Why We Wear Black

Why We Wear Black

Yes, we wear black. Everyday. Yes, because it looks great on everyone, but there’s more behind the why. Admissions Counselor, Laura, shared with us the reasons majority of beauty professionals wear black and why we, Aveda Institute Madison, wear it too.

Why Do We Wear Black in the Beauty Industry?

“I’ve been in the industry long enough that everything I own is centered around the beauty industry’s all-black requirement—but why is this the norm?”

Black is In All Season Long

“First and foremost, the color is universally flattering and season-neutral. The industry is all about appearance, and black is slimming, always matches itself, and is always a chic way to go.”

You’ve heard the saying, “Blank is the new black!” but for the beauty industry, black never goes out of style. Whether you’re going to school or working in a salon, it’s easy to integrate into the uniform when the dressed code is black. Most people don’t have to run out a buy a whole new wardrobe if they’ve been in the field long enough! If you don’t have a lot of black or are new to the industry, get ready to fill your wardrobe with darkness.

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Wardrobe Flexibility

Everything goes with black. That includes accessories, hair colors, makeup looks, and more. Stylists and other creative beauty professionals love to be able to spice up the everyday. With a neutral color like black, each person can bring in their own sense of style with hair clips, beautiful bangles, or even a chic belt.

“It [] allows for the general appearance of a uniform for the staff, but has room for personal style and basic flexibility.”

People who wear all black together stick together! Being unified is important in any team setting. This helps the team feel and look like they are all on the same page.

It’s All About the Client

Along the same lines of being united and uniform, it allows stylist to take a step back from the spotlight.

“Most importantly, black is a neutral color. It allows the attention to be on the hair and makeup of the guest, not the stylist. Black won’t reflect unnatural or weird tones on freshly-colored hair, and it provides a plain background for checking a cut. It doesn’t detract from the service at all, so the client knows they love their new look.”

It’s important that the service is focused on the client. If you’re wearing neon orange, a fresh blonde babe might feel a little uneasy seeing your shirt next to her hair. Black is the perfect backdrop to any hair color, makeup look, or style!

Stains Are Afraid of Black

“It [black] is also a difficult color to stain. Hair stylists, makeup artists, and estheticians are working with liquids and chemicals all day, every day. Wearing a white or light shirt plus these daily work conditions would surely lead to stains and color splotches on every. single. shirt. Annoying. Black shirts can get stained every day and never show the errors, and bleach spots can be colored in with a black Sharpie, and no one would ever know the difference.”

Yup! We have hacks to save our clothing! When we’re in a pinch, we always have permanent marks on hand. Your mom might carry a Tide Pen in her purse to remove stains, but with black as your staple wardrobe color, you need a marker to fix your oopsies!

Why We Wear Black

“I’m going to estimate that 85% of my entire wardrobe is black. I’ll be at the mall looking for new clothes, and I disregard anything that isn’t black because what’s the point in buying it if I can’t wear it to work?” Laura joked. Though she isn’t working out on the floor, she wears black to work at Aveda Institute Madison every day!

“My friends mock me for looking “funeral-ready” at all times, but I only realize how intense I look when I’m spending time outside of work surrounded by summer florals and colors like coral, teal, and pink.”

At Aveda Institute Madison, we chose to make black our uniform because we are training our students to become professionals in the industry. If the industry standard is upheld to wearing all black, you better believe our students will be exposed to the standard set. Also, because of the reasons listed above, our students can reap the benefits of wearing all black. Whether they’re a master shirt-stainer or love a neutral palette, our students can enjoy adding a bit of personality to their dark wardrobe.

A-Ha! Or Blah?

Wearing all black may seem like a boring or unimaginative way to go at first, but everyone in the industry starts to see it as a creative challenge rather than a burden. You can mix black fabrics, layer your black pieces, and find black shoes and accessories to add a punch to the look. The most colorful personalities wear all black, so wear your all-black outfits with pride!

Stay inspired with the pics below to take your salon wardrobe out on the town.

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Your All Black Wardrobe Just Became an Asset

If you’re already rocking an all black wardrobe, your transition to beauty would be easy! If you have a love of black clothing, hair, makeup, and skincare, consider a beauty education. Click here to learn more about the world of beauty and our programs.