Monday, November 8, 2010

Good things come to those who wait!

I confess (did you notice?): I've been way off keeping up with my social networking! Lest you think we didn't have plenty to blog about at hair habitat...not the case. Many good things happening. Growth is good, but it requires nurturing, thoughtful decisions and patience! Let me be short and sweet because this is the best news to our friends and clients at hair habitat.

Ok. Well, the short and sweet of it is a new stylist has joined our team at the habitat!  That's the short.  The sweet part is that she is a phenomenal artist, stylist, earth-loving, talented woman! Her name is Shannon Smith and she has taken to our hair habitat ways like a "fish in water". We've known of Shannon for a while, quietly (sometimes) hoping she'd follow her environmentally sensitive heart to work with us!  Call it what you want, but we knew it was meant to be. :)

Introducing: Shannon Smith
Shannon is ready and eager to take new clients!! For some of you who have called and been put on waiting lists for an appointment, we've got you covered.

OH...Did I mention that for a very (VERY), limited time we are offering $10 off a styling service with Shannon?  It's our way of making her feel welcome and extending a special thank you to our new clients who've been patiently waiting.  We are absolutely sure you'll be thrilled with your new style!  What are you waiting for? Let's see, this offer will end November 24, 2010. Call the salon soon for your appointment 315.373.0111. Tell Jamie, our fabulous salon coordinator, that you want to welcome Shannon.  

AND, speaking of Jamie...he did an informal interview with Shannon on Friday.  Read on if you want to know a little more about Shannon.  Thank You,  Jamie! 

You’re from the Syracuse area; tell me a little bit about yourself.
Well, I was born and raised in Central New York and love it here.  I have a teenage daughter who just started her freshman year at West Genesee High School, and let me tell you, she loves the experience and independence that comes with growing up!  I’m a trained make-up artist and have been making and selling jewelry in the Syracuse area for almost 10 years now.  I would consider myself a spiritual person with a passion for inner and outer beauty – I attend weekly meditation sessions at the Zen Center in the Valley.

What inspired you to get involved in the hair industry?
I love the instant transformation that a haircut or color service can give a person. Whenever I see someone leave the salon with a glow about them because of their new cut, it always reaffirms my choice to be a stylist.

What about hair habitat appealed to you?
Really, it was the level of consciousness and concern for the environment as well as the drive to achieve healthy hair for each and every client.  The atmosphere at the salon is a perfect match for me – the calming music, not having to work with harsh chemicals, the unique décor – it fits me and my lifestyle like no other.

What services and styles do you like best/have the most fun doing?
Typically I have been fond of men’s cuts, super short texturized women’s cuts, soft natural looking highlights, and long tousled layers.  However I love the power of shaping someone’s hair to achieve the radiant style they want – I can work with any type of hair out there!

What are some fun things you like to do outside of the salon?
I love eating, I mean who doesn’t?! I love cooking vegetarian meals for myself and my family.  I consider myself to be an artistic person, so I create a number of mixed media collages, art, and jewelry pieces whenever I have time.  But, most of the time I’m trying to think up different funky artsy projects and dabble at whatever I get my hands on.

What is your favorite restaurant in town?
There will always be places in my heart for Strong Hearts Café (located conveniently downstairs from hair habitat), and Roji Tea Lounge. These places really have some of the best stuff in the city.

Do you like the winter in Syracuse?
Not at all. I do love the seasons, but much prefer spring and fall. 

Friday, October 1, 2010

Healthy Roots - CNY Business Exchange Magazine

This month's CNY business exchange magazine showcases just what GREEN means to CNY businesses. We are pleased to be one of the features. Our thanks to Kathy Polquin who spent a great deal of time at the salon and really got the essence of hair habitat. Take a look :)

Healthy Roots - CNY Business Exchange Magazine

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

What's going on in your stylist head as they are working on yours?

Does Your Hairstylist Love You or Hate You?
via link above for full article.  

{We love all our clients at hair habitat...but there is some humor and reality in this blog post from Style List. com}

Ever wonder what your hairstylist thinks of you? We did. So StyleList hit the salons to ask some of the nation's top stylists what really goes through their heads as they're working on ours.

Janine JarmanSebastian professional stylist design team member and owner of Hollywood's Hairroin Salon, says stylists like clients who let them do their job. "If you're going to a professional hairdresser and paying professional prices," she says, "take their direction on what would look best on you."

Stylists also like clients who are positive and easygoing with upbeat personalities, according to celebrity hairstylist 
Anh Co Tran of L.A.'s Neil George Salon. "Even if their hair is difficult, it makes the experience so much better for both of us," he says. 

On the other hand, complaining and unappreciative clients are the worst, says Tran. Bargaining is also a major don't, right along with being consistently late. 

Mark Garrison, owner of his own upscale salon in New York City, agrees and also says that clients who make appointments and cancel at the last minute are equally as bad. Stylists also don't like clients who "never want to change and are stuck in a time warp, and clients who don't honor their natural curly hair and always blow it out -- even in 100 percent humidity, making it a fuzzy mess," says Garrison.

And while most stylists could probably share a few horror stories about clients who were demanding, rude, or unreasonable, Tran says he has been lucky. "My clients have all been great, but this happened to an old coworker of mine: A client came in early in the morning still very drunk from the night before and got a haircut. He loved it at the time, but hated it when he sobered up the next day.

"Another coworker's client was bargaining after she received the service, saying her friend had paid a certain price, and the stylist had quoted her a different price [which was not true!]," Tran says. 

"I had a client who was big on getting every hair service out there, as often as possible, so her hair was in less than desirable shape," adds Jarman. "When I refused to perm her hair [since she had just gone from red to blonde to brown to blonde in less than three months], she went to another salon for the perm, which of course fried her hair off to about an inch long. She then came back to the salon begging me to 'fix' it."

Garrison recalls a few "bad client" incidents too, including one who was loud, demanding, and cursing out assistants and the receptionist because her color was not what she expected. "She was asked never to come back," says Garrison. Another client knowingly walked out without paying. "And one client made it a practice of suing anyone she could [she used to freely talk about this] and actually ended up suing us over her hair color that she claimed went wrong."

So just how can we be good clients and build lasting relationships with our stylists (after all, this will only lead to better hair)? "Be respectful of our work and our time," advises Tran, "and let us know you love our work by referring your friends."

Garrison adds that it's important to have a thorough consultation at each visit, have an open mind, and collaborate on ideas for style and color.

Their final pleas? "Don't talk loud on a cell phone that's on speaker, chew gum while getting your hair cut, or bring a friend and keep turning your head to talk during your cut," says Garrison. Jarman adds, "Don't bring your baby or dog to the salon." And Tran says, "While we're working on your hair, please don't touch it!"

Sunday, March 21, 2010

How to tell if your hair colorist is great!

We didn't write this article; nor do we endorse the products they mention in the artlice. But the five principles they list are ones that you SHOULD pay attention, too. We especially like the first principle which says "Let your hair health inform all color decisions". Ah so what does this mean? Read and find out.

Hot on StyleList

Friday, March 12, 2010

Oh, Oh Bloggo - Think about it: Why the US needs private organic cosmetics standard

Confused over "natural" and "organic" words on cosmetic labels?  Don't throw up your hands in frustration...yet.  We will get there.  In the meantime, you should read the following article by Gay Timmons of Oh Oh Organics.  She is a tremendous advocate and is the chair of OASIS, which stands for Organic And Sustainable Industry Standards for personal care industry.  OASIS was formed by a group of concerned trade professionals representing the beauty and personal care industry supply chain. It is the first US organic standard for the beauty and personal care industry. 

Oh, Oh Bloggo - Think about it: Why the US needs private organic cosmetics standard

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Bottle Fetish?

I could really classify this as any one of the 3 R's of Reduce, Recycling and Reuse.  This is the thing,  since we started our own hair habitat line of products, we are always trying to think of ways to reduce our impact on the environment. This is especially true when it comes to ingredients and packaging.  So, let's just say when I see bottles now, I look at them in a whole different way.  We have our Re-Hab program which allows our customers to bring their hair habitat shampoo and conditioner bottles in for a refill and a discount. When someone comes in for a refill, it makes our heart go pitter-patter with joy...they like it and we love it and everyone benefits!  
But, now I think I may be just a little obsessed, okay more than a little obsessed with re-using bottles.  Even when I'm grocery shopping I am not only looking at ingredients, I'm looking at the bottles and their next life! These are my recent treasures I found at Wegmans in Syracuse.  I love these bottles.  I love the shape of them, the color (cobalt blue), the metal caps, the slender neck, the easy to remove labels.  Everything about them gives me that warm fuzzy feeling and a racing mind of what's next for these lovelies?  Originally holding sparkling water, they are destined for much more greatness.  Don't you think?  
I think they'd be gorgeous vases! Today, though...they accepted their first mission and with perfect grace. While preparing our bottles of "glisten, hair" oil, I looked over at my stash of pure, blue, beautiful bottles and knew one of them would be the perfect holding place for our special oils. I cleaned her up, sanitized bottle and cap, and smiled with complete satisfaction as I filled the bottle up. Once a bottle of water, now has a new life.  
Oh, yes...did I mention that these lovely bottles of water cost only $1.39???? Even, better.