This was the hairstyle I dreamed of having for senior prom.
Hello everyone! Welcome to the official blog page of Hair House. I can't believe the salon is 5 months old! It feels like a whirlwind. After a few weeks of construction, we transformed what was a traditional, neighborhood 'beauty parlor' into a chic, boutique salon offering high-quality color and haircuts. The reception from both the locals and my long-time clients has been so great. But, I am not going to lie, it has been a scary yet exciting adventure.
Working at an upscale Manhattan salon for so many years has given me a confidence I could never imagine. Between the techniques learned, friends made and countless happy clients, I felt it was time to spread that joy a little further into my home borough of the boogie-down Bronx!
The Bronx is filled with so much culture, an abundance of people from every ethnicity, different working-class levels, food, hip-hop and of course, style. We are a bit away from becoming "hipster", but Bronxites have an undeniable style that is uniquely their own. And while the clothing trends may come and go, one thing is true, women, no matter where they are from, are always on the hunt for good hair.
I have had my fair share of hair faux pas. For my senior prom, I went to a local salon and requested the 'Pantene' girl's luxurious up-do. It was a running campaign and she had a glamorous, full, shiny bun of curls atop her head. I, on the other hand, had a teeny, tiny bun of 3 curls that made my head look huge and my hair look thin. My hair to head size ratio was seriously off. My mother thought I looked great (what else is she supposed to say?) but I felt so uncomfortable. I went straight home and rearranged the bun as best as my 18 year old self could.
What bothered me more than the mini bun on top of my head, was that when I showed the stylist a picture of the style I wanted (it was printed, we didn't have cell phones then, ha!), he told me he would do just that. It totally wasn't 'that' when I schlepped home, ready to cry, on prom night 1999.
Fast forward to 2017, I still live in the Bronx but have worked almost 2 decades in Manhattan salons. One of the most important lessons I learned in that time, was that consultations matter. I have friends who, to this day, still call me upset because their hair is completely different from what they told their local stylist they wanted. It is our job to discuss the options our clients have, the reality of what they will get and to ultimately end up on the same page so that our expectations are in sync. There may be some time before the client receives the end result they imagine, so giving them a clear understanding of the process is a big factor in helping them achieve their hair happiness.
At Hair House, in the Bronx, we are pleased to bring that professionalism, communication and satisfaction to our clients, both old and new. In the five months since our opening, we have already built relationships, guided clients down the right hair path for them and are in it for the long haul.
We welcome you to visit our blog regularly for stories, tips and transformations, as we bring 5th Ave. hair to the Bronx, for luxurious beauty at affordable prices.
xo, Dana p.s. I am pretty sure I burned all of my prom pics. If I ever find them, I will upload them for your entertainment!