20 Mar Watch Out! Renegade Stylist on the Loose
BEND OR LEAVE, YOUR SURVIVAL AS A STYLIST DEPENDS ON IT
Why do you subject yourself to needless chatter about how you do not fit into the salon industry’s norm? Can you experience success in the beauty industry if you are a renegade and can’t quite mold yourself to the salon’s culture where you work? You or your salon can get caught in the game of following the “current” or “hip” salon trends and lose sight of who you are and what the very character and fabric of your success could be. The pressure to conform is huge.
In all the current talk about how individualistic you’ve become, and with pressure, on the other hand, to conform to the status quo, there lies a gap that contains the very ingredient you need for success. You have to experiment with the ingredients, especially if you are a renegade. Being a renegade doesn’t mean you fight the establishment and exclude yourself from your salon’s rules and contract. The salon industry is full of ideas about what you must do, and how to be competitive, and what latest trends to follow. Your job as a renegade is to decipher from the noise that which rings true to you and do that. Be that.
What if the latest trends are farthest from who you are and who you want to be? You must not and cannot conform. It’s more important that you stand alone with your true self and individuality than live a life that is a meaningless facade. This is where true branding comes in – your message to the world about who you are, your salon practices, the unique quality of the individuals within your community, and you.
In the article “Individualism in the Workplace,” published by Chron.com, Wanda Thibodeaux brings up an interesting point that individualism and collectivism are important to a thriving business.
“The initiative that individualism allows creates a basis for capitalist entrepreneurship.” She also offers, “For some companies that are highly dependent on creativity, elimination of individualism in the workplace is not necessarily desirable.”
Collectivism promotes teamwork that is important to the salon environment as well. Many companies operate with a combination of the two.
According to Baylor Business’ article, “Individualism, Collectivism and Team Performance,”
“‘There’s been a lot of research in the past that puts people into one of two categories,’ [Chris] Meyer said. ‘It says that people are either individualists or collectivists, and that is based almost entirely on their cultural background.'”
Meyer goes on to say,
“‘We do so much work in teams, even self-appointed teams,’ he said. ‘That’s the way work is moving. And what this research shows is that while we need people who work well in a collective setting, we need people to be individuals as well to get the maximum performance.'”
Clearly, both people who work well in teams and are more independent can make a salon team more solid. They both have qualities vital to the success of your salon. Renegades have a place and a vital strength to salons, and they need to be seen for what they can offer, but that doesn’t mean they are just out for themselves. They have families, loved ones, and relationships. They are “normal,” but they don’t need the norms to define who they are.
Sydney Neely writes in “Individualism in the Workplace”:
“Individualism isn’t going anywhere, so it’s important to understand how to integrate this into the workplace positively. Managers should offer training that shows how harmony and collaboration in the office actually help everyone reach their individual goals. When employees start to see the connection between their own success and their co-workers and the company’s success, collectivism will occur naturally. In this type of environment, workers can compete in a healthy way that still keeps the well-being of the office team and company as a whole at the forefront.”
In all, you must find what works for you and yet be a team player. It would help if you found a salon that respects you for your qualities. However, it would help if you gave a little or a lot to remain part of a team. And if you are a renegade in the salon, an independent that can’t conform to the salon culture you work in, it might be time to strike out on your own. Leave with your integrity intact, and avoid burning bridges. Fear not – there is room for everyone. Striking out on your own takes courage and many other qualities, but listing them is enough for another article.
BEAUTY INDUSTRY TIP
If you are a renegade and find yourself hitting your head against the wall with all the cheerleading teamwork, talk at the salon, calm down, think about how you can lead others, and constructively offer your point of view. Let the salon owner you would like to be lead a meeting.