During the past several days, I’ve had the pleasure of being “interviewed” via email by a young person who wants to be a hair stylist. She asks a couple of very probing questions, which I’m happy to answer.
Here (with very little editing) is the result:
Question: …any tips to make my hair grow faster?
Answer: Lots of people ask me this question, so I put an answer to it on my website. Here’s the link.
Also, when I was a teenager, I used to go to the library a lot and read the hair and fashion magazines. I really really liked this subject. And then when I got old enough to pick what I wanted to do in life, I went to beauty school (where I learned how to pass the State Board Exam), took the test, got my license, and went to work.
If there’s a community college system where you are, the training doesn’t have to be expensive at all.
Question: Thanks. So where does your inspiration come from? I mean, you have helped so many people discover their true beauty…. How do you do it?
Answer: Thank you. 😀 I discovered a few years ago that I’d get terribly confused when people would ask me for a price quote over the phone because, not having seen the hair, I wouldn’t know what I’d have to do to get it looking beautiful.
But when someone was in my chair, and I could run my hands through their hair, then some kind of connection would happen and I’d just “know.” This is not magic though. It can be learned, if you have an affinity for hair as a medium of artistic expression.
Look at you! You have charmed information out of me that I didn’t even know was there. You probably also have high aptitude as an interviewer or something (Barbara Walters?).
Question: No, I wish. =) I think being an interviewer would be cool, but I would rather be a hair stylist. It really seems like a wonderful job to have. What made you discover about that hair growing faster technique?
Answer: I remember a silly realization I had in beauty school once. My haircutting teacher was teaching a technique, and then he said, “Then you step back and look at it.”
“Oh!” I thought. “You LOOK at the hair.” 🙂
Before that, I was so fixated on learning the technique that the obvious escaped me.
So after looking at a lot of heads of hair, and thinking and dreaming about them, one comes up with solutions to things. Putting your whole self into your work, with the intention of getting really really good at it adds a “spiritual” dimension to it. That part does border on the magical, but that can be learned too.
I think it starts by developing your intuition. And that starts with knowing who you are and being comfortable in your own skin. Then you can be authentic with people, and can stand by your own decisions without being falsely stubborn about it.
Doesn’t she ask some deep questions? Don’t you think she’s a great interviewer? No reason she can’t be both an interviewer and a stylist, IMHO.
Lynn Fountain Campbell