The benefits of running a dreadlock salon
Aug 03, 2018
Are you sitting and dreaming of another way of living?
Are you tired to work for someone else, of having a boss and feeling that your job doesn’t give you any value anymore?
You feel that life should have more meaning than this, the time spent working should be fun and have a meaning to it and you feel that you could give people around you something beautiful.
I totally understand what you’re feeling, 19 years ago I was in the same situation as you, I had a dream, I wanted to work for myself, I wanted to meet more people that had the same values in life as I have, I wanted to be creative and earn money for doing the work that I was passionate about and I wanted to decide when and how much I wanted to work.
My whole life shifted when I jumped on a plane to London and took my first course in dreadlocks and hair extensions by Sonia Petersen from Hairpolice, she was at that time a pioneer in making dreadlocks in America and the Netherlands.
As soon as I got back to Sweden and started to work on dreadlocks, my whole life shifted, I was inspired, I felt creative and I couldn’t believe where all these people that came to my salon came from, it was like all of them were my close friends that I didn’t even knew existed until I met them in the salon.
I want to share with you some of the benefits of running a dreadlock salon.
Start your own company and build a dream life for you and your family:
This is one of the biggest things of running a dreadlock salon, to start to build a company for yourself.
You will get to be the boss.
Imagine in your head - How would it be like, how would a perfect day in your life look like and what feelings are running through your body? How do you feel?
To have your own company and dreadlock salon takes a lot of determination and willingness to learn new things and to be willing to work on yourself to evolve as a person.
But I can tell you, the rewards are huge and so much worth it.
You get to decide where you are going to work, maybe you have an extra room in your home that you can turn into a salon, maybe you will find a commercial space that you can have as a salon or maybe you can rent part of a space together with some other company owners.
The possibilities are endless and the great part of all of this is that you get to decide yourself what will be the perfect fit for you and your business.
You can decorate your salon so that you will feel comfortable and you can get your clients to come in and feel safe and relaxed so that you can have a beautiful time together.
You will be able to earn money for yourself and decide what it is that you want to invest your money on, by being your own boss you get to decide what companies in the world you want to work with and in that way you can put a positive impact on the world.
When taking charge of your life, you can be part of creating the dream world you have in your head and with impacting one person at the time.
In this way you will create your own legacy and the more that you are willing to shine, the more you will attract the right people to your business.
Spend time with amazing and creative people:
When I started making dreadlocks 19 years ago, I had no idea that it would be so much fun to hang out with my clients everyday, it came as a bit of a shock for me that there are so many people out there that have the same values in life, have the same dreams and would like to share their life stories with me.
Some of my clients have been with me for over 15 years and come in for their regular dreadlock maintenance every third month and we have over time created a beautiful friendship.
There is something magical about working as a loctician, the reason for this is because for a lot of people, getting their dreadlocks made is something that they have thought about for a very long time and it is a huge step for them.
Your client can be in a vulnerable space and it is something that you need to treat with the utmost respect. This is huge because if your client feel safe, then they are willing to share their story of their life and their hopes and dreams and that is something amazing to be a part of.
One of the main things that still keep me wanting to create dreadlocks to this day and not feel that it is a monotone work, is the beautiful people that I get to meet and the amazing stories that people share with me.
I truly believe that this is a blessing.
Wake up with a smile on your face everyday:
Most of the time I wake up, even before my alarm clock goes off, with a huge smile on my face and I look forward to, with excitement, that I get to walk to my salon and hang out with some amazing people every day.
I usually have a feeling of being happy and really feel that I do make a huge impact in each of my clients and students lives.
I get to help people thrive, to inspire them that it is ok to be different and that the world needs more people that dare to be themselves and to take a stand from the outside and in on who they are and shine their uniqueness out to the world.
This gives me hope and happiness to see so many beautiful people that dare to be unique and not live their lives as the norm that people have to put up with - the way you ”should” live your life.
Since I’m waking up happy every morning, I’m not afraid of smiling towards people that I meet on my walk to work and I feel that I’m helping to spread joy into the world!
Build up long-lasting relationships:
Some of the clients that I have met through my dreadlock salon are people that I would never get to meet if it weren’t for that they would come and get their hair done.
I have clients that are from every part of society and the thing that all of them have in common is that they have dreadlocks and they dare to show who they are from the inside out.
My clients work with everything from being a judge, doctor, musician, DJ, lawyer, polar ice scientist, farmer, hair dresser, photographer…
Yes they are from every part of society, people travel from all over the world to meet me and the relationships that I get to create with my clients are amazing.
Sometimes I feel that I have a deeper connection with some of my clients then that I have with my friends and I think it has to do with that I have created a safe space for my clients and I’m not a part of their life in any other way than that they come and get their dreadlocks made or maintained by me.
And it is easier to talk about their dreams and struggles in their life with someone that doesn’t know the other people involved in their life and I will never get to meet them.
So the relationships that I get to have with my clients are something that I treat with a lot of respect and with a lot of value.
And each and every one of my clients that I have got to hang out with over the years have made an impact on my life in one way or the other.
Decide when and where you should do your work:
By having the skills of working with dreadlocks you get to be in charge of your own life, you get to decide when and where you want to do your work.
Say that you love traveling, then you will have the skills with you and it’s easy for you to offer your services wherever you are in the world.
I have made dreadlocks in several places in Sweden, in London, New York and the tropical jungles of Bali and I keep on taking my craft with me everywhere that I travel.
This is an amazing thing for you, if you want to travel around the world and make money at the same time or maybe your dream is to have a house in the countryside?
By understanding who your client is, and how you should attract that client, then you can get them to come to you - wherever you are.
I have made a quiz for you, below, so you can see if becoming a professional dreadlock maker is something for you: