Curly hair comes in various shapes, sizes, textures and types. Curly hair exists across numerous work fields, so we are making it our mission at Rumbie & Co, to show you the vast diversity of curly hair across job occupations.
Let us introduce you to Oliver, a regular at Rumbie & Co. Oliver is an experienced marriage and funeral celebrant with years of training and experience, allowing him to deal with any and all situations. His warmth, humour and intuition will provide you with the comfort and relief you need. With particular attention to detail, Oliver prides himself on creating ceremonies that are truly engaging.
How did you get into marrying and burying people?
I became a marriage celebrant in 2014 mainly because I was sick of going to boring ceremonies that I didn’t feel really connected with. The couples I tend to attract as clients seem to be ones who are looking for a unique ceremony that captures them and helps represent what they have as a couple.
I have also been working in the funeral space as a celebrant and a planner. The funeral space is one I am very passionate about. The industry in Australia is changing and companies are now needing to be more transparent with their pricing and influences they have over grieving families. Planning a funeral can be very stressful for families who are in a vulnerable and often very emotional state. The most rewarding part of this role is being able to create something that truly represents the person who has passed
What’s one thing most people don’t know about being a celebrant?
Registration time is long. We have to do additional study to remain registered each year.
Being a celebrant is traditionally not always a young person’s career choice, would you encourage young recruits to the industry?
I would encourage anyone, regardless of age to pursue a career as a celebrant. It’s extremely rewarding and requires a vast array of skills and strengths.
Could you share what is and has been like being a curly haired guy?
Everyone thinks that curls are easy to maintain and in some ways they are. But for me, I always wanted to have those great haircuts I used to see guys getting. Flat tops, or even just cool styles with straight hair. I used to hate going to get my haircut because no-one I saw when I was a kid knew how to cut curls so it was always a very disappointing experience. I used to get all kinds of insults because of my hair. Noodle nut, Maggi noodle head, Curly Sue to list a few examples. ( ☹ we are so sorry you had this experience)
How do you suggest we bridge these gaps (if any) for curly haired guys like you?
Help educate parents to teach kids how to manage curls.
If you could give any advice to your younger self, what would that be?
Stop brushing your hair. Get a good product and let the hair go free.
And lastly, what is your curly hair routine?
Wake up, have a laugh at what sleep might have done to my hair overnight. Twice a week, I cleanse and style my hair while wet, shake the hair around and then see what happens. (curly guy magic)
Make sure you find Oliver across socials including:
- Instagram @oliverthomsoncelebrancy
Facebook Oliver Thomson Celebrancy