Humans have engaged in the act of grooming one another for many thousands of years. While initially done for essential hygiene needs, it is thought that this ritualised tribal grooming also strengthened bonds, fostering both community and connection. One can imagine it was both a soothing and nurturing task with numerous benefits beyond the functional superficial. This historical reference continues to shape my thinking and contributes to how I engage and evolve with my work.
While not everyone thinks or needs a haircut to be an emotionally supportive experience, many do consider it a self-care service. That is why having a less than satisfying outcome feels the way it does. Some of this is purely due to undesirable aesthetic results, but it seems evident that our emotional well-being also takes a significant hit when things don’t eventuate as we hoped. That is often due to our subconscious selves needing the service to provide something more substantial than the haircut itself.
These concepts contribute to why I don’t identify as what many people think I am: a hairdresser. In our modern era, conventional hairdressing does not readily consider the emotional needs inherent in the service offered. Instead, it has turned something initially nurturing into a profit-driven business model often provided in a noisy, energetic environment. While that reality certainly satisfies many people in the community, there are others for whom it does not.
While there are pages on this site that mention the word ‘hairdresser’, its usage is because it is what most people type into Google. Unfortunately, if I branded my business online to better align with my principles, fewer people would discover it. Since helping people is my primary intention, labelling things as expected is beneficial. That said, in this age of correct pronoun usage and gender identity, it’s important to state that I do not identify professionally as a ‘hairdresser’. I prefer ‘haircutter’.
The transition to this way of thinking started to shift within the last decade. Upon reflection, that timeframe makes perfect sense. It takes a lot of time to master the essential skills required to do the work. After which, there is room to delve into the broader benefits and intentions. Currently, I find myself in a good spot. I can actively refine the underlying psychological aspects of my work while continually providing clients with tangible results that meet their expectations.
Ultimately, not every client is interested in anything beyond getting a good haircut. Either way, my approach is well-honed to support what each person needs from their visit. That said, I am thankful that so many who choose my service offering appreciate the thought and caring intention I put into the process and their satisfaction. It truly validates everything I care about and further drives my professional evolution.