Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Each in it's own rite can be a great concept. It really boils down to the value an individual places on it. When it comes to hair, the concept is quite the same. Run of the mill may suit you. There's something to be said for in and out in a flash if you're in a time crunch. Maybe you could care less about a nifty style and you just need it done because it's been way too long. Or, are you looking for something a little more refined and personal? Some people notice and appreciate the subtle differences in technical ability and style and are willing to pay top dollar for it. There's no right or wrong, just what fits this person the best. Often the "factory" person has little experience outside the box. But when they see the possibilities, they have a deeper appreciation for something a little better. Ever notice how an outfit on the rack can seem amazing but something about when you put it on it's less than fantastic? Why is that?  It doesn't mean it's any less amazing, it's just not right for you. Maybe the length is wrong or the cut doesn't hang right. That's the key to our craft. It's not about doing a great technical service as much as it's about realizing those little nuisances in each style that make it "sing" instead of "mumble". I encourage people to seek out those amazing experiences and products and I believe we deliver them both at Christopher Ashley Salon. Come see for yourself.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Path Less Traveled

Haven't had much writing inspiration lately until now. So I'm sitting in a hotel room on Facebook after finishing up this crazy awesome business seminar in California. I came across this TEDx video link (which is below) about this 13 year old kid and the way he's been educated through life experiences rather than the traditional schooling. It's very out of the box and strange right? But the more I listened to what he was saying the more I thought about how it related to the things I had actually just been learning about over the last 4 days in this seminar. I think its cool for a person or a business to recognize their needs for growth, even if it seems unorthodox to most, and go after it. After all, its quite often that safe and traditional thinking that leaves us short of our potential. If we want to have a richer life, and it doesn't have to be financially, it's important to get out of the box often and create those opportunities for growth.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome.

Watch this video to see what the mind of a 13 year old can do by thinking creatively and trusting in himself and others. It's truly inspiring and something very cool to think about.