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Career and Education Opportunities for Assistant Hairstylists in Houston, Texas

If you want to be an assistant hairstylist, the Houston, Texas area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. About 1,750 people are currently employed as assistant hairstylists in Texas. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 20% to about 2,100 people employed. This is better than the national trend for assistant hairstylists, which sees this job pool growing by about 14.6% over the next eight years. In general, assistant hairstylists shampoo and rinse customers' hair.

Income for assistant hairstylists is about $7 per hour or $15,200 per year on average in Texas. Nationally, their income is about $8 hourly or $17,300 per year. Incomes for assistant hairstylists are not quite as good as in the overall category of Personal Care in Texas, and not quite as good as the overall Personal Care category nationally.

There are eighty-one schools of higher education in the Houston area, including one within twenty-five miles of Houston where you can get a degree to start your career as an assistant hairstylist. Assistant hairstylists usually hold a post-secondary certificate, so you can expect to spend a short time studying to be an assistant hairstylist if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Assistant Hairstylist

Assistant Hairstylist video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, assistant hairstylists shampoo and rinse customers' hair.

Every day, assistant hairstylists are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they speak clearly.

It is important for assistant hairstylists to advise customers with chronic or potentially contagious scalp conditions to seek medical treatment. They are often called upon to treat scalp conditions and hair loss, using specialized lotions or equipment such as infrared lamps or vibrating equipment. They also take care of treatment records. Somewhat less frequently, assistant hairstylists are also expected to massage and condition patron's hair and scalp to wash them and remove excess oil.

and massage and condition patron's hair and scalp to wash them and remove excess oil. And finally, they sometimes have to advise customers with chronic or potentially contagious scalp conditions to seek medical treatment.

Like many other jobs, assistant hairstylists must have strong self control in the face of challenging situations and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Houston include:

  • Barber. Provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.
  • Hairdresser. Provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May also apply makeup, dress wigs, perform hair removal, and provide nail and skin care services.
  • Makeup Artist. Apply makeup to performers to reflect period, setting, and situation of their role.
  • Manicurist. Clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails. May polish or decorate nails.
  • Skin Care Specialist. Provide skin care treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Assistant Hairstylist Training

Jay's Technical Institute - Houston, TX

Jay's Technical Institute, 9000 West Bellfort, Suite 110, Houston, TX 77031. Jay's Technical Institute is a small school located in Houston, Texas. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 160 students. Jay's Technical Institute has a less than one year program in Hair Styling/Stylist and Hair Design.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas
Houston, Texas photo by Hequals2henry

Houston is located in Harris County, Texas. It has a population of over 2,242,193, which has grown by 14.8% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Houston, 89, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Houston are valued at $173,500 on average, which is near the state average. In 2008, 3,684 new homes were constructed in Houston, down from 6,035 the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Houston are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, professional, scientific, and technical services, and administrative and support and waste management services. The average commute to work is about 27 minutes. More than 27.0% of Houston residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 9.7%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Houston is 8.0%, which is less than Texas's average of 8.1%.

The percentage of Houston residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 50.4%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. El Buen Pastor United Methodist Church, 34th Temple Church of God in Christ and Pentecostal Church of God in Christ are some of the churches located in Houston. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the United Methodist Church.

Houston is home to the Champion Rod and Gun Club and the Independence Heights Residential Historic District as well as Hermann Park and Hennessey Park. Shopping centers in the area include Windsor Plaza Shopping Center, Meyerland Plaza Shopping Center and Meyerland Shopping Center. Visitors to Houston can choose from Capital Inn, Bradford Homesuites - Houston Galleria and Best Western Fountainview Inn and Suites for temporary stays in the area.