Changing your hairstyle can do wonders for your self-esteem. Lithuanian hairstylist and founder of SelfStation, Jurgita Malakauskaitė, told Bored Panda that she has always had an innate sense for beauty and aesthetics and has known since her school days that she would become a hairdresser. She told us that her job is about more than just creating new haircuts: it’s about renewing clients’ confidence in themselves, giving them honest advice, and reminding women that they have to love themselves. “You simply make people happy,” that’s how Jurgita summed up what she does.
We’ve collected some before and after photos of the transformations that Jurgita gave her clients for you to look at, dear Pandas. Scroll down, upvote your fave transformations, and let us know which ones were your favorite and why in the comments below.
Jurgita told Bored Panda that she became a hairdresser at the age of 16. Since she was living in the small town of Mažeikiai, her parents opened up a small hairdressers’ for her to practice cutting her neighbors’ hair in. Afterward, she got her first real job and she now has over 24 years of experience in hairstyling or what she calls “creating feelings”.
The hairstylist told us in detail about her work process that starts by determining her clients’ type by taking into account their eye, skin, and natural hair color, as well as hair texture. She uses the names of the seasons to distinguish between her clients’ types: Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn.
For example, somebody whose type is Winter will have light eyes and darker hair. While Summer people would have light eyes and grayish hair, light skin. According to the stylist, eye color is especially important because it can have many different hues and variations.
“It’s like creating a painting. You first analyze what colors you’ll ‘paint’ with. And only after you have all of your colors ready, after you know your client’s type and look at the shape of their face and hair texture, only then do you start ‘painting,’” Jurgita said.
“Every person has a type,” the stylist said. Jurgita says that it’s also important to determine what the form of the client’s face and body are like and to find out what the client looks like when they’re completely natural.
“I think that every single hairdresser has to understand these things,” she pointed out and added that this is an exact science and not guesswork. She revealed to Bored Panda that she sometimes feels like an architect: except for building skyscrapers, she creates hairstyles that bring out each person’s inner potential and character.
Jurgita said that creating a hairstyle that suits a woman is the main part of her calling. However, another part is showing women that they have nothing to be afraid of by experimenting with some light makeup and lipstick until they find the look that they love best.
According to Jurgita, she also helps women analyze what makes them look prettier and more womanly and how to open themselves up to comments from their social circles about what changes in how they look could work for them, instead of ignoring useful criticism.
Jurgita admitted that she tends to be more blunt than diplomatic when she communicates with her clients because she values the truth and not beating around the bush.
“Hair is energy. For some people, you have to tame their hair. For others, you have to convince them that they look beautiful and that their hair will be healthier next time. You help them understand that they have to love and take care of themselves, that hair isn’t separate from their bodies.”