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Winter Blues

February 16, 2016

Delicious winter. I ride my bike to and from work most days, unless the roads are icy or slick, which this year has not been often.   That biting wind on the face, the impossibly blue skies, bundles of warm Zam Barrett and LOID sustainably made clothing to layer, white-hot sunshine in the salon I…

2015 in review

December 30, 2015

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 20 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the…


October 14, 2015

The theme of this blog is fall colours, so I must talk about RED.  #ELXN42 is  just 5 days away and it seems surreal, but the Liberals are leading in the polls by roughly 6 percentage points. I met Justin Trudeau at the final Liberal leadership debate on February 16th, 2013 in Mississauga.  It was…

Fall 2015 Trend Report

August 5, 2015

As the hot, sunny days diminish and that familiar crispness appears in the air, I love to fast forward to December and the preparations for the Xmas season – one of my favourite times of the year.  This helps me get over the initial melancholia that hits me when I realize summer is over.  Am…

Two Bunnies and a Buttercup

July 1, 2015

I got the running bug in high school, running cross country through the woods of suburban Montreal.  One of the things I enjoyed most about the experience (apart from that amazing runner’s high) was that compared to other sports that I had participated in like soccer, hockey and gymnastics, all you needed was running shoes!…

Anatomy of a Makeover – A Photo essay.

June 2, 2015

Fantastic Toronto actress Emily Niedoba, who has starred in two hit TV series Mr. D and the Property Brothers, contacted us at worldSALON to discuss a change in her look.  Emily was tired of her blonde bob and was ready for some excitement!  We all decided to have some fun. Emily was recommended to worldSALON…

I love my job

May 1, 2015

One of the things I enjoy most about being a hairstylist is working with models.  It might sound naf, but every now and then someone truly spectacular walks through the door of worldSALON and after years of “imaging” or crafting the hair looks for agency models, I can identify the special ones immediately.  In 2003…

Twenty Five Years And Beyond …

February 27, 2015

It is only February, but 2015 is already proving to be an incredible year. We have broken all sorts of cold temperature records, but the light is shining bright in worldSALON , which on October 6th, 2014, began it’s 25th year in business! When I tell people this it seems impossible, especially since my mental age is 29. Running a business for 25 years is a magical concoction of naivety, true passion, hard work, dumb luck and many sleepless nights. It is not for the faint at heart but the rewards are immeasurable. So many details of when we first opened are as clear in my mind as the day they happened. One of the best features has to be – all the people that I have had the opportunity to teach and learn from – so full of gratitude for this!

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Personal Ecology

October 3, 2013

  After ten years of being a hairdresser my skin started to fall apart. Contact dermatitis, which I discovered three months after the initial red rash showed up, was due to perm solution and hair gel.  My hands cracked, bled and itched like hell.  Steroidal cream, antibiotics, latex gloves… all proved useless.  A client and…

What We Put On Our Bodies

June 9, 2013

I’m sure by now that many of you know about all the toxic chemicals in our environment.  Maybe you found out about this issue by being touched by illness, either personally or through someone else close to you. Or perhaps you learned about it when you had your first child and were researching about what…