There are many career opportunities in the hairdressing industry. Some work independently as their own bosses and some decide to go for the work experience in a salon – one of them is Heather Dawn Catt. She loves working in a big salon and being part of a big family where everybody supports each other – a normal working day never gets boring.
Heather has been a hairdresser for 15 years.
In August 2019, she decided to join the Head Case Hair Studio in Texas – a green salon in our NATULIQUE family. Working in an environmental-friendly salon inspired Heather to make a difference not only at work but also at home.
In an interview Heather shared the perks and challenges of working in a big salon – Let’s take a look!
When and where did you start working as a hairdresser?
I started my career in a very popular corporate salon.
It was more quantity than quality-based but in the town I lived in, it was where a lot of stylists started.
It worked for me. At that time in my life I was young and was looking more for a guaranteed paycheck. Also, there were not a lot of successful commission-based salons in my small town.
Have you ever thought about working as a self-employed hairdresser? If not, why?
I actually spent some time renting my own booth as well as doing freelance work.
It was very challenging for me to balance work and life. I was not able to ever completely leave work and I did not like the financial part of being self-employed, so it took away from my passion for my craft.
What are the challenges of working in a big salon? What do you specifically like about it?
I really enjoy working in a big salon. We have created a great support system in which we bounce ideas off of each other.
It also allows for each one of us to work on our own individual areas of expertise. Each one of us is strong in different areas so we are able to provide our clients the best person to give them exactly the look they are going for.
What does a regular working day in a big salon look like?
Busy! I am often booked for most of my day, if not all.
The mornings start out slower and quieter but by mid-day we are hopping! I love the energy that takes over the salon. The sounds of people talking and laughing, blow-dryers, great music playing. It really gets the creative juices flowing.
Our team makes it a point to interact and get to know each other’s clients. We find it makes our clients feel more at home and comfortable.
It also makes it easy for them to see other stylists if we are unable to accommodate them. Our clients have their favorites, but they also feel confident knowing other team members can provide them with the same level of service.
What is your best advice for hairdressers who plan to work in a big salon?
You need to make sure you feel confident within yourself and your skills. It can be easy to be overshadowed with so many other very talented stylists.
Also, you have to remember that we are all there for the same reason, we are all passionate about hair and making people feel and look beautiful. Find someone who has a similar hairdressing style to you or someone who you look up to and love their work and ask them questions and watch them.
Working in the hair industry we learn a lot from one another, and a big salon is the best way to do it!
How is it like to work in a green Salon? What differentiates it from working in a conventional salon?
It takes a little bit more thought and effort. When you use up a tube and open another for instance you have to remember to throw the tube of color in the metals but make sure the cap goes in the plastics and the box in the papers.
You also have to be mindful when you are sweeping up the hair to not get any bobby pins or anything else besides hair.
It just takes a few weeks and you are used to it and you wonder how you ever did it another way.
What was your personal motivation to work in a green Salon?
Honestly, in the beginning, I just thought it was a cool concept.
But once I started working and I realized just how much we were actually recycling; I was blown away!
I never realized just how much waste salons produced! It would be hard to go back to a salon that is not green! It is also a nice little fun fact for clients to hear that the hair we cut off their head goes to soak up oil in our oceans.
After working in a green salon, it has inspired me to be more aware of being green in my household and the rest of my life.
What is your message for the rest of the NATULIQUE family?
Working with NATULIQUE has been life changing. It not only has improved my skin and in turn extended my career, but I also feel confident, I can give my client their desired look without compromising their health.
To the rest of the NATULIQUE family I can say: keep following your dreams and continue to be inspired! Find the best salon that fits you and your goals as a stylist and watch your career blossom.