Los Angeles-based hairdressers, which employ about 3,000 people, are increasingly wary of the job because of the costs and pressure they are under, according to a survey by the Association of Hairdressers and Allied Trades.
The survey by H&B & Beauty, an industry group, found that tipping points for tipping employees rose from just over 40 percent in 2015 to 52 percent last year.
The group also found that many of the jobs in the salon industry have grown more expensive, with a quarter of respondents paying more for a haircut than they would for an appointment.
“I’m worried about being out of work,” said one stylist, who asked not to be identified.
“I just can’t afford it anymore.”
The survey also found more women are choosing to work in the beauty industry over salons.
In a 2015 survey by The Associated Press, more than a quarter said they had considered leaving beauty work for other professions or careers.
But those who have stayed put, such as hair stylists, said they would like to continue to work.
“If you’re a female, you’re the new king of the beauty profession, and if you’re not a female you’re just not going to be around,” said the stylist.
“There’s not much else out there.”
The association surveyed more than 1,000 salon workers last year and found that the industry’s tipping points have varied from a high of 45 percent in 2008 to 30 percent last decade.
Hairdresser Michelle Wasserle said she is confident in her own abilities and has no plans to quit her job anytime soon.
“My goal is to be the best, so if that means taking a couple of months off, I’m definitely going to do that,” Wasserel said.
“But I think it’s important to understand the realities and the challenges.”