Hi, I’m Julie.
I’m a stylist. I have clients who often ask me questions about their hair and products. I decided to start this blog to answer questions and also put on posts about different topics that might be helpful. I mean, things in the beauty industry, including hair and other things.
I have been a stylist for over 20 years. I had my own salon for a long time. I had several stylists that worked for me, and it was fine for a while. But then I realized that I was working all the time, and I just didn’t want to work that much.
I had a friend that also had a salon. I asked her about our stylists working for her, including me. She was fine with that.
So I closed my salon and just started working for her.
It was such a relief. I don’t have to be the one to make everything work for the business. I just have my part and that’s all I have to do. When I’m finished for the day, I can go home and not do anything else.
I’m busy all the time. I work from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., five days a week.
I keep busy with haircuts, colors, highlights, lowlights, updo’s, stuff like that. I really love what I do, and I love the client interaction.
It’s kind of a running joke out in the industry that we act as therapists for our clients. We, meaning the stylists.
I’d have to agree with that to a certain degree. It amazes me what my clients will tell me as I’m working on their hair. And if I’ve got a client for a while—like for a two-hour hair color—they can unload all kinds of stuff. It’s like I’m their captive audience.
The thing is that I actually care about my clients. I don’t mind listening to their stories. At the end of the appointment, they leave, so it’s not like they are there forever. And I’ve heard them and they’ve felt heard, and sometimes I’m the only one they have to talk to. Or the only one that feels safe, anyway.
I have a couple of clients that I share stuff with, too. With them it’s like an actual relationship or friendship—like a two-way thing. Last year when a bunch of stuff went down with my husband’s brother dying, I shared that with a couple clients.
Or the drama in New York with my sister and some of the stunts she pulled when we were up there visiting—I shared that, too.
I have a few clients that I have seen for literally years. I’ve seen them through daughters going to prom, sons graduating, business difficulties, marriages falling apart, divorces, finding someone new, moving on with their lives. . . . Honestly, I love some of those relationships. I have a ring-side seat to the happenings in their lives, and I care, and they know I care.
So this blog is about hair and beauty and products and people and clients and relationships—and whatever else fits!