Hairstyling is an art form. Every client is unique
and it is up to me to take what they come with
and form and shape their hair into a new and
beautiful creation. My clients leave looking
different, they have been changed and I have
made an impact on their lives.
When I start a new haircut I
consult my client. I ask them what
they know about their hair, what
they have done in the past and
what they are looking forward to
by the end of the service.
Next I drape my client in a cape.
I am preparing them for what is
to come up during the service. I
tell them what to expect and
where we are headed.
When I take my client from the chair to the sink I plan what my
strategies are going to be to ensure that they leave happier
than when they came in. I plan what techniques and products I
When I am shampooing I am going
back to the roots and cleansing
them of the bad habits they have. I
am showing them what they should
be doing and what I expect of them
in the future.
During the conditioning and
scalp massage I am relaxing
my client before the cut starts.
For some clients the haircut
can be very nerve-racking and
it is up to me to make sure
they feel comfortable. They
need to know that they will be
safe in my hands.
When my client is
back in my chair I
comb out my
client’s hair. I am
getting rid of any
confusion and I am
anticipation. I take
their entire hair
and begin to
section and create
subsections. I will
combine at the
end of the haircut
into one mass of
As I begin cutting the
perimeter, I am just getting
started. This is the basis of
the haircut and ensuring that
the perimeter is cut perfectly
will ensure that the rest of
the haircut will go smoothly
and end up looking great.
As I am getting through the haircut and working my way
through all of their hair I sometimes come across some
difficulties. From my clients previous hairstylist they may have
some different lengths of layers. This can be tricky but I work
with the client to make sure they are receiving the best haircut
they can get. I try different techniques and use different
products that may work for this client but not for other clients.
As I am drying my clients
hair I am using more tools
like my blow-dryer and
flatiron. Because every
client’s hair is different
(some curly, some wavy,
some straight) I have to
work with not against
them. I also have to find
and inform myself on all
of the new products out
there to make sure I can
flatter all varying types of
As I follow through with cross checking I am assessing the shape and
flow of the haircut. This is to make sure that everything I have done
has been successful and that there are no loose ends or strangling
ends that have been missed. I also ask myself if there is anything that I
need to adjust, do I need to go any shorter or is this length perfect.
In dry detailing I
am making the
I have come to
the conclusion of
the haircut. I am
making sure that
everything I have
done has been
When I have finished styling my
clients hair I take a step back and
look at the beautiful face in front of
me. I have shown them how to do
their hair by themselves. They will
use this information to be able to
recreate my design but also
experiment and grow to create new
styles. I am leaving them prepared
for the future.
After my client has left I
clean up my station. I am
getting ready for the next
client that I will have. I have
to reorganize my materials
and my space. I need to
make sure that everything is
set for the next client that I
can hope to inspire.
I am a hairstylist. I have a passion for helping others look and feel their best.
I can change a life by giving them the self esteem they need, the
information and the products needed to achieve a specific look. I give them
ideas for how to grow and try out new styles. Each client is different and it
is up to me to use different strategies, techniques, and products to make
each client leave informed and positive. I must always work with what the
client has, work slowly by establishing a clean slate and develop throughout
the service. I work towards developing rapport with my client. This way the
client feels safe and secure. I hope that they will come back to me in the
future but I am happy to have made an impact in their lives and watch them
grow as an individual.
A special thanks to my sister Lisa Reiner who is
the licensed hairstylist in the pictures. I would
also like to thank Rachel for allowing me to
photograph her, and I would also like to thank
Tangerine Curls in Lacombe, AB for allowing the
photos to be taken in their Hair Salon and Spa.
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