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Posted by Francie Sorem on January 8, 2010 at 6:56 AM

Happy  New Year to all!!!!!

     Hopefully 2010 will bring a much needed return to prosperity for everyone of us. I finally took the technological plunge and created a Final Cut web page. With Amy's help we became web experts in a quick afternoon, hahahahaha.

First of all I would like to congratulate the January winner from our Final Cut Calendar promotion. Those of you who purchased a calendar are eligible for the promos each month. In January we have a basket of Redken styling products and our congratulations go out to

June Yamomoto

You can pick up your winnings at your convenience.

As with all new years, i would like to inspire everyone i know to take on an endeavor or self searching. It is a time for looking at ourselves and seeing who we are and who we would like to become. This last year i was asked to write 10 things I know for sure as a hairdresser. When i was finished with my list, i felt a great feeling of accomplishment for the career i have poured my heart and soul into for the last 40 years.
here is my list





Ten things I know for sure as a Hair Dresser

1. I know i made the right decision 39 years ago to forgo a college education and risk the ridicule of my academic family to embark on an adventure of education, demoralization, humility, hard work, intense self scrutiny, passion, determination and success.

2. The more you know, the more you know you don't know. Every day every year, every lifetime, the more information you absorb and assimilate makes you humbly aware that there is so much more that you do not understand nor recognize.

3.  The "ah has" you learn through trial and error are all the more satisfying for the sense of discovery, but disheartening that they took you so long to learn.

4.  I always remember Roy Peters saying "There are only two rules of color you need to know. 1, that opposite colors on the color wheel neutralize each other out and 2, the darker color will always dominate. That was the canvas I was able to draw on for every law of color I learned afterwards. He was brilliant to put it so succinctly.

5. That in sharing education with others, you receive the gift ofencouragement, praise, knowledge, humility, and satisfaction. And the satisfaction is worth more then any of the money i ever got paid. I never forget the letters from persons that i have influenced in anyway. It is the highest achievement or award.

6.  I have the power of touch. I have the opportunity in my work to touch people physically, spiritually, intellectually and emotionally. It not only empowers me it empowers them as well, because they become a part of the connection that binds us all together.

7.  I know that i can cut someone's hair, and make their life easier for them. A good haircut styles itself, when it is not so good, every morning is a difficult exercise of frustration. I love it when a client comes in and tells me how easy their hair is to do.

8. The most difficult thing for me being  hair dresser is working on people who are unhappy or do not like themselves, because I know that I will never be able to  please them.

9. I love being a part of a business that is such a left brained and right brained dichotomy.

I , being a logic driven individual am continually fascinated by puzzling out how to accomplish methods and techniques to make my work easier and better. On the other hand I am continually challenged to create art not limited by logical applications. I admire the vision that is able to enjoy the process of creating beautiful art effortlessly, while i have to work at it so hard.

 10.  What i know most about being a hairdresser is that it is a lifeforce that runs through me and i could never give it up just like i cannot survive without breath in my lungs. I will be a part of this industry forever, because I have helped to teach and inspire those coming after me. And I see in them the passion to help others learn as well.  I am not famous nor well known, but I am respected and enjoyed by those who know me well.

It is the fame I live for.

I would love to hear from all of you with 10 things you know for sure about something you are passionate about. It could be motherhood, skydiving or martini making, but i would love to hear what all of you have to say. I will print up your responses and have them in a book in the salon. I hope that you will take the time to assess a part of you that we would all like to share in.

have a great January and i will be continuing to blog on this page from time to time. We have many exciting things coming up so please stay tuned

c u

luv u,



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Reply Shauna Matsumoto
12:05 AM on January 14, 2010 
OK Francie,

You've inspired me (and the movie Julie and Julia) to start a blog so I'll keep you posted and send you info when I get mine launched. My friend and I are going to Uganda this summer to teach teachers at a school that serves orphans. We are going to blog about the ins and outs of fundraising, seminars we plan to teach vaccinations, etc. Definitely a stretch, but well worth it. Gotta keep up with the times! Your web page looks great!
Reply francie
9:20 AM on January 14, 2010 
I can't wait to hear from you. One of my clients leaves today to spend two weeks at the Duraja academy in Africa at an all girls school started there by a young couple. People like you and her are truly the inspiration of the world. You inspire us to look beyond our own circle of needs and look after those of others.
Reply Shauna Matsumoto
10:29 PM on January 14, 2010 
Thanks for the encouraing words. Apparently I'm your number one fan already! Was this blog hard to design and set up? My goal is to accomplish one this weekend.
Reply francie
8:58 AM on January 15, 2010 
really not too hard, go to and follow the directions. it is time comsuming but not too difficult
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