I worked in the hair industry for several years and made some observations about male hair stylists.
There is no difference between the general quality of work performed by gay males and all the female stylists.
There IS a difference when the male stylist is straight.
A straight man who will go through beauty school and get into a female dominated profession where it will often be assumed he may likely not be straight is one who really must LOVE hair and must already know they have some kind of talent brewing inside them to do this kind of work. They see it as much more of a profession than some of the women I've seen who go through beauty school because they don't know what else to do with their lives.
There were many great female stylists in my territory.. very professional, very precise and extremely talented and creative. But when you looked at them in proportion to the number of female stylists, they were few and far between.
Of the very few straight men who were in the business, most were extremely successful and talented. Yes, they had the charisma to charm and get lots of clients, but they were also competing on national levels in competitions. They love their work and love creating their 'art'.
Maybe my assumptions of why straight men might make better styists is wrong, but I do think that there IS something about them that beats out the average female stylists. Like I said, there ARE female stylist that are fantastic, but when looked at as an average, the girls have too many sub-par ones that drag the whole bunch down.
Last edited by SusieSuze; 04-10-2012 at 11:54 PM.