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Out Of My Mind On A Monday Mornin’

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Your favorite junk food of all time is:

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December 3, 2012 and 61 degrees. The ice in the Artic Circle is melting so fast that researchers have no idea what is going on. Is global warming for real or is this just another phenomenon the planet is going through? One thing for certain, ski resorts are not loving it.

Speaking of not loving it, McDonald’s sales were off for the first time in years. Apparently they were too focused on drinks and not their $1 value menu. Their last big hit was McCafe. But don’t worry, the McRib is back this month.

Who decided the width of toilet paper? And who decided the size of the roll? One thing for sure, those rolls keep getting smaller and smaller. Oh, who decides who changes the rolls???

Looks like the only more inept coaching staff than the Spartans is the Lions. I sort of understand college sports but pro sports? Has any Lion’s coach disappointed its fans more than Schwartz? The more amazing thing is that fans aren’t hollering for his departure because they know the real issue is the team’s ownership. Isn’t William Clay Ford the longest loser of any pro sports team owner? Watch how the Lions change when he is no longer the owner.

The Spartans are going to the what bowl? Buffalo Wild Wings? The only thing that I can relate to is slimy fingers going into the slimy mouths and those same fingers doing it 50 times or more. Luckily the game is on at 10:15PM and we won’t have to endure the pain of yet another senseless money grabbing bowl season. Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl? Luckily there will be one good game. And why is it Nick Saban keeps on winning?

More than one million people a day use an indoor tanning salon and the industry does more than $5 billion a year.

Lady Jane’s Haircuts for Men keeps opening new locations and Chad Johnson keeps on advertising $10 haircuts done by women dressed just like guys like them dressed. I clicked on 97.1 online to listen to the game yesterday and up came a photo spread from Maxim. Sex sells and Chad knows that first hand. Ironically, he is also opening up LUV manicure/pedicure studios as well and there is nothing sexy about them but good pricing and good service. Peace Out!

Why would a music video be viewed more than 900 million times?

Pizza is the fastest growing category of fast food. It seems we cannot get enough of it. Actually what’s better than bread and hot cheese?

Is there a must-have Christmas gift this year? It doesn’t appear to be so, and certainly nothing like the Cabbage Patch craze of years ago.

No one remembers who won second place. Certainly Romney knows this, he has virtually disappeared since losing last month.

The day before Christmas should be a national holiday.

Happy Monday!

What Happened To All The Men In The Beauty Industry?

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Do you prefer getting your haircut by a man or woman?

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Getting a haircut as a kid was always an ordeal. In fact, I still have memories to this day.

My mother would herd us to the barber shop and we would wait to get our buzz cuts. Zip, zip, zap. Zip, zip, zap. I hated getting my hair cut and I also hated getting my neck area done as I was very ticklish.

Back then, barber shops were the mainstay and they were all run by (yes, you guessed correctly), barbers. In the day, barbers were all men.

As I got to junior high and high school, I started to visit a hairdresser who only used the zip, zip, zap on my neck and it was still ticklish. But at least I had a style (and a “part”, like anyone part’s their hair anymore). Those were the days of Brylcreem, Vitalis and other OTC concoctions. I opted for none of them. Antonio was my hairdresser.

Then came college and the early 70’s and I think we boycotted getting our hair cut and it really didn’t matter. However chances were if you went to a barber shop or salon, you would find plenty of men to cut your hair.

Around that time, a whole slew of male hairdressers decided that it was time to make something of the salon business and actually create some products that would excite people when most thought that “a dab will do you” was good enough. These guys included Arnie Miller, Paul Mitchell, John Sebastian, Jheri Redding, Vidal Sassoon, Irvine Rusk and the list goes on. They were on to something and reinvented the business as we know it today. Men doing what men do best.

These guys inspired other men to do the same thing and before you knew it, the likes of Sam Brocato, MIchael O’Rourke, Leland Hirsch, Steve Stefano, Robert Taylor  and many others got into the business. None of them had the impact of the original pioneers but still inspired others to keep following suit. In the meantime, women finally saw the beauty of getting into the beauty industry and enrollment in tech schools and trade schools zoomed. I kept going to Antonio, who by the way is still cutting hair (but not mine).

Over the course of time, industry trade shows evolved as well. In the early days, the founders spent lavishly on booths, education, and parties. Hairdressers got dressed up to attend the shows and spent long weekends absorbing it all. The founders were on stage dazzling new hairdressers, building momentum for their brands. This time period was the true entrepreneurial period of our industry.

Fast forward to the 21st century, and you will be hard pressed to find a man owning a big company. Virtually everyone sold out with the exception of Paul DeJoria (who along with his Patron division is worth some $4.5 Billion or more). Today, big brands are owned by multi-national corporations and private investment groups. The business is about numbers, not inspiring hairdressers. And perhaps because of this, all but a few men have left our industry.

Beauty school students have been 99% female for years. Salons are now owned by women more than men. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to go to a salon and see nothing but men cutting hair.

The bottom line is that our industry thrives on diversification and we need men just like we need women to make it thrive. Plenty of women love getting their haircut by men just like plenty of men love getting their haircut by women (i.e. Lady Jane’s Haircuts for Men). Today, I get my haircut done by a woman and love it. I much prefer a woman to give me a scalp massage.

The question we need to answer as an industry is how to get men back into beauty school and back behind the chair. So many men have opted for careers in the hospitality industry including bartenders, servers, hotel operations and so on. Yes, we all are in the service industry but we are still the only service industry that relies on personal touch for success, even if you are a little ticklish.

Happy Wednesday!