Retiring at 27
October Q&A Video
Well, it’s almost official.
After today, I’m retired.
I’m also tired. And I’m tired over and over again, so I’m kind of re-tired too.
I’ve thought about this day for a long time. I never really knew what it would feel like, or how I would react. I didn’t know what the circumstances around it would be, nor how old I would be.
After 10 years of being a hairstylist, I’m closing my private studio, leaving only a layer of hairspray behind, and beginning the next chapter of my life, a stay at home mom. In the meantime, I’ll pretty much be a full time blogger, but once that baby exits his current home in December, being a mom will be my #1 responsibility, pushing “blogger” below it.
I’m so very grateful that I have the opportunity to stay home with my son. I do not take for granted how nice it is that I’ve been able to choose that. I know so many women who long for that.
I grew up with a stay at home mom, and my husband grew up with a stay at home mom. We both appreciated the benefits of having our moms around, and hoped that we would be able to do the same with our family.
Of course, it goes without saying, I don’t think being a stay at home or working mom is a “right” or “wrong” decision. It’s more of a “right” or “left” decision, you know? Neither is wrong in an of itself, they are just different. A different direction, if you will.
So, let’s get sentimental, shall we? Here’s the past 10 years of my hair career in a nutshell:
-Graduated beauty school at the same time I graduated high school. Had intentions of heading straight to NYC to do runway hair.
-Dad said, “yeah no. you should probably go to college” so I went to college.
-Started working in a salon, as a independent stylist (aka booth renter) in 2007 in a small, family owned salon. Learned a lot about what I valued (and did not value) in a salon environment and working with other stylists.
-Flew to NYC in October of 2007 to take the Redken Color Certification exam. Passed grueling test and got certified!
-Switched to a salon that better fit my style and clientele in 2008. Enjoyed more privacy and expanded my clientele and hours. Typical work weeks were Tuesday through Saturday, with many long days.
-Got married in 2009, moved to Raleigh 3 months after we were married, and I started my own business in a private studio immediately thereafter. It was the slowest time in my career since I basically started from scratch.
-Steadily built a clientele and moved to a different (and much, much better) private studio in 2012.
-Shaved off a few days from working behind the chair in the spring of 2013 in order to allow a bit more time to be spent on the blog.
-Pretty much had a dream schedule, with a dream clientele, in a dream studio.
-And now, closing my business and leaving behind clients that I’ve been working with for years. It’s rather sad.
Overall, I could not be more pleased with how my career has evolved. I absolutely loved being a business owner. My boss and employee were a dream to work with . . . since they were both ME. I loved the freedom in choosing everything about how I wanted my clients to feel in my chair. I loved choosing my own hours, payment methods, color, products, music, etc. I loved being an independent stylist.
So what was my favorite part of doing hair?
This is a tough one. It’s truly difficult to narrow down just one. Other than developing relationships with my clients, my favorite part has been watching my clients become more comfortable styling their own hair. That was the inspiration behind starting this blog after all. Second to that, the look in their eyes when I did a fresh cut, whether it was an inch or 5 inches. I know how great it feels to have a haircut, and I loved being able to making women feel that way.
What was my least favorite part?
Getting color under my nails making it look like I dug around in dirt all day. Also, folding towels.
Do I think I’ll ever return to a salon and work as a stylist?
No. Now, I may change my mind in a few years, but at this time I really don’t think I will. The most I could see myself actually doing is a few bridal parties a year on the side. But I don’t see myself working behind the chair again.
What was your favorite, cutting or coloring?
I really enjoyed doing a fun haircut on client looking for a change. I liked the dramatic befores and afters. Overall, though, I typically had more “maintenance” cuts (ex. “just a trim!”) than dramatic makeovers.
As far as coloring goes, I really enjoyed highlighting/lolighting and creating the perfect caramel color with Shades EQ (a line of Redken hair color).
What am I going to miss the most?
Talking to my clients. I’ve seen s o many of them nearly every 4 weeks for the past 4-5 years. I know them and they know me. In fact, there are friends that I don’t even see as much as I see my clients.
It’s going to be strange to not get a life update every month or so. And that is where I anticipate the largest void occurring Sure, I’ll miss the act of doing hair, but more than that I’ll miss being a part of my client’s lives.