Salon P/F [salonpf]
What is your specialty as a stylist? fashion, salon, image, objects...?
Hair... and cocktails.
Can you provide a link to a site where we can see something of your work or of where you work.
In what style or trend do you classify yourself?
CLASSY AND SASSY!
What are your clients like?
They're a spirited bunch, real characters. We can talk about politics, sex, religion, current events, gossip, fashion, music, movies, art, food, business, just about anything. Not a lot shocks them. They're awesome.
Do you need to love what you do, or does professionalism suffice?
There is something to be said for paying one's bills on time. But nothing beats when work feels more like play.
What do you do when a client requests something that you believe is not suitable for him/her?
Politely suggest more appropriate styles. But if the client insists, give them what they want. The client is the one that lives with their hair, not me. It's about making *them* happy.
Besides advising clients, do you also educate them?
Teaching clients how to syle their hair, how to care for it, what products to use and why is very important. Educating clients is protecting their investment as well as ours. We don't want a client to walk out of the salon with flawless hair and come back with a big mess because we couldn't be bothered to keep them informed.
Please name three well-known personalities whose look you admire, and three who need to urgently change their image.
Style to love:
1. Sarah Jessica Parker
2. Tom Ford
3. Ava Gardner
Style to loathe:
1. Amy Winehouse
2. Bob Mackie
3. Pamela Anderson
Make a prediction: how long will the fashion of piercing and tattoos last?
Piercings and tattoos are so common now that it could hardly be considered any form of rebellion from the social norm. Asking how long piercings and tattoos will last is like asking how long the fashion of haircolor will last.
What magazines or websites do you follow to keep up to date? What other types of cultural inputs serve as sources of inspiration for you?
I would like to be more discerning when I buy clothes or furniture. What do you recommend I do to acquire this ability?
I think a good rule of thumb is when you're out shopping ask yourself "does this piece look better than everything else in my closet?". If the answer is no, put it back. Clean out your closet at least once a year. If you haven't worn an item in a year, toss it. Be objective. If it doesn't fit right, have it altered or get rid of it. If it's cute but does feel like you, don't wear it. If it's not cute, for god's sake, get it out of your closet! Don't buy or wear something just because it's trendy. Not all trends are for all people. Know yourself. Style isn't about wearing what everyone else is wearing or even about wearing what everyone else will be wearing. It's about setting yourself apart from the crowd by having and expressing *your* personality, not someone else's. The same principals apply to furniture. Your home should be your favorite retreat and a reflection of you. Being "discerning" is pretty simple (at the risk of using an already over used cliche): keep it real.