She was 6 and I was the hairstylist that had to tell her that her hair was going to have to be cut. Panicked I rambled around for the barrette bin. Maybe if she’s preoccupied she will take her focus off the tugging at the back of her head. Once I got the 7 dreads combed out to 2 small ones, I proceeded to cut off eight and a quarter inches of her partially relaxed curly hair. She didn’t really notice at first. But her little eyes grew saucer size and started flooding past her cheeks. I paused for a moment. Then I began cutting again. Moments went by and she was spinning towards the mirror. My heart is beating panicked and she says, “I don’t look like a boy.” “I have curls!?!”
Daily washing, irregular chemical services and lack of daily hair maintenance was the reason she lost her locks. To take care of her curls we came up with a daily routine that would help her avoid the big chop in the future. First, Sulfate Free shampoos are limited to 1-2 weekly. She is going to detangle her clean hair thoroughly 1x daily with use of a moisturizer. To control her frizz she is going to use a Curl Definer. Then she is free to pick any protective style that she desires. She chose to wear her curls free.
This is the second time she hasn’t gotten the job. Should I tell her that it’s possibly her hair? It says, “Blah, blah.” Your hair style choice is one way that you speak non-verbally to others. When you are going on an interview you want to say, “I’m teachable, bold, and qualified for this job.” To ensure that you are never looked over again make a few small adjustments to your daily styling regimen.
Consider your calendar for the day. . If you’re relaxing, wear a loose top knot pony with your favorite maxi dress for that carefree feeling. But, if you’re attending business affairs a long smooth low pony will show your business associates that you are smart and focused.
Your hair should be treated much like your makeup and accessories. It should flow with your outfit. If you are not good at styling your own hair ask your stylist to teach you different options for your current style. You should be able to get at least 2 looks. If you only have 2 options, one should be professional and the other one should fun and flirty.
If you mesh your hairstyle, makeup and outfit well you will be able to say many positive things non-verbally. Claim what you want through your appearance. Allow people to be attracted to you so that can see what qualities you have to offer. Live well!
PI am just a girl who loves her job (owning and styling at HUC!) and is pretty good at explaining hair to other people.
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