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My name is Raina Shaw. I've been a licensed hairstylist for many years and my clients have dubbed me, “The Salon Chair Therapist.”
Here's why: Conversations in the salon can get “hot and heavy” in a flash and an array of subjects are discussed on a daily basis. We discuss (sometimes in too much detail) the men and significant others in our lives, our careers (or lack thereof), our sex lives, break-ups and make-ups. You name it! From my observation, we women oftentimes are obsessed with our physical appearance because we're unhappy, insecure, depressed and frustrated in many areas. We neglect to work on the condition of our hearts and minds, and we've bought into the misconception that only our outer appearances matter. We also forget that the wavelength/frequency that we are on attracts the right mate, friends, career, etc.
I must say that I have no problem with my clients changing their hair color, adding extensions, going from long hair to short hair and vice versa because that is how I make a great living, but I've learned from experience that when my clients want to make a drastic, sometimes crazy, sudden, change with their hair, it's usually because something is troubling them on the inside.
So, The Salon Chair Therapist (that would be me), takes the time to get down to the bottom of their problems and I usually discourage my clients from making drastic changes when they are in an overly-emotional state. And, I also refrain from drastically changing my own appearance when I'm not thinking clearly.
Over the years, I've given my clients great advice that when followed, has given them awesome results such as marriages (to the right person),
break-ups (with the wrong person), positive career changes; I've also seen the self-esteem of my clients go from 0 to 100%.
My motto is, “A happy woman is a beautiful woman.” I stress that first with my clients and that mindset has caught on! Let's admit it--the weekly or bi-weekly visit to the salon has always been more than a time for grooming. It’s a place and time for ladies to express, share and compare the highs and lows of life. This is the perfect setting for conversation. However, it is also the place for “The Salon Chair Therapist” to serve as a narrator, referee, host and moderator to present stimulating conversations that unveil answers and gives energy for ladies to hang in there and live to fight another day with family matters, the workplace and their spouses or significant others. My clients encouraged me to start the Friday Food for Thought Blog, and they have given me permission to share their stories of love, life, triumphs, failures and rebounds. However, the names will be changed to protect the innocent and not so innocent. :)
So, tune in weekly for Friday Food For Thought and feel free to comment and submit questions of your own. And, remember while you're dressing up the outside (which is important), feed your mind with positive affirmations and thoughts (which is even more important), so that you'll be radiant and beautiful inside and out.
The Salon Chair Therapist