Over the years your parents and teachers may have taught you to live by the “Golden Rule”: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The Golden Rule may have been your first introduction to a code of ethical conduct. As you grow older, you begin defining and learning what is good or bad, right or wrong, according to the rules of society, As your personality develops. you establish your own personal system of moral principles and values. which become known as your personal ethics.

Your personal ethics, how you live your life, and demonstrate your positive values and beliefs. Such as honesty and fairness, carry over into your profession as you apply them to your working environment and relationships. Professional ethics deal with proper conduct in relationships with your employer, co-workers, and clients.

Most professions have associations that establish a “Code of Professional Ethics” for their individual members. It is important for you to familiarize yourself with the Cosmetology Code of Ethics in your area. Adherence to a professional code of ethics reflects your personal integrity. These codes are designed not only to protect the public and guarantee that they will be treated honestly and fairly but also to help you build confidence and increase your clientele.

Some of the responsibilities and work ethics that will help you gain respect and build solid professional relationships with your clients and co-workers are listed on the sample “Professional Code of Ethics.”

Professional code of Ethics

Show respect for the feelings and rights of others. Remember the Golden Rule.

Be fair and courteous to your co-workers. Don’t attempt to win clients away from your fellow stylists.

Be fair and courteous to your clients. Be consistent in pricing your services. Don’t show favoritism to certain clients.

Always be eager to learn new methods and techniques. Attend educational programs that provide updated information or help you to improve your skills.

Represent yourself, your services, and products honestly to the public. Do not advertise a service that you cannot perform.

Set a good example of good conduct and good behavior. Always cherish a good reputation. It will carry you a long way.

Be loyal to your employer and co-workers. A successful salon will aid in your success.

Keep your word and fulfill your obligations. Never break the confidence entrusted to you by a client or co-worker.

Practice only the highest standards of infection control as provided by your regulating agency laws. Keep your work area and tools spotlessly clean.

Believe in and be proud of your profession, just as you believe in yourself!

Commitment to Excellence

Invest in yourself! Learn everything you can in school. Take an active part in school activities. Take advantage of advanced education and seminars, After graduation, continue to invest in your education by attending seminars, shows, and workshops. Keep pace with what’s happening in the industry. Become known for your willingness to share your knowledge and your enthusiasm for the beauty industry. There is no limit to the success you can achieve if you are willing to invest the time and energy success demands of the true professional.