One of the advantages of my cute little salon suite is that sometimes my clients like to “people watch” while I do their hair or while they are processing. But this particular Saturday in April I saw the SWEETEST and best reminder of why my logo and name could make a small difference in my community. There were three kids who seem to be all under the age of 6 years old who stopped in front of my suite to talk about the Unity Salon logo. Of course I couldn’t hear their conversation but I saw their cute little reactions and it made my heart so happy. They pointed back and forth at the two ladies on the logo as they appeared to be examining their hair. In my heart I was hoping that the conversation went something like this:
“Look at her pretty hair!”
“Yes and she has pretty hair TOO!”
“They are both so pretty and they are both together and happy.”
Unity Salon was formed during COVID-19, amidst the riots, and Black Lives Matters campaigns for the hair industry. It was sad to know that so many people are divided in the hair industry and are afraid to do hair that is totally different than their own. This doesn’t just mean a Caucasian stylist not doing Asian or African American hair texture; but it can also mean an African American stylist not doing Asian texture or Hispanic hair texture. And as a Cosmetology Educator in Scottsdale, AZ if I saw this pattern I would always intervene and encourage students to do services outside their “comfort zone”. There was and is never a push back from students so I’m assuming that the disconnect happens after Cosmetology School. Regardless of how and when the disconnect happens, it’s important to know that we can’t change the city, state, or country in one day BUT we can come together in UNITY to make sure that every client has the luxury of choosing their stylist based on their personality, professionalism, experience, and not based on their nationalities.