Just as hair styles come and go, so do seasons of your life. This may seem like just a corny little analogy, but it’s deeply true. No matter what you choose to do with your life, there are always times when things feel like they are changing all too fast around you and even within you. During your career as a hair stylist, you will come to several important crossroads in these three areas of your life:

Female hair stylist cutting a mans hair.

  1. Creative. You’re a hair stylist–your job each day involves a great degree of creativity and an artistic eye. But sometimes during your career, you will start to question the direction you are taking your work. Maybe you’ll find that working for a mainline salon just isn’t giving you the creative autonomy that you really want. Or maybe, you will decide to switch gears in your career because your current situation is feeling more repetitive than creative. When you come to a creative crossroads, it’s all about the art and not necessarily about a financial decision.

[magicactionbox]

  1. Business. Unlike a creative crossroads, business crossroads are all about your financial situation. There are two extremes here. On one hand, you might find that your current job just isn’t providing enough money to properly take care of yourself or your family. On the other hand, you may find yourself in a position where you have the opportunity to invest some money into furthering your career or creating your own salon. But whichever end of the spectrum you find yourself on, it is expected that you will have to make many important financial decisions in your career.
  2. Personal. This type of crossroads is all about what happens outside of work. Some examples of a personal crossroads may be deciding whether or not to have a child, get married, or break up with your boyfriend. Sometimes, personal crossroads aren’t things that you choose; situations like a family death or a severe illness are examples of these involuntary crossroads. No matter how they come about, these crossroads are the most important to address because they trickle down into other parts of your life. A family situation might influence your business and economics because medical bills cost so much money. Deciding to have a child might limit the amount of time that you can work and fulfill your creative needs. When faced with a personal crossroads, be sure to put a lot of time and effort into figuring out what path to choose.

[tweetthis]”No crossroads, no growth.” REBECCA BEARDSLEY[/tweetthis]

Not every situation fits neatly into one of these three boxes, but it is more than likely that your situations will fall into at least one category. Every profession has to face business and personal crossroads, but as a hair stylist, you have the added responsibility of balancing your creativity with those other factors. Stick with your gut and you will make the right decision, no matter what type of crossroads you are facing.