Even if it’s not on your radar, celestial divination has a long history. Western horoscopic astrology traces all the way back to Mesopotamia in the second millennium BCE. True, these ancient peoples didn’t have weather apps, traffic reports, or predictive AI — but modern studies now back their insights. Curiously, scientists have proven that birth season can affect your disposition based on factors like maternal nutrition and sunlight exposure.
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What's Your Sign? Let Your Horoscope Guide Your Future in the Salon Industry
Is your destiny written in the stars? When it comes to who writes your paychecks, we think so. Here’s how to find a stylist gig that feels like more than a job.
Wherever you fall on the spectrum of believer to skeptic, it’s impossible to deny that astrology is having a moment. And sure, it gives you something fun to chat about with clients, but it also offers a framework for introspection. That moment where you say “that’s sooo me,” or, heck, “that’s NOTHING like me,” can be the impetus for productive reflection.
When it comes to finding your ideal salon environment, we say let “know thyself” be your maxim. Keep reading to learn what the stars say about you.
Astrology: A crash course
First let’s get you oriented with your chart. If you’re brand new to astrology, we recommend using Chani Nicholas’ birth chart calculator. Here we’ll limit our discussion to your Sun and Moon signs.
Your Sun sign is the one you’re most likely already familiar with. It corresponds to your season of birth and represents your core self. The Sun also suggests how you find inspiration and bring light to the world. The Sun is also the ruling planet of Leo, a sign known for its flash and passion.
♈ Aries: March 21–April 19
♉ Taurus: April 20–May 20
♊ Gemini: May 21–June 21
♋ Cancer: June 22–July 22
♌ Leo: July 23–August 22
♍ Virgo: August 23–September 22
♎ Libra: September 23–October 23
♏ Scorpio: October 24–November 21
♐ Sagittarius: November 22–December 21
♑ Capricorn: December 22–January 19
♒ Aquarius: January 20–February 18
♓ Pisces: February 19–March 20
The Moon relates to the tides and cycles of nature. In astrology, it’s emblematic of one’s emotional reality and bodily health. The Moon changes sign every 2.5 days, so you’ll need to refer to your exact birthday and year, rather than the season. Look to your Moon to understand how you process feelings, seek comfort, and practice self-care. The Moon is the ruling planet of Cancer, the first water sign in the Zodiac, known for its nurturing spirit.
The Sun: What lights you up
Your Sun sign is a useful compass for identifying the salon environment that will inspire you most. Do you need creative freedom, the spark of innovation, or camaraderie to do your best work? Scroll to your Sun sign to get our take.
Aries Sun: As the first sign in the Zodiac, Aries is loud and proud. For you, it’s crucial to find a salon that allows you to reinvent the rules a little. Make sure you jive with the owner so you have the freedom to thrive.
Taurus Sun: Taurus is grounded and earthy. You’re at your best when sharing your tactile gifts, so choose a salon that includes services like scalp massages on the menu. You’re home where the clientele shares your pragmatic, comfort-first attitude.
Gemini Sun: As an air sign, Gemini is a lover of intellect and hot gossip. The environment that inspires you most is likely to be on the cutting edge — perhaps they invest in the best tech, style celebrities, or even host an industry podcast.
Cancer Sun: Cancer gravitates towards home and hearth. You’ll be most inspired in a salon environment that lets you nurture clients (in addition to making them look fabulous). Look for a shop with welcoming accoutrements — perhaps a station to brew tea and coffee for clients.
Leo Sun: Leo loves to take center stage. Score a position as a lead stylist (or find a gig with growth potential) to set yourself up for success. In this role, others will look to you for creative inspiration and leadership. While you work your way up, be sure to invest in your social media rep ;).
Virgo Sun: Virgos are the witches of the Zodiac, but they also relish precision. Pick a salon that shares your exacting enthusiasm — perhaps a shop that offers sophisticated software to help you concoct custom color formulas.
Libra Sun: For Libra, balance is the name of the game. Choose a salon with a system in place to ensure a well-balanced schedule. Some tech platforms auto-optimize to eliminate appointment gaps, making it that much easier to balance your home and work life.
Scorpio Sun: Scorpios love to go against the grain. They embrace taboos (and tattoos) and thrive in salons with a bit of edge. A salon that doubles as a music venue or occult bookshop will be right up your alley, and attract your favorite kind of clientele.
Sagittarius Sun: Sagittarius is the consummate philosopher and adventurer. You’ll need an environment where every day offers something unexpected. A salon in an urban area that attracts a global clientele with varying tastes will bring out the best in you.
Capricorn Sun: Capricorn likes structure. You’ll know you’ve found your home base in a salon with organized, consistent stations and a polished product shelf. Let nothing distract you from the task at hand — helping your clients look and feel beautiful.
Aquarius Sun: Aquarius matches conviction with an incisive intellect. As an air sign, you’ll thrive in a salon that aligns with your philosophical beliefs (perhaps it specializes in LGBTQIA+ hair care or offers gender-neutral pricing).
Pisces Sun: Pisces live for the poetry of it all. You’ll do your best work in an environment that feels vibrant and beautiful. Salons with plush seating and ample plant life will help you settle into your sweet spot.
The Moon: What brings you comfort
Find an environment that matches your Moon, and you’ll feel at home every time you walk in the door. Here’s what you need to feel comfortable at work, according to your moon sign.
Aries Moon: Aries Moons have big personalities. You’ll feel safe and comfortable in an environment that respects your unique identity. For starters, choose a salon that clearly lists stylist pronouns on its scheduling page.
Taurus Moon: Taurus is a hardworking sign. But the bull also knows when it’s time to rest, and even indulge a little. A salon that offers a stable salary on top of commissions will make a Taurus Moon feel secure in their position. Seasonable bonuses are, well, a bonus — and an excuse to buy yourself a treat.
Gemini Moon: Gemini Moons are big on community. If the gang at work jives inside and outside of the salon, you know you’re in the right place. Test the waters by asking a colleague (or three!) to join you for an extracurricular activity like a happy hour, beach day, or clothing swap.
Cancer Moon: Cancer Moons wants to feel held, but never coddled. Your ideal salon environment will include fulfilling relationships based on mutual respect. Look for an owner or lead stylist with a supportive and nurturing mentorship style.
Leo Moon: Leo Moons feel safe when they have room to express themselves. Your ideal salon will have a no-dress-code policy; bright hair and makeup and face gems should also be fair game. If a shop is too buttoned up or the clientele is stodgy, run for the hills.
Virgo Moon: Virgo Moons feel safest where there is peace and order. Working alongside a hectic and messy stylist will, quite frankly, drive you nuts. Look for a salon filled with kindred spirits (and feel free to judge the window displays).
Libra Moon: Libra is the peacemaker of the Zodiac. Because of their tendency to get caught in the middle of staff drama, Libra Moons should avoid salons with toxic relationship dynamics. In the interview, ask about stylist turnover rate to get a sense of the politics.
Scorpio Moon: You may be in the beauty industry, but you’re hardly superficial. Scorpio Moons should choose a salon where their art is taken seriously. That means craft comes above politics, drama, and social media followings. Look for a salon filled with stylists that share your creative passion.
Sagittarius Moon: For Sagittarius Moons, “don’t fence me in” is a doctrine to live by. A laundry list of rules and regulations will soon feel oppressive. You’ll actually feel most secure in a dynamic environment that serves as a hotbed for innovation.
Capricorn Moon: As a Capricorn Moon, you’ll feel secure in a salon environment that shares your no-frills pragmatism. Get clear on the rules from the word go and turn your ambitious spirit towards banking that commission.
Aquarius Moon: What does an Aquarius Moon need to feel comfortable and safe? The freedom to speak their mind. You will not tolerate censorship in any form. Seek a salon with an owner who’s open to feedback and staff that enjoy challenging discourse.
Pisces Moon: Pisces Moons are sensitive to noise and any other form of overstimulation. The litmus test for your ideal salon environment is serenity. You’ll also become frustrated with micro-management, neurotic cleaning rules, or anything else that interferes with your sense of flow.
While we hope this Astro guide is helpful, remember: Don’t just follow the stars, follow your heart! You’ll know when you’ve found the right salon for you. It should light your creative fire, make you feel secure, and be filled with like-minded folks who inspire you to show up every day.
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