Hair Inspiration. Some people who inspire me to be a better hairstylist.

Hair inspiration is all around me. I’m inspired by everything from Architecture to Organic Design.  I won’t go into detail here about my love of all things Frank Lloyd Wright,  but I thought I should talk a little bit about some people in the hair business who inspire me on a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, eternal basis.

 

My first hair inspiration, Horst and the Aveda Institute:

I attended the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis because the first hair stylist that inspired me was Horst Rechelbacher. Horst was and will always be a huge influence on the way I go about cutting hair.

I met Horst once at his salon Horst and Friends in Deep Haven.  Maybe I was 16 or 17 and my hair was not as curly as it is now.  I wanted a curly perm so I wouldn’t have to style my hair every morning.  I’ve long forgotten the young lady’s name who diligently rolled my curls, but when she rinsed my hair, Horst checked it and declared in ‘good’ and I was smitten.

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The teacher of all my Teachers

Horst founded Aveda with the idea that great hair was derived from great products and great products came from plants not from petrochemicals.  Horst was on the bleeding edge of organic, chemical free beauty products.  I clearly drank the Aveda koolaid and I’m not sorry.

My teachers at Aveda worked with and were taught by Horst and his legacy lives on.  I felt his work and compassion and drive through my educators.  They were pretty strict.

Matt Beck is in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

When I say that I’m inspired weekly of course I’m talking about YouTube.  There are a couple of guys putting out videos of their process almost every week.  There is a ton of education out there.  When I need some technical inspiration I go to Free Salon Education.  Matt Beck takes some pretty technical concepts and breaks them down to a step by step – how to video.  I also like him a lot because he’s primarily a cutter, and uses color to enhance his haircuts.

Matt is an incredibly humble and gracious guy to share what he knows with hairdressers and do it for free.  I’m really grateful.  Matt is in Pennsylvania and he just built an amazing (professional) studio to create his content.  I’m going to his monthly tutorials group.

Maksim Nikitochkin is in Odessa, Ukraine.

I will probably never have a chance to meet him but he is the most precise cutter I’ve ever seen.  His sectioning is out of this world.  He divides the head shape up with such amazing visualizations of what he wants the hair to do.  Maksim cuts and folds and pushes hair to create shapes that push the boundaries of how hair would naturally fall, but it does!

I also love the depiction of the layers and the angles of the cut, so that you can see how to really construct the haircut.  And can we talk about the sound track!  He really puts the whole thing together in a dynamic and interesting way, no?

There’s another YouTuber who cuts like a machine.  Marina Lantos cuts with such clean, precise sections I’m pretty sure she would put those Japanese robots to shame.

Theo Knoop is from Nijmegen, Netherlands.

I cannot get enough of Theo Knoop.  He cracks me up everytime he says he always uses protection (what he’s referring to is protecting his skin and the skin of his guest, but ya know).  This guy is all about the flow.  He uses specific facial features to inform his cutting.  Generally focusing on the brow  and chin bones to accentuate the features of each client.  I love that he chats with his clients in Dutch and then tells us in English what his doing with the hair.  I also love that he too is a L’anza Stylist.  He really inspires me to use more of their products.  Theo’s style is organic in nature, but his results are usually quite trendy.  I can see most of his guests rocking his styles at the clubs in Amsterdam.

Tony Caito is in Modesto.

Tony Caito is the most generous hairstylist i know.  I first ran into Tony at the Santa Cruz hair show.  He was working with the League of Extraordinary Stylists at the time and had great stage presence.

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I’m in the second row, first seat on the left…

Tony is so generous.  He takes time almost daily and often late in the evening to make me a  better men’s hairstylist.  My fades are getting good thanks to this guy.  He runs an appointment only shop in Modesto.  There are no signs on Tony’s shop, only his silhouette on the outside window #businessgoals.  I follow Tony on Facebook and his partner @stylez.santana on Instagram.  I was watching one of Facebook Live sessions and I chimed in on the feed, Tony waved and said “Hi Sarah” I waved back at my iPad……technology.

Those are some of the people who inspire me.  Who inspires you?

Thanks for reading. If you would like to book an appointment with me to see how all these pieces fit together on you, call 805.324.7950 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or leave a message on my voicemail Friday through Monday

Carpe Diem

Sarah Kelly

Hair Donations

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Letter of Thanks

What I’m doing:

I recently boosted a Facebook post with pictures from the the last year or so of hair donations that I’ve done at the shop.  The response was amazing.  The support for my efforts and the number of “likes” I received was humbling.  The attention I received inspired me to post about Who I send my donations to and why.  What are some of the other charities that help people cope with hair loss.  I had the opportunity to take a donation from a women who’s from the town in India where the majority of “Remy Hair” is from and the history of hair donation there.  It all reminded me of the documentary “Good Hair” produced by Chris Rock.  He was inspired to make the movie when his daughter asked him why they didn’t have good (straight) hair.

Venkateswara Temple in Tirumala, India:

A client called to make an appointment for a hair donation back in Minnetonka.  She had beautiful wavy dark brown hair down to the middle of her back.  She told me she used to donate her hair every year, but now that she’s a little older, her hair doesn’t grow as fast as it used to so now she only donates every other year!  I had just seen the documentary “Good Hair” and was sharing an anecdote about extensions and the Temple in India.  She laughed and said that’s the village she grew up in.  I apologized for my super arrow view, she said don’t worry and told me more about it.

One of the original donation centers is in Tirumala, in Southern India, where roughly 20,000 people a day come to donate their hair.  The origin story goes that Sri Venkateswara wanted a lavish wedding celebration.  In order to finance it, he took out a loan that was so great that followers are still paying it off today.  It’s seen mostly as a sacrifice and as a way of shedding the ego.  The Temple collects 500 tons of hair per year.  The pristine hair is auctioned and sold on the world market for wigs and extensions.  Here is a little snippet from “Good Hair”.

Who I’m sending donations to and why:

I recommend Pantene Beautiful Lengths.  I like that they only need 8 inches of hair.  People can donate 4 to 6 months sooner than with other organizations.  Pantene doesn’t charge for their wigs.  PBL has a good record of keeping their administrative costs down and have most of their resources going to women (specifically) in need.  The hair is mailed to a sorting center coincidentally, to Grand Rapids Minnesota where my parents live.

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Other possible Charities:

I’m a fan of  Wigs for Kids.  I’m Facebook friends with the founder Maggie Varney.  She’s a tireless worker in her salon and for the charity.  I went to the website a couple of weeks ago and I was surprised to find a message that they would prefer cash donations over hair donations right now.  While I appreciate the overhead that goes into getting these wigs to the kids who need them, I was a little put off.  It’s easier for me as a hairstylist to recommend that I bundle 12 inches of hair on a big chop makeover than it is to encourage someone to donate money.  Still their heart’s in the right place.

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Locks of Love.  I used to send my hair donations there, back in Minnesota.  They need 10 inches of clean hair.  LoL doesn’t mind if the hair is chemically treated (color or perm), but they don’t accept hair that has been bleached (highlighted).  They have a 4 star rating from Charity Navigator.   LoL can’t seem to shake the stigma of charging for their services.  The application process for a child requires a tax return, so the price is on a sliding scale depending on income.  Still Locks of Love is the most popular charity for kids with hair related medical issues.

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They’re all great charities.  Let me know when you’re ready for the big chop!

Sarah Kelly

P3 Hair Design

805.324.7950

Added Services Available from P3 Hair Design

I’ve had some really interesting questions come up in the last couple of weeks.  Clients who are visiting with me for the first time aren’t familiar with the way I work and are skeptical of the value added services I offer each and every person who sits in my chair.

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Complimentary scalp and shoulder massage with every haircut.

I offer a scalp and shoulder massage with every hair cut.  That includes the delicious essential oil I rub into my hands before I touch your head.  My massage is a multi sensory experience that I think a lot of folks like it almost as much as my haircuts.  My scalp and shoulder massage is complementary to your hair service, and I mean this in both contexts of the word “complementary”.  I believe that a little massage before I wash your hair is relaxing and gives us a few minutes to get to know each other better after we’ve had our consultation.  It’s also free!  I’m happy to do it.  I also appreciate people who aren’t comfortable with that kind of touch or if we’re visiting during your lunch hour and really can’t spare the 5 minutes – I get that.  But to be clear, the massage is FREE.

I find it sad that I should have to make this clear.  There is a trend in my business to up sell everything.  Salons have made big business of adding services to the service you actually came in to get.  I’ve fallen victim to it myself as customer elsewhere, “Would you like the deep conditioning treatment today?” and all of a sudden your bill is $200 (my reconditioning treatments, by the way, are valued at $15).  And what can you say at that point?  You’ve already had all these add on services done and you can’t give them back!  I apologize on behalf of my industry. 

I make in MY BUSINESS to be as transparent as possible.  Please ask me upfront what your service will cost (here is my services menu).  I have an app that will itemize everything for you and send you a receipt.  Easy peasy.  That said, my one exception to the rule is color correction.  If you’re asking me to fix someone else’s work, I’m going to charge by the hour, because, honestly, I don’t know how long it’ll take me and how many products I will need to adjust the tone or remove the hair color.  But again, I’m going to be upfront with you in our consultation that we will be spending approximately X hours together and here is my rate and that adds up to approximately $X.

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Complimentary hand and arm massage with every color service!

Back to massage.  I give an arm and hand massage while you’re color is processing too.  I also give my hand massages at the hood dryers while you’re receiving a Healing Treatment for your hair.  This is a value added service.  It’s completely complimentary and if you prefer to read People or answer emails that’s okay too.

I’m sorry to get on my soap box about added services, but it seemed like the perfect opportunity to set the record straight on how I like to do business and let you know that I’m not going to charge you for the massage.  It’s just a little thing I like to do for you to welcome you into my chair and hopefully make your day.

Carpe Diem

Sarah Kelly

805.324.7950 – TWTh 11-7 or leave me a message

Color your curly hair

Do you struggle with how to color your curly hair? 

Do use box color, only to be disappointed with the flat mat lifeless reflection in the mirror when you’re done?  I did too until I became a Colorist.  They say the mirror doesn’t lie, but it doesn’t exactly tell the truth either.  I want my next job to be the box color namer.  Tahitian Sunset sounds great until you see mauve roots and the same brown ends, with a weird purple tinge. The lady in the picture has shiny straight hair that is a beautiful burgundy. What happened?

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Curly hair takes color differently.

Curly hair and gray hair are not smooth and straight.  Textured hair is often coarser and more porous (sort of like ‘spongy’) than straight hair.  Mature hair doesn’t reflect the light like everyone else’s.  Coarse hair isn’t necessarily shiny. Curly hair is usually dryer than average hair so it will absorb light and color differently.

can you relate?

I have curly hair with some gray to cover.  I understand texture and curl formation and I also understand how to use color to enhance a haircut and lifestyle.  Your curly or gray hair will absorb the color quickly and may initially appear darker than the targeted shade because of the porosity.  It will suck up that color because your hair is thirsty for hydration any hydration.  That same open, thirsty cuticle will potentially also release that color equally as fast.  Which is why you may feel your color fades fast.  It’s not necessarily the colorist’s application that is sabotaging your results.  What we, as colorists, may be afraid to tell you is that you aren’t taking care of your color at home.  I’m going to recommend good quality products to you that will quench your thirsty strands and help you maintain your color until our next visit (6-8 weeks, sooner if your hair grows fast or you have a lot of gray to cover). 

Gray Hair accepts color differently

Some gray hair has trouble absorbing color.  The cuticle is super tight and requires extra Oomph to open it up to accept the color.  As a professional I’m going to assess your hair and make the right call on how to best feature you and your hair.  I’m going to be introducing L’anza Color in the next several weeks.  L’anza is a local company in Santa Monica and uses their patented Color Attachment Technology and Keratin Healing System replenishes protein and moisture.  I will also be applying the color to wet hair with this line.  That will help mitigate any porosity and make sure we get even color results.  L’anza also has Flower Shield to slow the fading process.

Make your appointment today with me at P3 Hair!  Call 805/324-7950 today.  I’m available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 11-7; or by appointment.

Sarah Kelly is P3 Hair.

Curated Curls, carpe diem!