I have looked up to Chris Kiss, co-owner of Bambu, for a long time. I would see him around town and think how much fun it must be to be him. I always felt like he was a local celebrity hair-stylist. When he asked me to work for him, it came to me as a surprise. Unfortunately, the time just wasn’t right. I was offered a job working at another salon just a week before he asked me to work for him. And then two years passed and he had brought it up maybe one or two more times, but still the timing was off…
Finally, with perfect timing, Chris asked me only a few days after I had left my job working at the Renaissance Vinoy. I was ecstatic. The opportunity to work under such an experienced stylist such as Chris Kiss, and have the opportunity to meet and work with other fabulous artists such as Joshua DeBlock and Carey Hinrichs, wasn’t something I wanted to pass up. And I didn’t, not this time.
My previous experience working in salons has been beauty advising and reception. I have never personally done hair, but color has always excited me. My mind has always just been set on a different path, but for some reason I seem to keep ending up in salons. Bambu is my third salon. I have begun to think the universe is trying to tell me something. Or maybe I just have a lot of awesome friends. Either way, the idea of doing hair has finally become appealing and I am finding out that there are a whole lot more options in a salon than cutting.
So far, I feel like I have been fitting in just fine. Great, actually. It’s been three months! This job can have stress like any other, but it’s a different kind of stress. It’s a stress that goes away after a few minutes. And when you have people around you that want you to feel good, that helps more than anything. I don’t feel like my last jobs had that, and the stress stayed for days at a time. I’ve been learning on the job and for someone who is a manager, like me, there is certainly a lot to learn. Everyone here wants everyone to succeed, and that’s amazing.
I am currently studying for my braiding license so I can help more in the salon and learn to do a BIT of hair, such as braids, extensions, and blow-outs. I feel like its a good starting point for someone studying teaching at USFSP and trying to learn how to do hair at the same time. But here, Everyone has has got something going on! All the time!!! I thought I was busy! With work, and school, and extra curriculars, internships, and a social life…everyone at Bambu makes juggling multiple parts of their life as much of a talent as the talent they have for unforgettable hair and make-up. I am truly and always impressed, and this is something to live up to. I have my work cut out for me.