When you feel Burnt Out as a Hairdresser


Lets have a real talk about burn out. 

This is a subject that not many hairdressers are discussing and yet, it should be a spotlight topic. With so many expectations from clients and ourselves, it is hard to not feel really overwhelmed and burnt out about our work. 

I, like many others, am a mother, wife, operate my home, organize our lives, handle our money, run my business, book my business, and run my social media content for my work and blog (upcoming ha!). It can be…overwhelming. I know that many people are struggling with the comparison game that social media brings right to our finger tips too. 

Here are some tips and reminders for those of us, stylists,  who are feeling faint of heart: 

1. Move at your own pace. 

Remember that Rome was built in a day. Just the other day I was in the car, rushing to get somewhere, and feeling pretty aggravated at the drivers around me moving slowly when I muttered some things I was feeling under my breath… about that time my toddler from the backseat told me, “Mom, you need to rewax (relax). We are friendwy (friendly) and patient.” What a humbling moment. I was reminded that really whatever I was rushing to do didn’t matter and I know it didn’t because for the life of me I have no memory where we were going. All of that to say, don’t let anything (ahem, Instagram) or anyone else max out your friendly and patient demeanor. Move at your own pace and your own purpose. 

2. Set boundaries.

We all want to please our clients and make them feel like beautiful Victorias Secret sexy models when they leave our chair. It’s really hard to do that when you over promise and under deliver and try to fit every Tom, Dick, and Harry (Hairy hehe eh?)  in your seat.SO, find what you want to do, what you want to “specialize” in and do that. 

Stop taking people you know have unrealistic expectations, 

stop overbooking yourself, and

start saying No. 

Just these past two years, I have said no to a lot of people. Am I worried about money? Yes. Am I worried I might look bad? No. Here is why: If I try to take a client for the money who has unrealistic expectations or big requirements about their hair, when they are unhappy, I will inevitably have to get them back in for a redo. This would end up costing ME double the time which TIME IS MONEY. 

So save yourself and walk away from that during your initial consultation. (Look for a red flags clients post coming up ha!) Trust too that sometimes when you say no, it leaves your time open for a client who you can give a big YASSSS to. 

3. Get Inspired. 

Stylists, continued education is our life blood. We need to feel inspired to create. If you are dying inside, take some classes. Try something new. Create again. Isn’t that why you started in the first place? Remember your passion that brought you hair in the first place and sometimes that fire can be reignited by someone else who is doing it in the way we want or who is paving a new road we want to travel down. 

All of this to say: (Here is the plug, you knew it was coming.) Bombshell Edu was created for you, friend. A place where you can come and be inspired to continue to create and dream and breathe. We have some upcoming classes that are made to pour in to your career. Check it out and get signed up and kick that burn out.. well.. out. 


So you are over your gray hair...


It happens to everyone, grey hairs start popping up;  You see a few in the mirror and probably pluck them out, but then within a month or less, you find more and it seems like those gray hairs you pulled came back and brought friends! 

So you begin to wonder, what are my options for Gray Coverage? Let's dive in: 

1. Leave them and Lean in, knowing they are a Crown of Glory and a sign of Wisdom. 

Cost: $0 

Maintenance: 0 

2. Balayage some lightness around your face and throughout to BLEND the gray. OR use a demi-permanent color to blend out gray. Grows out much better than permanent. 

Cost: $50+ 

Maintenance: Glazing or pulling up the blonde as it grows out potentially quarterly or every 10+ weeks. 

*This will only BLEND the gray, it will NOT COVER it up. 

3. Root Touch Up with PERMANENT color totally covering the gray. 

Cost: $75+ 

Maintenance: Every 5 to 6 weeks as they grow in. *Covering with permanent color could have a line as your new growth comes in. 

4. Root Touch Up with PERMANENT color and Balayage for a soft grow out; covering your old gray and blending it with some lightness throughout so the grow out is softer. 

Cost: $90+ 

Maintenance: Every 8+ weeks. You could switch off doing balayage only every so often and then just covering for gray as it comes in depending on your budget. 

5. Lean in Completely and go MUCH lighter to match the gray and get ahead of it knowing that over time you will be turning more gray. 

Cost: $130+++++

Maintenance: Root Touch Up and/or tone every 6+ weeks. 

So, there you have it. Some options to let you know where to go with your gray! Happy Coloring! 

Balayage here to stay:

"Is Balayage here to stay?" is a question I get asked a lot as a hair painter. In this post, I am going to lay out some truths about balayage and let you decide if you think it is here to stay or not. 

Why Balayage? 

The biggest reason why balayage (french meaning "to sweep") is so great is because it gives you a seamless blend. What does this mean to you? It means your hair looks more natural (sun-kissed if you will) and it means it grows out better- giving you more time in between and saving you on your annual hair budget.

Balayage is also really customizable so you can go bright, not so bright, just a pop, or anywhere in between. 

Welp...that's pretty much it and (while short) enough  to say that I think it will be around for awhile. ha! 

If you are curious about what this might look like for your hair or want to know more, contact me and we can set up a consultation!