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I’ve been cutting and styling this clients hair for 15 years and she finds change difficult. She had long layered hair that is naturally curly and she colors it herself (a dark brown). She came in one day and asked if I could color her hair because she had taken a fall and had trouble applying it herself. She also brought in a picture with a totally new look! Her class reunion was coming up and she wanted to look fabulous. She was so nervous she almost backed out and asked if I knew what I was doing. I didn’t take offense. I mixed her color So Color 4RB and a splash of red violet with 20 volume developer. She also wanted subtle red hi-lites. I gave her a really cute short cut done with a razor so it was wispy. She got rave reviews from her co-workers and her classmates. They told her she looked younger and absolutely great. She loved it, so I guess I knew what I was doing after all!
I recently attended a training, during this training we knew we would be learning a haircut what we didn’t know was that this haircut would also be a team building exersise. We were given a manniquin prior to the training and asked to shampoo/condition, dry and flat iron our manniquin the night before. In the morning, we set up at tables of 4 and were ready to get started. It was then that we were told, we would be told what to do section by section and when we were done one section, we would be passing our manniquin to the right! When we were told this I was so nervous, what if I didn’t do something right? What if I made a mistake? If it was mine, the only person that would know would be me, now everyone at my table would know. Needless to say, I didn’t want to pass my manniquin or work on someone else’s, what if I made a mistake on theirs? However after having to pass my manniquin once or twice and seeing everyone in the room helping or offering advice to others, all my nervousness went away and I suddenly realized, I was cutting hair and thats what I do and love so why should I be nervous? In the end, no one is perfect and we might all do things differently but the end result was a manniquin with a great new haircut. The point of this exersise was to trust the people you work with (in this case people at a table) but in everyday life, this would be a great experience for all salons to do together because it relates to everyday life, what if you were sick or out of work and your clients needed to get their hair done by someone else in your salon, you would need to trust that they would do as good of a job as you would right? This was such a fun and unexpected way to build trust!! One of the best trainings I have ever attended!
One of my very special clients Maggie Mae who is 6 years old, accompanied me to work on the day of our Cancer cut a thon. Maggie when she was 3 months old was diagnosed with malignant neuroblastoma, a number one killer cancer in infants and children. It is a form of cancer that occurs in infants and young children, it is rarely foung in children over the age of 10. It is a cancer of the sympathetic nervous system.
Maggie had a tumor which was wrapped around her cartoid artery in her neck and had doubled in size in 3 days. The doctors were able to remove 80% of the tumor. She had to have a central line inserted into her chest in order to receive chemotherapy.Today at age 6 Maggie Mae is cancer free, but has to be checked every year.
Maggie when she was 3 years old was granted a wish through the “Make a Wish Foundation” Her wish was to go to Disney World and meet all the princess’. She loves anything that has to do with princess’. Her dream came true as she also had a private dinner and meeting with Cinderella.
Maggie was so excited to come to work with me that day. We all dressed in pink for Beast cancer awarness and Maggie wore her homemade pink t-shirt which read save the boo ba’s, she also had to have her mothers pink coach bag with her. She is such a little “Diva”. Maggie is a very special young lady to me, I was able to bring her into my life just this past year.
Quote by: Maya Angelou I believe in woman, our spirit, our determination, our hearts, our souls…and that there is nothing we can’t do! A women who sets her mind to something can be strong and unstoppable force.I guess those years ago would call me a “women libber” but I feel very strongly that a women on a mission or a passion for something is unstoppable. I think these qualities help when working with the public. The following months maybe alot slower due to the economy and the “snowbirds” are leaving until early April. Since they are the ones that make regular appointments. I find that alot customers are going alot longer time between appointments, which makes our income harder to maintain. So determination will be needed to keep our shop busy and bringing in new ideas to improve customer satisfaction. Another quote from Maya Angelou, “Talent is like electricity,We don’t understand electricity. We use it.”
One way we are giving back this year is with our time. All three stylists are coming in for an extra shift 2 weeks before Christmas to help our clients check their Holiday Hair off that crazy list of theirs! So since we are all putting in extra time, why not make it fun?! That is where the Holiday Cheer comes in! Wine, Pastry, Holiday Music and Product Discounts…Sounds good to me…Where do I sign up? Turns out the night is booking quick! We are encouraging all those interested in this fun night out to book it ASAP since its now only 6 weeks away!
So with all that in the works you would think we were busy enough… turns out, we are even busier! We have recently updated our computer software which lead to getting an app for all Stylists to use the appointment book at home which lead to updating our network which lead to updating our website. We are well on our way to offering Email notifications, Emailing newsletters, and offering Gift Cards through our website. www.studio23salon.net In the few short weeks we have upgraded all our technology…I feel like our Salon has been able to grow so much. Well worth the headache of Tech-support! Add IT personnel to my resume. This will all definitely help during the Holiday Season.
As we prep for the 2 festive months ahead, I am vowing to myself to be thankful for all that this salon and all who are involved have added to my life with every client gift pack bow tied and every gift card sale run. Every last minute requests and Every long over worked shift. Every phone call, Every question asked, Every overstressed client in my chair…. I will love it. I will be thankful. I will suck it all up. I will see the generosity of the friends that we call clients pass through the door. I will taste cookies baked for us. I will read countless cards with well wishes for our families. For all this and more, I am thankful. So raise your glasses and give a Holiday Cheer…Thank God we are hairstylists who get to do Holiday Hair!
Our shop just got back from “The Event”. It was a fantastic show in Manchester, NH. Dr. Lew Losoncy was the motivational speaker. We had heard him speak in California and it’s worth going to the show just to hear him get everyone engerized and that he does very well. Hairdressers not only chage peoples’ appearance but also change peoples’ lives! Patrick Mcivor gave us tips on hair color (red is still very much in). Nick Stenson also gave us ideas on haircuts mixing sissors with razor. Jeff Mason and Gerard Kierans introduced the new “Surface” line. It is hair health art. We learned that the razor gives you softness and a “shattered” look. The “fringe” is what we used to call bangs. A lot of cute styles were created. We all walked away feeling revived and could’nt wait to get back to work to try the new ideas! We had a great educational weekend!
The end of this month, our salon will be participating in our 2nd annual cut a thon in support of Breast Cancer awareness month. Rail City Salon hatched this brain child last year and raised almost $800.00! Our goal is year was to make the event bigger and raise more money, and we are proud to say that we have gotten 2 other area salons to participate with us! I am so excited for this years event and for the years to come. Although only 2 other salons are participating with us, other local salons have also gotten in the spirit and are running specials for the month of Oct such as pink extensions or feathers and donating the money they get from those services to breast cancer charities as well. My goal for next year is to get even more salons involved and to perhaps bring us all together in 1 location for the cut a thon. Pictures and more details of how sucessful the cut a thon was soon!
Vickie’s Personal Touch tries to give back as much as we possibly can. So for October which is breast cancer month we have pink feathers and hair extensions and the proceeds go to cancer research. Also we have a display with Aquage, Matrix, and OPI and the proceeds also go to cancer research.