Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Gingerbread art

Last couple of days everyone in my family, except me, have been ill. So I have found myself working early in the morning ( hairdressing clients ), and then come home, tidy up and pamper everyone. So, I desided to pamper them with home made gingerbread, which I molded on the shape of the mosque. You see, in scandinavia gingerbread houses are a tradition, the best of them are really stunning. Now, my peace of art is not as skillfull as the real masters on this craft, however, I am quite sure that this would be the first gingerbread mosque ever produced. And with a little practise and developping this may become our new Eid tradition!!!!

I have made everything by myself from the scratch: Obviously gingerbread dough, icing ( mixed icing sugar, food coloring and water ), glued parts together with melted sugar ( that is a fire hazard, so if you try be careful ), and again the arch on the roof has been made from melted sugar. I suppose I could have decorated the base by making flowers from icing, but this time I desided to keep this simple. Although, I must say I had an idea of getting some rocks and "tieing" the camels on it with a sugary tie. But this will do this time, next time I will put a little bit more thought into this and see what could i do. I am now searching some pastry cutters on a palm tree shape.....

Sunday, 28 December 2008

Early bird tomorrow!

My two little girls are ill. Ihave been up from bed for the last two nights to give a medicine and sympathy. I am absolutely flushed. Tomorrow morning I have two jobs early in the morning. So right now I should really be in bed, but I am enjoying this quiet time too much to let it go wasted. I must admit that during the time the girls have been ill, I have had some time to continue my cross stich project which is pictured on the right. It is not ready yet, but I am quite excited about it. It is shahada mosque.

My auntie from France came to visit us today and I was really happy to see that she was so relaxed in our house, mashallah. She is staying with her daughter, who is working a year here in London, and they both came for a dinner to us. It was lovely to see them.

I still need to put all my things together so that I don't have to spend too much time in the morning for thinking what should I take with me. So I make this short tonight and say good night to all of you and I will talk to you later insh-Allah.

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Linas birthday, 7 years now, mashallah!

Today we have been eating a cake, presented in a picture, made by me and I am not a professional so please excuse any mistakes with the decoration you may find. I bought her a knitting kit, with huge needles so it is easy to learn and thick thread. She loved it. I do attempt to get her something that keeps her busy, but not technology. I think that there are too many kids out there who have been pampered with so much technie things, that if you tell them let's go outside, they look at you as if you just came out of space. Well if you tell to my kids to go outside, you can not keep up with the speed they put their boots on and go to the garden to find slugs or other greepy grawlies. She now has started to make her own scarf with the huge needles and she loves it.
Preparations included me buying this massive cake tin for her cake, which I will utilise insh-Allah on other parties and thought even that I might make some cakes without a deco to sale. I am proud to say that what ever you see on the cake is made by me from the scratch! Well everything apart those rainbow springly things you put on the cake. They came from Asda, but everything else came from the ingredients in my cupboard. I did love it, but I love to make anything you can make with your own hands. And if there are any cake lovers out there who are reading my blog, well the place to go to shopping is http://www.sugarshack.co.uk/ . They have everything, it is a virtual candy shop for cake makers and others too. You can nearly smell the sugar when you look at those pictures. And oh so inspiring!!!!! I am sure that I was a baker in my previous life, well we don't really believe in that, but if we did, that is what I would think.

It is now nice and quiet in the hair department. People are finally got to the christmas spirit and relax at home. I did receive a phone call today for a haircut. She asked me if I would do a hair cut for someone who has got nits in their hair???? It would be as bad as ask me if I am suicidal! why not to ask if I wanted to start a massive infestation on my clients and loose my business! I know what has happened, she went to the salon and they found nits in her hair. She then was desperate and decided to call anyone to do her hair for the christmas. Good luck for her, but I would like to call her back and ask if anyone did it, cause I would not want to go to that hairdresser. The marks of the gingerbread house are still on my fingertips, they are bruised now. I did receive my camel pastry cutter today, so gingerbread mosque is on the drawing board. I will make the dough tomorrow insh-Allah and then bake the actual mosque the day after. I love this time of the year, I finally have the time to do all the things I love!!!!! Now all I need is a holiday, and I am working for it!

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

I wish we could all be perfect!

Before anyone thinks anything, this picture has been drawn to me bu my lovely daughter and I took a picture of it to make sure that I don't loose it. I just thought that this time this could be the perfect pic for this blog.

I belong to Finnish muslim womans forum too, and replied to a post with regards of muslim women travelling on their own. As I believe the hadith says, we should not travel a tip lenght of one night and one day without a mahram. I posted that I work as a mobile hairdresser and sometimes, exspecially before Eid, we are working to the early hours of next morning with cuts and colors. I had one reply from someone saying, would you take your hijab off if your husband would ask you to? As she sees it I do wrong by working and driving the car on my own to the clients house..... errrrrmmm, those of you who know me, well you know what is about to come out from my mouth, how ever I put it here nicely..... I am an independent woman with a family, with a motgage and a trade skill that is needed even in London as there not too many of us who are working only with ladies. Surely muslim ladies are more comfotable to get their hair done by another muslim as this person would understand their world. So what am I missing here? Why are some of use so judgemental and would like to knock down every effort of a "normal life" which can include being a muslim. I make sure that myu husband knows all the addresses that I have been called to, and I guard my dignity. I go to the houses and if the men are there, they usually go to another room, these ladies know the rules too, they will not leave me alone with their husbands or grown sons. I would not work on anyones house on those hours, but before Eid it is different. And then it is only muslim women.
I must say I did reply to this basicly saying, well we all need to make our living somehow, there are no free gifts in this world and that we really should not judge each others, but support and understand. The first thing that popped into my mind though was: " How lovely it is to live in a such a supporting islamic community!" After this I really appreciate to live in UK, this just goes tho show how little Finland is and how small are the circles in there. I love my country, but it is the cases like this that make me think that I am really lucky to have moved away.
I am just dissappointed to them now..... :(
Insh-Allah, one day...

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Noras corner

I have now some new products on sale in my shop. These are for hair and there for a trial to see how they go..... inshAllah people will be interested. Anyone who wants to have a peak, this is the address:- http://stores.ebay.co.uk/noras-corner

I am still hunting the hijabs and jilbabs and even though I am turning some serious rocks around, it seems that the reasonable price ones are really hard to find. For some reason all the wholesalers seem to think that just because you live in the European country, your pockets are bursting of money... How can they sell the same hijabs to Arab countries with a friction of the price they sell them in here? This really goes out of my understanding. But I will not give up, I suppose I need to pay a visit to Whitechappel one of these days.....

I went to Stratford to do a cut last night. On the way back I had enough time to pop in to smyths toy shop and I found a nice knitting kit for Lina for her birthday. She has been watching me doing things and is keen to learn how to do them by her self. That is nice, at least some of the traditions will be passed down in the family.

Friday, 19 December 2008

It is that time of the year again!


I am sooo busy, have not had any time to log into the internet and this makes me feel a bit guilty, like I would be rejecting some of my friends.
I know, it does sound a bit sad to have virtual friends, but on the other hand we are living in the very small and virtual world now. Last night I came home 12 o'clock, did a long hair color and there was lots of it too. It does take time, my darling husband was on the sofa waiting for me, which is kind of sweet, but he was not sweet enough to help my stuff inside :( . I had to do it all by myself.

I need to build my brand during this christmas. Now when the clientele is growing alhamdulillah, I feel that I should offer a proper brand for my clients. My little boy has been ill now 4 days and at the moment he is a very grumpy young man. The last three days I have been spending building the gingerbread houses to my kids school and desided with the kids that we are going to build a gingerbread mosque during the holidays. I will post the pics once this is all done. Unfortunately all of those gingerbread art things come with the price: my fingertips are burned with the hot sugar..... that is painful, if you don't need that kind of pain into your life, don't try it at home. On typing this my index finger feels really weard cause it has a massive blister on it and I am typing like throught the cushions.

I am thinking of changing my ebay shop a bit more muslim friendly, I am considering taking on more hair products but also looking into selling hijabs and jilbabs on line. Inshallah this will lead into a having a proper internet shop, at the moment it is a bit boring, and I think that I do need a bit more challenge. The problem is where to find a good wholesaler who is selling with a good price. It is almost like they charge too much, never mind of selling the products on. I might have to look into arab countries to get my starting stock. I just am amazed with the prices online. Apart from that, the life is normal, there is way too much house work to do, but then again, we know that house work is an endless task, which never is finished. The laundry basket is challenging the limits of all physic laws and kids are running a riot for the new tighten up laws in the house. It is just so not fair!!!! ;)

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Eid Mubarek!

Another one gone. We had just a little family due, nothing fancy or amazing. I suppose the kids will remember the party bit and I hope that as we do celebrate it as a family, it will over rule this christmas merchantise, which is everywhere at the moment. I have been working, did a wicked color couple of days ago and start to be fully booked (alhamdulillah) before christmas. This hair in the picture is done with Majirel 900s, bleach and Indola 6.66x. Apart from red Indola, color looks very natural and the color is in the good balance with natural tones. I am suprised that I did not have the normal running all over the place this year before Eid, normally people call me 2 days before and tell me that they want me to do their hair. This results me to come home 2 in the morning and still need to wake up to do some more work in the morning. This year was very good. No extra running, nice and relaxed time before Eid.

After new year I start to plan my own shop. This has been my dream for a long time and people who know me also know that I am planning to open ladies only shop into Barking. There is none and the growing muslim community should be good basis of the clientele in that area. Plus it is only about 10 minutes drive away from my home and I should be able to do the whole children and home thing and working at the same time. I will not rent the permisses quite yet and I am only looking for a small place. I will ask deara darling husband to help me with the decoration, because I will not pay lots of money to get all the stuff, this salon is made with savings on mind. I just frimly believe that there is no reason why I would not be able to achieve an elegant and stylish end result without spending lots of money. I am looking the shops like Ikea, lots of visiting on the freecycle and there are lots of companies that sell second hand salon furniture. I know that there are lots of setties on offer in freecycle, so I suppose that my waiting area will be furnished purely with free stuff.

I have been thinking of putting a moroccan style panel on the windows, I think curtains are so uninviting. I also think that there are cases, on which men need to maybe access to the permisses, like post man, so I am thinking of separating the reception area and the salon area. I am not sure about the name yet, so any suggestions are welcome. I am thinking of looking for a business partner, someone who could do beauty more as I am planning to put a treatment area into the shop. Still the dream, but I think that husband finally starts to get around the idea of me having my own shop. Can't wait to get my hands on this project....

Happy Eid everyone!

Monday, 24 November 2008

Hunting freebies!!!!

I have not been here for a while, I have been quite busy. I am on the mission to hunt as many freebies as possible. Currently I am after free mascara and Tomtom. I know, sounds really sad, but during the credit crunch I suppose every penny helps. I have been working a lot too. People do not have the money to spend any more and they rather look for the basic services at the bargain price. Well, I don't mind. I have gained some new customers and slowly but surely I am growing. I have also taken on to loose some weight. I know that this is the life long battle between me and the chocolate, but this time I have not set myself any goals, only just set a little steps to change the snacking and eating habbits. And in order to feel good about all of this, I have banned all the scales from my house. I see if I lost anything if the dress size goes down. Above all of this kids have been a bit ill, husband has been busy working and let's face it, the clock has not enought hours to fit everything in.
My freebie hunting has reached new hights thoug. I have joined sites to get free mascara ( www.freemascara.co.uk/free-mascara?referer_id=13303 )and free Tomtom (http://gifts.freebiejeebies.co.uk/33175). Only thing I need to do is to sign for an offer and then refer other people to join too..... Some things in life have been made easy. I always choose the free option for the offer, for example for the mascara I chose to order a free catalogue from Next and for Tomtom I chose to get a free dvd rental trial. Why not? At this society of spending, if you can grap some things for free and be a little bit of a winner at the end of it, then I would say well done. We are paying for everything, so its nice that for once someone is paying for us.

My course for Indian Head Massage is going fine and I am planning to sign in for the diploma course at the beginning of the January. Then by July, I would have my qualifications to add on my certificates. At least I am doing something positive to educate myself. In general, the life goes on quite smoothly at the moment and I haven't got many dramatic events to report really. Soon I will be needing volountieers for pampering to practise on..... I am sure that this is a service that people just are looking forward to. So life in general is good, alhamdulillah!

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Celebrity Scissorhands

Another series started. I am excited and at the same time, I do feel sorry for all of those clients, who come there for a hair cut.
I must say, they have produced some horror cuts, cuts that are beyond the belief. I do not konw how general public can let these people roaming free on their hairs, and even some professional hair dressers. I know it is all for the charity, but still, you have to face an every day life after the chair that chops your hair off, sometimes leaves bold patches all over your head. All that depends who is cutting though. Some of these celebrities have a talent, and they do become good cutters, but some of them, hide the scissors from them for ever! And sometimes as by accident, they produce something that actually looks quite funky and good, well it could if it would be finished professionally, but the idea is there. And on those moments, here I am sitting and thinking, why was I not there? why I could not come up with that hair cut. I just have to take it in and think, well my time is yet to come. A little more studying, a little more trying different things, and then, my time will come.
Todays show, hair raising, scary, horror with or without a hair. Some people say that the show makes them laugh, me, it makes my stomack to turn around, and I am begging on my sofa, oh please, dont do that, she has to go to work tomorrow..... They don't hear me, they just carry on. But can't they see that they have gone too far, or is it that they can, but they just carry on in desperate hope that somehow it will be ok. And what about all of those clients? They all sit there and smile, and they are happy. Give points 8 out of 10, and I am watching thinking:" 4, no more than 4!!!!!!"
But there we go, it is all done in the name of the charity, and I am happy for all those brave people who donate their hair and dignity for the children who need help. Thank you, only in Brittain!

Monday, 20 October 2008

Salon International

It is now over and experienced. Couple of weeks waiting and excitement, and then this afternoon, slight disappointment. I was expecting some real education. I had set my mind to receive tons of information, but no...... most of it was selling things. I already have plenty of stuff. I don't really need any more. I am enthusiast about learning though. I want to see lots of new colors, new techniques how to make different finishes on hair. I want to get ideas so I can practise with my dollys and see what looks good and what may be not. I wanted to see Wella stand, I wanted to see L'Oreal stand and Matrix, but I saw none of them. Some of the biggest names in the industry and they were not there. I have noticed lately that it is so hard to get education from Matrix anyway. What a shame, they really don't realise how much of the market they end up loosing. I chose them to be my semi-permanent color range, but no information, difficulties to get color books and no tools on marketing their products at all. So to me, as a mobile it is difficult to market this to the client. I am only comparing on the fantastic support that I receive from Indola. It seems to me that for them, all the stylists are valuable. I always get the support I need, they are helpful and just visiting their stand, I was told to join to their point scheme which is running and they will give me free stuff.

I must say, there were two stands that I found really good;
Habia, educational as always, it is all about education and regulation of the industry and
Wahl, to my biggest surprise, Wahl is not only about clippers!!! Positive surprise, even though I knew that they do hairdryers, cause I have the limited edition pink one, they also do curlers, hearted rollers, heated bendis, the range is wide and almighty. And I loved their show, so did all the young girls who were screaming to the young boys on the stage...... They did have a lots of fun in there, but also , they really did the show case what can be done with the correct clippers. And I could not believe my ears, they do run academy as well!!!!! Something for me to look into. The biggest surprise from their stand was something I have never even thought, female cuts with clippers. Apparently you can use the clippers very much in the same way than you would use a razor. They can give you a soft, but textured finish and are excellent to cut a long hair, that's right, cut it, not to shave it. In front of my eyes they created a nice bob!
Absolutely something to look into. And I must admit that their stage show was quite something. There was a young martial artist girls kicking into the air and showing off her skills. Impressive, and very different. I liked it a lot. Free stuff was thrown to the audience, unfortunately I got nothing..... The show lasted 45 minutes and it was worth of watching. I learned a lot, and got some ideas. So watch out dolly, here comes my cordless clippers......

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Level of Understanding

Today I have been spending my time effectively. I have been studying. I thought that fine, if they don't want to take me to school then I just learn it by my self.
I have also filled an application form to another college in the area. I really want to start my level 3 next September and can't wait to get that all done. They will hold an interview and a practical test. I don't mind. I show them what I can do.

I have been reading about the pigments and tones in a natural hair. A piece of a puzzle has locked in and I feel I am learning. Feels really good. I am planning to master the theory of level 3 on my own and then I can cut the time of my studying, cause I can just hopefully write the papers off. So fingers crossed, I will get all of that done in a super fast time.
I find the colors that I use, very easy to use and I do think that the use of addititives and corrections have been made easy to understand.

Tomorrow I am going to Salon International and I would like to find a manufacturer who arranges advanced color courses, so I will be able to add into my skills. I don't mind to pay a little bit of that, but find, that the rates my college was asking this year to do my course is much more higher than what the other colleges are offering. Currently I have seen a £500 difference. And I was going to pay for it by my self. I can't stop wondering, where does the difference come into a picture? Neither is a private schools, they both are colleges that offer the same qualifications. I am confused.... but when it comes to a decision time, then it is obvious that I will choose the cheaper one.

I also am in the process of applying my state registration number. I hope it will go through soon. Then I will be on their list when people are looking for the hairdressers and also, it does give the image of being more professional. And to be honest, when I will apply the place to do a level 3, then at least I can proof that to me this is not a hobby, but a serious way to get an income.
And I do believe these organisations are a good way to deepen the knowledge and get some more information.
In the mean time, I will keep reading my books and learn more and more and add to my knowlegde.

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Comment on my hair cut

Yesterday I went to school to get my daughter from school. Couple of days before I have done a hair cut on someone in school, but not seen the person ever since.
So I asked from few mums around what did they like about my hair cut. I asked Debbie: " Did you see Janes hair?" Debbie answered with an angry voice: " YEAH! " I was slightly confused, thought that Jane did not like it and asked Debbie: " Why, what is wrong? "
And Debbie said to me : " I liked it better when it was long!"
But Debbie, IT IS NOT YOUR HAIR!!!!!!

Some people, they are unhappy, even for someone elses hair cut.....

Monday, 13 October 2008

Magical winter wonder land

I went to East Ham today to do hair for a finnish lady who has lived in UK for 30 odd years. Funnily she still has her finnish accent when she is talking in finnish. She is from up north. We spoke about what do you miss from our country. I know that I miss the nature the most. Of coarse the family, we all do, but apart from the family, it would have to be a nature. The trees just aren't the same in here, the winter, well the magic of snow is missing and in the summer, I don't think that there is another like the summer in Finland with the sun never going down. It is funny how you can just have a common grounds with someone you just met and they know exactly what you are talking about. But I suppose these are the things that only your country man can understand, where ever you come from. How weird to have a connection with strangers.


Picture taken by Alexander

I just wanted to share this. Nothing to do with hairdressing, but I think this is brilliant boost for my eldest son, who took a picture of an accident in Finland and his picture has ended up to the web page on the front. And this is not a bad picture, considering it was taken with a phone camera. I have seen worst! Well done Alexander!

A motor biker had fallen off from his bnike and hurt his arm. You see, even though there was a recent shooting in our school, when this makes it to the headlines, you can tell that nothing much really happens in there. And even though a columnist from a news paper asks us to look at our children, well in a country where almost 100% of children can read, there is no teen age pregnancies in a measure that there are in here, yeah, people consume lots of alcohol, but binge drinking is a common habbit in UK too, so we are not that bad. So the only thing I would maybe put the finger on, would be our geological location on the top of the big ball, but then again there is nothing much we can do about that. As a result of this location, our country gets a very little day light during the winter months and this may cause a depression. However, this has been taken into the consideration and lots of companies use the day light bulbs. However, when it is summer, the sun does not go down at all. And by the way, the shooting happened in the school where my mother used to go to do her vocational college. Scary....

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Add some color!

This week end I have been doing high lights. Lots of them, full heads, half heads. Different colors and tones, and they all love theirs.

I have been changing the color from too much gold to little bit more ash and making up colors as we did not have the suitable one. I have to keep the record of my mixtures too, because otherwise I will have a big problem when I need to go back and do the re-growth.

I got my tickets to Salon International. I can't wait. I am expecting to see some amazing tips on how to work hair, I would like to see one of the superstars of the industry at work, would love to get some nice freebies and of coarse with the good exhibition manner, would love to get some real bargains! It is in one weeks time, so I hope I have lots of pics and tips in my pocket after next Monday.
I went to Capital on Friday too and got my self Matrix color books on semis! Look at them colors! Purples, pinks, nice mahogany browns, lovely colors to add a bit spice on your life and the best thing is, they wash off in up to 8 washes! And there is a clear one to add shine on hair, so anyone with really dry hair without any shine, this would be perfect to add a little bit of zing zang like I say. I will post some pics once I have created something out of this world.

Friday night I came home 2 am and I was absolutely shattered on the Saturday, when I went to do my old college friend and her mum. I nearly fell asleep in a car when I was waiting them in the car park, because they have been shopping. I must say thought that earlier that day, I have been in a market to look for salons for a part time job. My dream salon has not been calling, so I thought It wont harm me to look something else too. I went to two salons, one women only but they were looking for nail technician, not a hairdresser. I do have a certificate, but I don't like doing them. I just like to stick on manicures and pedicures when doing nails. I got some bookings and my diary starts to look fairly busy, alhamdulillah! Got couple of day appointments this week and couple evenings waiting for confirmation.

I now am hoping that my business starts growing a bit more, Christmas is coming and I think that all the hairdressers will get a bit more busier. I am ready, and waiting the phone to ring!

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

It was not me!

This morning everything has gone suspectively well. Kids were up without any complaining and even my eldest daughter understood without tantrum, when I explained to her that the reason she is tired would be that she does not go asleep when I ask her to go to bed. Amazing! Does this mean they are growing up? I mean they are only young, so there is no hurry really, but it was nice to have a calm morning for a change.

I took girls to school and maybe their bad mood has been transferred to others, because there were some parents arguing by the school gate. This was due to a parking. Some people do not understand the meaning and the purpose of the yellow zic zac, they don't realise that it is there to make sure if a child decides to run on the other side of the street, he can be spotted early enough to avoid an accident. They just feel they are sooooo tired and park straight in front of gates despite the fact that it is dangering other peoples lives. But we need to see this on the other way; what about if it was your child who would be knocked by the car because there was not enough visibility? Or if it was you who would drive over a child? I am sure that in large we all agree not wanting to experience this.

Last night my dear friend Sharon and I had a chat in the internet. We spoke about our college. She is currently doing level 3 in college. To do a level 3 in hairdressing, you need to work in a salon. She is deaf, and she found it hard to get a job, but finally got a work placement in afro salon in her area. Good luck for her! I hope she will do well.
If you are mobile hairdresser, that will not count to get a place in a college for level 3. Why? because they think that you are not serious and to you this is only a hobby. Now correct me if I am wrong; I thought that if you are serious about something, it is because this is your attitude, not because of the place you are working in. So the way I see it is, I do my own advertising, I do my accounting, I do my own stock take, Inland Revenue return, I don't have a receptionist because I do it all, I also plan ahead my business, decide how can I and how long am I willing to travel to do work and also if I would travel a bit further, how far that would be and how many clients I would have to have before it was a cost effective. I decide about my promotions and my selling prices and as a small business find it extremely hard to compete with Superdrug, because I don't have the same buying power. So to say I don't take this seriously is a bit of under statement. I probably am more serious about my job than a girl next to me who works in Tony & Guy as a stylist. On the top of this, when I put across my reasons of having difficulties of having a job in a salon, mentioned that I don't work on mens' hair and if working in a unisex salon, I would wear my head scarf, I was told by the head of a department that I should have thought of my career choice then a bit more ???? !!!!! Now how does that work out then? I am a muslim and want to be a hairdresser. So does this mean that in order to have a job, I need to take my scarf off? No way, I am not compromising my beliefs. And when the teacher of the college says that they find the people struggling the most in level 3 are the mobiles, and therefore they have done a decision not to take them, well I would ask about the quality of the teaching then. This rule in my eyes is braking equal opportunities, of which the college is so proud of. We don't have equal opportunities. The only people who would give us equal opportunities are the ones who are muslims by them selves. But hang on, aren't we suppose to integrate into the society, well I am trying, but can not run through the doors which are being closed in front of me. So its never really any ones fault, it is just an unfortunate twist of circumstances. What can I say?

Monday, 6 October 2008

I am moving

I am moving. From one blog to another. I have packed my stuff and coming here, to amuse you and to show you another face of hair and beauty.

I start about me. I am a practising muslim and I am a qualified hairdresser. Currently I am working as a mobile hairdresser and in a salon for appointment only basis. I thoroughly enjoy my job. I deside what to do and when to do it. I love hair in any form or shape and truly believe that little trim from time to time will give you a virtual face lift without any invention and fresh look, weather you choose to cover it or to show it to the whole world.

Today I finally received my certificate. After months and months of waiting, it is now here. Hello to insurance companies to add to my insurance, and to show off to my clients something that I am absolutely proud of. It is a pleasure to finally be able to show that I truly did the 2 years in the college, that I am serious of what I am doing and am going to continue studying. Next year insh-Allah, I will enter the level 3.

I also have finished a search for my dream salon. I am now working in a ladies only salon for appointment only on Saturdays. This is a salon that ticks all the boxes in my wish list: it is near by, managed by muslim women and naturally ladies only. Surely a dream come true. Salons are so vital in keeping with touch of the development in the industry. They are places where the product consultants like to come to show their new products and to share that vital information you need to keep up to date. So I could say that life is pretty good.

I am passionate of ladies only salons. It almost seems like they are forgotten treasure, national history that happened long time ago and now everyone has gone unisex. But we have LOTS of women, who still want to be treated in a ladies only places. We ladies don't always like to show our heads when they are filled with foils, as we like to change our hair colors. Or when we have perm rolls in our heads and we look like something out of space. I think that beauty still needs some secrets, even when men can do anything women can do and they do not get labelled for it, still us ladies want to keep hidden what has been done to us and when. I also think that ladies only salons serve another important area, they are social meeting places where old community matriarchs will meet the young seireens and talk girly things without feeling embarrassed. What a glorious and uplifting way to show young ladies how to become a fully groomed and glamorous woman with a life experience. We need these things in our society now a days, when everything and anything goes and is allowed.

So I am in a mission of looking this industry from another point of view. I would like to do a post revolution in hairdressing, not only by creating amazing hairdos and really fantastic cuts, but also questioning, why should we always mix?
Isn't there anymore such a thing than femininity? Or why has it changed? I think that us ladies used to make ourselves pretty in a salon for many reasons, but one of them was definitely to look nice to our partners or husbands. So why not anymore? And when beauty is bigger and larger than ever before, why is it that people have the image of muslim ladies who cover them selves, not needing a hair cut? It almost seems like there is a stereotype saying that if you cover your hair, you don't need to look pretty. Well, we still want to look nice in front of our husbands and we go to the parties. We want to be fashionable but yet keep our treasures hidden. So when writing this, I have one big question in my mind: When is Vidal Sassoon going to open their Ladies only salon? And if they have one, please could I have the address?