With gratitude i welcome you to my blog.
I am the Organic Hairstylist.
I haven’t always been the Organic Hairstylist. My journey changed path about 3 years ago and it has been a whirlwind of a ride since then. I would like to share it with you, and hope you would like to hear my story and join me on my journey ahead.
I love hair! I have always loved hair.
But little things began niggling at my gut. My intuition was becoming harder to ignore and before too long, thankfully, i gave in. This is my story till now.
It all began at age sixteen, i left school and began work at a small suburban salon. I moved not long after to a larger salon in a shopping centre, as i wanted to be exposed to more. I had many senior stylists who inspired me and i began to learn the art of hairdressing. Through my apprenticeship and TAFE study i always won many awards, and was then named in the Young Artist Team as a platform artist. This was so exciting for me and i began to live and breathe hairdressing.
Out of my apprenticeship and becoming a fully fledged hairdresser, i slowly built a clientele, moving to a couple of different salons with my loyal clientele following me. One salon head hunted me, it was thrilling and great for my confidence, and i was able to name my price. I was there for only three months. I was bored!
I was out partying with girlfriends one night and on our return in the early hours of the morning we got talking of my career. Next thing i knew i was faxing my resume to the internationally renowned Toni & Guy, and later that day, terribly hungover, i received a call from the manager of Toni & Guy arranging a face to face interview. I remember being so overwhelmed on my trip to the interview, and the butterflies in my stomach were going absolutely crazy! I finally built up the courage to walk into my interview, concentrating on my breathing and in my head telling myself “you can do this!”
Yes, i got the job. I then undertook the six weeks training which is basically to tear down everything you have been taught and build you back up with the way they want you to do it. It was hard. I got through it with flying colours and was then let on the floor with a new mindset and ready to build up a new clientele.
Working at Toni & Guy was a fantastic part of my career. I then moved up the ranks within the company and began learning about management and training staff. There was always something exciting happening there, and i was always putting my hand up to assist at fashion shows, photoshoots or whatever! Hair Expo was an annual event and i was back up as a platform artist with my ‘Madonna Microphone’ once again. I was living the dream!
Personal circumstances then saw me moving states to where there was no Toni & Guy, so i decided to go it alone, and i opened Zen Hairdressing. I loved having my own salon, and i was used to putting long hours in, but this time it was for myself. But as i got more into running the business, i was more and more off the floor. I was missing just doing hair. Instead i had my head stuck in overwhelming piles of bookwork, this isn’t what i expected it to be like!
After six years in business a surprise came into my life, i was pregnant! And when my first born K arrived, she changed all my priorities. I closed my business and began focussing on the new life i had created. My partner H was constantly working and i looked after the home life, and after not long at all, i needed something more. We decided to build a self contained studio on our home premises, so i could keep my hands in hair but also be at home with my daughter. This worked so well with me working a few hours a week. I had many loyal clients knocking on my door when i had closed my business, so a ready made clientele and a new studio enabled me to continue to be creative and also have some much needed adult conversation.
After 18 months a surprise came knocking and i was pregnant again with my second born T! I just carried on as i had done before, and organised appointments around naps and breastfeeding. My clients were wonderfully understanding, and i was building up such a beautiful, positive and nurturing space. I was enjoying motherhood AND enjoying my business!
Once my daughters grew older and begun school, i then moved into full time hours. Just like before, i was used to putting in the hard work and once again, for myself, but this time the relationship with my clients was different. It was just the person in my chair and me, one on one, with no one else. Before long my appointment book was full and i had a loyal clientele of people who i cared for and i had become part of their lives.
I felt this is what i had been searching for!
Two years later in a full-time business as an owner operator, this is where my gut instinct really began kicking in. You see, I had this beautiful studio space that i had created, where everyday i was enjoying styling hair and caring for each person that sat in my chair. My surroundings were perfect, well almost!
The nurturing mother in me began to challenge the mainstream hairdresser in me! I had an invested interest in every person that sat in my chair. They weren’t just clients, they were friends. And if i care for these people, why would i be putting their health at risk!
This was a real battle for me. By this stage, in my 22nd year of hairdressing, this type of dialogue i was having in my head, i had never heard before. As hairdressers, we always spoke of achieving healthy looking or healthy feeling hair, but never the health of our clients or ourselves for that matter had come into the equation. I began researching ingredients and changing to low toxic products in my home.
“Surely there has to be a non chemical colour on the market” i kept saying over and over in my head.
I spent eight months researching all different hairdressing product companies around the world. Many would say they were ‘ammonia free’ but had replaced the ammonia with some other nasty. Others won court orders to silence some of their ingredients so they could call themselves ‘organic’. I realised this was going to be a lot harder than i thought.
I picked four of the top companies i felt were the better of a bad bunch, and one other that really stood out! I requested information from all five companies on their colour range. The four ‘better of a bad bunch’ all sent me so much advertising material, even stuff i hadn’t requested. It all looked really tacky and made them look desperate for my business. The one company i had my eye on from the start, sent a beautifully presented portfolio stating information on their colours, the ethics behind their company plus the type of salons they would fit into and information on their national trainers.
They presented themselves as beautifully understated and unashamedly honest! Not only did their ingredients stack up but their mindset resonated with me…….i knew immediately i had found my tribe!
I began the hard transformation of shifting my mainstream mindset and opening my mind to the new ways of approaching hair. I replaced all my brand name chemical products and became the first organic concept salon in my region. This is my journey of growing organically.
Thankyou for reading my story and i hope this now gives you a little insight into who i am and the journey i am now on.
Now, it is about you joining me!
I will be sharing with you my new found experiences with my first love……HAIR! I may bust some myths or even surprise you with things you have been made to believe are true, but i promise to always remain honest. I am not endorsed by a product company nor am i here to sell products, i am here to just share my knowledge and love of hair.
The Organic Hairstylist xx