The Obstacle is the Way

"Those things that hurt, instruct." -Benjamin Franklin

Today I wanted to start a little differently than normal. Today's blurb is based on two quotes I heard this week that both kind of relate to each other. When we dissect these two quotes they tell us something very similar. They tell us that when you look at something that is an obstacle, or something that may hurt, it is what will make us stronger and better. 

Why am I telling you this? It is something I tell a lot of my first-time guests. When I am consulting with a new guest, I want to ask as many questions as possible. I want to make sure that I truly understand what they are asking for and what they want and need out of a hair service. A lot of times their response was " I have never been asked so many questions" or "I haven't actually thought about my hair that way." Usually, my follow up question is if they are nervous and a lot of times the answer is yes. I always say "If you aren't uncomfortable you aren't growing." There is a reason you are in my chair and there is a reason that you are coming to me. You didn't like what the last person was doing and you needed a change. If I kept doing what the last hairstylist was doing, you'd end up with the same thing. I Want all my clients to get a little uncomfortable with the questions so we can get to the root of the issue. I am the obstacle and I am also the path to an amazing haircut.

These quotes not only spoke to me on a professional level they also talked to me on a personal level. For the last 7 years, I have just been doing hair to do hair and make a paycheck. 2019 was the year I decided to start looking at my career more as an art form as well as a job. This year I am entering in the Behind The Chair  One Shot Hair Awards. I wanted to enter last year but my boss and owner had put it in my mind that so many people enter and I will never be chosen so why even try. There it was, my obstacle, the thing that caused pain. I knew at that moment that I would prove her wrong. This year I am stepping out of my comfort zone to do something I have never done before. I am putting myself out there and entering in this competition and it has already made me a better stylist. If you want to follow along with my journey I invite you to follow my Instagram @jacobnormanhair.

Now you know my story and my struggles, its time for your story. Today I challenge each and every one of you to step out of your comfort zone, do something new. Even if it's painful, even if it's difficult, even if you struggle I will be cheering you on. I know that each and every one of you can grow and become even more amazing than you already are! Instead of avoiding pain at all costs, get out of your comfort zone, meet challenges head-on, and choose to learn and grow from them. Because it might be easy to be comfortable, but it's unbelievably rewarding to grow!

Say Goodbye to Shampoo

The Perils of Shampoos

Shampoo firmly grabs impurities and oils.Shampoo also grabs the protective oils the scalp produces naturally.Water firmly grabs the shampoo and everything is rinsed away.Damage is doneHair is FRIED FRIZZY and SAD.After shampoo does its damage, conditioner is the cleanup crew.Conditioner has moisturizers and silicones to fill the gaps and crack left behind by shampoo.

The Virtues Of New Wash!

New Wash uses a proprietary blend of essential oils and naturally derived saturated cleansers instead of detergents to grab impurities loosely attached to the hair strand.It leaves natural oils where they belong.Water grabs New Wash and only rinses impurities awayCuticles are closedCortex is protectedCOLOR IS SAVED
What about conditioner?With New Wash YOU DON'T NEED CONDITIONER

Mastery VS Artistry

Today I had a guest look at my business card and see the title of Hair Artist underneath my name. Her first question was "why don't you call yourself a master stylist now that you own your own business?" I get asked this a lot, in my 7 years of being a stylist. No matter what promotion I got or how much I raised my prices, I never wanted to be called a "Master Stylist."

Becoming masterful at something is a lengthy process that requires intelligent repetition. Some say it takes ten years to master something; others say it takes 10,000 hours. What I know for sure is that if you want to master anything, you have to put in the time and the energy, and you have to own your excellence.

Let me be clear that owning your excellence doesn’t mean you’ve “arrived.” It doesn’t mean that you no longer need to grow or change. Like I mentioned earlier, mastery is a process—one that is never fully complete for an artist. There is always something new to discover, learn, and explore no matter how many hours you’ve put in.

This industry is always changing and evolving. There's always a new look or a new style. There is always somebody better than you who is doing more than you. With all this in mind, if you consider yourself a master at hair you have given up. The second you stop growing, evolving, or learning in this industry is the second you stop being a good stylist.
I don't consider myself a Master Stylist because I am always striving to grow and become better. I am always striving to not only make myself better but also better the industry that I am in. I consider myself a Hair Artist who is constantly striving toward mastery. I believe this minuscule difference will make a world of difference in the long run!