Being a stylist is a career title I am proud to carry. I love what I do! It is fulfilling, making people feel and look beautiful. But it can be a stressful and a high pressure job as well...more than you know, unless you have worked in the business. We, as stylists, play a part in how people feel about themselves. Our goal everyday, is to have every client leave our chair feeling more confident and beautiful than when they arrived. If we screw up someone's haircut or color, it can directly affect their self esteem. Pressure much? Yep!!
Have you ever wondered what the scariest part of your stylist's job is? 'Tis the season to tell the scary tales of we who play with scissors for a living! (You should read that in a pirate accent, it sounds much more frightening)
Hair Scary Tale Part 1
A lovely lady sits in the chair and pulls out a picture of platinum hair... her hair is black...and she would like it to be done for cheap...that same day!! Um, hang on. I wish I had magical powers and fun hair spells to cast, but I'm just me. I DO magic, never fear!!...but I'm limited to the products I have to work with, the strength of your hair, and the amount of time you would like to hang out with me!
Hair Scary Part 2
I ask her what kind of color she has on her hair. Sometimes people tell the truth, but often they don't, and we have to find out for ourselves what the truth is. She lies and says she hasn't colored it in months or that she hasn't colored it at all. Well, I've seen a lot of hair and I can tell the difference between virgin and colored hair. I usually can spot box dyes immediately as well. I promise, I will never shame anyone for using box color. I will let you know the dangers and leave it up to you to decide. What this lady doesn't realize is whatever she has on her hair makes ALL the difference in whether or not her platinum picture is even a remote possibility. Color purchased at a drug store has heavy metals in it. It often latches on to the hair and is very difficult to lift out without melting your hair off ( that's a terrifying thought isn't it!) There have even been some instances where lightener is applied over certain box dyes, and the hair started smoking from a chemical reaction. These are just a couple of reasons why telling the truth about your hair color and understanding the process is kind of important.
See? The beauty industry is isn't always unicorns and sparkles! We have a spider web or two once in a while.
Hair Scary Part 3
Now we have made it through the consultation and we have decided to go ahead and see how light we can get it today. I have explained that I can not predict the color we will end up with, but whatever it is, we will make it pretty! After a few hours we get to a light brown/dark blonde with some golden- carmel-ish pieces. I washed and toned, (to even out the color and adjust the undertones) and it is beautiful! Not platinum, but pretty, nonetheless!
Hairy Scary -The Ending
There are two endings to this story. One is fearsome...some may say, hair-raising. (ha don't miss that pun!) The second ending is sweet and kind and happy.
Let's do the Hair-raising ending first....
The lady's hair is finished for today. I am so pleased with how much we accomplished. I dry and style her all pretty and she looks in the mirror and says. 'I hate it. It's too gold. It's not at all what I expected.' (This is the scary part) Now I start to softly repeat the part of the consultation when we went over not being able to predict...and what exactly you had on your hair (because I found red and green under the black that she forgot to mention was there) ...in the end, making the client happy is my goal. I did everything I could, but for her, that just wasn't enough. I did get a fabulous before and after picture, but it's always a dreadful experience when a client leaves unhappy.
Now for the Happy, sweet, kind ending! (This blog is supposed to be scary and terrifying so I am going to tone down the Happy for today, so we don't ruin the ghoulish feeling) Remember, her hair is finished. I style it all pretty and turn her to look in the mirror. She gasps. "I freaking LOVE IT" She goes on saying random words like 'magic' and 'miracle worker' and she can't wait to set up her next session in a couple of weeks to continue her journey to the Wonderful Land of Platinum Blondes. The End...for now 😁
Any day, for a stylist, could end up like Ending 1 or 2. All we can do is carry out our passion to make every person that sits in our chair, feel and look amazing. Sure, we have all had Scary days, who doesn't? But those days, I hope, are as rare as haunted houses in heaven!