#AskNeeko: The Flow of Perseverance

It’s not about us; it never has been and it never will be. It’s about you. Bottom line, I can post as many pictures of hair as I want on our social media pages, I can type blog posts until my fingers fall off, but the only thing that matters- and that will EVER matter- is that you are impacted in some way. That you leave our Instagram page feeling motivated or exit out of our blog page feeling inspired and like you learned something. That is what it is all about. So, I gave you guys free reign to come up with a question for owner, Neeko Abriol, and here was the one we chose:

“Our salon loves your salon. Salon Sessions does it expertly. We are a salon with an apprenticeship program because we are responsible to young stylists in giving them the opportunity to succeed in our industry and because it is out responsibility to elevate the industry. That being said, are you finding that new stylists coming into the industry struggle with perseverance  If so- how are you building the confidence of your new stylists without diminishing your own energy.” – @lunchsalon

Great question from an amazing salon. As he was fixing lighting in our photo studio, I got a few minutes with Neeko.

Perseverance (noun) Steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. Why is perseverance a trait that is harder and harder to come by lately? Heres what he had to say:

“The new workforce coming into the industry- their best characteristic isn’t perseverance. So salon owners and managers have to realize that the only way you build perseverance using a flow. Desire, Decision, Devotion, Delight. Anybody can say “Hey I want to be a hairstylist” but it’s going to take that desire to make a decision and say “Hey you know what, I am going to be a hairstylist”. So from that decision to become, then follows a devotion. The devotion determines wether that decision is going to be followed through. Once you have the devotion to your craft, it will lead to delight. Not only will the client delight in it, not only will someone else love their hair, but you will delight in the moment too. After, you desire to do more and dedicate yourself to that. That is the cycle that creates perseverance. It can’t be googling or watching youtube videos. Knowledge has to be tested on the anvil of experience.

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Knowledge has to be tested on the anvil of experience.

If you don’t have that challenge, those trial and error learning moments to see if it actually works, theres no way they’re going to persevere. Durability is the ability to endure. How do you pick a football player? There are 3 kinds of players- (1) the guy that gets hit and stays down, (2) the guy that gets back up, gets hit and gets back up, and (3) the guy that is actually hitting everybody else. THAT is the guy I want, the one knocking everyone else down on the football field. Thats the guy that has desire, devotion, and now has delight in his sport.

My best advice is to put your new assistants in that program of training and reward. That is the only way to counter not persevering, the old fashion way. You gotta do it, you gotta get your hands dirty. There is no shortcut to persevering, you have to grind and you have to hustle.  The reason that the generation coming in looks for shortcuts is because of this new world of apps. They have allowed us to do shortcuts. I’m not downing the fact that the app stuff is amazing, I mean, we now have the power to save time on anything, but now we are now  looking for those shortcuts everywhere. You got to embrace the grind, and that grind is going to set you apart from everyone else that are using the shortcuts- the ones that are on to the next easiest thing. Forget all of that, I want someone who is going to grind and stick it out. Everyone doesn’t get a gold star just because they participated. Accolades and rewards are based on advancement. I want to be able to reward you for progress, not fairness.

 

The main thing I would like to get across to the millennials is, ask yourself, “What am I doing different?” because preference and choice make the human experience remarkable.”

-@neekobackstage_

A question to ask yourself RIGHT NOW: 

What do I bring to the table that is uniquely me?

 

To bring it all together, perseverance is not a trait that is taught overnight. There is no secret to persevering. As salon owners, I think it is crucial to create a balanced environment where beginner stylists feel safe to mess up, but still hold the bar for their skill set high. When you are fresh from State Board, it’s scary enough transitioning from school-life to salon-life. Being in an environment where mistakes are okay and where mess ups are not judged is a breeding ground for positivity.

Perseverance is the ability to get back up one more time than you are knocked down. For the newcomers into the industry, perseverance is the strength to try that graduated bob one more time- even though the last one you did didn’t come out the way you’d hoped. Perseverance is mixing that color that you know you didn’t do the best job on last time. When you genuinely love your craft, you want to be perfect at it and I think that as hairdressers, we are so hard on ourselves if a client doesn’t come out exactly how we pictured it in our heads. If you are passionate about hair, passionate about touching peoples lives through hair, you will persevere. Hard work comes with the territory of being successful. Embrace those long hours at the salon, those sleepless nights trying to figure out the angles to that haircut. Embrace the stress of running around on a busy Saturday morning shampooing, sweeping, and washing dishes. Embrace the fact that you are going to royally mess up on a color or a cut. But the one thing that is most vital in these uncomfortable situations is that: You are learning. Knowledge has to be tested on the anvil of experience, and each experience is making you a better hairstylist.

 

#salonsessions | @salon_sessions

Lauren Enriquez

@laurenenriquezz

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