The first taught me the valuable tips for navigating relationships with clients. I was in awe of her ability to make her clients feel instantly at home and comfortable in her space. Although at times working for her was sort of The Devil Wears Prada I came to absolutely love her. She is also probably the most effortlessly hilarious person I have ever met. No matter what crazy, offensive, or shocking things her clients had to tell her she would nonchalantly laugh or shrug her shoulders as if to say "don't worry. I've done worse". That accepting nature is something I always try to project.
In my industry, we often receive very generous tips from our clients at Christmas. It is not expected or implied, but it is always greatly appreciated.
That stylist told me that clients give us those tips as gifts and they should be treated as such. Her advice went: Use that money to get or do something that will remind you just how thankful you are for them. She also advised I not waste the money on cigarettes and tattoos. I've never been too interested in either of those. I opt for more domestic gifts.
This year I think I chose the perfect thing. Something I've always wanted, I'll always have, and something I'll use often and always think of the people who gave it to me.....
(This is a decoy photo to at least make you try and guess! -1 F makes the front door to the salon an icy spectacle)
Okay did you guess?
Definitely easy advice to follow. I love my job and I love my clients.