But of course that's just my totally biased opinion. I know there are a gazillion other lucky people out there that love what they do in other fields. I thought for my first ever blog post, this would be the perfect time to profess my love to the craft, community and hustle of the hair industry. Here are four of the many reasons why my job is so cool...
As hair stylists, we are all up in our clients' personal space. It can be a vulnerable place for the client and takes time to earn their trust. I love connecting with other people and hearing their stories, all through the power of touch and communication. And it happens organically if the connection is there. With that being said, my priority is to deliver the best service to my guest, not be their therapist. So I always try to find the balance.
Endless opportunities to grow
The range of income in the beauty industry is wide. Some stylists work in a salon as a side hustle while in school, while others are killing it making hundreds of thousands a year. The choice is yours as to how you want your career to work for you. A few years ago, I was at my grandmother's birthday party in Queens, New York. While making small talk over the appetizers with my grandmother's friend, she asked me what I did for a living. When I told her, she patted her hand on my shoulder with a look of pity on her face and said "Oh sweetie, don't worry. You'll find your way eventually." First I was confused. Then I was offended! Wtf Granny?! The more I thought about it though, the more I realized she was the one that was confused. Our industry has come such along way from the old "beauty school drop out" stigma to infinite avenues toward success.
Always a student
There's no excuse for feeling uninspired or in a rut if you work behind the chair as a stylist. We all get there throughout our careers, including myself but if you have a smart phone, a computer, or even a library card, you have the internet. So many resources are at your finger tips and if you're feeling like a burnt out stylist, there's a ton of things out there to inspire you, but you have to look for it. Sign up for classes and make some connections while you're there. Collaborate with a make up artist and photographer to set up a photoshoot. Cold email or DM a hairstylist you admire and ask to assist for a day for free. If any of these suggestions just require time or money that you don't have right now, start smaller. Listening to podcasts are my favorite way to stay motivated and an amazing (and free) way to learn something new. You could also watch on line webinars, join a Facebook group, even practice that infinity braid on your co worker during down time at work. Every small step is a step in the right direction.
I want to hear from you! Whether you are a hairstylist or not, please share what you LOVE about your career!
I've been in this career for 18 years and for a good majority of that time I thought you had to compete to get ahead. That this industry was cut throat. In the last few years though, I've felt a shift. Maybe it's the reality or just a change in my perspective but either way, I love my hair people. We're fun, quirky, creative and don't have time for the hate. We don't even have time for lunch! There's no need to fight over success because everyone's on their own path and there's enough to go around for all of us.