A must-read is last week’s New York Times’ viral nail salon expose, if you haven’t already. The two-part series is the paper’s most shared story, and it trended world-wide on Twitter. The series has hit a real nerve by highlighting the industry’s horrendous and unhealthy working conditions for mostly Asian-immigrant manicurists. In response to the public outcry, four days after the article’s online release, Governor Cuomo issued emergency rules to remedy many of the issues. Here’s to gutsy investigative journalism making a difference.
We all have those days. Nothing feels fresh. Everything seems drab. And while you’re sure that at some point you consciously approved your haircut, you can’t seem to remember what made it seem special at the time. Your clothes hang limply on your shoulders, and the lighting (wherever you are) isn’t doing you any favors. Case of “the blahs” much? But a day like this needn’t cause one to rush out to the salon for a daring new cut. Why make a rash decision that will last for months based on a few hours of feeling un-fabulous? “Because,” we can hear you say, “because I need a change! I need a pick-me-up! I need sooooomething!” Roger that. And who’s come to your rescue? Hot Air: Baltimore’s new blow dry only salon.
Looking for people with a look, we headed to one of my favorite hair salons in Baltimore, balance the salon. Balance is located on Cold Spring Lane in Roland Park and I think it is a prerequisite that you must have a tattoo to work there.
What do you do for a living?
I’m the front desk coordinator at balance salon (on Coldspring Lane in Roland Park). The receptionist!
How would you describe the way you dress?
Eclectic. I love vintage. I love Urban Outfitters. I love color.
So lets talk about that tattoo!
You mean my sleeve?
Sleeve. Of course. The colors are amazing!
It took six months to complete. I got it in Frederick, Maryland.
What do you see in your future?
I’ve worked in salons since I was 16 and I cut hair for two and a half years, but I have a business degree so who knows!