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Why hair salons need to curate
Please forgive this little journey about curation and life outside of school.
I’ve been doing some thinking about curation and hair.
Here’s my sad story and my proposed solution.
I hadn’t had a hot shower for a week after Hurricane Sandy. I was beat. And my hair was full of knots. When I got to the salon, I asked for a cut that would be less likely to knot.
I had about 10 minutes to frantically look through the magazines scattered on the tables at the salon.
The resulting bob was a sad mistake. And I recognize it was my mistake for not doing the research and not coming prepared.
What I’ve since discovered is that (maybe) hundreds of women are curating curly hair Pinterest boards. It’s a seriously fabulous public service!
So, for my appointment this week, I am coming prepared with my own specialized Pinterest board of beautiful curly styles realistic for 3b type curls. (Some of you will know what that means.)
I plan show my new stylist my board of possibilities and favorites. We will engage in thoughtful, not frantic discussion.
Okay, I’ll be prepared, but it occurred to me that the salons we visit could be so much more prepared to accommodate their spontaneous (or frantic) clients.
In a few restaurants recently, I was surprised by being handed an iPad menu. We clicked through choices by course. The menus were packed with photos and easy to read, even at a romantically dark table. And they are immediately updatable.
We need more ipads/tablets at restaurants. And we need them at salons!
Here’s my modest proposal to avoid haircut emergencies like mine:
- Salons should have available Pinterest boards of possible styles organized by hair type and length and color.
- Each stylist should have photo portfolio boards of their best styles.
- Each style should have a variety of views representing a 360 degree picture.
About Joyce Valenza
Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza
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