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The Hairstyling Apprenticeship, for as long as I can remember, required schooling and work hours. Work hours are spent with a Sponsoring Stylist who is required to teach and sign off on all the essentials skills in the Apprenticeship handbook. I’ve been through the process as the Apprentice and now multiple times as a Sponsor. Imagine my surprise while registering my third Apprentice and discovering an entire ‘grey’ area I had not realized even existed!
I know it sounds cliche. I know it sounds like 1940 but believe me it was NOT! Those women with their rollers wanted what everyone really wants – their hair exactly how they liked it. They just happened to like a hard, backcombed set that would last a week. There were also clients who came in once a week but wanted something different which is where it gets interesting…..
I can hear what you tell yourself when you don’t live up to your expectations. When you don’t finish your to do list. On the days when you’re so damn tired that you wonder why you are doing it anymore. The days that your passion is merely a hot coal instead of a full flame.
Sometimes the Stylist would genuinely connect with me, invest in making me look and feel amazing and other times not. There were a few times things went south and I didn’t walk out feeling great about myself or my appearance at all. Times where I had to stare at that bad hair service in the mirror for weeks while it grew out or while the colour faded. Those times taught me what I didn’t want.
It’s always blown my mind – in an Industry where practical experience, continuing education and personal dedication make a massive difference to the skill and service abilities of a Stylist, but literally anyone can become a licensed Stylist and 3 days later decide they are now a Master Stylist!
That thing that can cause a hiccup, that thing that throws you off track from sticking to your resolution? It’s called LIFE!
Believe me when I tell you – we don’t ‘notice’ the hair. We painstakingly, obsessively, analyze, overanalyze, formulate, recolour, recut and restyle the hair all within the first 30 seconds of setting eyes on it all while appearing in the throes of a catatonic state. Seriously. This is the Hairstylist Life.
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