Perhaps you are a practicing hairdresser or cosmetologist. Maybe you are working at a beauty salon or spa, with individual clients. Now you are wondering what you can do to take your career to the next level. If you are ambitious and hard working, and enjoy the business end of the beauty industry, you may want to consider preparing for a career in spa or salon management in Hawaii.
Spa and salon managements put you in charge of running a spa or salon, and making sure the business and everyone working in it thrives, and that the spa or salon continues to thrive and to grow.
A typical spa and salon management certificate program lasts between 6 and 12 months, and earns you between 15 and 30 credits. You dont need a specific license to work as a spa or salon manager, but most people who go into the field are already licensed in an area of the beauty industry: cosmetology, aesthetician, hairdressing, skin care specialist, etc. You may need to be licensed, because, as manager, sometimes a staff member will be absent and you may need to fill in for him or her in providing services to a client.
Most schools of cosmetology offer programs in spa and salon management, leading to a certificate. Also, some community colleges may offer a two year associates degree program in the field. Regardless of where you go to study spa and salon management, most of the focus of your coursework will be on the business skills you need to develop to manage a spa or salon successfully. That means you will study finance, marketing and advertising, hiring and managing staff, safety compliance and other local laws that apply to the beauty industry in Hawaii, and more.
While you may not need a specific license to become a salon manager in Hawaii, we think you should consider getting a cosmetology license to become fully qualified. Your customers and employers will have more confidence in your ability if you have the knowledge and skills to provide the services you are selling, and manage the people you hire. How else could you understand their concerns, or help out in a pinch? If you earn your cosmetology license in Hawaii to become a salon manager, you will need to renew by March 31st in even-numbered years. The fee is $100.
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists practicing in the state of Hawaii earned an average salary of $29,500 in 2013, the last year for which statistics are available, according to O*Net. As manager, you stand to earn a considerably higher income as you will have greater responsibility than individual practitioners. Qualified managers are always in demand in the industry, so your newly developed skills should be very marketable right out of school and beyond.
Working as a spa or salon manager is a full time job, and then some! You may be the first one into the salon in the morning, to open the salon, and you may be the last one to leave at night. In between, you will divide your time between working in the office, away from client care, and being on the floor. When you are in the office, you will be paying bills, sending out invoices, and managing other financial aspects of the business. You will need to order supplies and check on inventory. You may be interviewing a potential staff member, or managing a staff member who presents an issue. Out on the floor, you will want to check that everything is running smoothly, staff is working efficiently and effectively, and that clients are satisfied with the services they are receiving. You will want to make sure that the salon is kept clean and tidy at all times. You may need to fill in for a stylist who is absent on a particular day. Or you may spend time at the front desk, accepting payments and making appointments. All in all, your day will be busy, your responsibilities heavy, but your potential reward, great.
Hawaii Board of Barbering & Cosmetology
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
Fax Number: 808-586-3031
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hawaii State Board of Cosmetology can help answer additional questions about obtaining a Hawaii state cosmetology license.
Hawaii has no shortage of sterling beauty salons and that number is expected
to rise in the next two years. For those looking to be a part of that increase
and engage in management training, these resources are vital.
Hawaii Department of Professional and Vocational Licensing - Cosmetology
Professional Beauty Association
Associated Hair Professionals