Doing Great Work is Not as Easy as It Looks.... Imperfections are Okay

True talent can’t always be measured by producing great work on a beautiful canvas, but also by producing great work with a imperfect situation. You won’t always get the perfect head of hair to work on or the perfect circumstances for that matter. Every individual is different and it may take some great skills and finesse when working on an imperfect canvas.


Sometimes you have imperfect situations that don’t really allow for you to do techniques that you're used to doing. Some circumstances may require you to inject a new route on how to get to your destination or in other words desired style. Maybe the client has thin sides that may require leaving the sides with more length if your doing a short hair style. That may also require you to approach your cutting method differently than you would a client who has fuller hair on the sides. You can learn all the techniques in the world, but you never truly know its value until you have to apply it; especially when working with a imperfect situation.

Another example would be if the client desires to go blonde and the canvas is extremely coily. It would be necessary to take a different approach than it would if I were working with straight hair. Seeing as how coily hair may take a longer time to process when applying lightener. You would have to decide to use a lower volume that will allow you enough time to work through the hair with your method of application. If you are working with straight hair, you could probably use a higher developer such as 30 volume because your application would be much faster. A lot of times imperfect situations also include working under difficult or unrealistic time constraints that don’t allow enough time to get through all of what is required to achieve a certain style.

Clients can’t really tell the difference. They just want the results. All they know is what they see in the outcome. They don't think of all of the circumstances or pathways you need to take to get to that outcome. What many people are not able to see is the critical thinking, problem solving and strategy behind achieving masterpiece results. It takes a certain level of creativity to do what cosmetologists do and to be honest; we don’t always get it right. Through trial and error we learn over time how to make the best decisions for each service and sometimes even then we can’t predict that the results will be perfect.


Cosmetologists should take their time and not be so hard on themselves when making mistakes or trying something new. Not saying that you should be okay with not doing a great job, I'm saying to be more aware that mistakes are a process of growth so don't ever get discouraged. Try it again or continue on with producing great work and work through those imperfect situations. Clients should be patient and more open to listening to the cosmetologist as well so they may be properly guided. They can help with this by releasing a fixed expectation of the outcome and taking into account the imperfections their hair or situation may have.


If one looks deeper they can see the beauty in imperfections. Imperfection causes us to see things differently. it makes us open our minds to broader perspectives and also to a more meaningful existence. When we are dissatisfied with things it is an opportunity for us to grow and to understand ourselves better. When something doesn’t go the way I planned I have to ask myself what is the lesson in this? What is this trying to teach me right now? When I go up that road, I often find a beneficial gem that helps to enrich who I am as a person. Observing those imperfections are the reminders that let us know we are all still human at the end of the day.


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