Where Do I Go From Here?
I decided to go to cosmetology school in South Carolina, because I wanted the experience of going away to college. I'm so glad I did, because I met my husband and some of my best friends there. After I completed cosmetology school, I wasn't very confident in my work, and I wasn't sure if I wanted to do hair or try something else.
Six months after I had graduated from cosmetology school, I ran into someone who worked at a salon, and she told me there was an opening for an assistant. I wasn't sure if I should apply, but I did and I got the job on the spot. I started working at the salon during Christmastime, which is always the busiest season, so it was overwhelming to say the least.
I made it through the Christmas season and my 2 year apprenticeship. Those were some of the toughest years of my life--long hours, being exhausted all of the time, and always working, but I am so happy that I went through that, because without assisting I wouldn't have learned my solid foundations of hair. I'm thankful that my bosses decided to take a chance on me, because I don't think I would be doing hair if it weren't for them.
I've been working on the floor as a full time stylist for 3 years now. Looking back, I feel like I've made a name for myself, but I know still have a long ways to go. I love my job because I get to meet all different kinds of people from all walks of life, and I've learned so much from them. Another thing I love about my job is traveling. I love traveling so much, and it's a true passion of mine. Sometimes my job requires me to travel to attend furthering education classes. Furthering education is such a great way to stay on top of the trends and to meet other great hairdressers in the process.
Lastly, the sweetest thing about my job is doing weddings for my friends and family. There is no greater honor than someone you know putting their trust in you on the most important day of their life. I've had the honor of being a part of so many sweet moments in my friends' lives on their wedding days.
About a year and a half ago I started doing research for social media. I had no idea what I was doing, but I saw how it was helping other hairdressers increase their clientele. I decided to take pictures of some of my clients after I did their hair, and I posted the pictures to Instagram. Soon enough, I was able to see how it affected my job. I started to get friends and friends of friends in the salon, and my appointments started to grow like crazy. I'm so glad that I made the decision to start putting in the time for social media, because it has made all the difference over the last year and a half.
The journey from going to cosmetology school to being a full time stylist has been a little crazy, but I wouldn't want to be doing anything else.