Liebe zum Detail
Köln 50672 Germany
As a gay man and a half-brother of two half-black sisters (we have the same german mother, they have a black-african father from Ghana, my father is German) I know what it means to be treated unequal. It does not feel good and it is not okay. I always try to treat everyone the same in my life, no matter where someone is from, what they look like, or who they love. I do this in private life as well as in my professional life. I am a hairdresser for nearly 30 years now an I really love my job, meeting many people (clients and colleagues) and having an impact on peoples lives as they have on mine. I am educating young talents in hairdressing for more than 15 years, and a lot of them had migration background, different skincolours and all sexual orientations. I never made a difference. I have my own salon, ‚Liebe zum Detail‘ in Cologne since 2012 and created a tolerant, non-violent and open-minded area for everyone.
Last year, the German Chamber of Craft noticed what I was doing. At this time I had a trainee from Georgia, named Tekla, hardly speaking German, but with a big heart and lots of ambition. So we went the education-path together, there was much to do, in learning the language, in education but also in private communication with for example the foreign-office or the landlord. I supported her where she needed me. She finally made a good graduation and is now a very important part of my team in my salon. And she and her family can stay in Germany! The Chamber of Crafts gave me an award for this, for doing what I always do and what (in my world) should be normal for everyone. I am very grateful for this award, but with it I noticed that there is much to do in our society if my efforts stand out so special.
I will carry on and try to take my environment with me, to make diversity normal.
The award is from May 2021, Tekla started as a trainee in 2017, I am a hairdresser since 1991.
184.108.40.206 | 12/07/2021