Hey guys, my blogging energy is a bit divided these days because I’m also blogging on my fiance’s site over on Take Sunset where I write about shops, restaurants, and events around LA. My main bloglove will always be Hair On The Brain, so never fear. I can’t quit you! But there will be times when some of my work from HOTB crosses over to Take Sunset or when my Take Sunset work crosses over to Hair On The Brain. Today is one of those days. I interviewed Michelle Mann, formerly of Refuge Salon in Silver Lake. She just opened her own salon, Rock Paper Salon in Echo Park. Michelle is a super cool chick and seriously talented. Check out a little snippet of my interview with Michelle, and then go here to read the rest!
Take Sunset: How did you decide to open your own salon?
Michelle Mann: I am a very particular person. This aspect of my personality comes out the most when I’m at work. Hair color has to glow in a certain way, cuts have to fall just right, and the product bottles have to be spaced just so… As soon as I got out of hair school at Vidal Sassoon, I realized that someday I would have to open my own salon. I love picking out the details of everything. It makes me so happy to know that I can make the space anything I want it to be–within reason.
Take Sunset: What has the transition from working in someone else’s salon to owning your own place been like?
Michelle: The transition from my last salon to my new shop felt like a high-speed chase. I was working 13-18 hour days. I kept my normal schedule at work until the very end. My last day at my old job was on a Friday. It was bittersweet; everyone was so amazing and supportive. They got me flowers and champagne. I had a glass as I packed up my things. I moved my stuff to the new salon and opened the following Tuesday. I didn’t have much time to contemplate the process as it was happening. You just have to put your nose to the grindstone and hope for the best.
Take Sunset: You cut a lot of men’s hair–what are the current trends in men’s cuts?
Go to Take Sunset to read the rest of my interview with Michelle Mann from Rock Paper Salon.