What’s uP: What to Give Your Stylist for Christmas

19 12 2009

I’m not going to lie, I love this time of year! December in the salon is always bustling with holiday spirit. The holiday also means gift giving and I’ve been very lucky to be on the receiving end of many beautiful, generous and well thought out gifts from my clients and I truly appreciate them all. So I hope what I’m about to say doesn’t come across as sentimental fluff.

Yesterday I had a brand new client come in for highlights. When I asked her how she heard about Edris Salon (and me), she told me that she stopped someone on the street and asked her where she got her hair done. The person on the street gave this woman one of my business cards and the woman called the next day to make an appointment. As a colorist, I was touched by this story and I’m so thankful that the woman on the street had my card on her and shared it with a total stranger. So you see, while the holiday gifts are incredibly appreciated, the best gift that you as a client can give your stylist is a referral.

I’ve actually had people say to me, “I don’t want too many people to find out about you because then I won’t be able to get an appointment.” I can assure you, this is not the case. As a matter of fact, the opposite will happen.  I will go out of my way to fit in good clients who return often and send their nearest and dearest and I know that most stylists feel the same way.

So remember, referrals are the gifts that keep on giving all year long. Next time you’re in your favorite stylist’s chair, take a few business cards and pass them along to friends.  You’ll be surprised how touched your stylist will be by this simple gesture.


Listen uP: Two for Tuesday

15 12 2009

Selections from the New Moon Soundtrack

I was a big fan of the Twilight books, citing them as my #1 guilty pleasure of 2008. And while I’m not nearly as enthusiastic about the horrifically acted movies, I give two big thumbs up to the guy or gal who assembled the soundtrack. In my humble opinion, anyone who can put Thom Yorke and Die Fledermaus on the same album and make it work deserves special accolades.

Download #1: “Hearing Damage” by Thom Yorke. I’m a huge Radiohead fan and when I first heard this song I literally couldn’t move (“A tear in my brain/allows the voices in/…you can do no wrong/in my eyes”).  Not to mention they also made fantastic use of the song within the movie, rather than wasting it on the closing credits.

Download #2: “The Violet Hour” by Sea Wolf. This song sounds like something from alternative ‘80’s heaven with pop shadings of bands like The Jam and The Smiths. One of the few up-tempo tracks, “The Violet Hour” is the meat in the middle of the New Moon soundtrack.

Honorable Mention: Death Cab for Cutie’s “Meet Me on the Equinox” is a fantastic opening track, however I’m afraid that excessive radio play will make us all hate it by 2010. That being said, it’s still a great song that’s definitely worth a listen.

For those that are embarrassed to download the New Moon soundtrack, I urge you to throw your pride aside and take a chance. You’ll be richly rewarded.

What’s uP: Inspiration Through Dance

14 12 2009

I’ve been a longtime fan of Pilobolus Dance Company and in searching online for clips to share with my husband, I came across this astonishing piece called “Symbiosis.” The strength and grace of these two dancers is incredibly inspiring…and jaw dropping.

“Does it trace the birth of a relationship? Or the co-evolution of symbiotic species?

For more on Pilobolus, please visit: http://www.pilobolus.org