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Hair Stylist is Not Your Mother’s Hairdresser

Trade Show Attendee in Clown Dress

Hair stylists today is very different from just a few years ago

The stylists that are showing up at today’s hair styling conventions are a different breed. Today I had a chance to attend one of the bigger shows in this area. It’s been a while since I have been to one of these hair shows and was quite surprised that the average hairdresser who attends these shows, looks different and has a very different attitude.

In years past a hair styling convention was quite a fashion event. The hair stylist attendees dressed in their very best high fashion outfits, high heels, lots of glitter, makeup and of course every imaginable hair do that mankind could possible come up with.

It was important to be seen by your peers as being on the cutting edge of style and fashion.

Not so anymore, today’s hairdresser attendees are much less fashion and style conscious and much more focused on learning and perfecting their trade. It was not unusual to see a stylist dressed in jeans and a subdued blouse or top. And of course there were a few pretty edgy hair styles, most were pretty ordinary.

At lunch I sat with about six attendees from a variety of different salon types, big ones, little ones, a business salon a rural salon owner. What we all had in common were the fact that every one of us was a veteran of 20 years or more.

For the consumers I think this should be very good news. Lets face it very few of us can show up in the classroom or work date with a hair style that looks like it came from a fashion runway. But all of us can recognize and benefit from a truly well crafted haircut.

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  1. I totally agree with this article. When I go to a hair show, I am there to learn how to perfect what I do, not to impress any other stylist, etc. I want to be the best hair stylist I can be, the only way to to that is to look at what I can glean from others, not by looking in the mirror at myself at a hair show.

    Comment by Valerie McGaha — April 14, 2008 @ 10:19 pm

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