Lately it feels like all I have been doing is apologizing for shirking on my schedule when it comes to Her Chair His Hair. Yet there is still an overwhelming amount of support when it comes to both the website’s traffic and the interaction on Instagram. It doesn’t go unnoticed even if sometimes it may seem so.
What the hell does this have to do with men’s grooming? Well, everything. Our clients have someone to listen to their problems but sometimes we feel like we don’t have a single person to reach out to.
As Barbers, Hairstylists and Freelancers we all go through slumps and we all experience overwhelming moments where we don’t know what our next week or even month will look like. There is a certain image we need to portray because of social media that everything is cake and we are doing better than you can ever imagine. I’m not here to play psychologist to any of you because that is not my intention but I wanted to talk about it myself. Some of you may hold it against me, some of you may feel angry because it is exactly what you’re going through but I hope that most of you will embrace it.
I started my LLC in the middle of the worst recession America has faced in quite some time. Everyone thought I was crazy and told me to get my ass to college, stat! But it just wasn’t for me and not because I do not believe in higher education. I enjoy taking non-matriculated courses at school to this day but a degree just was not in my plan. Like many of you I started slowly but surely and eventually couldn’t keep track of when was what. It was brilliant! I was 19 and working for Hearst Corporation, Cover Girl and some major artists in the industry while participating in the social media rat race. But then came the slow winter months and I didn’t know where to turn. Everyone online seemed to have their work schedules set and I was left in the dust.
We all experience this at one point whether it is in a barbershop, a salon or on set. For all that is holy I wish it would strengthen our bond rather than push us further apart!
Currently, I am working in two shops that I love dearly but I did something different this year – I decided to travel. But how can I travel when money is short and business is slow? I saved up. Throughout the entire year I saved money, anything that I could spare. I love to travel, meet new people and see new places while immersing myself in a brand new community. I chose this because it is something that brings me happiness and reminds me to get in front of people with a cup of coffee, or my favorite, lemonade.
To anyone who is still reading this and who doesn’t have their eyes rolled in the back of their head, I’d like to challenge you. Pick something you love: cooking, traveling, photography, or even school, and save up starting in February when work picks up again and you can spare the few dollars here and there. This time next year you can afford that new camera or those classes on marketing you’ve always been interested in.
In the meantime please feel free to reach out to me. It can be anonymous on the contact page, by e-mail or Instagram: publicly or privately. It may feel so crazy some days, you may feel so anxious other days but if you have someone to vent to, yell at or just sit in silence with, it will help. Here's a photo of me when I was just a wee baby so you're not too nervous to reach out. See? I don't bite...ok I was a biter but I promise it wasn't that bad.
Much love, catch y’all in San Francisco.