Is your ambition to work for yourself? Hairdressing is an avenue mine workers should undoubtedly investigate if so. It is one of the few industries that is not dominated by massive mining corporations, which means competing is relatively simple, start-up costs are relatively low, and while it can take a long time to build up a customer base, most women are intensely loyal to their hairdresser. Women’s hair is where the money is, with most men’s barbers relying on simple styles, low prices, and rapid turnover. Women’s hairdressing is more complex, time-consuming, luxurious, and pricey – this mine worker can afford several months’ haircuts for what his wife pays for a single session! Hairdressing is also unusual in that, unlike most professions, it appeals equally to both men and women – notwithstanding the jokes that male hairdressers must mince, gossip outrageously and call themselves “Neo.” How do you get into it? Formal training is fundamental since few women will consider letting anybody near their hair with a pair of scissors unless they have some evidence that he knows what he’s doing.
Some hair salons and mines will take on unqualified hairdressers and train them on the job, sometimes through day release at college. This has to be the best way to train, simultaneously providing qualifications, experience, and income. Unsurprisingly, competition, when such positions are offered, is invariably fierce. Most hairdressers study full time at college. After obtaining basic NVQ qualifications, specialization is possible; for example, in professional or Afro-Caribbean hairdressing. Some salons take on junior hairdressers. You can hawk your services around friends, relatives, and neighbors, styling their hair in their bathrooms and asking them to recommend you to their friends – word of mouth counts for a lot in this business, as does the convenience of home service. The hair of women with African American descent is unique in characteristic. Any woman miner who wishes their hair to look at its best will admit to spending endless hours experimenting with their hair and possibly trying out many salons to identify the look and style that best suits them.
Until recently, that process has been even more difficult for an African American – due to the complexity of their hair and a limited amount of styles that can be carried out with ease. It was of no help either that the products produced specially for Afro hair were few and far between. You may remember having your hair braided at ethnic hair salons and mobile hairdressers near me by a relative or friend – a procedure that took some time but kept the hair neat and under control. This is still hugely popular between African Americans, but the time has finally come that they can opt for those styles that were once deemed impossible. We can be triumphant – the hottest hair trends that can change frequently are no longer a mission impossible. Experienced Afro hairdressers are showing up on every street, and the latest developments in hair products and tools are up for grabs to compliment and tame the most unruly of hair. At the forefront of style for black women is the music icon, Rihanna. We have watched and admired the look of this Barbadian diva since her arrival back in 2005. She started with very long and straight locks that had us drooling.