A Hairstylist Independent Contractor Agreement is a legally binding contract between the stylist and a company. Most stylists are not employees but act as independent contractors with a salon. They obtain their own clients, pay a fee for their station, and pay their own taxes. Salon companies usually provide the equipment and space for a percentage of hairstylists’ sales.
- Establishes the percentage of your sales you owe to the salon.
- Sets what equipment and space the salon will provide.
- Addresses any additional fees or financial requirements of your independent contractor status.
- Addresses liability for the hairstylist.
- Creates clear expectations between the parties.
- Creates an enforceable and binding contract if either party breaches the agreement.
What Is a Hairstylist?
A hairstylist is a beauty professional specializing in cutting, treating, and fashioning a person’s hair. They also consult with men and women on how to wear their hair and address basic hair health needs. Hairstylists must have good social skills. They handle highly subjective client requests and must converse well as they cut and style hair.
Most hairstylists must have a high school diploma or complete the General Educational Development (GED) test. They must also attend and graduate from cosmetology school and receive a license. Hairstylists are often licensed to perform multiple cosmetology services in addition to styling hair. Most states require separate cosmetology and barber requirements, which may apply to the hairstylist.
Hairstylists offer clients a variety of services, including many of the following:
- Consulting with them about style options
- Listening to and addressing their needs based on their preferences
- Providing advice on hair care products and how to style their hair
- Shampooing, cutting, and trimming their hair
- Coloring, tinting, or highlighting their hair
- Performing pedicures, manicures, waxing, or facial services
- Staying current on hairstyles and trends and offering suggestions based on them
Salary & Hourly Rate
A hairstylist’s salary or hourly rate can vary widely. Those with more experience may be more marketable and work for higher-end salons. Those with unique talents or advanced training may be compensated accordingly. Geographical location can also significantly affect pay, with bigger cities often offering more compensation for stylists.
According to the US Bureau of Labor & Statistics, hairstylists typically make an average of $14.27 per hour and $29,680 per year. However, this figure includes cosmetologists and barbers, who often earn less than successful salon hairstylists.
Below, you can download a sample hairstylist independent contractor agreement in Word or PDF format: