What if your hairdresser told you they were actually a Chemistry major? Would you panic? Would you ask to reschedule? I would think most people would pass on it and take the next slot available. People are so sensitive about their hair and how it is cut or done so why wouldn’t you be worried about who is doing your hair? And what does Chemistry have to do with doing hair?
I remember this past winter, I really needed a new trim before my Vegas trip, and so I headed to the nearest salon. Even though I was not fortunate enough to get Toni at that time, I noticed him from a distance as he talked, spun, laughed, concentrated and masterfully executed a haircut and then color. Toni was one of the rare people who just automatically light up a room. He had style, he had talent, but above that he had a sense of humor and a great personality. As I walked out the salon, I told myself I would get that guy to cut my hair next time and sure enough 2 months later, Toni was all up in my hair.
Beyond the amazing job Toni does with hair, he is one of the most likable guys I have ever met. He does his job well, he gets along with everyone, and is respectful. These are just a few of the reasons why I chose him as our Binge Worthy Person of the Month. I cannot begin to tell you how many people I run into daily who don’t appreciate life and constantly have a bad attitude. The numbers are so lopsided it isn’t even funny. I mean from co-workers, to family, to complete strangers, Toni isn’t like these folks. Toni makes sure you are happy at all times. He makes sure you are comfortable, relaxed, and calm. I’ve only known him for a few months now, but he has become someone I look forward to seeing not only for a haircut, but for the wisdom and light conversations he brings to the table.
Toni attended D.S. Wentworth Elementary for grammar school, Lenwood Academy for high school, Malcolm X for college, and Dually’s Beauty College for my cosmetology training. He grew up in Englewood, one of Chicago’s roughest communities, and spent most of his teen years up to adulthood in the Roseland area. You can say this has molded Toni into the person he is today and not a day goes by that he does not appreciate the things he went through to get where he is today.
“When I was younger, I wanted to be an architect. I wouldn’t have thought I would be doing hair as a career today but my grandmother got me started in hair by braiding the grass…yes grass. It’s a secret that not many people know but it helped a lot,” says Toni.
Toni chose to study Chemistry to fulfill his dreams to manufacture and distribute his own beauty care line for hair, skin and nails one day.
“I choose Chemistry as my major because it goes hand in hand with cosmetology. Colors relaxers and perms require some knowledge of the chemical science. Doing hair just helps me focus more on this subject because I can do more in life besides standing behind a chair and repeating haircuts and styles everyday, so I really look forward to this challenge and one day creating my own chemicals to produce my own formulas for my own beauty lines,” says Toni.
Work Ethhic and Personality: Why is it important?
I think it is very important to have a solid work ethic and a good personality especially in this work field because it helps with understanding the clients and their needs. You have to be able to relate to them in all ways even if you don’t like what they have to say. You have to be respectable and give them your attention. Having a personable (pleasant) attitude kind of helps people feel comfortable and confident in the work place and also helps make it easier to work in. I really encourage everyone to always put on a smile and be a good sport. Nobody likes a debbie downer. I try to influence others by keeping an open mind to opinions, especially those that seem a little & “out there.” It enhances my thought pattern by interpreting their point of view and seeing how the outcome looks.
Many students and people face decisions between two careers or two routes in life, what is your advice when the time comes to make a big decision?
My advice for those that are faced with two grand decision/routes in life is:
1. Balance the two. Gather info on both and weigh the good, bad and indifferent.
2. See how they can coincide with each other so you won’t have to veer far from one or another.
3. Make sure the decision you make is the one that you love the most, because it won’t feel like work and other alternative (shortcuts) can help you achieve what you are trying to work towards while putting experiences under your belt.