We’ve all met someone that can’t separate their work from their personal life. Maybe you’re a doctor at cocktail party, you go to get a drink and you notice the bartender has a cough. Do you start diagnosing them in your head? It could be as simple as answering every phone that rings with the greeting of your workplace. (Guilty!) I call these work related side effects. Sometimes you just can’t turn your brain off and I am here to confess to you all of things I do now that I am a hair stylist.
I have come to realize that my brain is now different. Something just..switched. I pay attention to many things I never noticed before. Of course, I expected this to happen, because I already was doing this with a makeup artist’s brain, and it eventually rubs off on people. I was watching TV with my Fiancé one day, and suddenly I heard him go…”whoa, she has bad eyebrows.” I looked at him with an equal amount of shock and pride. Yes, eyebrows are one of the first things I notice about people, but it goes way beyond that now. I have one word; regrowth. Whether it’s my own or someone else, it now drives me crazy. I first noticed I was developing work related side effects when I went to a baseball game this past year and almost could not repress the urge to clean up the hair on every man’s neck that was sitting in front of me. For a split second I wished I had trimmers in my purse. “Let me just clean that up real quick.” There’s something really satisfying about that, almost the same feeling I get after vacuuming.
What is it about becoming a stylist that magically gives you the privilege to touch everyone’s hair? Especially your own clients. Forget about it, I OWN YOU NOW. I don’t care if I see you in the grocery store, doctors office, car wash, whatever I’m going to pet you for a second. Honestly I think this comes from the personal nature of this profession. You can learn quite a bit about someone that’s sitting in your chair for a couple hours. Everyone knows this job makes you an honorary therapist. I had a small taste of this as a makeup artist but it’s different. All my fellow MUA’s know that trying to have a conversation with someone while lining their lips is virtually impossible. But applying color to someone’s head is the perfect opportunity to get filled in on all the juicy things in your client’s life.
Finally, I’d like to take a moment to mourn the loss of sensitivity to hair in my food. You are now one with the hair. Be the hair, eat the hair, it is your life and you cannot escape it. You come home after a day at the salon and you have hair in your shirt, bra, socks, everywhere! It comes as no surprise when I see it in my food or drinks. Someone Else: “Oh my god EW there’s a hair in my food! I can’t even eat this now. Me: *Silently pulls hair out of food and keeps eating.* I know I’m not alone on this one.
I may refer to these things as side effects, but I am learning to embrace them. Every job has them and really it’s really about finding a balance. Many of you with years of experience may not even notice you do any of this anymore. It eventually becomes second nature, and then your significant other tells you the person in front of you needs a haircut and their roots done.
A professional Makeup Artist for over 7 years, Doria Tremante’s work has been featured in international publications, TV/Film, and countless weddings . Her wide range of experience in the beauty industry really allows her to meet all her client’s needs. In 2014-2015, Doria furthered her education and became a Cosmetologist. She has always had an innate passion for making her clients look and feel beautiful.
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