What is the apprentice program?

The Gene Juarez Salon Apprentice program is a:
three month

skill-building program for any cosmetologist looking to grow.  

Our program focuses on advanced techniques in design and color, best practices for guest services, building a clientele, and gaining confidence.

Upon completion of the program, apprentices graduate to floor artist with placement at their preferred salon.

How will I be paid?

Salon apprentices are paid a competitive hourly rate plus product commission and gratuity from models and in-salon guests.  

Upon completion of the program, apprentices are paid on commission with an hourly guarantee while building business. Our floor artists earn commission increases twice per year, with up to 4% increases annually based on a set of four achievable goals.

What does training look like?

Our program runs between 9 and 12 weeks for the first path (design or color) on a Friday - Tuesday schedule. Apprentices will work in their future home salon for three days per week apprenticing and taking New Talent services (when ready), and have two hands-on training days in a salon close to their home salon.

All employees begin with an immersive onboarding week, followed by blow dry and color spectrum classes.

After this foundational training, apprentices spend 8-9 weeks:

- taking advanced training classes (2 days/week)
- apprenticing with premier artists in their home salon (3 days/week)
- learning guest service and business building best practices
- building dexterity and consultation practices to support best-in-class salon services
- serving guests in salon under the guidance of a mentor to build confidence

Apprentices will choose to focus on design or color first. Those who do not wish to specialize may then complete cross-training in the other concentration while working as a floor artist. After completing both programs, a Gene Juarez artist may work as a stylist offering both design and color services.

Do I have to sign a contract?

Short answer: No

Our hope is that you LOVE working with our team; we do our best to support you in your professional development and we hope you are part of our family for years to come!

We don’t make you sign anything preventing or penalizing choosing a different opportunity if you discover Gene Juarez isn’t the best fit for you.

We will need your autograph for employment paperwork that is pretty standard for most companies. This includes things like protecting confidential company information, committing to follow company policies, not working another job at the same time that would cause a conflict of interest, and agreeing to not directly solicit Gene Juarez guests or employees should you choose to pursue a different opportunity in the future.

What if I'm still in school?

For students who are approaching graduation, we are thrilled  you are considering GJ to kickstart your career! We would love to talk to you to see if the program could be a good fit.

From a legal standpoint, you do need to have an active WA state cosmetology or hair design license to start in a stylist position with us (or anywhere else in the hair world), so your start date may be contingent upon your exam dates, passing your exams, and estimated processing time.

How do I learn more?

Ready to learn more?  Complete an apprentice application through our careers page, or contact us at careers@genejuarez.com