I compare “depth to shallow” in a pool-style, body-of-water way. People are like pools.
As for the children within my clientele, many of the kids (some now teens and early 20’s) have never been to another stylist. Professionally speaking, my hands are the only set of hands ever to touch their hair! I’m all they have known since birth, as far as hair goes. Going to someone else would be foreign. They are my client babies, I love them and they know they are loved. Even better is that it is mutual! Basically, we all have it made from our perspective.
In the twenty+ years of standing behind that chair; my eyes have seen a lot, my ears have heard a lot, my hands have felt various textures and my heart has been touched by many lives. As a 6 year old little girl playing with Barbie doll hair, I never dreamed that my dream would be so multi-faceted. I could have never guessed or known what would come into my life from simply liking beautiful things and having a gift of talking, listening and understanding.
Some have been awarded the same, easy, standard-protocol life as they had growing up. Mom and dad stay together, everyone goes to church every Sunday and Wednesday, home cooked meals are always eaten at the table, families get together regularly, 2 kids, a dog and everyone lives happily ever after … unaffected by divorce, abuse, drugs, alcohol death or depression. There really are some of those people left; but by my calculations, only like two, or maybe three ...
Many things people go through are foreign to me. If my clients did not share, I would never know such situations happen in a life. ALL of them have been shared on numerous occasions over the years. None of them are "one person's story." ALL represent over at least 4 or 5, usually more. I write because some of us have no other way to know or have never taken the time to stop and think ... gaining compassion, sympathy, empathy, relating ... OR SOMETHING!! I just know something good comes from hearts touching.