Raise your hand if you cringe every time you hear someone ask “Can you dye my hair?” “No, but I can color it.” Now raise your hand if you were once that person. <Insert hand raising emoji girl> Yes, I am guilty. Deciding to become a stylist a little later in the game has proven itself a bit challenging. “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is a saying for a reason. Although I don’t believe it to be 100% accurate, there definitely is some truth to it. Unsuspectingly, one of the hardest things to get used to was the lingo .
People may say you don’t learn anything in beauty school but I beg to differ. It wasn’t a week into my education when I was promptly corrected after saying “bleach.” Forget everything you once knew, it’s called lightener now. Wait.. What?? That sounds so…. PROFESSIONAL. Yes, yes it does. And that is exactly why it’s important. It brings you behind the chair rather than in it. Part of the struggle of being new is actually convincing yourself that you’re the professional now. I speak from experience when I say changing my vocabulary has helped me to actually feel like a stylist. Not only do you sound more professional, but you sound more current. Referring to a single process color as “dyeing” sounds like you just stepped out of 1990.
I’m not fully transitioned to all of these new words quite yet. For example, the anatomy of the head. It literally hurts my brain when I’m trying to refer to the different parts of the head with the proper terms. I hear parietal ridge and for some reason I start thinking about a mountain. Did you say Occipital bone or Ox tail? And then I open my mouth and in my most professional voice I just say, “Where the head bumps out in the back a little.” What?? Of course you need to find a balance when speaking to a client. There’s nothing worse than being at doctor’s appointment and not knowing if they just told you your leg is going to fall off or that you’re the healthiest person they’ve ever seen, all because of their professional doctor talk.
I am learning to love all of these little challenges of being green. I can feel them shaping me into the professional I want to become. I have only scratched the surface on the terminology in this “world”. As an industry that is ever evolving, so is the vocabulary to describe new techniques, styles, and trends. What are some of the terms you use as a professional or your biggest peeves to hear a fellow stylist say?
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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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