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 über-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
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":
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
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.