Chana Gray has always intuitively understood that being a healthy hairdresser would help her to be a happy hairdresser—and increase her chances for career longevity.
“I have been a holistic hairdresser since the 1970s,” says Gray, owner of her solo salon Chana’s Hair Design Studio in Eagar, Arizona. “I used to mix conditioner into hair color and add buffers to perm solutions, customizing the service for each client. Now I research every product for my safety and my clients’ safety as well as to achieve great results.”
For many years, Gray participated in a Japanese philosophy group which, she says, “helped me to have a sense of direction and purpose. It’s about cause and effect: if I do this action, there may be this or that result. I still write affirmations every day.”
That karma-type of approach guides Gray not only in life, but in business. “I want to do the right thing for my clients every time,” she explains. “I tell clients that if they have a problem with their hair, no matter how minor, just come back. Don’t be unhappy; don’t go to some other salon. I want them to be able to say anything to me, and I won’t be offended.”
Based on her studies and experience, Gray extends her philosophy further:
Technology has never been Gray’s strong suit, so she has been tackling it as a professional growth experience. She’s now posting videos on YouTube and is launching a website for her product lines. “I saw that the industry was passing me by,” she says, “so I decided to learn more.”
Gray also is very involved in her small community, a mountain town that cools off Phoenix residents during the sticky summers. Ultimately her work is about making women feel great.
“My best holistic health tip,” Chana says, “will always be to love yourself, accept who and where you are in your life at that moment and encourage others to do the same.