Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My Defining Moment...

I thought it might be good to start at the very beginning....("a very good place to start...when you read you begin with 123..." -Sound of Music)
Anyway, so the big question I always get asked is, "What made you decide to be a hair stylist?" So I thought I'd answer that here.

I never wanted to do hair. There. I said it. However, I did always want to be in the beauty industry, since I was about 7, but I was much more interested in make up, nails and skin. Now known to me as aesthetics. It was fun to me and I heard too many people complaining about how much they hated work and wanted to be over. I figured if you're gonna spend almost half your week somewhere, you might as well like it!

As I grew older and started going to the hair salon, regularly, I got tired of having my hair cut too short, not having my opinions listened to, and being told crazy myths like "if you cut you're hair it'll grow faster". (I'm planning on doing a blog about old wives' tales pertaining to hair.)
My defining moment was at 12 years old when I went in the salon with straight hair (I have naturally curly hair)and had it washed, cut and styled. My hair was a frizzy mess when she finished. My explanation was my hair was too curly and couldn't be straightened. I’m pretty sure I went in 
there with nicer hair than what I came out with.

I worked at a hair salon in Gibraltar (one of the places we've lived, pastoring....that's another blog) when I was 16, a couple hours after college every day and that's where my love for hair began. I realized it was pretty easy for me to catch on and I didn't mind standing all day or the idea of long hours, because time passed very quickly. According to the old saying- time flies when you're having fun. I worked here for 2 years until I finished college and then moved on to a higher paying job but no job I had after the salon felt permanent for me. I was a supervisor at Safeway, moved to Arizona and worked at an auto auction and then over to CitiMortgage. 
Citi was great money, great benefits, lots of time off; I got promoted 3 times in the space of a year buuuut....I still felt like I was waiting for my life to start. There was always a little nagging voice that made me feel unsettled, like I was in limbo.
Then one day I thought, I had a dream growing up and my dream wouldn't be hard to achieve. It's not like I had always wanted to be a surgeon or a pilot! Beauty school is only about a year (full time). So, like the experienced researcher I am, I Googled "accredited beauty schools in Tucson" and clicked the first thing that came up. I looked around on several beauty school sights but Tucson College of Beauty was the only one that really impressed me. One school even text me to give me information. Text!!!! Okay, so maybe they were trying to appeal to the younger audience, but really?! I'm not 13! I know how to act professional and personable!

Anyhow, Tucson College of Beauty it was. I spent 13 months there and after taking the written and practical exams, became officially licensed. My dream has been accomplished, I am a hair stylist and I love it. There's not a whole lot of money in the business right now, but sometimes, it's not all about money. I don't wake up and dread going to work. I genuinely have a passion for what I do and if I don't say so myself, I'm pretty good at what I do!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Getting Started

So, let's start at the beginning. My name is Brittney and I'm a hair stylist. Did that start out like an AA meeting? Oh well, it gets the job done.

The purpose of this blog is...well...there are many purposes. This is my personal blog but I'll be using it as a way to promote our incredible salon, it's a place to find out about hair product myths and facts, it's a place to have questions answered that you may or may not have thought of, it's an outlet for writing as well as a place where I can talk about one of my favorite subjects and if you get bored of listening, you can leave and I'll never know and won't be offended :) (but on that note...if you hate the blog...let me know so I can change it!), and it's just fun. It really is!

People write about things that they love or they have a passion for or just like talking about. Hair is all of those things for me, I could talk about it non-stop. Especially our salon; it's such a fun place to be whether you work there or are a client there. I'm sure I'll be writing about my days at the salon in the near future. Something interesting happens every day!

There are 8 of us that work here. There are Ashley, Jeremy, Derek, Miguel, Bronson, Crystal, the owner, Karim, and me. (Yes, I went back and counted the names to be sure there were 8). 4 stylists, 5 barbers (figure that one out! ;) lol). (As you can tell, I love parenthesis and side notes). We all enjoy working together and I think we've done a great job of creating a very comfortable atmosphere. I finally have a job where I don't dread waking up in the morning...well...I still dread the morning but it has nothing to do with work and everything to do with waking up, but that's another blog. Work is wonderful! I also have a second job and I don't like leaving the salon to go to it. I'd much rather be here all day long! Even though I get picked on all day long by the guys, it's ok, it's brotherly/sisterly love...right guys?? These people have truly become my 'Imagine Family' and I honestly love hanging out in the salon. 

We're open 7 days a week and located at 3841 E. Broadway Blvd, Tucson 85716. 
Tuesday-Friday hours are 7:30-7:30.
Monday and Saturday hours are 7:30-5
Sunday hours are 11-5.

My hours more often than not are M-F 7:30-2, Sat 12-5. 

I guess this is long enough for the intro of our salon and my blog. Hope you enjoy the upcoming posts and pictures as much as I do.