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It’s Beautician’s Day!

And to celebrate here are some Member Musings by Adriane (myhotstylist)


Do you ever think about your daily routine at work? For a beautician, routine is a foreign word. When I open the door to enter the salon, my senses go into overdrive. The smell of perms and shampoo, hairspray and colors… the sounds of music, laughter, blow-dryers and clippers. The sight of happy people surrounding me, and hair all over the floor. I’m instantly in a better mood no matter how tired, grumpy or frumpy I feel. The excitement and adrenaline begin at the thought of being able to be creative with my hands, and looking forward to the smile and hug I will later receive from my first client of the day. THIS is my life.

Although beauticians have a fun job, there are times when we rarely get to eat, experience fits of uncontrollable laughter, and sometimes we question our own sanity to the point of wanting to pull out our own hair. We laugh, we cry, we can get very catty at times. Our clients become our friends and we get the joy of sharing in their life’s greatest milestones. Words cannot express what is feels like to be the first to know when someones pregnant, getting married, got into college; or the overwhelming pain you feel when you get a call on New Years Eve and find out that a client you dearly loved has passed away. Life is definitely full of ups and downs, and beauticians see it and live it every day. We do what we do because we care about people. We get paid to play and do what we love the most.

It takes a special person to be a successful hair stylist. However, I honestly believe it takes an even more special person to put up with me in my chair. We each have our own quirks and things that makes us tick. Being a hairstylist has taught me a lot about myself. Patience, kindness, gratitude, and respect. I have been called too skinny, too fat, been told by a 9 year old that i look (cough) 39. Helped an autistic child overcome their fear of scissors. Been featured in newspapers for doing a Locks of Love haircut on a man undergoing chemo-therapy. Been invited to weddings, and almost pulled over at 5am trying to get to the salon to do said wedding updo. Sometimes, I do get frustrated, but it is mainly with myself. My hair has been almost every color of the rainbow at one point or another, but its fun to get reactions from clients in the salon over my newest do. We have a ton of fun in our profession, but mainly we are like one big crazy family.

Working in a salon has truly been one of the best experiences of my life. Ever since I could remember, all I ever wanted to do is play with hair. As you can imagine 90% of my dolls ended up bald! Not a handful of people I know can say that they have their dream job. Not only am I a beautician, I’m also a miracle worker, psychiatrist, creator, counselor, mediator, actor, comedian, friend, critic, analyst, fashion adviser, entertainer, trendsetter, informant, manipulator, keeper of secrets, hearer of confessions, and occasionally, one who cuts hair. We do our best to see the beauty in everyone, even if we want to fire our customers.


In honor of Beautician’s Day I’d like to share with you one of my favorite poems of all time.

Audrey Hepburn’s Beauty Tips:
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.
Remember, If you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!

-Sam Levenson

Now, hair are some book suggestions:

Tressed to Kill by Lila Dare


The Comb: Its History and Development by Jen Cruse


Big Hair And Flying Cows by Dolores J. Wilson


Eureka He Invented: It The Eureka Straightening Comb by Josephine Dorsey Wheeler


Can You Cut It So It Looks Longer? by Pamela Parkhurst


Killer Cuts by Elaine Viets


The Hairy Book






5 Responses to “It’s Beautician’s Day!”

  1. Cozette M. (CozSnShine) says:

    Andriane – what a great blog! You express a lot of what I feel about my own hairdresser. I can see the fun part of your job but also that’s it’s not ALL fun! How wonderful to be able to do a job you love so much!

    “Our clients become our friends and we get the joy of sharing in their life’s greatest milestones.” My hairdresser, Linda has been my friend for over 30 years! She rejoiced with me when life was going great, did my hair for my son’s wedding, helped me do the flowers for his brides shower, and always loves sharing joy. I’ve rejoiced with her over her wedding, her adopting a dog, her nephew’s success and the birth of several grand nieces and nephews. We’ve also shared the bad time, and in 30 years we all have some bad times. Her dog’s death and her unexpected devastating divorce were hard times for her. She called me when my husband died and told me to come in. She dyed my hair, styled it and gave me her sympathy. I don’t see her except in the saloon, but I count her as a friend indeed.

    I write that because I am sure you have clients that feel the same about you. I love reading what you wrote and enjoy your post in CMT. Your quirky view of things always makes me smile!

  2. Becki (beebs) says:

    Great post, Adriane! What a wonderful look inside your life and inside a salon (from the eyes of one who works there).

    And I love Audrey Hepburn’s Beauty Tips. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Valerie R. (VLR) says:

    Great post, Adriane! You describe what you do and how much you love it so vividly that I can really picture you at work now. My hairdresser is further away than I would prefer to drive, but I go to her not only because I like the way she cuts my hair, but because I really like HER. I like to know what is going on in her life and to update her on mine. I suspect you have clients that go to you for the same reasons – they don’t just want their hair cut, they want to have it cut by YOU.

  4. Courtney (coco1019) says:

    Great post, Adriane!

  5. James L. (JimiJam) says:

    I love my hairdresser to pieces. I’ve got barbershops well within walking distance, but I travel to the next county to go to a salon instead. Why? Because barbers know how to give a haircut (and usually just one haircut), but hairdressers know how to cut hair. Conversations are more fun (“girl talk” always is lol), the experience is MUCH more personal, and they always manage to turn a routine trim into a real treat. I always enjoy my trips to the salon, tip heavily when its over, and leave thoroughly pleased with whatever style I’m sporting on my way out. This post was excellent, and reminds me that I’m due for another cut!

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