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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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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Makeup is a form of empowerment for both men and women it should not be seen as a way to hide insecurities.

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Makeup has been around since ancient Egypt. It would be used for both men and women of all social statuses. According to Reader's Digest, they used makeup.

Makeup is a skill that is used because people enjoy it or appreciate it, obviously, it is not for everyone, but the people that use makeup, use it as a way of armor to empower themselves and the way they feel. It is no different from any other form of self-care people use for empowerment or to feel stronger.

According to Refinery29, our relationship with makeup has evolved over the years it is no longer seen as a way to impress men, but it is a celebration of oneself.

Using makeup gives people a chance to control the way they look and gives them a way to express themselves in their daily lives.

According to Bustle, "they are taking control of their own image and using makeup in a way that empowers them. And that is extremely cool."

Makeup is not limited to just women; it can be used for men as well. For instance, back in 2016, James Charles was the first male Covergirl. This allows all people to be involved in the empowerment and creativity that makeup gives us.

According to Health, beauty is for everyone, no matter what you look like or who you are that is what makes it so amazing.

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