So I definitely haven’t posted anything recently and let me tell you why: Back-to-school season is the busiest time of year for a hairstylist. I have seen this phenomena occur at every salon I have ever worked at. Don’t worry, it is followed by the slowest time of the year. I have been slammed most of the time right now, and I am definitely not complaining. Since I am still new at running a business, times can get really rough sometimes. It is nice to have all this extra money flowing in. However, in this situation, I think it goes beyond the season….
We have been working on ways to get some new walk-in traffic to the salon and it seems to have worked. Our salon is located right on one of the busiest streets in Carson City, and pretty much everyone drives by it at some point during their week. However, it was not widely known that we do hair, since the main business is a tanning salon. The owner of the salon recently made a sign with our prices on it and set it out right on the street. It has been a great success. We are getting a lot of new walk-ins every day. It’s so great to see how the business has grown so much just in a few months.
Anyways, besides that, there has been some crazy personal stuff going on in my life. I decided after three years of taking my anxiety medication, Paxil, that it is time to get off it. If my anxiety and panic disorder comes back, I will definitely go back on it, but I figured I could try to see how it affects me. I’ve read so many people saying that they dropped quite a few pounds after getting off it, so that is one perk. The downfall is that Paxil is extremely addicting, and you have to go through horrific withdrawal stage, which is where I am at right now. My main problem is that I have a constant migraine and the only thing I want to do is sleep. When I’m awake, I feel kinda crazy or drunk even and it is hard to focus. I have been trying to get into a good sleep schedule, so I am forcing myself to stay awake as much as I can throughout the day. I have also gone on a strict diet (or lifestyle change) where I cut any sugars or bad carbs out completely. Last but not least, my neck has been really messed up for a few months causing me a lot of pain. So between all of that fun stuff and being busy, it has been hard to make time to post.
The good news is that I am starting to feel better more and more each day and I finally finished some behind the scenes stuff for the blog that I have been working on for a while. I have a few more projects to do (like finish my other blog, mychihuahuasblog.com along with a couple of videos) and then I should be back on my daily posting schedule.
I’m not sure anyone really cares, but I also recently read the book “Through the Storm” by Lynne Spears. It is AMAZING. I read the whole thing in a few hours. If you are any type of Britney fan, I recommend reading it. Most of the book is not about Britney, but about her mom’s life and the rest of her family. I really enjoyed it, because Lynne is an incredible woman. I love reading about how she turned to God for the hardest times she had to face and seeing how she got through some huge problems. With God, anything is possible :) Now, if only I could bring myself to finish the last book in the Hunger Games trilogy. I only have a few chapters left and then I’m DONE! It’s just been so hard to find the time to finish it, but the question of love is eating me alive. I wonder at least once a day, “does Katniss end up with Peeta or Gale??!??!” I really want her to pick Peeta but I definitely need to finish it soon. Please don’t tell me! So anyways, I just wanted to let you all know what I have been up to and that I am not dead. If you’re haven’t already, you should subscribe. This way you can know firsthand when my new posts start flowing in again. Thanks for being patient!
For those of you who haven’t seen it, Tabatha’s Salon Takeover is pretty much the best show ever. Tabatha Coffey, who is a world-renowned hairstylist, goes to failing salons that have asked for her help, and well, takes over. She works every aspect of professionalism and helps turn the salon around, so it can move in the right direction. She is seriously so smart, talented and professional and is totally my hair stylist role model (although I don’t think I would ever want her critiquing my work). She is very upfront and can be a total Btch with a capital B. Usually though, she is only smart with the people who are not willing to change and are giving her lip.
I’m seriously addicted to this show. It’s probably the one show that I am faithful to watching. In fact, I’m about to start an episode on my DVR right now. I have learned a lot of really cool things from watching her show, like that you should never fold foils on the sides. This is because bleach expands, and if the foils are tightly folded, it has nowhere to expand except up, creating a bleed line. Another cool trick I learned from her, that I use daily, is that color will remove color on the skin. You just use a little bit of leftover color from the bowl and rub it on the stain and it will take it off. I have no idea whatsoever how it works, but it does work. If you are a fellow hairstylist, I suggest checking it out. You can seriously learn a lot from Tabatha.
Another thing you can learn from her show is what NOT to do. Many of these salons make really common mistakes, which I have seen in almost every salon I’ve worked at. Not cleaning, non-professional conversation, inappropriate clothes, micromanagement, failure to keep records, alcohol drinking, etc. are all things that happen in most of these salons. There are a few extreme cases, where people go overboard. A manager of one of the salons had a sex toy in his drawer called the “bitch tamer.” He stated that he handed the toy to any people in a bad mood and told them to take it to the bathroom and come back out in a better mood. How crazy and unprofessional is that!? I can’t even imagine. Some of the owners are like, seriously schizophrenic. They are so crazy; how can you blame their staff for not respecting them? I watched one episode where the salon housed a stripper pole for customers. For every minute they danced on the pole, 1 dollar was taken off their total bill. The only thing that it did was give away free services and make people feel uncomfortable. Don’t worry though. Tabatha whipped all those people right into shape.
Tabatha Coffey was born on May 17, 1969 in Surfers Paradise, Australia. Both her mom and brother were hairstylists, and she got her first job in a salon as an assistant at the age of 14. At 15, she entered a four year apprenticeship to study hair, and followed up with three more years of training in London. On the opening credits of Tabatha Takes Over, she states “I’ve devoted everything I have to this industry. I love it.”
She eventually opened her own salon in Ridgewood, New Jersey, called “Industrie Hair Gurus,” while also working sometimes at the “Warren-Tricomi Salon” in West Hollywood, CA. She also casually mentions in the opening credits, “My salon is so successful, there’s a 3 month waiting list to get an appointment with me.” Her artistic style includes creating a unique look for every single person, instead of specializing in one certain style. On top of that, she travels the world 6-12 times a year, representing Joico International, as a platform stylist. She loves to show off her talent during these hair shows, along with helping other aspiring stylists. She admitted, “My favorite thing is to do work with other professionals and teaching. I love giving and getting back from other professionals.” She recently sold her salon to make time to work with other stylists. Eventually, she became the star of her own television show and the author of her own book called It’s Not Really About The Hair: The Honest Truth About Life, Love, and the Business of Beauty. Her work is also featured in beauty publications like Seventeen, Marie Claire and Mademoiselle.
She is open about being part of the LGBT community and has shared that she has been with her partner for over 15 years. She doesn’t talk about it all the time, because she feels it’s inappropriate, but she has never hidden the fact that she is a lesbian.
Out of curiosity, she applied to be on the show Shear Genius, in which 11 people are eliminated through challenges, revealing the best stylist. Although Tabatha didn’t win, she made it to the top 6 and later won $10,000 and the “fan favorite” title. She was most known for her mouthy, blunt attitude. Her show, Tabatha Takes Over was a spin-off of Shear Genius.
During the course of the show, she takes the salon from “failing” to “ready to succeed.” She first sets up hidden surveillance cameras, and watches the salon from a distance. Then after observing everything, she brings the manager in to talk to them about what is going on. She also shows them the lowest points she saw on surveillance. After being fed up, she will say to the manager “Give me your key. I’m taking over.” Next, Tabatha and the manager enter the salon and talk to the staff. Usually on the first day the staff is so excited to have her there. She informs them that everything is going to change in her presence, and at the end of the week, some of them may not have jobs. She inspects the salon (which is usually covered in dust and hair) and plainly lets them know how disgusting it is. She will tell them to come back in the morning for a staff meeting. During the staff meeting, she addressed all of the problems with management. The manager is never present at the meeting so the staff usually feels comfortable to tell Tabatha their problems. She then talks again with the management and asks for their point of view. The next day, she will bring in live models for the whole salon to work on and assesses their work based on consultation, formulation and how they followed through. This is when people start to get frustrated. She usually spends a day or two making the salon do things to promote the salon or better their skills. Towards the end of the episode, she remodels the entire salon. The staff and management return to see the new salon and have a grand opening with Tabatha there. Tabatha observes every little thing and makes note if people didn’t take her advice. She finally, speaks one last time with management to give them her final recommendations. They announce to the salon what was good and bad, and Tabatha returns the salon key. She comes back 6 weeks later to check up on the salon. Most of the time, the salon has improved, but sometimes old habits die hard.
Reruns of this show airs on Bravo. They are currently filming season 5, and it is unknown when it will premiere.
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In case you didn’t get the memo, Haiti was almost wiped off the map by a huge earthquake in early 2010, which destroyed the capital, Port-au-Prince. The earthquake left over 300,000 residents dead and 1.6 million homeless.
Before the earthquake, many hairstylists worked in the Iron Market, along with other commercial businesses. Unfortunately the Iron Market was damaged during the disaster, but that didn’t stop the hairstylists.
The hairstylists of Haiti moved their business to the disaster-ridden streets of Port-au-Prince.
One hairstylist is doing hair in a salon made of cardboard and old wood, with her client resting against a wooden pallet.
Other women work out in the open, with their customers sitting on debris.
Haitian hairstylists typically work from 6 a.m. until dusk, every day.
Wigs are also commonly sold, for up to 75$ per piece.
This just goes to show you that hairstylists are strong-willed and won’t let anything destroy their passion for hair
Even though Haiti has recovered slightly, and rebuilt some of the Iron Market, it is estimated to take up to 30 years to repair all of the damage.
Would you ever support a Haitian hairstylist in this hard economic time? Let me know your feedback in the comments.To read more about HAIR in the news, check out the archives.