Hot Topics Stir Up Reader Responses

To The Editor:

I am, and have been a practicing cosmetologist and salon owner for the past 50 years in Los Angeles. I read your magazine regularly. I want to express my concern regarding the concentration and emphasis of [June 2012] issue on the "booth rental" topic.

As an educator, stylist and owner, I consider the emphasis on this topic would seem to give the inexperienced, newly licensed cosmetologist the mistaken notion (in my opinion) that this is the direction that newcomers should be focusing their effort and attention in pursuit of success in this industry.

This may be the case in certain markets in the Los Angeles area, and indeed, in a few other markets in our country, but it should be noted that it is outlawed in certain states.

My personal opinion of this practice is that it totally undermines the merits and effectiveness of an employee based salon. Booth renters have no interest in pursuing education and the furtherance of the industry....they are simply after the buck....and a quick one at that.

They are usually not cooperative in a salon setting, and in fact, they tend to be divisive. I am sure you are aware of certain employee-based salons throughout our country that are exemplary in what can be accomplished under this type of model.

I would like to see you dedicate an issue to exploring this type of exposure for the interested professional.... I know there are plenty of them throughout our great country.

Alberto, Los Angeles, Via email


To The Editor:

My name is Christina Goree, salon owner and educator. I received [April 2012] issue and I was kind of thrown back by some of its content regarding multi-hair services. Just doesn't sit well. I have been in the industry for 27 years. I understand race is an every day part of our industry. However, words such as intimidating and most likely to need a good hair color, kinky hair being fragile. Yes, we all have different needs but it seems as if it's some kind of science project to service different races. It sounds as if they are not being satisfied otherwise. Like Caucasians are going to be a savior for multi-hair services.

Really? I understand the interest in texture. It's big right now. But that does not mean multicultural. I have relaxed plenty of Caucasians with kinky, frizzy resistant dry hair. I don't see color. I see income.

Yes, it is an excellent market of interest, but clients are clients, not a new money train. Yes they are loyal clients and so are Caucasians. I'm far from sensitive. My salon in located in Orange County, CA. New leadership for our multicultural industry? Couldn't see why we need a new one. The industry as a whole is growing and I couldn't find the answer to that question in this issue.

Maybe try a bit better the next time to add value to our multicultural industry. Everyone seems to want a piece of it. Maybe recommend a couple multicultural training sessions with real clients so it won't be so intimating. Just food for thought.

Christina Goree, Suki Salon, Via email