients. They loved it when a client they worked on first saw themselves in the mirror after a service and felt AMAZING because they looked so beautiful.
And if that describes you, then you owe it to yourself and your passion to make sure that quitting the business is really the best decision for you. Because if not, there are a lot of steps you can take to reignite that passion and fall back in love with your career.
With this in mind, below are a number of questions you should ask yourself before you make the decision to quit.
Questions to Ask Yourself Before Quitting Hairdressing
1. What made you want to become a stylist to begin with?
Usually, a stylist can tell you the exact moment that they fell in love with hair. Whether it was an experience with friends, or something that happened in cosmetology school, there’s always a spark. And that spark is precious. Before you decide to quit, it’s important to remember that spark and how it made you feel so you can reach down and see if there’s something you can do to preserve it.
2. Are you feeling burnt out?
One surefire way to destroy any passion that you may have once had for the job is to become burnt out. When you put others' needs ahead of your own (such as your clients, your coworkers, and yes, even your family), you remove that opportunity to recharge and stay engaged. If you are feeling burnt out, try addressing that problem to see if it allows you to bounce back. Here are some tips that can help.
3. Do you have a poor work-life balance?
This point is related to the one above, but is much more specific to your relationship with your job. There are many different potential causes for burnout, and a poor work-life balance is one of them. When you find yourself dedicating too much time to the job and not enough to the other important pieces of your life, that’s a recipe for burnout and disenchantment.
The good news is that poor work-life balance is usually caused by your love for your job and your coworkers and your clients. And that’s a hint that quitting really isn’t the right move. Instead, taking the right steps to set boundaries and correct your work-life balance can help you fall back in love with your job.
4. Are you in a toxic environment?
If you’re working in a toxic environment, it can start to get to you pretty quickly. Negative attitudes, a lack of teamwork, and cut-throat competition can quickly drain the fun out of the job. If you aren’t getting along with your coworkers, your boss, or your clientele, ask yourself: Is it the job, or the salon? If it’s the salon, I’d recommend that you at least give yourself the opportunity to find a different salon with a positive salon culture that will allow you to thrive.
5. Are you making enough money?
No matter how much you love your job, if you aren’t getting paid enough to live comfortably, you might decide that a career change is the right move for you. And if that’s true, no judgement! We all do what we have to do.
That being said, there may be some steps that you can take to increase your pay and start getting paid what you know you’re worth, without having to give up a career you love. You might be surprised at what’s possible.
6. Are you bored?
Finally, if you’re bored with the work you’re doing, feel stagnant, or no longer feel engaged, it’s natural that your mind might start to drift toward alternative careers. But you don’t need to quit hairdressing to shake your sense of boredom. Learning new skills or taking on new responsibilities within your salon can be excellent ways of progressing in your career without making a more dramatic change.
And if you’ve truly fallen out of love with hairdressing?
If at the end of the day you’ve asked yourself all of these questions, done what you can to resolve the issues, and you’re still not happy, then it might be time to consider a different career. And that’s okay. Things change, people change, and interests change. But if you think that you still love being a stylist deep down inside, it's worth doing everything you can to make it happen.