My favorite artist/singer/poet/activist/ultra-feminist, Ani Difranco, has a song titled “Out of Habit” that contains the lyrics “Art is why I get up in the morning But my definition ends there And it doesn’t seem fair That I’m living for something I can’t even define”. Even though I’ve been singing that song at the top of my longs for nearly 20 years now….those words have really began to resonate with me. Until recently I knew what I wanted my life to look like but I couldn’t define it. It wasn’t until meeting a few truly inspiring people who I am finally able to define my purpose in life. “To change the way hairdressers and the beauty industry is viewed.” By demanding the respect the industry so greatly deserves. Empowering them to hold themselves to a standard so high they cannot be ignored. To let them know that no matter who is sitting at the table there is a seat for them…ceo’s, cfo’s, state officials, doctors, lawyers, professors….pull up a chair people!” What I have found is so many people go through life not knowing how damn smart and powerful they really are. So many people don’t have that person in their life telling them they can do anything, supporting them and to help push them to the top. If that person does not exist in their life..I will be that person.
I share this with EVERYONE because this applies to human beings in general. This is a concept that can be utilized with anyone…whether you want to change the way you as a person are viewed or the industry you have dedicated yourself to. This certainly does not just apply to hairdressers.
I will be preaching the good word about how strategically branding yourself will earn you the respect you so greatly deserve. I was lucky enough to be taught the importance of this by Bennie Pollard and Paula Hensen of Cool Beauty Consulting. It is now my responsibility to share this with the future hairdressers of the world.
Smiling, making eye contact, shaking hands, having a killer wardrobe, great personal hygiene, using great dialogue and delivery, great posture, being punctual, and having an exceptional attitude. Sharing the importance of these 9 things to the future hairdressers of the world. But this goes FAR BEYOND hairdressing. This is just human beings holding themselves to a higher standard in general. This is something we should be teaching our children and something that we as adults should be doing every day!
At Lola we call this “The Art of Mastering Badassery”. Now that I can define my mission….now that I have an actual strategy of spreading this mission…I AM UNSTOPPABLE!!!! As long as my heart is beating I know that my assignment is not complete!!! I invite you to join me in being a badass and teaching those around us how to be badasses….ANYONE can Master the Art of Badassery!!! Let’s do this shit!!!!!