24 inspiring motivational quotes for hairstylists

Being a hairstylist is amazing; you get to spend every day making people feel a million bucks.

But, when you’ve been working hard at school or in the salon all week, it can be easy to forget why you chose this fabulous career in the first place.

On a side note, if you are still in school and you have your exam ahead of you, it can be a good idea to go through our ultimate cosmetology state board exam cheat sheet

So, here’s a list of the most inspiring motivational quotes for hairstylists, to put the spring back in your step on even the most trying of days.

Chances are, you enrolled at cosmetology school because you love hair and want to make people look their best. So, let’s start with reminding ourselves how important hairstylists are to their clients:

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“Hairdressers are a wonderful breed. You work one on one with another human being, and the object is to make them feel so much better, and to look at themselves with a twinkle in their eye.”

– Vidal Sassoon

Sometimes we forget just how big a difference hairstylists make. But, when your client looks in the mirror and feels happy with what they see, you have given them a priceless gift: the gift of confidence!

So, be proud of all the twinkles you put in people’s eyes… the world would be a lesser place without you in it.

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“As stylists, we’re groundshakers and daymakers. Setting trends, while fostering that special connection between a person’s inner and outer self.”

– Rebecca Gregory

When you chat with your clients and really get to know them, you help them come up with a style that’s all their own. Something that expresses who they really are and that pretty much makes you a fairy godmother…

So, never underestimate how important you are!

“Like a therapist, or the local barkeep, hairdressers are in a position of trust, We are transforming not just how a person looks but how they feel and, therefore, they want to tell us things.”

– Tabatha Coffey

Stylists don’t only work miracles on hair; they are unofficial therapists too.

In fact, throughout your career, you are likely to listen to people who have no one else to talk to. For some clients, you will be the only person who makes them feel comfortable enough to open up.

So, if your clients’ trust you enough to tell you about their problems, remember that you’re doing an amazing job!

Motivational Quotes For Hairstylists

“A woman who changes her hair is about to change her life.”

– Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel says it all with this quote! When you style your client’s hair, you are making her ready to face the world.

What bigger motivation could there be?

“If your hair is done properly and you’re wearing good shoes, you can get away with anything.”

– Iris Apfel

Looking good makes you feel confident, and that’s the first step for living life to the fullest. As a hairstylist, you’re personally helping people achieve their dreams.

So, never forget how valuable you are.

“I think that the most important thing a woman can have – next to talent, of course – is her hairdresser.”

– Joan Crawford

All of this praise is enough to make you blush, but hairstylists really are incredibly important to their clients.

But, despite how rewarding being a hairstylist can be, it can also be tough. Being a hair professional means studying hard, working long hours, and spending a whole lot of time on your feet.

So, let’s look at some motivational quotes that will keep you going, even on your busiest days:

Motivational Quotes for Hairstylists

“I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.”

– Estee Lauder

What’s your dream? Graduating cosmetology school? Getting a job in a top salon? Owning your own business?

Whatever your dream may be, hard work is the way to achieve it. So, put your shoulders back and keep your eyes on the prize!

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”

– Stephen King

Stephen King may be an author, but this quote is as true for hairstylists as it is for writers.

There are lots of people out there with talent: it’s what you do with it that counts. So, remember to give 100% every day – you never know what you might achieve!

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“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

– Vidal Sassoon

You heard the great Vidal Sassoon: if you want to be a successful hairstylist, you’re going to have to work for it.

So, believe in yourself and get started. You’ll thank yourself when you achieve all your dreams.

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

– Maya Angelou

To be successful, you need to believe in yourself and your work. So, remember why you chose to be a hairstylist, and give it everything you’ve got!

“The best hairdressers never stop learning.”

– SalonsDirect

This is so true! Ask any top hairstylist and they’ll tell you that hard work alone isn’t enough to be successful; you need to keep learning and developing too.

The good news? Every day brings a new opportunity for self-development. So, whether you are still at school or already working in a salon, make sure you seize every opportunity to grow.

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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

–Aristotle

Sometimes, the old advice is the best advice. And listening to this ancient philosopher can be the difference between getting ahead, and getting stuck in a rut.

Remember, success isn’t a one-off event, it’s the culmination of lots of little acts. So, give 100% each day and get into the habit of success.

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”

–Vince Lombardi

Whether you’re a lawyer, a rockstar, or a hairstylist you can achieve greatness. So, don’t be afraid to dream big and put in the effort to succeed!

“The best way to gain new clients is to focus on the ones you have.”

– SalonsDirect

When you’re building your client list, never underestimate the importance of your existing clients.

Recommendations go a long way, and if you treat your clients well, they become a walking advertisement of your talents.

“A champion is not defined by their wins but how they can recover when they fall.”

–Serena Williams

Bad days happen to us all. But that’s OK, whether you messed up at school, or had a client who wasn’t happy with their cut, what matters most is how you handle failure.

The best hair stylists pick themselves up after a fall and learn from their mistakes. So, brush yourself off and remember, everything is a learning opportunity.

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“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

– Steve Jobs

Putting in the hard work needed for success is easier if you choose a career that you’re passionate about.

If you’re studying to become a hairstylist, you already know you love hair. The rest is easy, just let your passion spur you on!

OK, so that’s enough about hard work. Hairstylists are artists as well as professionals. So, remind yourself of that with the following quotes:

“Remember, it’s not the box or the bottle that does the work, it is the hands and mind using the color that’s key.”

– Rick Wellman

Just like painters and sculptors, hairstylists use their supplies to create a masterpiece.

The only difference? A hairstylist creates art that people carry with them every day. So, next time you dye a client’s hair, remember, your artistic talents made that color happen.

“I think that as good architecture enhances a city, a good cut enhances the definition and expression of a face.”

– Vidal Sassoon

Vidal Sassoon really has a way with words, doesn’t he? But that doesn’t mean he hasn’t got a point.

Hairstylists are artists and their work helps to frame the entire face… it’s quite incredible when you stop and think about it!

“To sculpt a head of hair with scissors is an art form. It’s in pursuit of art.”

– Vidal Sassoon

OK, it’s another Vidal Sassoon quote. But this guy really gets it.

Sometimes, people downplay how creative hairdressing is. They forget that a hairstylist works with the most important canvas in the world: The human body.

If a painter makes a mistake, she can start again. But for a hairstylist, every snip and brushstroke matters.

“You have to have fun with hair. It’s a great accessory, play with it.”

– Serge Normant

But, whilst every snip and brushstroke matters, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have fun with hair.

Let yourself be creative; try new things and leave your clients’ in awe at your skills. You never know what new techniques and styles you might come up with when you allow yourself to enjoy your art.

“It doesn’t matter how many people do what you do. Nobody can do it like you do.”

– SalonsDirect

Always remember that as a hairstylist, nobody can cut, color, and style quite like you. Simply put, you, and your talents are unique!

OK, so that’s a lot of inspiring motivational quotes. But sometimes, the most motivating words poke fun at a situation.

So, here are a couple of memes from people who totally get what being a hairstylist can be like:

Motivational Quotes For Hairstylists

“Raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally victimized by someone who wanted their hair blonder…”

– SalonsDirect

You know you’ll never get your client’s hair from black to platinum in one sitting. You’ve tried to explain why, but they will.not.listen.

Take a deep breath hairstylist, and take comfort from the fact that you’re not alone.

All around the country, hairstylists are having this exact same conversation. Smile and explain again… they’ll thank you later.

“Clients be like…Got room for one more?”

– SalonsDirect

OK clients, we love you, but do you really think turning up right before we close is a good idea?

What? You were just passing and thought you’d ‘pop in’ for a full color? Oh, OK… I guess I’ll just sleep at the salon tonight…

“When you already know a new client has color on their hair…and you’re waiting to see what they say.”

– SalonsDirect

‘So, you’re telling me you haven’t put a box color on your hair? Hmm… OK then.’

It’s a common problem, for some reason some clients insist on hiding the truth.

I mean, maybe they are embarrassed? But if clients tell us the truth, it makes it much easier to help them.  I mean, sure, we might judge a tiny bit, but honestly, we’re professionals!

Remember, despite the occasional annoying situation, being a hairstylist is the best career in the world.

So, whether you are just starting out, or have years of styling experience under your belt, you should be proud of your skills, talent, and hard work!