Stylist Levels

Although all Stylists begin as qualified, licensed professionals, Virtue nurtures the talent of our Stylists through continued education. Stylists at Virtue refine their abilities and develop new skills every day. Because of the varying degrees of experience and expertise, Virtue offers options to guests with Stylist Levels.



All hair color prices vary depending on length of hair, short, medium or long.  Short hair is considered to be at a length above the shoulders.  Medium hair is at the shoulders or within two inches of the shoulders.  Long hair is more than two inches below the shoulders.  Stylists will evaluate each guest and explain the process and price during the consultation.  

Apprentice Stylist

Many of our Apprentices join Virtue immediately upon graduating from a cosmetology school and earning their license. Over the course of six months, we teach each Apprentice Virtue’s methods that ensure a well-rounded practice, which begins a path to extreme expertise. When you schedule a reservation with an Apprentice, trust that they are all qualified. During your visit, you will notice that the Apprentice Stylists actively engage with higher-level Stylists who review the process and provide feedback.

Level 1 Stylist

As Stylists transition out of the apprentice phase, they become a Prodigy Stylist. At this point, they’ve attained a minimum of six months of salon experience and received six months of in-house certification. They’re building regular guests and pushing themselves to learn more, as they progress to the next level. When a Prodigy Stylist does your hair, expect someone who has a strong, refined grasp on styling hair; should they need assistance, they will not be afraid to work with our Team and ask another Stylist for input.

Level 2 Stylist

Designer Stylists refined their technical skill to an extreme expertise. Not only do they have over two years of salon experience and in-house certifications, they also have received further education from agencies such as Paul Mitchell, Vidal Sassoon and Toni & Guy. At this level, Designer Stylists work without guidance, have a stronger guest base, and continue to learn more.  Scheduling with a Designer Stylist means sitting in a chair of someone who works independently and understands complex styles.

Level 3 Stylist

Typically, Artist Stylists have over three years of experience. When a Stylist advances to this level, they have earned several certifications, received additional training and education, and provide a productivity level that is higher than all other levels. These efficient Artist Stylists are at the top of their game and continue to move forward. They know hairstyling inside and out, from the essentials to ever-changing trends. Learning more as a stylist and growing is now ingrained in these Stylists.

Level 4 Stylist

When you schedule with a Director Stylist, you are scheduling with an expert. Their certification levels are higher and they have over 4 years of experience at Virtue Salon. To be a Director Stylist, it also means they’ve passed a final internal test, an editorial photo shoot. Completing this photo shoot conveys that they’ve mastered their skills and maintained knowledge of trends. And even though they’re highly experienced, they still seek further education to keep their skills sharp.