Updated: Mar 16, 2018
They always say “Practice Makes Perfect” but I believe they've failed to mention 'Patience' in the mix.
“I stopped writing this movie about 20 times because I thought it was impossible. I thought it wasn’t gonna work, I thought no one would ever make this movie, but I kept coming back to it because I knew if someone let me make this movie, then people would hear it and people would see..” said Jordan Peele; 2018 Oscar Winner for Best Screen Play “Get Out”.
This made me wonder how many times have we embarked on a challenge to improve ourselves but failed to complete it because we simply lacked the patience. Whether you dropped out of college because of financial struggles or you felt life was passing you by or you discarded your dream business because of slow revenues; Jordan Peele has highlighted the importance of patience. Most of us have failed to realize that success was never a final destination; it is a journey that requires faith and patience and we should enjoy it along the way.
The Hair Industry is one that keeps on innovating crazy techniques. I distinctly remember when Lace Closures started trending in Jamaica and if you specialized in weaves, it was vital to learn closure application. It was such a small piece, I thought to myself how hard could this be? Well, let’s just say it took me couple years of trial and error to finally feel comfortable with Lace Closures. There was so much to consider to accurately position this little piece of lace. I had to figure out the best way to anchor the closures so that they would stay flat and not slide beyond the client’s hairline, in addition to customizing the lace for a realistic illusion. As I got more comfortable with the concept of Lace Closures, things got even more complicated when Lace Frontals became the next hit. I tried to shy away from accepting frontal appointments but sooner than later I had to face the frontal fear to further improve my craft. There were many blunders along the way, most times I figured out tips and tricks then to my surprise other stylists had used those methods. It’s safe to say that there is no standard way of customizing and applying frontals, I didn’t receive any training but I knew how I wanted the frontal to mimic the hairline therefore I would tweeze and manipulate it until it looked exactly how I wanted.
My first closure sew in (2013)....oh what a horrible sight lol
Lace Frontal Wig (2016)....oook i think things are looking a little better, yaass honey! keep practicing
This undying spirit to perfect my craft is exactly what I aim to apply to every aspect of my life. In reality it may not be perfect but there is always room for improvement and its sad that many fail to understand this important life concept until it’s too late. So whether you are struggling with the role of being a mother to your child, a wife to your husband, a teacher to your student or a boss to your brand; being trapped in a web of worries believing you can't is a phase we will face but I urge you to “Get Out” and never give up. If you want to perfect a skill, we must practice and we will only improve when we have patience.