One of the most confusing aspects of any language is that for one word there are several words that mean the same. But, to make things complicating people prefer to give each word a different connotation. And to increase to the confusion they will then use the words as if there is no defined connotation. This is also applies to the profession of hair grooming. While words like hairdressing, haircutting and hairstyling, all refer to one who is in the profession of hair grooming in its various forms; yet professionals like to give themselves more specific designations.
So, according to their lingo a haircutter or barber is one who only cuts hair. A hairdresser cuts and styles hair and a hairstylist specializes in stylizing services such as hair straightening, perming and coloring. But, by the end of the day it seems to be the hairdresser, who is an all in one specialist, who can take care of anything relating to the hair, except for the trichology and dermatology related issues. In fact, hairdresser is one of the traditional terms used to one into this profession, especially the women. The men are typically known as barbers.
Until over a decade ago there were very few institutes that conducted certificate or diploma courses in the art and craft of dressing up the hair. Most parlors generally let their employees learn on the job. And others who could afford it traveled abroad for specialized courses in this field. Or simply attended workshops conducted by salons from abroad.
However, things began to change when international brands came to India to set up base. The need for qualified and professional personnel became the need while the cosmetic companies started promoting their brands through the innumerable salons. They would conduct regular workshops, so that hairdressers were up to date where the latest international trends are concerned; as well as market hairdressing salon supplies at concessional rates.
Today, apart from national and international cosmetic brands conducting specialized courses in hairdressing and beauty, there are the larger parlors, both international affiliates and domestic ones that run a proper course for prospective professionals in the field, as well as function as hairdressing supplier of certain brands. This, nonetheless, has slowly been bringing in professionalism and organization in this industry. However, there is far more that can be done to improve the present scenario. The courses also guide the students in the various aspects of doing up a parlor, which includes tips on hairdressing furniture.
A lot more people are comfortable visiting a parlor or salon where qualified personnel are employed, as they keep in mind hairdressing safety. As soon as they walk into a salon they first look at the certificates r diplomas put up. If it all seems up to their expectations they then give their crowning glory into the hands of the hairdresser.
However, it needs to be kept in mind that there is something that goes beyond the certificate and reputation. This is the hygiene standard being maintained. And it is for this reason that most salons are particular about the interiors and the cleanliness standards being maintained. But then, for some the new-age great looking parlors may seem enticing for many, but the same old traditional parlor or salon maybe where one wants to go because of the confidence they may have in them.
In order to maintain loyal customers and clients one needs to give a personal touch to their services like a personal hello and how are you; as well as build implicit faith where they feel that the hairdresser or stylist knows them thoroughly, understanding their constant need.