Sam Bianchini is a 24 year old stylist at Vibe Salon & Medi Spa, Bedford’s favourite full-service salon & medi spa. He took the HDC hair program in 2016 after switching careers as a business student at NSCC. Read about his journey!
When did you decide that you wanted to get into hair styling?
I went to a hair show with my stylist at the time and thought “Woah, this is cool- I want to do this!” I then made the jump and enrolled.
What made you choose the HDC?
I didn’t want to travel far from home (Cape Breton) and HDC was the school that every stylist (I know) went to.
Did you notice a difference in the amount of hands-on work we offer compared to other schools?
I can’t compare, but I can say that I loved the amount of practical training that the school has offered to me.
What were the best & the most challenging parts of your education?
The best for me was that you were being taught by people who had experienced the exact same things you were. Which made for a cool/instant reliability in the way you learned. The most challenging part was getting the confidence in being on the floor.
Are you enjoying your current role?
Yes, I love it.
You do both color and cutting/styling. From a color perspective, what would you say is the most important thing you learned from the HDC programs?
I do both, however I have a real interest for color. Everything is the color wheel/ basic rules of color, understand that and you’ll already be ahead of the game.
Would you say that learning Redken color theory really made hair color in general easier to understand for you?
Yes, the fact that Redken color is premixed regarding pigments (and labeled) made for smoother learning.
Where do you work from mostly?
I work In Bedford at Vibe Salon on the Bedford Highway.
Was there any hesitation or nervousness on your part about pursuing a career in hair?
Oddly none, I’m generally an anxious person but making the decision to pursue a career in hair felt right to me.
What memories do you have of our Hair program?
The friendships that I’ve made that I really believe will last forever. I also loved getting to know the clients at HDC, some of which have been there for years – it was cool to hear their stories. In a way they are your teachers too!
How do you find most people come to the decision to change careers and work the beauty industry?
For me, I was lacking a balance of creativity in my job. Theater became too creative and marketing wasn’t creative enough. This industry is the perfect balance for the creative and the business mind.
What is the biggest challenge you hear from people in this process?
“I won’t make any money” – you absolutely can.
What do people find the most rewarding after making this change?
That every day is different and that most days are fun!
What are the most important things to consider before moving forward?
Be smart financially, and if you’re being smart, take that same jump I did. I haven’t regretted it for a second.
Having done this in your own life, what is the best piece of advice you can give to someone who is thinking of changing careers?
If it’s something you think about doing more than once a week than do it. You spend a good portion of your life at work and life is too short to be unhappy!
Follow Sam on Instagram @GlamWithSamB
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