If a person does not have an affiliation with the industry, he/she would not be allowed through the doors of our unique world to see the sights. Therefore, I will give you a peep ...
There is something so awesome about how things look opposite when one is in this group of people. For example, I was walking through the aisles of vendors and had to take a double take as my eyes saw 3 firemen in the blue pants and t-shirts. Their normalcy made THEM stand out in that crowd. I could not help but laugh and make the declaration to them, “Ummm, I hate to tell you, but you guys don’t really fit in with this crowd. How did you get in here? And WHY?”
The same type of response came from one of the convention center workers. The look on his face told me he had never seen a collection of people involved in my industry. Each time I spoke to a non-stylist person, they seemed happy to be addressed. Possibly, feeling out of place since "regular" and blending in was NOT regular or blending. In my opinion, it is a healthy dose of beautiful, unique, expressive people. Besides, who wants to be a carbon copy of everyone else anyway?! Different = better!
Back to the convention ... There were cocktail bars set up in various spots (on average, most stylists do enjoy cocktails) and I couldn’t help but acknowledge the bartenders’ clear states of awe.