While living in lockdown, the past months have given us all time to think about our priorities, our dreams and our goals. We’ve all had an opportunity to step back and breathe and realise what’s important. It’s also given us time to think about our careers, passions and ambitions. And something very important: it made us realise what an amazing industry we are, right?
TONI&GUY international artistic director and head of education, Cos Sakkas, believes being in isolation has been a great lesson for him : “We’ve been talking to our salons and hairdressers around the world and the camaraderie, belief and humility has been awe-inspiring. Really, there is no other industry like hairdressing – and the lockdown has made us all realise just what we offer. We work with amazing people, surround ourselves with positivity and passion and are always there for each other.”
These are the top five things that lockdown has taught us about hairdressing, according to Cos Sakkas, and we 100% agree:
1. How much you’ve missed hairdressing – the actual physical action of cutting or colouring hair, transforming a head of hair and creating something beautiful, edgy or feminine. Working on a mannequin isn’t the same – there’s no better feeling than seeing your client smile when they look in the mirror. Admit it!
2. Conversations with your clients – that one-on-one chat about everyday life, their families and their careers, their worries and their dreams. Ah, those talks…There’s more to your relationship than hair and we realise how important that emotional bond is.
3. Community spirit – social media has brought the world of hairdressing closer together, sharing experiences of lockdown and reopening businesses from around the globe. We’ve shared concerns and worries and working together on solutions.
4. Your team is everything – the people you work with and surround yourself with are incredible. From assistants to salon managers, photographers and models, we work with people that are compassionate, funny, caring, loyal and exciting. ”Zoom catch ups have been great but I can’t wait for the day when we see each other again!” Cos says.
5. Education is as important as ever – there’s been a multitude of online education from cutting tutorials to hair up demonstrations. This has taught us all how important – and exciting – it is to keep our skills up to date and push ourselves out of our comfort zones. Nothing beats real-life education and we all wait for the day academies reopen and we can work with live models again.
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