Lockdown & keeping creative: Kimberley’s Story…



So here i am,  writing this blog 2 months into lockdown …. words i never imagined to be writing, ever!

I have been in this industry for a long time (21 years) and to have suddenly stopped working for reasons other than annual leave is, well, strange. But thanks to some amazing educators who have given their time for free, I have still been able to keep a hand in, albeit via social media!

I am a firm believer in “you can never stop learning” and in these unprecedented times where we are at home, what better time to carry on with our education. There are some fantastic online courses available to us and I for one have been participating in these to keep my professional brain active.

Being a hairdresser is more than just a job, we are stylists and therapists. We spend our days making people feel and look good. To our clients, we are an essential part of their lives. Who else could they comfortably talk to about anything and everything!

It is exhausting both mentally and physically but I can’t imagine doing anything else. To suddenly be at home without social interaction is hard, being away from our daily routine and all we are used to is hard. I have been doing live online exercise classes; not only does it keep me physically fit and active but that rush of endorphins can only be good for my mental health as well. Getting out of the house for a walk with my family and our dog has those same benefits. I’m pretty lucky to live in a beautiful part of the country, so going out is easy.

I am also a wife and a mum, so being on lockdown means we have all got to spend much more time together. It’s not always been easy as we are used to being at work and at school but we definitely have appreciated the time together. I love to cook and try new recipes, something BL (before lockdown) i didn’t have much time for.

There have been so many people around the country doing some pretty amazing things to raise money for the NHS or just being good samaritans. Each of these people brings a smile to your face. For me personally, my 12 year old daughter has been brilliant. She also loves to cook and has been making meals for my grandparents who are in their 80s and also for an elderly neighbour.

One thing to be thankful for during lockdown has been social media. It’s been a great platform for keeping in touch with clients, posting tips and advice on my social media page, and to just generally interact. For those clients who don’t have social media, well the good old telephone works just as well!

I am only a message, a DM or a phone call away for any hair help or advice they require. To keep a smile on my clients’ faces, my daughter and I made a ‘Lockdown Looks’ video with novel ways to keep the roots away during lockdown, these included wigs, hats and tights. It certainly put a smile on their faces and we all need some humour in our lives, now more than ever!

I say to everyone, stay well, stay safe and look after each other xxx

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