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Career Pathways with Left Coast Salon

At Left Coast Salon, we are proud to offer innovative pathways for hairdressers to join our team and thrive in their careers. Our program is designed to cultivate Wholehearted Hairdressers at any stage of their career who embody our values of excellence, inclusivity, and community service. Here's how our unique career pathways work:

Entry Points for Hairdressers:

  1. The Salon Residency Program for newer professionals (0-4 years)

  2. The Wholehearted Hairdresser’s Master Program for more seasoned professionals with or without clientele (5+ years)

The Salon Residency Program for newer professionals (0-4 years)

The Externship (Optional):

Technical Experience:

  • Cosmetology Externs through 4 Years of Industry Experience

Enrolled in School:​

  • Commitment: 6-12 hours (unpaid, as this phase is part of your educational experience)

  • Objectives: Introduction to salon life in the real world

Assistant Salon Residency(the trial period):

  • Duration: 40 hours total

  • Commitment: ±10 hours per week

  • Compensation: $17/hour

  • Objectives:

    • Onboarding:

      • Assess fit for the organization, community, and learner.

      • Increase awareness of industry and local economic forces.

      • Manage industry pathway expectations.

      • Check overall industry suitability.

    • Training:

      • Host responsibilities

      • Assistant responsibilities

      • Salon operations

      • Basic wash and style

Salon Residency Program: Levels 1-3

  • Duration: 1-2 years

  • Commitment: 12-40 hours per week

  • Compensation: $18-20/hour plus tiered commission scale

  • Perks: Unlimited time off, flexible scheduling, PTO, and holiday pay

  • Objective: Deepen technical skills, client service, and become fully versed in the Wholehearted approach to hairdressing.

Training Program:

  • Technical:

    • The Wash: Basics of hair and scalp care.

    • The Style: Basics of hair manipulation using products, heat, and techniques to achieve various looks on all hair textures and curl patterns.

    • Contextual Hair Design Theory: The Ideal Haircut Experience

    • Color Application Techniques

    • Color Hair Theory: The Ideal Color Quest

    • Barbering

    • Special Occasion Styling

  • Professional:

    • Small Business Education

    • Industry-Specific Economics

    • Personal Brand Development

    • Career Tracking and Mapping

    • Communications and Marketing

  • Personal:

    • Self-Assessments

    • Access to resources for mental health check-ins, basic financial literacy, and quality medical care.

The Wholehearted Hairdresser’s Master Program

  • Onboarding and Trail Period: 2 weeks

  • Duration: 3-12 months

  • Commitment: 12-40 hours per week

  • Compensation: $18-20/hour plus tiered commission scale

  • Perks: Unlimited time off, flexible scheduling, PTO, and holiday pay

  • Objective: Deepen technical skills, client service, and become fully versed in the Wholehearted approach to hairdressing.

Training Program: The same as above but faster-paced with real clients, learning a layered approach to serving your community alongside peers who share your values.

Beyond Training: The Future with Left Coast Salon

We are committed to transparent and equitable business practices and invite all our learners to stay with us through mastery and eventually into philanthropic retirement.

  • 100% Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP)

  • Master Stylist Privileges: Grow into your best stylist self with your best clientele, supported by the LCS team. Enjoy increased commission tiers, assistants, and the opportunity to give back.

  • Leadership Opportunities: Manage, develop, and guide people, processes, logistics, and the quality of our information. Specific roles include Location Management, Operations, and Educator positions.

Joining Our Team

We are looking for individuals who value integrity, sustainability, and humility and aspire to make a difference in our community and beyond. If you're committed to personal, professional, and technical growth, and eager to connect with a community of salon professionals, Left Coast Salon might be the perfect place for you.

To Apply: Please contact us directly at Krististina@leftcoastsalon.com. Together, let’s make the world a better place, one head at a time.

Include your resume, letter of intent, social media professional profile names, cosmetology license status and state of issuance, and potential start date and availability.

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