Forgive me readers for completely deserting you all!!! Full time work and motherhood got me and it seems like all I was doing for a while was working, sleeping, working and sleeping!
Hope you all had a great Christmas and have a happy and healthy new year. So where to start . . .
Career – Well the hairdressing has been crazy!! Have learnt and still learning so much. The salon i’m working in has been interesting to say the least. Working with a fab bunch of ladies and some not so fabulous (even though they think they are) and its been a rocky road with bitchiness and training etc but things seem to have settled now and college have given me a completion date in February to finish my NVQ Level 2 which is two months earlier than planned so that’s boosted my confidence a little bit! The only thing i wish work wise is that we have a few more younger people through the door. Not being ageist or anything and most of our little old clients are very lovely, however it would be nice to see some more modern styles going on.
Models – Love the models I have been doing especially at college as the people are so varied and everyone comes from different walks of life and have different stories to tell. I still can’t help but being so harsh on myself. Whilst at college sometimes whilst practicing on my block or on a client I can be so quiet (those of you that know me, hold your comments), I put such pressure on myself to make sure the clients hair is perfect, which in one way is good as it means i’m always giving 100% to what i’m doing but in other ways not so good because I criticize my own work so much and sometimes I have to remember I have only been training for 8 months and my skills will develop over time.
Doing models has not only given the practice I need to become a stylist, but I think it has made me grow as a person. I know a lot of people say “hairdressers are like counselors and know all the gossip”. I have learnt that this statement is 100% true. Everybody you say hello to, shampoo, or style has or wants to share a story with you. After a few weeks of working in the salon i realised a lot of people are looking after another relative or being looked after them self and sometimes the only faces they see once a week are ours in the salon (poor clients he he he). It has made me see how lucky I am to have a happy and healthy family. Some of these women are in their 90’s but there at the salon every week with a full face of make up and nice cheery smile to brighten up the morning.
I still feel feel like I prefer doing colour that however is probably because i feel more confident doing colour as to cutting, again i’m sure in time as my skills develop I will feel as confident cutting as I do colouring. However my 2nd cutting model was interesting one. I work with her so was quite nervous to even touch her hair in the first place and being a lovely girl like she is i know she wouldn’t say too much if she didn’t like the way i had styled it. She came in to be a model on her day off, and feeling rather nervous i shampooed her hair whilst catching up on what she’d been doing that week. I couldn’t help but think whilst she was talking, about her lovely long hair i was about to cut and what lovely long it still is (Thank god i didn’t scalp her). As you will know if you are a hairdresser, if someone has long hair its best for you to cut it at your eye level. So with my manager watching over me and my colleague standing up with her head tilted slightly towards the ground I began sectioning and cutting the guideline, all seemed to be going well, except i have a tendency to leave the right side about 1 mm longer than the left. I worked up the back of her head, until got to the final section at the top of her head and the salon phone starts to ring and the next lot of clients had began to gather at the reception desk. As the only one free, my manager asks me if i’m ok to cut by myself for a second so she can sort out the chaos. “of course” I replied and off she went to tend to the clients. (in my head at this point I was freaking out, imagining all sorts of things could go wrong being left by myself to cut this last section by my self). So I took a deep breath and began to comb the section down, as I put my scissors in and put my comb between my fingers, the blade on the scissors began to open and my colleague lent back on me. “Stop messing around” I snapped sharply and jolted her forwards, “I’m just about to cut” Then my colleague began to slip down my body, until her head was laying on my feet and eyes started to roll in the back of her head. “Oh my god” I screamed and immediately another stylist came over and took over trying to bring my poor colleague round as she lay still and now motionless on the floor. She must of been out for between 20-30 seconds which seemed like a life time and all of a sudden she opened her eyes and said “What am I doing on the floor” and up she jumped in her cheery manor and was shocked by what had happened but had a little giggle and told me to carry on! I was more shaken up then she was and I have to say I hope I never have to experience it again!!
Enough of the salon even though hairdressing is my passion, my 1st passion in life as you may or may not know is being a mother to my beautiful son Benjamin, now aged 2 years and 3 months old!
He has grown up to be the most fun-loving toddler. He’s still always wearing his cheeky smile but the change in him this year has been immense. Matt and myself have watched him go from a little boy in January who just started to walk into a proper little cheeky toddler. He loves everything transport (typical boy) Planes, trains and cars oh and animals and more recently Bob the builder, which he has made his own little rendition of. Ben has gone from saying hardly anything in the past couple of months (which worried me as lots of my friends children were chit chattering away from an early age) to speaking quite clearly now and adding to his vocabulary every day.
We are just starting potty train which is an exciting yet messy time as most parents know. He seems to be growing up very quickly and I sit and think I can’t believe how quickly he is growing up. A new adventure for him to start soon is going to be nursery. As he was born in late September 2011 he will not start a state nursery until Sept 2015 which will be 3 weeks before his fourth birthday, so we’ve decided as well as him going to the childminder still who is excellent with him,that he would benefit in going to a private nursery for a bit, in order for him to socialise and mix with other children his age. Also for him to start education and be in a “school environment” learning rules and discipline and how to interact with other children and adults. I also feel this will encourage him to speak more as most parents and family members can admit to understanding toddler language and not always pushing a child to say the word, instead letting them point the cup and just giving it to them etc.
I have to thank my Mum and Matt and a few of the ladies at work for their continued support and help and picking me up when I’ve been down. For the training I’ve received so far at work, i thank my manager who has always stuck up for me and helped me she’s a star (and made me shop for clothes). The other girls at work who have helped with parenting advice, hairdressing and making me laugh making work that much more enjoyable.
Benjamin was the reason i got into hairdressing, I had always loved hairdressing but the main reason I stuck at it this time was for him. To better our lives, letting him live a comfortable life and letting me pursue my dream. Thank you Benjamin I Love You more than any words could describe.
HAPPY NEW YEAR