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Atelier Salons at Santana Row: Experiments of a Hairdresser
I’ve just finished reading an interesting book by the French Philosopher, Roger-Pol Droit, about experiments in the philosophy of everyday life. It encourages the reader to look at our usual activities in a new way. It opened my eyes to many possibilities. One of his experiments involves going to the hairdresser. His view was an interesting one, more esoteric than I would like, but it did make me think about what our role is in society and what possibilities there are in something as seemingly simple as a hair appointment.
It does seem fairly straightforward. You need a haircut, you make an appointment and you go get one. Someone washes your hair, cuts it, blow dries it, and off you go.
Droit muses that you might leave the salon taller or with a different eye color. Or that perhaps the hairdresser is some kind of angel, who can perform feats of divine salvation. He considers the idea that the visit is a rendezvous with your own destiny, an unparalleled transformation that is accompanied by heavenly music.
Fantasies of beauticians as magicians aside, I’ve seen all of that happen.
The self-confidence a new, more youthful hairstyle gives someone causes them to walk a bit straighter. Haircolor that flatters one’s skin tone certainly can bring out a beautiful eye color or make a green eye even greener.
A hairstylist with a great idea for updating a look can earn gasps of, “Oh my god, you’re a genius!”
If you get just the right new look, it can seem as if this is the hairstyle you’ve been waiting for your whole life—destiny!
And, when you style it yourself at home and it all falls into place, doesn’t it sometimes seem that you hear Handel’s Hallelujah chorus in your head?
At Atelier, our hair services are accompanied by complimentary “moments of wellness”, little niceties like hand treatments, organic tea, makeup touchups, etc. We look at the usual hair appointment in a new and wonderful way. Ah yes, salvation exists.
At your service,
Founder, Atelier Salons