Good evening everyone…Mr Phil here
As we brace for a mega blast of winter in Connecticut, I thought I’d take time and write about one of my most proud moments as a stylist.
The lines between barber and hair stylist are more blurry now than ever. I’ve recently thrown myself back into the world of hairdressing. I have too many interests to limit myself in any way.
So when Sara came to me with a unique challenge, I gladly and confidently accepted.
I often am asked “How do I know it is time to switch stylists?”. That is a very valid question.
In Sara’s case….color procedures, hair cuts, and bleaching sessions done to her by other stylists left Sara scared to venture to a new stylist…trust had been broken. So turning to box color and over the counter hair care products was really the only answer.
The scary thing is, that once stylist-guest trust is broken…it is incredibly hard to rebuild.
I knew the back story going into Sara’s consultation. So when I had a chance to examine her hair for color, texture, and over all integrity….a plan had to be formulated efficiently and decisively.
I won’t bore you all with the technical details of what had to happen…but I will say this….the above before-after photos you see came in the span of 2 sessions…of 3+ hours each.
The simple ‘cut & color’ menu certainly does not cover what was needed to get Sara’s hair back to health. Instead, I came up with a care plan of cut, new home care, color, deep conditioning, and extensive future goals for Sara.
The importance of hair health really matters to me.
Your stylist is supposed to look out for your hair health on the regular. Not just ‘cut & color’ your hair when you are ready. Hair health matters to me because if I see or notice something that may adversely affect your hair cut/color/style….I am going to speak up.
A lot happens when you see me for a service. I look beyond the obvious and want to provide you with the most complete service I can, even it takes a bit longer….I’d rather you leave happy and healthy each time. My methods are designed to find you as many benefits as possible…and then deliver the cut, color, treatment or service you seek.
Switching stylists is something that I invite you to try…only if:
- you feel like there is an added benefit you are not getting with your current stylist
- there is some sort of feature or service that is solely granted by a particular stylist
- you are not fully happy with the service you are getting or if something seems amiss every time you sit for a particular stylist
- your current stylist admits that he/she cannot deliver services you are interested in
In Sara’s case, simply performing the bare minimum of coloring her hair….was not ethically OK by me. I knew that good color could not fix the damaged hair.
Previous color, thermal damage, and remnants of poorly executed haircuts required I dig deeper…I took a chance and offered my best professional opinion, despite it being tough news to hear.
And with that…I am proud to report that Sara’s hair is leaps and bounds healthier because our plan was solid. A good consultation, test chemical strand, and accurate methods took longer….but the health of Sara’s hair and self confidence too will stick around longer.
I invite you all to come in and see me for your next service. I am honored to be your barber-stylist.
This is Mr Phil signing off,