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Find Your Place

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So after countless attempts to record an update video tonight…I just couldn’t get my words together.

With all that behind, tonight’s entry is pretty simple.

I have been enjoying a steady stream of awesome hair related projects. I have been pushing myself to create, learn, and grow.

There has been a burning desire within me to reach a new level in my career…further my product knowledge since today’s modern salon experience is rooted in skill both behind the chair and within the product know-how game.

The past few weeks have been full of testing and trying new products…but I am proud to report that I have found some really amazing solutions for hair care and color.

It is no secret that I have always been fond of TIGI branded products….but seeing how well the Bed Head line of care products works with my guests, I have been super excited to offer it as both service and retail options. The Re-Energize shampoo and conditioner is remarkable in how easily they cleanse and revitalize hair. Doing so without harsh additives.

The foundation set by hair health boosting shampoo/conditioner is a key component of my work. As many of you know, I prefer the simplest but safest route to treating your hair.

Color is ever so popular these days. And I have certainly heard the stories of hair color services gone wrong. I will say this….hair color reacts differently with everyone’s hair. It can be unpredictable and often mysterious in nature. But….there are factors that must always remain constant.

Coloring products that nourish and condition the hair are worth a few extra dollars on your ticket. Lightening hair is often an unavoidable scenario….but can be done safely without inducing bleach-burnt hair. So product choice within color services is critical.

And that is why I have chosen to switch my color products to a full line of Joico branded offerings. From color to lightener to developer…Joico has never failed me and has reliably created vibrant colors with deep shine….while maintaining your hair’s health.

I love the richness and depth of Joico colors….both fashion and natural tones. Their revitalizing and rebuilding treatments truly improve the hair’s strength following a color or lightening service.

The choices I’ve been making within my product selection have truly been exciting. And now, I can further grant your hair health a boost with every session you book with me.

 

This is Mr Phil signing off.

 

 

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Hair Forever

374 New Haven Ave

Milford CT 06460

 

 

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Long term clients

Ahoy all you good rats out there.

As I check my gear and new salon bag for duty, I got thinking about the long term nature of my job.

Haircuts can be great. And there is immense importance on cutting hair the way you want me to. Yet the real hair magic resides within my ability to deliver results on a continued basis.

So much of the job of stylists focuses on cuts, colors, and making quick rebooks for call back clients.

All those things are hugely important parts of my daily work. Yet I also want to think of the long term goals built between you and me.

I’ve always said that the best cut won’t look as striking as it can if the hair health cannot support it. The boldest color will run and fade if the hair health is not there to keep the color fresh.

So I spend much of my time researching ways to improve your hair hair health within each session you book with me.

You see, simply doing the bare minimum is just not ok with me. If there is chance to help you find improved hair health at the sacrifice of 20 extra minutes during your session…..I’m going to take those minutes to make sure I take care of you.

Scalp treatments, deep conditioning, regular trims, and other services in offer are for you to enjoy and to rely upon. My product choice is for your health not for me to upsell.

I love accepting challenges for good causes. Rebuilding and maintaining your hair health matters to me. It inspires me. No matter the time needed to make it happen.

I read an interesting point of view the other day as part of a positive review of my business.

We spend so much money on fancy products at the drugstores or super stores for our hair that merely destroy hair health instead of spending less money and visiting me for a treatment service guaranteed to last. I found that to be very telling.

So in closing…give yourself a chance to come down for a hair health session with me. In the long run, we’ll give you new hair.
Repair. Restore.

This is mr phil signing off

Sit with me

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Jules red ombre

Ahoy all you good rats out there. Tonight I’m writing a most exciting entry.

As many of you know I’ve been working hard at the salon taking on some really exciting projects. Sure they’re technical and require focus and quick thinking. But there’s another side to working the chair. The most important side.

Taking care of our guests.

I know I talk a lot about the role of service and how important it is to me. Yet without it, my job as your stylist is pretty empty.

Many of my guests are close friends of mine and visiting me for a session in the shop is an extension of what we do together.

Yet, so many of the people I serve come in as total strangers. And I have a limited time to become someone familiar and trusted to them. Isn’t that a bit unsettling when you think about it?

One of the biggest critiques of salons and stylists I hear is that the impersonal and cold treatment really spoiled the experience for many.

My good friend Paul always affirms that a solid product is based in the even richer and greater experience surrounding the product…no matter what the product may be.

And you know what? He’s right. There’s no replacing a bad experience. And there is no reason for me to ever give anything but the most attentive and authentic experience I can.

With that being said, I want to tell a story about the red ombre you see above.

Jules came to me for her hair color by referral from one of my most treasured people ever, Cassie. Jules drove for many miles for me specifically to color her hair.

When meeting her for the first time, I had to not only provide the final results of vibrant color and professional hair health….but I had to provide the most critical piece of making sure Jules felt at ease and excited about her visit. Since fashion color work ranges between. 3-6 hours in the salon. That’s a long time to spend with a brand new person, especially one performing intricate levels of hair chemistry on one’s scalp.

Like a good coach,  the stylist must know which stories to tell and which questions to ask to help build rapport and trust…..as written in such sterile language in every cosmetology textbook.

To me….it goes beyond that. Sitting down with me for your session means sitting down with the best version of myself that I can offer. Hair Forever is my house and when you visit me, I want you to feel at home. I want you to see your place in the tradition and history of Hair Forever.

The process of getting to know each guest is one of my favorite parts of what I do. 

The role of stylist truly is hanging out with your friends and creating meaningful and beautiful art together.

So I will close with this thought:

I take my time and craft your hair magic because I care more about the person than I do the procedure. I never rush because while you’re on my time, I aim to give you all of my time.

You sit with me and we create together. I was never the fastest stylist but I’d like to think I’m the one you can relax with.

I love what I do and I love each and every chance I get to connect with you.

This is mr phil signing off

Salon Sunday Plans

Hot coffee..falling snow….and event planning: that is my day for today.

I had the idea for Salon Sunday about a month ago while I was at the ‘other’ shop. I took 3 guests that Sunday and they were all for varied services. The common theme was that all 3 were from my women’s client-base.

The idea was to open the shop on select Sundays for specific themed services/groups.

So here we are…a week away from our first Salon Sunday at Hair Forever!

The above image gives you the run down of the back to back Salon Sunday events I’ll be hosting. January 31 for the guys….and February 7 for the ladies.

GOOD GROOMING FOR GOOD GUYS – Sunday January 31, 2016 from 1pm-4pm @ Hair Forever: 374 New Haven Ave, Milford CT 06460

This day is dedicated to the guys and showing off a collection of mini-services they can enjoy in between full hair cuts!

You see, not every visit to me requires a full cut.

I’ll offer discount pricing on

  • Hot lather neck shaves
  • Steam towel scalp treatments
  • Beard Trims/Edge Ups

It’ll be an awesome day filled with product demos, mini-services, and great stories.

WOMEN’S CONSULT DAY – Sunday February 7, 2016 from 1pm-4pm @ Hair Forever: 374 New Haven Ave, Milford CT 06460

Often times, many of my women guests have questions about their color, cut, styling, and hair health. So, I thought ‘why not offer an entire day just to the consultation?”

From what my women guests tell me, too often other stylists fail to offer a thorough consultation to guests. That is a very risky scenario, setting up both stylist and guest for disaster. You see, success comes from solid planning. The more I know of your hair health and hair goals….the better our final results will be.

I’ll be offering:

  • Free Q&A consults in the chair
  • Discounted mini-services on
    • Deep Conditioning
    • Bang Trims
  • Special event gift package prices for future services

Also, you’ll get to see how some of my favorite products from TIGI really do make hair come back to life!

 

Book your slot for either event by emailing HOVEY.PHIL@GMAIL.COM

OR

calling/texting 203-0903-6681

I have to say…I am most excited to offer these events to you guys. Building up your hair health is my #1 concern as your barber stylist.

See you on Salon Sunday!

 

this is Mr. Phil signing off,