Sunday, September 16, 2012

Soul Stylist (Vocal Awareness and a Haircut)

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I spent much of last week studying Vocal Awareness. It's a little difficult to concisely explain what Vocal Awareness is, as it's got a fairly broad scope. At a very superficial level, it's a method for developing more effective speaking, communication, and should you wish to work on it, performance skills such as singing, acting, and broadcasting. There are specific mechanics, techniques, and practices that Vocal Awareness employs to increase vocal resonance, interpersonal connection, and authentic emotional expression.

But if I'm going to describe it honestly, that's only the tip of the iceberg. In fact, in a previous draft of this post, I described it all in detail here only to decide that actually, not only is it somewhat off-topic for In Pursuit of Pretty Things, but it made this post really, really long. So, I moved that part of the post - the discussion of Vocal Awareness - to my other blog, Material Good.

Which brings me to my second topic in this long-but-not-as-long-as-it-was-before post - my new haircut! One of ΓΌber-cool people in my group studying Vocal Awareness is hairstylist Paul Interval, who hails from New York City and whose clients include celebrities, New York socialites, fashion designers (for their runway shows) and magazines. I was fortunate enough to have my hair cut and styled by him this past week and it was singularly the most amazing hair cut/styling session I've ever had.

Paul is developing a new branch of his work which he terms "Soul Styling." First, we talked about what I wanted for my hair and what I was open to trying. Then he began our Soul Session by playing meditative music and burning sage incense (!!!) around me, while he guided me into a meditation. He asked me to either speak aloud or internally, an intention for the session (I chose "surrender," as I sometimes pretty much always have a difficult time with that. I can be super hard on myself) and then led me through the meditation while giving me a scalp, neck, and shoulder massage. (As an aside, all meditation should come with a scalp, neck, and shoulder massage. Just sayin.') There was no mirror for me to watch myself in and he actually cut my hair dry, without washing it first. The entire process, from start to finish, was just beautiful, and left me...feeling beautiful.

Here's a "before" pic (my hair looks odd because it had been twisted up into a knot on the back of my head all day):

And here's the "after":

 Paul told me he'd angled my layers, in order to help my very "textured" (read: frizzy and wavy) hair to lie nicely with the help of a little product. And then? Well, he gave me this fun and sassy style, using a curling rod (just twisting a few locks of hair around it and teasing the waves a bit, for some personality). He also used some Pureology Texture Twist Reshaping Styler on my hair, to provide some definition and hold:

The artist at work (I call this his, "Blue Steel" look).

He provided cuts to several other people throughout the week, including my friend June:

Overall, the experience was amazing. If any of you live in New York City or are visiting NYC and are in search of an incredible hair Soul Stylist, you should definitely look Paul up. His salon location is:

Studio at 19th
5 East 19th Street
New York, NY

I should also mention that Paul doesn't actually conduct Soul Stylist sessions at the salon - if you want one of those, you'll have to coordinate with him to schedule a time and place for that. At the salon, he gives amazing haircuts, without the incense and meditation. 

Me with my Soul Stylist, Paul Interval.

Hope everyone's having a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Your hair looks fantastic! I especially love your bangs :)

  2. How long will the style last? I have your typical "can't do anything" Asian hair that is super straight and really fine so I don't really do much to it except cuts and temporary styles via blow outs if I'm going somewhere.

  3. Wow, that sounds like such a great experience! Your hair looks fantastic - LOVE the bangs:)

  4. Your hair looks awesome curly!! I love it!! (oh and I love your dress too!!) Vocal Awareness sounds pretty amazing!

  5. Your hair looks amazing! And it's so you.

  6. Fun haircut! It looks lively and bouncy. Will check out your other blog for more on Vocal Awareness. :)

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