Why I Love Being A Hairdresser

Why I Love Being A Hairdresser

"Making the world a more beautiful place, one head at a time."
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Two years ago, while still in high school, I completed a cosmetology program and earned my cosmetology license. It took three years, 1500+ hours, long days, loads of studying, tons of tears and a copious amount of caffeine but it is, to this day, my greatest achievement. When I started college, I figured cosmetology would just be my back-up plan if I couldn’t afford to finish college or if I graduated and could not find employment. Boy was I wrong! Not even a full semester passed before my heart began to ache to be behind the chair, creating new and beautiful things each day.

Here are just a few reasons why I love being a hairdresser:

1. Constantly learning AND educating others.

New techniques, products and information introduce themselves into the beauty industry every day. Seasoned hairdressers are some of the best people to learn from; they offer encouragement and understand the difficulties younger people in the beauty industry face. Each time someone sits in my chair for a consultation or a service, she or he learns something. Topics range from simple shampooing tricks to her or his own beauty and worth.

2. Making people feel beautiful.

The greatest thing about working in the beauty industry is watching your client transform. At the end of some services, they are in awe of themselves and their self-confidence skyrockets. They grin ear to ear and exude happiness. We in the beauty industry live for these moments.

3. Having creative freedom.

Most of my clients are laid back - they trust my judgement and give me the “go ahead” to do what I think is best or even allow me to try new techniques and colors. But even the clients who prefer a specific cut, color or style provide me with the opportunity to be creative and sharpen my skills.

4. The knowledge.

My job is not just mixing some stuff and slapping it on someone’s head or “just” curling hair all day. Success in the beauty industry requires extensive knowledge in a multitude of areas. Hair cutting, coloring, relaxing, permanent waving and styling all involve science, math and art. Coloring, perming and relaxing all involve chemistry and deal with breaking and rebuilding chemical bonds in the hair. Cutting involves math and art. I know the color wheel like the back of my hand.

5. The relationships.

Some bonds are unbreakable (Ha! See what I did there?). The relationships that blossom with fellow stylists and clients are irreplaceable. Many of my friendships started out as stylist-client relationships. Even my best friend started out as a client.

6. The community.

No matter where you go, fellow beauty industry members will provide guidance. No question is too simple or too complicated. The beauty industry community is built on support and encouragement.

7. The professional freedom.

Each salon is unique and caters to the different needs of both the stylists and the clients. Styles can range anywhere from sweet and elegant to punk rock, and much more. Personally, I prefer more laid back salons that are comfortable for a wide range of clientele. As a stylist who has tattoos and plans on getting more later in life, I love the fact that most of the beauty industry is so accepting of body art, whether that be tattoos, piercings, crazy hair colors or insane nail art. We are free to express ourselves in our work environment and that is one of the most important things to me.

Being a hairdresser is about so much more than cutting and coloring clients hair. We share some of the most special moments with our clients. We provide services and memories for wedding days, prom nights, or just a night out with friends or loved ones. We boost their confidence and can turn a terrible day into a fantastic one with even the simplest of services. We are hairdressers but we are also counselors, listeners, friends and more.

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A Letter To My Humans On Our Last Day Together

We never thought this day would come.
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I didn't sleep much last night after I saw your tears. I would have gotten up to snuggle you, but I am just too weak. We both know my time with you is coming close to its end, and I just can't believe it how fast it has happened.

I remember the first time I saw you like it was yesterday.

You guys were squealing and jumping all around, because you were going home with a new dog. Dad, I can still feel your strong hands lifting me from the crate where the rest of my puppy brothers and sisters were snuggled around my warm, comforting puppy Momma. You held me up so that my chunky belly and floppy wrinkles squished my face together, and looked me right in the eyes, grinning, “She's the one."

I was so nervous on the way to my new home, I really didn't know what to expect.

But now, 12 years later as I sit in the sun on the front porch, trying to keep my wise, old eyes open, I am so grateful for you. We have been through it all together.

Twelve “First Days of School." Losing your first teeth. Watching Mom hang great tests on the refrigerator. Letting you guys use my fur as a tissue for your tears. Sneaking Halloween candy from your pillowcases.

Keeping quiet while Santa put your gifts under the tree each year. Never telling Mom and Dad when everyone started sneaking around. Being at the door to greet you no matter how long you were gone. Getting to be in senior pictures. Waking you up with big, sloppy kisses despite the sun not even being up.

Always going to the basement first, to make sure there wasn't anything scary. Catching your first fish. First dates. Every birthday. Prom pictures. Happily watching dad as he taught the boys how to throw every kind of ball. Chasing the sticks you threw, even though it got harder over the years.

Cuddling every time any of you weren't feeling well. Running in the sprinkler all summer long. Claiming the title “Shotgun Rider" when you guys finally learned how to drive. Watching you cry in mom and dads arms before your graduation. Feeling lost every time you went on vacation without me.

Witnessing the awkward years that you magically all overcame. Hearing my siblings learn to read. Comforting you when you lost grandma and grandpa. Listening to your phone conversations. Celebrating new jobs. Licking your scraped knees when you would fall.

Hearing your shower singing. Sidewalk chalk and bubbles in the sun. New pets. Family reunions. Sleepovers. Watching you wave goodbye to me as the jam-packed car sped up the driveway to drop you off at college. So many memories in what feels like so little time.

When the time comes today, we will all be crying. We won't want to say goodbye. My eyes might look glossy, but just know that I feel your love and I see you hugging each other. I love that, I love when we are all together.

I want you to remember the times we shared, every milestone that I got to be a part of.

I won't be waiting for you at the door anymore and my fur will slowly stop covering your clothes. It will be different, and the house will feel empty. But I will be there in spirit.

No matter how bad of a game you played, how terrible your work day was, how ugly your outfit is, how bad you smell, how much money you have, I could go on; I will always love you just the way you are. You cared for me and I cared for you. We are companions, partners in crime.

To you, I was simply a part of your life, but to me, you were my entire life.

Thank you for letting me grow up with you.

Love always,

Your family dog

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Early 2000s Fashion Is The Next 90s Style Obsession

The 2000s trends that will take over the 90s ones in the next generation!

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Teenagers today flock to places like Urban Outfitters and Forever 21, where many of the seasonal styles are trends from the 90's. These are popular because they have become huge nostalgic pieces, reminiscent of our parents days as young adults. Even kids who have no connection to the 90's participate in this recycling of fashion due to their pure fascination in the time period.

But what will be the next reclaimed era of style? The answer is easily, the early 2000's. When Brittany Spears ruled the track suit and Ashley Tisdale was never seen without a skirt layered over baggy jeans. This iconic time in style will be what our kids are asking us about in the years to come, and I can't wait!

1. Metallic everything will be the new plaid

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Jennifer Lopez's metallic get up (2000) and Garcelle Beauvais's plaid skirt (1994).

2. Houndstooth pattern will be the new shape prints

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Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl wearing the classic Houndstooth print (2007) and Emma Chamberlain wearing a Louis Vuitton dress with the 90s-esque shapes pattern on it (2019).

3. Faux sports tops will be the new skate brands

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Miranda from Lizzie Mcguire wearing a jersey top (2001) and a model wearing the popular 90s Thrasher brand tee.

4. Low-rise pants will be the new mom jeans

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Paris Hilton wearing low rise jeans (2002) and Jennifer Aniston sporting mom jeans (1990).

5. Logo hand bags will be the new mini backpacks

https://www.glamour.com/story/louis-vuitton-discontinuing-murakami-monogram-bags and https://jennynovelloblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/cher2.jpg

Jessica Simpson with Louis Vuitton logo bag (2003) and Cher Horowitz's tiny backpack in Clueless (1995).

6. Eccentric hair accessories will be the new tiny sunglasses

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Hilary Duff, queen of hair accessories (2002) and Drew Barrymore with tiny Aaliyah sunnies in the 90's.

7. Corset tops will be the new casual lingerie

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Eve in a corset top at the 2002 Teen Choice Awards and Catherine Zeta-Jones wearing a lingerie dress (1999).

8. Kitten heels will be the new platform shoes

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The Olsen Twins in kitten heels (2000) and The Spice Girls in platform sneakers (1997).

9. Cardigans will be the new puffer jackets

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Regina George from Mean Girls sports the popular cardigan style (2004) and Bella Hadid wearing a 90's inspired puffer jacket.

10. Designer track suits will be the new biker shorts

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Britney Spears wearing a Juicy Couture tracksuit in the early 2000s and Princess Diana sporting the biker shorts trend in the 90's.

Some may absolutely despise the early 2000s fashion. But when it makes its way back to mainstream stores and our kids are dressing in these looks, the nostalgia will be unreal!

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