Hairbrained How-To: Setting and Achieving Your Goals

Setting goals as a craft hairdresser can be a tricky endeavor, but – like any other field – if you want to rise to the top, you have to have a strategy. Sometimes a simple plan of attack is the best approach – and nobody knows this better than Randy Taylor, Hairbrained Co-Founder. Here, get Randy’s quick-tips for setting and reaching your goals, so you can get where you want to be – now.

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Step 1: Identify your goal. Writing down goals can help remind you of what you’re trying to achieve, but creating a ‘vision board’ might be more effective. For example: If you aim to be an editorial stylist, clip images from artists that you admire. In this way, you can keep your goal in your line of sight, at all times.


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Step 2: Spread the word. Don’t keep your goals to yourself! Instead, tell your friends, family and colleagues about your career-related aspirations. This will help with accountability – and while it might be uncomfortable to share your setbacks – you’ll enjoy positive encouragement along the way, too.

Step 3: Set milestones. According to Randy, “the quickest way to success is a straight line” – but that doesn’t mean that you should try to accomplish big goals all at once. Perhaps you want to reach a certain level of productivity within the salon; but you shouldn’t expect to reach your goal overnight. Instead, set small and achievable milestone-markers.

Step 4: Give yourself a deadline. What does this mean, you ask? Give yourself a tangible deadline. For example, if you aspire to educate, tell yourself that you’ll be working either with a company or independently by a certain date – and make it happen.

Step 5: Be realistic. Don’t be afraid to dream big – but don’t set yourself up for failure by setting unattainable (or unlikely) goals

Step 6: Commit to it. Be whole-heartedly committed to your future – and to yourself. Sometimes that means committing and re-committing when you experience set backs, but don’t let that deter you. Your success depends on you.

As you work to achieve your goals, remember: “Having clear intentions, staying focused on the life you want, plus being open minded, is a recipe for success,” finishes Randy.


Founded by two like-minded hairdressers: Photographer and hairdresser, Randy Taylor, plus world-renowned educator and platform artist, Gerard Scarpaci. Both share a deep love for the industries professionals, and the craft alike. @hairbrained_official