A hairstylist is someone who shampoos, cuts, colors and styles men and women's hair. He is also trained to discuss scalp and hair issues, cut and style wigs, and remove unwanted hair.
Nearly all hairstylists are qualified to cut, style, color and perm men and women's hair. There are some specialty services, such as Keratin treatments and Brazilian blowouts, that some hairstylists may not be certified to perform. A small percentage of hairstylists work the glamorous job of styling hair for movie stars and models.
Most hairstylists work out of a salon or barber shop. A sizable percentage of stylists own their own businesses, either working out of their homes or renting space from salons or spas. A cosmetology license is needed to work as a hairstylist, and the requirements for that license can vary greatly depending on the state and local laws. There are some stylists that do nails and skincare as well.
During a hairstyling service, a stylist must determine the look the client wants, execute that look and offer styling advice, often with advice on home care products. A hairstylist is also likely to answer phones, book appointments, greet clients, check out clients, clean and sanitize his work space, sweep the floors, launder towels and receive payments.