There’d be no TPOC reader who would be surprised to know I have exacting standards of my hairdresser (and any such personal care services provider).
Unashamedly. I most assuredly do NOT buy into the old saying that ‘the only difference between a good hair cut and a bad one is two weeks’.
That sentiment was undoubtedly first coined 100 years ago by a shipyard worker whose idea of a haircut was having his wife take a pair of clippers to his head and produce a No. 3 for winter and a No. 1 for summer.
And it most certainly doesn’t apply to someone with a large volume of not-easily-tamed, waist-length, finely-textured curly hair. My hair type tests even the best hairdresser’s skill and natural talents.
Imagine, then, my delight at striking it lucky with my very first hairdresser-finding attempt upon my recent return from Brisbane.
This person came in a form – or rather as part of an age group – that took me quite by surprise: The few hairdressers that have the knack with my challenging hair type have usually developed it over the course of a lengthy career.
Maybe the young Jordiie French has, in part, his Vidal Sassoon-qualified hairdressing Mum to thank for his outstanding degree of natural talent, but he’s also got a lot going for him in his own right. Humour me while I tell you why I’m so impressed with him.
Aside from his skill with scissors and a colouring brush, the highly personable, effervescent Jordiie has a basket of strengths that belie his youthful years.
Here are the skills I believe every hairdresser should have, and he has them in spades:
1) People Skills
You might think that’s a given for someone in his profession, yet it’s only a given that they should be present, not necessarily that they are.
2) Listening Skills
How often have you heard someone complain they’ve been to a hairdresser who exacted their will upon the client’s head, disregarding the client’s own preferences?
3) Proactive, yet Respectful
Closely related to the above, is the ability to balance creative suggestions with a firm respect for whose hair it is that they’re working with.
4) Flexible but Focused
Another balancing act is the ability and willingness to identify and guide the proceedings to the desired ultimate outcome, whilst remaining open to improvements in how that end result is achieved.
5) Strong Product Knowledge
I abhor listening to a hairdresser parrot a company rep’s product propaganda. In my view, a hairdresser should have a firm understanding of the chemical constituents of the products he or she uses, and other – at least moderate – levels of genuinely science-based knowledge.
So, yes, indeed. I have high expectations of a hairdresser. No apologies. The evidence of a rotten experience with a hairdresser hangs around for a long time, most especially in my case. So, I’m delighted to have found hair artiste Jordiie French . . . and my readers can find him at Tangles salon in South Dunedin.