Skip the small talk and listen to a podcast on the sound system
The other day a client thanked me for recommending So You Want to Talk About Race --a book I've been telling clients about for 2 years. She'd just read it, and so both of us wanted to discuss it, but conversation is limited now due to Covid-19 safety and because I can't talk in a mask all day. So I asked her if she wanted to listen to a podcast about race over the speaker while I coloured her hair, because I had one downloaded that I had planned to listen to at lunch.
She said yes, and then we --a brown woman who grew up in a very white city, and a white woman who wants to learn -- quietly listened to Brene Brown talk to Austin Channing Brown about her book, Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. It was actually a joy filled episode --and when they went deep, there were a couple times that we both had the same aha! moments.
It was a great use of time! So if you have a favourite podcast that you want to catch up on, tell me in advance so that I download it for your session. Pome doesn't have have wifi. Note that clients' devices aren't allowed in my work space. (Covid-19 Safety Plan).
Some clients have asked me to choose, but it has to be something that you enjoy listening to and I can't figure that out for each client. So help me out. Pick whatever. No judgement. Tell me when you book your appointment, or if you have already booked then text your choice with your full name.
For example: A client and I listened to podcasts about the writers Zadie Smith and Toni Morrison. That appointment was captured in a photo while the colour processed, as she listened and basked in sunlight and felt the fresh air from the open windows:
Have you already booked an appointment and want a podcast downloaded for it? Text it with your full name.
Reiki to pass time while your colour processes
A client recommends it:
"If you decide to go for a colour, try a [distance] Reiki session! That's a great way to pass the time and feel energized for the rest of the day." - Patrick, June 2020, Google review
Patrick arrived glum at 8:30 AM because of an early business call he'd had. After 12 min of Reiki, which I transmitted from across the room, he said, "I feel like my day has been reset and I get to start it again!".
Take a music break right now
Last year you probably heard Masego/FKJ's song Tadow at the studio because I played it a lot. Here's a remix that a DJ friend did one day in May. Enjoy
I've been making videos for the salon.
New products in stock
Most of these products are around $20
I've been using some new products on clients' hair, and I'm glad that the brands match at least one of these ethical points:
- brands that are locally owned or owned by women
- mostly priced around $20, up to $28.
- Fragrance Free! As someone with a fragrance allergy, I'm really excited to find a fragrance free shampoo made for sensitive scalps and it's from a Vancouver company.
- some organic/plant/vegan ingredients or recycled plastic packaging or recyclable aluminum
- free of parabens, sulphates or silicones or dyes or fragrances
You'll see less of Kevin Murphy products on the shelves but you can still pre-order any items you love.
- You can still order products for curbside/doorside pickup or mail, including brands you use that I don't stock but my suppliers do. Brands include Kevin Murphy, Olaplex, Davines, Loma, AG, American Crew, Bedhead, Ethica, Malibu, Moroccan Oil, Redken, Sebastien, TIGI, Verb and more.
What hairstyle is in style now?
Update your one-length hair into the 2020 shag. Men can get a shorter version.
Is Pome busy like normal?
As of July 12, business is still way, way, way down.
The New York Times reported on July 13, that small businesses closed at a higher rate in June than the previous 3 months. “Retail businesses, led by beauty supply stores, have been closing at the highest rate since the pandemic began. Restaurants are the next hardest-hit group.” link
If beauty supply stores are closing in the U.S. it’s because salons aren’t buying supplies and that’s because people aren’t coming for services. It's not much different here for me though BC flattened the curve, this month I restocked 8% of the usual amount of hair dye I used compared to last July.
Read an interview with me about my concerns from when the salon first re-opened, in Vita Magazine, page 14.
The best way to ensure the salon is here when you need it
...is to get your hair done on a regular basis.
- Schedule your next haircut in advance when you're leaving your current one: For short hair, in 4-6 weeks. For medium length hair, in 7 or 8 weeks. For long hair within 12 weeks.
I've heard people say they don't need to look good because they're only seen on Zoom, but looking good shouldn't be about dressing for others. One client said that a haircut made her feel like herself again. I personally dress for my own pleasure and it puts a spring in my step and makes ME feel great and then I smile more at people I walk past --and that makes other people feel good.
Other ways to support Pome
- Refer people you know who live near the salon. --Thank you to everyone who sent in their kids and partners! I do hair for all gender identities. And yes, I cut men's hair; I always have and I enjoy it a lot.
- Leave a Google Review to help people find Pome.
- Order your hair products for curbside/doorside pickup or mail, including brands you use that I don't stock but my suppliers do. Brands include Kevin Murphy, Olaplex, Davines, Loma, AG, American Crew, Bedhead, Ethica, Malibu, Moroccan Oil, Redken, Sebastien, TIGI, Verb and more.
- Follow Pome on Instagram, which helps new people decide to come.
Do you want to see hair photos there or my sense of humour? If it's humour, click the heart on these posts:
FYI: I've almost reached my hair goal!
When is it least busy on the street to come?
Answer: It's at what used to be rush hour. Watch...
Answer: It's at what used to be rush hour. Watch...
Pedestrian traffic is lowest on Granville St in the morning and only at 30% of normal in the afternoon. Check the Contact page for Pome's reduced hours.