02 Jan Life After HDC: Angeline Francis
Angeline Francis is a 45 year old Hair Stylist at the Spryfield Head Shoppe. She took the Hair Design course at the HDC where she graduated in 1994. Read about her journey!
What’s your favourite thing about doing hair?
The people are my absolute favorite part of doing hair.
How does hairstyling fill your cup?
I am a natural giver and nurturer. So, doing hair lets me help make people feel good and look great.
Why do you do what you do?
I do what I do because I love taking care of people whether it’s a client, a new stylist or any member of the team.
What is the best part about your job?
The best part of my career is the people I get to meet – my clients and the people that I get to work with.
Tell me about your career path?
So my career path started at the HDC 25 years ago. After I graduated, I did six months at a salon that wasn’t within the Salon Resource Group umbrella. Then I started with the Spryfield Head Shoppe and I’ve been there for 24 years. In 2015, I went back to the HDC to become a makeup artist. I’m going to soon become Redken Color Certified and hopefully take Train the Trainer and my end goal is to teach for the rest of my career.
Where do you work from mostly?
I work from the Spryfield Head Shoppe and am behind my chair 36 hours a week.
Describe a typical day in your role at the Spryfield Head Shoppe for us.
A typical day for me in the salon is an eight- or ten-hour shift. I generally arrive about 15 minutes prior to my shift and just go. I’m usually 100% booked and double-booked. I just work hard with a big smile.
Would you say you have a specialty? Or signature?
I would say I specialize in short women’s styles, specifically by making them feminine.
If you could name something as a career highlight so far, what would it be?
I feel I have many highlights of my career. Becoming a mentor, winning the 2011 Cuts Competition (first competition I’ve ever completed), receiving my 15 and 20 years of service rings, teaching classes and going back to school for makeup artistry.
What are some goals you have for yourself?
I try to have lots of goals either personal regarding my health and finances or professional. Whether it’s my day-to-day goals of service and retail in the salon, or to try and step up my social media game, I always keep them in the back of my mind.
What are the 3 most important skills you need to do your job?
The three bits of advice that I would give to future stylists is to develop your people skills, your ability to talk to people without judgement and with sincerity/integrity and constantly continue education to help build your skills behind your chair and in your room.
How did you build your clientele?
I built my clientele from pre-booking and offering them services. I think just having lots of integrity and loving what I do and wanting my clients to love what they see also helped me.
When did you decide that you wanted to get into hairstyling?
I decided I wanted to get into hair about a year-and-a-half after I graduated from high school.
Are you happy with your current income?
I’m quite pleased with my current income.
Do you feel you have had job security? If so, why?
I feel very secure in my job. I mean being with the same company for 25 years if I don’t feel secure when am I ever going to feel secure?
How do you find your schedule? From what we know, hairstylists can work some crazy long hours. How do you deal?
I have a great schedule. I can change it at any time depending on what I need in my life or for my children.
Do you have an Instagram strategy?
I don’t have an Instagram strategy yet because I’m still trying to learn exactly how to best utilize social media. This gave me the push to attend one of our social media classes in the future.
Where do you get your inspo?
What inspires me is my daughters, they inspire me to be the best woman I can be whether it’s at work or at home.
When you aren’t doing hair, you’re. . .?
If I’m not doing hair at the Spryfield Head Shoppe you’ll probably find me spending time with my friends and my daughters. Or I might be teaching a class or prepping to teach one.
If you could be anywhere, doing anything, where would it be?
I love the life I have, so I think this is what I would be doing. Maybe I’d have a few more southern vacations.
What made you choose the HDC?
When I decided to go to the HDC I was working in the Bayers Road Shopping Center and the HDC was just downstairs. A friend of mine thought that it would be cool to get into and I thought sure why not at least I’ll have a trade and I’ll be able to do my families hair!
What memories do you have of our Hair program?
Making some great friends, meeting some great clients and enjoying it a lot more than I was expecting.
Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about getting into hairstyling?
Advice that I would give to up and coming stylists is always continue your education. You know what, Salon Resource Group is an amazing company to stick with. Never giving up is hard work but if you stick with it, it’s an amazing career.
Your mantra is ?
My Mantra would probably have to be you got this – you can do it and laugh often love, deeply and live simply.
Follow Angeline on Instagram @angelinefrancis
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