It has been brought to my attention that I am not a specialist in anything, but more of a generalist. I hadn't thought much about this kind of thing, but I have decided to address my deficiencies.
I do my best to be well rounded and able to handle all kinds of hair and hair types, however I am finding that I am not able to do the best work in some kinds of hair. This is mostly due to my lack of experience. I am 20+ years in to my career and there are still ways that I am not delivering.
One of the first things that I feel I am lacking in skill with is tight curly hair, types 3B - 4C. I don't have many clients with these types of hair and, therefore, I don't feel confident in being able to work successfully with their hair. I know I can practice and become much more familiar with these hair types. I have just not taken the time to find persons that would be willing to let me practice. It is a bit difficult in my city to find people like this, we are not as diverse as a larger city. I will work towards improving my skillset as time goes on.
A skill that I feel woefully inadequate in is blowdrying for the means of styling. I just can't seem to get the hang of the process. This is one of the fundementals of hairdressing and I just don't seem to be able to do the things. I can do "functional" blowdrying, for the sake of getting the hair dry, but not much in the way of styling. Once more, I can practice these skills to improve.
Finally, a skill that I struggle with is this social media thing. I am aware that this is the future of interaction, but I have a hard time wanting to make content. I feel that it would become a second, or third, job and I don't know that I want to take the time to create content that feeds the algorithm to allow more people to see my work. I am simply not interested in being a "content creator", I would rather post things here and there to show that I am a competent hairdresser, rather that making "content" to share with the internet.
So those are the things that I am currently feeling like I am struggling with. Just to show that I, too, am human and have some struggles with what I am doing. I will use this blog post to act as a guide of what it is that I need to work on. Thanks for reading along.