Beautician Intuition: Reinventing January

Contributing Writer: Tammy Wilcox
Contributing Writer: Tammy Wilcox

Reinvention is a popular topic in the salon, especially in January. We proclaim “Happy New Year!” and vow to be healthier, wealthier, and smarter. We reflect on last year and consider all the wonderful things that can happen on this new day.

But reinvention does not just magically explode on January 1 like a confetti cannon – it is a process. Maybe you are among the many who entered the New Year feeling as if they are in a holding pattern, waiting for permission to land in 2021. This year more than ever, we must be gentle with ourselves, and realize that true change takes time and planning.

My beautician intuition tells me that this January needs to get over herself – and get a makeover.

Since all good makeovers begin with a thorough consultation, perhaps we can consider the following questions as we explore the idea of reinvention:

What is working well for you right now?

Before I redesign someone’s cut, color, or texture, we have a conversation about the things they already like about their hair. Take inventory of your life circumstances, and stay mindful of what is currently serving you well. Do not waste time and energy reinventing the wheel.

Are you being specific enough in your goals?

If someone tells me they desire red hair, I ask them to bring two pictures to their appointment. The first should be a picture that is as close as possible to the exact shade of red they are looking for. The second should be a picture of a shade of red that they really don’t find appealing. You can’t have what you really want if you don’t really know what you want.

What is your definition of progress?

Traditional barbering combs have the inches marked on the side, like a ruler. This is to ensure that when someone says “take an inch off the top,” careful measured movements can be put into action. Even the most artistic, rule-breaking hairdressers have to find a way to stay on track. Find your own measureable checkpoints in life and stay mindful of your successes, no matter how small.

Reinvention is not just a promise we make on January 1. It is forward movement that requires planning, support, and specific measurable milestones along the way.

In reinventing January, we reframe the idea that January owns all the magical power and take responsibility for our own magic. There is no hurry – any day will do.