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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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Not Wearing A Bra, And 11 Other Things Girls Do That Make Guys Uncomfortable

According to men, we're the biggest enigma.

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As a woman in today's society, it seems like according to men we can do nothing right. We either get over sexualized to the point where we are told "cover up" or over sexualized to the point where we are called prude for not showing enough skin to attract the attention of the men around us. Taking all of this into consideration, guys are still grossly uncomfortable with normal things that women do in today's world. If you're a woman reading this, I'm sure you're already forming a list in your head. If you're a man, well, here are 12 things that you are uncomfortable with that you probably shouldn't be.

1. Not wearing a bra 

First and foremost, whether I cease to wear one out in public or in my home, trust me, buddy, I'm not doing it for you. I'm not doing it so you'll mention the fact that you can tell I'm not wearing one. I'm doing it for my comfort level, and most certainly not for your benefit. At all. Ever.

2. Denying their advances 

Grabbing my ass is not the correct way to ask me to move out of your way, catcalling me will not get my attention, and no, buying me a drink does not mean you automatically get laid. Not only do you look like an idiot to every woman around you with that kind of mentality, but to the girl you're trying to impress by being a pig? Yeah, she thinks you're pretty stupid, too.

I know it just kills your ego when we tell you no. How dare we make YOU feel uncomfortable by denying your lovely attempts at getting our attention.

3. Not accepting a drink they hand us

They offer you a drink, you say no, and suddenly not only are they mad on some occasions, but their poor ego is damaged indefinitely... Until they try that same move with the girl a few places down. They don't understand why you won't accept their drink that they were so nice to buy you.

Uh, you could drug me. If you want to buy me a drink, let me order it, watch the bartender make it, and then you can pay. Please don't expect me to take a drink right from you.

4. Traveling in groups to the bathroom during a girls' night out

We only do that because there is strength in numbers. If it makes you uncomfortable, sorry, but guys like you are probably the reason we do it. I don't know why our safety is any concern to you.

5. Knowing about cars, sports, or anything deemed a "guy thing"

You say one thing about a sports team or a car part and suddenly, according to men, you have no idea what you're talking about and they have to talk over you to explain it all, much better than you could. They only do this because the thought of us knowing anything about "guy stuff" makes their skin crawl.

6. Wanting careers 

How dare we want real jobs and to be paid as much as them! Silly us!

7. Thinking our place is anywhere but the kitchen 

Obviously we are meant to be of total service to the men in our lives, regardless of circumstances, right? We shouldn't have careers and hobbies when our life's purpose is to be a homemaker who slaves over the stove all day while our very masculine husbands do everything.

When will we learn? No wonder you guys are so uncomfortable. We don't know our place yet.

8. Wanting rights to our own bodies 

Uh oh, I think we forgot (again) that men are supposed to be in control of everything about us, including reproductive rights. No wonder they're so confused. They aren't always in control.

9. Not wanting kids

But wait! Isn't our only reason for being alive to mother a baby? It's a blessing to be a mom no matter what, according to men, and we need to fall in line. So, when you look a man in the eye and say you don't want kids, sometimes their eyes about pop out of their skull.

10. Having a menstrual cycle 

Men will never understand the daunting nature of our time of the month. Between cramps, headaches, and the constant desire to pop pain killers, it's grueling. To men, though, the whole thing is gross. Ew, we're bleeding. Forget about denying them anything during this time because most of them will not understand why.

11. Denying them sex of any kind, ever 

We have every right to tell you no. Listen, I know it just totally baffles you when we do, guys, but we owe you nothing. Let me say it again. We owe you nothing. No matter what.

12. Being independent 

By society's standards, even today, we are to allow a man to take care of us meek young women. You meet a man who intends to do that and by the first date when you pay for your bill he doesn't want you anymore. You want to work for your money and not depend on him, know about topics deemed "guy stuff", and stand up to him and he just doesn't understand why.

Let's face it: Guys will never understand.

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