Another addition to our ‘Keeping Creative’ series from Robyn! Read on to share her lockdown experience, some positive advice and some fabulous hair styles….
I am a hair stylist based in Lincolnshire and my main passion within hairdressing is wedding and event hair. I just love helping people feel beautiful on their big day and am seriously missing it during lockdown! The amount of weddings that are having to postpone is just heart-breaking but there is light at the end of the tunnel now and when these weddings can go ahead, I just know they’ll be even more meaningful, special and full of love than they would have been before. The wedding industry as a whole has really pulled together through this difficult time to help each other and all our brides and it’s been an absolute pleasure to watch and be a part of.
I am still managing to keep busy though, by styling my dolls head, following and also making tutorials, trying out new techniques, getting inspired by other stylists on social media and getting some general practice in. It feels strange not styling human hair but it will do for now. I’m hoping it will not only keep me occupied, feeling creative and stop me going rusty but also give brides to be out there inspiration for their big day! I can’t wait to try out some of the styles I’ve created during lockdown on real heads!
I’ve also tried to just use this time to relax a little bit. I keep trying to remind myself that this is time that I’ll never get again! I’ve got through endless tv shows, added mountains to my online shopping wish lists and I’ve taken up running which I have found puts me in a great headspace for the rest of the day. I have a little dog too who is keeping me sane. We go out for walks or he’ll just chill on the sofa with me. I have up days and down days but I think that’s totally normal for everyone.
I have learnt one valuable lesson through this time so far though. With all this free time, its very easy to sit and aimlessly scroll through social media and I ended up getting fixated on comparing myself to others, especially other stylists and what they were doing, the work that they were producing and how they were dealing with lockdown. It seemed as though they were all absolutely smashing lockdown and it just left me feeling deflated, unmotivated and that my work wasn’t good enough.
I decided to step back from social media for a week and felt 100 times better! I was so much more productive when I wasn’t using my energy to criticise myself and compare myself to others. I just did what I wanted and didn’t put any pressure on myself to ‘create’. But I actually ended up doing some work I was really proud of during that time! Social media can be a great tool for business and keeping in touch with friends and family but I realised that people only put the things on social media that are good and that they want you see, not necessarily that they are also struggling. Everyone is at a different point in their personal journey.
The saying “A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms” is definitely one to live by.
My website is https://www.perfectsilhouettehairdressing.com/
And Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/perfectsilhouettehairdressing/