Oamaru Mail reporter Jessie Waite has been spending a few hours on a Friday learning more about local jobs. Last week, she joined the team at Razor’s Edge hair salon.
When I first begun my journalism course three years ago, I told my mother if reporting didn’t work out, I would try my luck with hair dressing.
Last Friday, I had the best of both worlds, reporting on what it takes to be a hairdresser at North End’s Razor’s Edge.
Now before I continue, I must thank the kind clients at Razor’s Edge who allowed me to discover hair washing techniques on them – you quickly eased my nerves.
I also didn’t climb the ranks to senior stylist in a matter of hours, so of course, I was given a list of tasks which included cleaning up after hair cuts, preparing the foils for colours, cleaning colouring materials and washing clients’ hair.
My good friend Lisa Allan, who is also my trusted hair dresser, is a senior stylist at the salon and has been there for the past nine years.
She said all aspects of the job intrigued her to do the three year course at Headquarters Hairdressing Academy in Dunedin.
Miss Allan said being to completely change the look of somebody is one of the most rewarding aspects of the job.
“I love seeing someone walking out looking and feeling amazing,” she said.
And she is right – there’s nothing quite like being pampered at the hair salon.
“I love seeing the reactions on their faces,” she said.
“They might come in after a bad day but then they walk out with a smile.”
She said the industry is always producing new techniques and new products.
“It’s never dull,” she said.
“We’re constantly learning new techniques and that keeps us on our toes.”
Miss Allan said her regular clients become family.
“They know what’s going on in your life and you know what is going on in theirs,” she said.
She believes people under-estimate just what the job entails.
“They see the glam and the colouring,” she said.
“They never see you putting in 12 hours, standing on your feet all day.”
Although I wasn’t able to give someone a mo-hawk or dye their hair bright orange, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Razor’s Edge – it’s something I could certainly get used to.
“I wouldn’t change it for the world,” said Miss Allan.
If you fancy having Jessie join you for the day to learn more about your job, email her on firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone her, 03 433 0536.