During this past week and upcoming week I will personally have seen hundreds of women working together. The old joke goes "If women stopped tearing each other down and started building each other up, they would be running the world." Now more than ever it is so important to focus on working cohesively because we, as Barbers and women, are at a pivotal point where anything is possible in any workforce.
As most of you know, I write about what I experience and what I've seen or done. Just this past weekend I saw multiple Lady Barbers sticking up for another when a guy decided that the haircut in question was just 'okay' but she was cute so she could get away with it. What he failed to realize was that this specific Lady Barber is one of the few educators for a brand a.k.a she's dope - no questions about it.
This post in not meant to be a rant in any way, in fact the opposite. I want it to serve as a reminder that we are all in this together: Barbers, Lady Barbers, and clients, because at the end of the day we all just want to do what we love and create awesome cuts or experiences for everyone.
Today, I attended a CEO Bootcamp hosted by American Express where literally 100+ women sat in a room and supported each other. I not only met my neighbors sitting next to me, I had multiple women approach me and tell me that they think it's amazing to meet a female Barber. From that hour and a half alone I received 10 business cards and already two introductions to potentially huge clients.
When starting Her Chair His Hair, I was very vocal and adamant about my goals focusing on creating a network of strong, talented and powerful female barbers who support each other. I am so happy to say that every day I log online to Instagram I see at least two new Barbers using our hashtag #HerChairHisHair and inviting others to as well.
Men are stepping up to the plate as well! I have seen clients tag their barbers as well as barbers tagging other barbers and it is absolutely amazing. This is not a community solely for women but rather a platform to discuss our point of view so men can equally see where we stand in this industry and have the opportunity to see all of the wonderful work women do in their barbershops, too.
This weekend in New York City I will be attending Cosmopolitan's Fun, Fearless, Life and I invite anyone who is available to join me. You can purchase tickets here. It is not a small investment but I believe it will be so worth it. Please let me know if you will be joining, it will definitely be a weekend to remember!
Guys and ladies, don't forget to keep tagging us with the hashtag! Thank you so much for helping this community grow at a speed I could never imagine.