As the year draws to a close, Stylist Newspapers invited some of our industry leaders to share their holiday wishes and what makes them happy right now with our dear readers. We invite you to take a few moments to read them during the rush of the holiday season and marvel at your talents that allow you to share beauty with your clients all year long.
As hair and spa professionals we have the power in our hands and in our hearts to change lives every day, one guest at a time. My wish is that you use your talent in your hands to create beauty and the kindness in your heart to give back to make a difference in your community.
Times of crisis provides a wonderful opportunity for renewal and change if you can just take the time to reevaluate yourself and your business in the context of new circumstances. I remained open to new business ventures and adjusted my way of thinking in this last year and I have ultimately been very successful and happy. Writing, teaching, practicing yoga and spending weekends with my husband have also helped me to remain content and to keep a positive outlook. Never underestimate the value of relationships and good health.
This season I’m sending my love and gratitude to each of you in my extended professional salon family through an acrostic of the word WISHES. I pray that each quality will take its rightful place in your life, your home and your business community.
W – Well Being. Seeking first the Divine in your life and from that place taking exquisite care of your body: how you rest it, feed it, move it, love it.
I – Inspired Living. This is possible when we remember to breathe deeply during the trials and tribulations, AND when we remember to feel grateful for what we have, not getting caught up in what we don’t have.
S – Satisfaction. Seeking out those people, places and things in our immediate surroundings that bring us satisfaction, acknowledging them and saying so.
H – Heart Decisions. Truly listening to your heart when making a decision and following its sincere desire to bring your highest and best to you.
E – Enriching Relationships. Constantly surround yourself with those to whom you can be an ‘enricher’ and allow them to be an enrichment to you.
S – Stillness. Seek some time to be still and silent for just a few moments each day; this allows higher level creativity, decision making and communication to come to and through you.
What makes me happy is knowing that my salon has grown despite a recession and that we can make a difference. I’m really looking forward to our annual Christmas party for LAYN (Los Angeles Homeless Youth Network) kids that we host at the salon. Most of all knowing that I am surrounded by supportive friends and family makes me happy.
Here is my mantra to take into the new year: “There is no learning without some difficulty and challenges. If you want to keep on learning, prepare yourself for a fun roller coaster ride.” So with that in mind, have a great time over the holidays. You have earned it! Remember, take your work seriously not yourself seriously. Do something new for 2010, reinvent yourself and make some fun educational goals for the up coming year. Ask yourself “how can I make a 10 percent shift from where I am now?” With that in mind, I wish you a brilliant year and happy New Year.
Being a new business born at the dawn of a recession, what makes us happy now is knowing that we are steadily growing from a firm foundation during this challenging economy. The Doves Studio in Santa Monica proves that a strong team with the same goals can flourish, and that makes us very happy.
In the new year, I wish you more services, more frequently from all of your clients. I feel we are all going to be the recipients of that change. I can feel it and am experiencing it myself already. I feel we’re going to have a really prosperous holiday season, and will see our clients more and more frequently in the 2010. They need us!
Connecting with salon owners and pros and hearing how they’ve attacked the recession with positive ideas to enhance the client experience makes me happy. We will survive...and thrive!
This holiday season, let’s all be very thankful for the year we had – the beauty industry fared much better than most during these challenging times. Salons reacted quickly and smartly, supplementing their lost retail dollars with more services and treatments. Now, we can all look forward to a prosperous 2010 together!
Right now, I’m really happy and excited because the holidays are the busiest time of the year for all hairdressers. This is a great chance to catch up with clients we maybe haven’t see in a while, and it gives us the opportunity to recapture their business––and set ourselves up for a fantastic 2010. Here’s to a happy and prosperous holiday season for all hairdressers!
My holiday wish for the beauty industry is for unity. Working together as a unified group, we could influence policy, help mankind and promote change in the world. Let’s do it!
May we all walk in beauty this holiday season and always. May we use our hearts, our hands and our heads as an offering of love to our clients, to our staff members and to any higher power we believe in. Ask only the best of yourself in the quality of your artistic efforts, your kindness to clients and to co-workers and in your thoughts of becoming better and better each and every day. Make the gift of “giving beauty” your personal gift of love to the universe. Peace and joy and color to all of us!
I am grateful for the hope that seems to be emerging within the economy and for the increasing awareness that people care about one another, in times of challenges and in times of abundance.
I would like to wish the hard working, fabulous people of beauty a safe and special holiday season this year. Make some money, make some memories and build a great client base for the coming year. This is a great time to leave behind what is not working for you and build on what IS working. Make a list and get to work on it. 2010 looks to be a very promising year for the beauty professionals who are prepared and ready. Be your best!
Business wise, I truly believe we have reached the bottom of this unprecedented economic cycle. I just returned from Paris and New York and am currently in Scotland, witnessing the death of the ponytail and a return to shorter more defined looks with an abundance of haircolor. Now that makes me happy, as it translates to more frequent visits and more services. If you are a stylist stuck in your ponytail stage, try a new look; it’s the best way to sell your client on their new look, where in turn, you too will be happy!
Best wishes for the holidays and the New Year. Each year has its own challenges, and we have all seen our share this year, but it’s time for that to change! We look forward to great successes for our industry in 2010.
Happy holidays and may all your landings be soft!
I’d like to wish all of the Stylist readers a joyful holiday season and a New Year filled with peace, wisdom, stretching and growth. Be easy on yourself. Take some chances, try something new and follow your dreams.