How to not be afraid of updos.

 

I know a lot of hairdressers that would rather eat dog food than do an updo on a client.  There is something about the unknown when you see an updo scheduled on your books that makes your stomach turn in fear.  I was that person for years until I realized that it's the easiest way to be an on-site hairdresser. Sure, there is a confidence that comes with doing them for awhile, but it is honestly super easy.  I probably shouldn't even be saying this because now you know I'm just a lazy person who can charge money for literally being lazy. Here are just a couple keys I've learned over the years on doing updos that will make your clients so happy and keep you in business.

  1. Make the wand do the work. This is an over-generalization but when it comes to updos, and more specifically wedding hair, even just a little bend in the hair can make the difference between a perfect updo and a pitiful one. I curl probably 90% of my clients hair before pinning it up. The curl leaves a much softer look and gives those pins some traction so they don't slip out.  
  2. Take it in sections. Many clients will bring you a picture of their desired updo. I have been handed some of the most intensely braided/twisted/crazy pictures of hair that have made my head spin.  This is normal, but not necessary.  First, find out what the client likes specifically about that picture.  They may like a part of it that you didn't even notice while you were being distracted by the swirly-whirlyness.  Most importantly, look at the style in sections. When broken down, you will notice that maze of design could be merely a teased-up bun interwoven with a few simple braids.  
  3. Smile often.  When I have a new client that I can tell is not ready to hand their full trust over to me, I smile at them and I keep that smile even when I think they're not looking. Not like a psycho, but just a gentle smile that lets them know I'm not worried and they shouldn't be either.  This small gesture will ultimately make the greatest difference in your work and in winning over your client.

If you find yourself freaking-out about an upcoming bride or updo client think of these three simple keys and watch the work of your hands create amazing things!

With all my love and bobby pins,

Abby 

 

 

Abby in a nutshell

Good morning, all!

I have a favorite time of day. I don't shout it from the rooftops usually because a lot of people find it slightly annoying—but I just can't help it. My favorite time of day falls between 6:00am-10:00am.  I get a little sad when those hours are coming to an end.  I love being ready early enough to have a quiet moment on my own couch or out at a breakfast place in town. There is something about the morning sunlight compared to the afternoon/evening sunlight that makes me feel a little more loved or something. If you haven't tried it--you totally should.  

ANYWAYS....... I thought I'd start out this new blog by putting myself out there a bit. First of all, my name is Abby. I live in Houston, TX with my husband, Chris, our 2.5-year-old Norah, and our French Bulldog, Celine.  I'm a stay-at-home mom/professional hairdresser who works on-location.  I have been doing hair since 2008 (well really since about '01 but legally since '08).  And I think my job is really cool.  Who else gets to go around making people feel hotter for a living?? And get paid for it?? However, I didn't always know I wanted to be a hairdresser.  I actually started out pursuing ministry in a little practical ministry school in the Rio Grande Valley.  Though ministry in a church building didn't turn out to be my favorite thing, I'm thankful it transplanted me to Texas (Illinois native) where I realized winter is literally from the devil and one doesn't actually have to go through that b.s. yearly. I spent my first five hairdressing years in the salon--learning, and using precious, unknowing clients as guinea pigs (do an apprenticeship first, young hairdressers!).  Then when our daughter was born in 2013, the opportunity to work on-site presented itself. I jumped right on that horse and never looked back.  Working for myself has been one of the most rewarding decisions I've ever made and it has kept me home with our daughter that I'm slightly addicted to (more on her later). So, that sums up about the last decade or so for me.  I'm getting really excited to share with y'all some of the ups and downs of working as an on-site hairdresser, some of my favorite people/tools of the trade, and probably a lot of other randomness like about how to have no friends by being a morning person! See you tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by!

With all my love and morningness, 

Abby