Hello, my name is Ian Marc, and I am a Hairstylist.
I would like to begin by stating, Imagine Salon & Spa established in 1986 began on a basic promise, listen to our guests, provide a concise consultation and be prepared to always do the right thing for our customers and our team.
Since then, the journey of what was first Ian Marc’s salon (established 1986), to now being called Imagine Salon & Spa (rebranded 2008), has been a journey that I would not change. The expression “your experiences are the sum total of ones exposure” means everything you are exposed to up to the present, defines who you are. This also can mean, your ability to change is also in your control. This holds true for me on many levels. We are all given the ability to feel, to touch, to listen and to be grateful, it is how we use these gifts for our personal pleasure or for the kindness to others. I think over the years, being a hairstylist, I have been lost at times, confusing what I wanted with what I needed. The truth is my reason for becoming a stylist was more about giving than what I would receive. In recent years I have been confused with what is important. This letter I am writing today is to be clear; I am a hairstylist, a salon owner, a father and a husband, I give of myself, knowing I do for others that I am fulfilled, both spiritually and successfully.
April 2015, I have just sent an email to my managers, asking them to choose a date in which we will close Imagine Salon & Spa for a day, so we can as a team, focus on what is important for us as a company, as a team, and as a supporter in our community. It will be our mission to become clear on what Imagine Salon & Spa wants moving forward and to make sure you our clients and our prospective clients know this comes first before anything, not us, but you.
I grew up in Montreal during the 1960s and was witness to the turbulent times of the French & English looking to claim their rights as a province and as Canadians. This period affected me in ways I am sure were not clear at the time, but as I became older the images of that period shaped my values on what it meant to be accepting and appreciative of cultural differences. It does not matter to me your religion, your race, your sexual preferences, or your personal beliefs. What does matter, is my belief we are all here together working on creating positive memories, and wanting to make a difference, no matter how small!
During the 1970s when I decided to become a hairstylist I had one goal, it was to matter. To make something out of myself because I felt lost and up to that point a non contributing member of society. I dropped out of school in grade 8 for reasons that were at the time beyond my control. One thing was clear, I wanted to make something out of myself. I wanted to contribute and I wanted my family and my friends to be proud. Most important, I wanted to feel whole.
My early days of hairdressing were filled with awe and wonder, I was very fortunate to be in the industry at a time when discipline, hard work, sacrifice and commitment brought you pride, a sense of professionalism and to hold my head high when talking about what I did and why it was a profession that addressed every ounce of creativity. It was a time like no other, all cosmetologists work harmoniously building a great period in the history of fashion, style on a global basis. Much of this was because of the movement started by the esteemed Vidal Sassoon.
Hairstylist were travelling the world, taking classes on a global basis, honing their skills and learning everything they could about precision cutting, discipline for our craft and communication. They did so without any selfishness of what they wanted for themselves other than being good at their trade, to give of themselves for their customers.
The journey of becoming a hairstylist in Toronto was exciting and difficult. Why, because the challenges of being good at my trade were met with many questions, did I have what it would take to be as good as those surrounding me. Did I possess the creative skills needed to interrupt style, and execute with skill and confidence the ability to be good at my job. I knew in order for me to accomplish this, I needed to listen to my clients and practice what was not just in words, but body language.
With training and practice I began to understand how to succeed and build my clientele. The next 4 years in Toronto taught me about how to not just survive, but to succeed.
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