To Land Yourself In The Salon Of Your Dreams
You’ve been told to be the best at what you do, so you can climb up. Maybe you’ve done everything the “right way”. You’ve gone to beauty school, you got a job in a salon, but you quickly realize it isn’t enough to sustain you financially, or spiritually. You stick it out to get some experience, but you have been working hard and long hours with little pay, and hope it gets better.
You’ve been told if you continue to work at your job and become competent, experienced, take classes that you would rise to the top and may be get a job in a really nice salon. If you work hard and do your best, that is enough. It’s not true folks! Hard work and being a nice person is not enough anymore, if you are looking to land yourself in a great salon.
If you are happy with where you are, that’s great, read no further. If you have mild, mediocre or grand aspirations to move from your salon and open to your dream salon, then read on. First ask yourself, do you have what you want? Is your hard work paying off spiritually, emotionally, physically?
Now the real work begins.
BEING THE BEST
What does this mean anyway? Try going for the best you, nobody is your competition but you. Be your own worst critic, and be your own best friend, and like a good friend, you give support, and appreciation for trying.
Being the best can imply that you have to step on others to get to the top, as if the top is the place to be. Grow wide versus up. Grow yourself into a person with a life that is fulfilled by outside interests, that help you develop in unimaginable ways. Be the person you would hire.
Start braiding horse tails like my friend and master hairstylist Pepper Pastor, and you bring something more back to your practice, you start being the stylist that the others will want to emulate, maybe this is enough. That is impact, that makes a difference, and that is enough.
Focus on yourself, and make strides in becoming a more well rounded person, this is where true satisfaction comes, and more experiences of life and developing your interests and hobbies is where more full persona comes to the bargaining table.
WATCH THE MASTERS
Think about the hairstylists you know. Think about those who you want to emulate, that seem to have the life you want. Think about the ones that inspire you and why.
What did you come up with? Write them down. You might find what makes that hairstylist successful is not necessarily the best in their field, but that they have gone out in the world and experienced life. They grow themselves in a whole person sort of way. They explore the world around them. They go after experiencing life that then informs their craft.
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DEVELOP YOUR INTERESTS
Moving forward, the expert in the field is not necessarily the hairstylist the owner wants to take on. Not just because they may be stuck in bad habits, but perhaps they are less open to learning. Maybe they don’t have experience outside the field. Maybe they’ve lived in the same city forever, and have never left. That’s real for some, but you might need to move to get a fresh start.
Sometimes the best hairdresser is someone who maybe was an accountant, or a cop, or a technical writer before they enrolled in beauty school, because they bring a whole different mind set to the salon. The new stylists, not necessarily young, coming in have fresh ideas, different taste. Watch them, learn from them.
According to an article by Jacqueline Lisk on Monster.com, the employers are looking for flexibility, digital savvy for self-promotion, and salon promotion, they want to know who you are, not necessarily how good you can cut hair. Some skills are trainable and some are not. They want people who are easy to get along with, and hire people with vision. Worker bee is fine, and great, but do you want to grow as a person?
THE GOOD NEWS AND THE BAD NEWS
Will this building wide land you a job in the best salon? It may, it may not. It may not be in the cards, but what it will do is give you more depth, more fulfillment, and you will bring more to your clients. One day you will find yourself where it is you see yourself. You work on yourself first, and everything else follows. Life usually gives us what we need, not what we want. Accepting where you are is the first step.
Perhaps you want to vision board what the next salon looks like. The furniture, the wall color, the name, where it’s located, the signage, the artwork, if any. Close your eyes, for real. Imagine yourself walking in to this salon, what does the air temperature feel like? What does it smell like? Who is working there? What is the vibe? Are they happy, friendly, and healthy? What products do they carry? Spend time with this vision. Meditate on this every day.