• Cerissa Leese

The First Week

The start of anything is always scary, exciting, nerve-wracking, and questionable. The "what if" scenarios tend to run rampant in our minds, and sometimes they take over so we don't actually start.

That was how I was before I accepted the job with Hattori Hanzo. I have been doing hair behind the chair for almost 20 years, I had a full book, my own salon suite...things were going really well. So at first, my thought was, "no thanks." But every objection I put up, they asked me to talk to someone who also had the same objections. A stylist who also had been doing hair for 20 years and left her full book and salon for Hanzo. And she's absolutely crushing it. The mom who manages to balance having multiple kids....and is also seriously killing it. And then they hit me with the benefits.

It's widely known that hair stylists don't have benefits. It's unheard of to have offered insurance for most salons, let alone a 401k. In the back of my mind for the last few years I'd been thinking about what my retirement future would look like. And this job will give that to me. So, I said yes. I no longer feel like I will have to work into my 70s to make ends meet. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

It was the scariest yes I've ever given. I had to close my salon suite that I had built up for the last 2+ years, refer 150 clients to other stylists and start new at a job I've never done. I took 4 weeks to get everything in order and a week ago I started a new job for the first time in years; not just a new salon, but something entirely new.

My first week was still full of ups and downs. The imposter syndrome vs. my confidence in talking to people and knowing hair. But here's what's amazing - I'm not alone. I'm on a team, and part of a company, that is so freaking supportive it's incredible! The advice I've gotten is so perfect, and I know if I run into a wall that there will be someone (probably several someones) there to help me.

Here's to the second week and beyond!

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