Hair: Constance Robbins, Emily Buffi, Elizabeth Faye and Dawn Atkinson
Photographer: Roberto Ligresti
Makeup: David Maderich
Nail artists: Armani Je’ton and Joanne Sorbello
Hello, 2020! It’s a new year, which means resolution and goal setting, budget planning and, of course, thinking about all the ways you can improve your life personally and professionally.
We often talk about hair porosity—hair’s ability to absorb and hold moisture. But how porous are you? Are you a sponge, looking at every “mistake” as a learning experience? Are you studying the world around you, hunting for inspiration? Are you looking over the shoulder—or station—at a colleague perfecting a blowout technique, a toner selection at the bowl, or even seeing how an eyelash extensionist is raking in big bucks with frequency of visit?
I recently had a conversation with Rachel Jud, VP of Salons at JCPenney and The Salon by InStyle, who described herself as having the dream job, because she’s always learning, saying the right time for a stylist to switch salons or brands is when they stop learning.
I sat with that sentiment for a while—financially, yes, you need to be secure. Culture is critical. But learning, and being given the opportunity to conquer challenges with creative solutions, is what can fuel your creativity, reshape your perspective and, ultimately, lead to even greater financial opportunities and career satisfaction.
That new root smudge technique can feed your creative soul and also shave off 45 minutes from your blonding services, allowing you to fit in another guest. That bob specialty class you aced could give you additional confidence and might be what finally allows you to raise your hair cut prices.
Whether it’s online, in person, stumbling upon a technique via social media, or even peer-to-peer in the salon, the opportunity to be porous has never been more within reach.
At our recent Artist Session Influencer Series, Great Lengths Executive Artistic Director Danielle Keasling shared that although she loves mentoring our group of artists while on set, she equally enjoys all the learning she experiences from studying this group’s signature styles and techniques that put them on the map. See the stunning collaborations and inspiring finishes in the Creatives Collide feature on page 28.
To set yourself up for a healthy new year, make sure you’re exploring our Wellness section on modernsalon.com—as a continuation of our popular Healthy Hairdresser series, we’re putting the spotlight on health and wellness in our newsletters, social media pages, website and, of course, in your issues of MODERN SALON magazine—including this one! See page 22 for ideas on prioritizing your mental health, incorporating mindfulness and techniques to turn around a bad mood at the workplace.
Happy New Year!
--Alison Alhamed, Editor in Chief