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The evolution of the Hairdresser

I remember way back when I was a kid, my mother used to take me to the local barber shop. I hated the barber and I hated the experience (I did get a Dum Dum though). As I got older and went to Michigan State, I still went to a barber although Antonio was a cool guy who liked to have fun. He even had a cool shoe shine guy who knew all the local stuff going on. Better yet, Antonio always had donuts, bagels and fresh coffee.

So all this nostalgia reminds me: When did the term hairdresser come into vogue? I think it's the evolution of the professional name change that took place in the 80's. Stewardess became flight attendant. Waitress became server. Manicurist became nail technician. Janitor became sanitation engineer. I'm sure you can think of many others.

But hairdresser didn't evolve from barbers. Believe it or not, there still are barber's out there. Perhaps it evolved from stylist, I am not sure.

According to Wikipedia, A hairdresser is a universal term referring to someone whose occupation is to cut or style hair in order to change or maintain a person's image. This is achieved using a combination of hair coloring, haircutting and hair texture techniques.

Today, I go to a hairdresser and love the experience. Over the years, I have gotten to know hundreds of hairdressers and the question on my mind today is what exactly do hairdressers need to be successful? And what do hairdressers despise the most?

I look forward to your answers.

Next up: Nail technicians

Happy Monday!

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