Hello wonderful ones!
I hope this long hot weekend is baking in some sweetness for you.
First of all– -I just want to say a massive THANKS to all of you for your loving kindness, support, and flexibility as we’ve navigated new (and creative! ) ways to care for your crown this year!
As you have likely seen in previous salon messages or on social media– California salons are reopening (again)!
This time the powers that be have thrown us a bit of a wild card in stipulating that we can only use 25% of our occupancy at my full service space at Framed Salon. This means only two of our 10 incredible stylists can be in the space at any given time. It’s been quiet the brain teaser to puzzle together a solution that allowed all the members of our beloved team adequate time behind their chairs so they can service their clients. In order to do this, It meant removing myself from the schedule at Framed entirely.
Fortunately, my little healing space at the Crystal Cave is offering itself as a net to hold us at this time!
We are told that the current capacity limits will be revisited at the end of the month, so for the next few weeks, I’ll be seeing all of my guests the studio space I share with my friends Colleen McCann (Intuitive Reader) and Julie Civiello Polier (Shamanic Facials). Due to ongoing restrictions (and their generous hearts) we will have this place to ourselves for the time being.
I will be sending all of you with scheduled appointments a reminder text with this info:
1730 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica 90405
(it’s the back bungalow behind Love Coffee. We have two parking spots marked for “Crystal Cave” in the lot accessible through the alley)
In order to keep in compliance with social distancing and cleaning protocols, I will be personally scheduling appointments. My online booking option will not be available at this time. You can reach me for an appointment at 310-751-4484 or visit the Services page to schedule.
We will be following the same protocols as when Framed last reopened : Please come to your appointment alone. We will do a temperature, symptoms check, and waiver for each visit. You will be invited to wear wash or sanitize your hands upon entry, and will be required to wear a mask at all times. Here is the link to the prescreening doc and waiver we will be using … Framed adjacent of course.
I understand while the powers-that-be give us this green light to reconnect, you may not personally be ready to do so in an enclosed space. I totally understand that and am here to support your beauty needs being met in whatever way I am able. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.
With Great Love and Gratitude,
Essential Oils have long been utilized for their healing properties since ages old. Now, as western medicine is working more frequently and cohesively with eastern traditions and methods, we are finding ourselves returning to the old ways and the wisdom of plants.
Within the internal offerings of CrownWorks treatments, both at home and in the salon, I began to study these old remedies. Since this work itself is about bridging the gap between the ceremonious and the mundane, it surprised me not at all that many of the solutions for everyday physical aesthetic issues like dandruff and oily hair ALSO offered another layer of healing in addressing the underlying wound, disconnection, or ailment in the mental, emotional, and ethereal bodies as well. Everything is connected, after all!
In creating the offering of the home practice with the CrystalComb, my intention was to provide a sacred tool for beauty rituals and a modern meditative practice. Since meditation is the practice of presence, I sought a way to engage as many of the senses as possible. Sight, through he visual resonance of natural beauty of the stone; Touch, through the invigorating sensation of the teeth of the comb on the scalp; Sound, through the gentle song of the crystal singing through the hair; Smell, (and sometimes taste!) through the use of essential oils. Each CrystalComb, which it’s own inherent qualities, then serves as a vehicle of vibration and intention to carry along on your healing journey.
Of course, the entire use of the comb is anchored in maximizing the potential of time spent doing a deep conditioning treatment, so choosing essential oils to treat the physical conditions or desired changes in hair/scalp appearance & health is the place to start! As you follow the line of what is physically requiring address, you may find, as I was, that the solution offers multi-faceted opportunities for healing upliftment.
Oils may separate, shake well before use. Not to be taken internally. These are concentrated formulas created for topical use only on body and hair. Avoid contact with eyes. Some oils may cause tingling, warmth, or cooling effects. If skin irritation occurs, wash with soap and water and discontinue use.
These products have not been evaluated by the FDA. CW Activating oils are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any medical condition. Please consult with a health practitioner before using CW Activating oils, especially if you are pregnant or nursing. User assumes all risk when using these products.
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For many people, a hair appointment is a really rare and special time of sitting still and, for some, the only time they are even touched. It’s is one of the only small, semi-mandatory self-care experiences in which most of us indulge, whether we do this in any other capacity or not. Most people don’t have energy healers on standby, or even a therapist or coach they see regularly. So as a regular and longstanding point of contact in many of my client’s lives, I have a unique perspective and, I believe, a responsibility to honor that intimate access and connection they have granted me. Stylists have the beautiful opportunity to stand in a place of non-bias and witness whatever clients may be experiencing (maybe it’s a breakup, conflict at work, or being confronted with a fear of aging). We offer a safe space for them to be heard and an audience with whom to test-drive ideas; a person who won’t judge them or hold them accountable to action, and therefore provide a place for a real, raw, honesty that is hard to come by. In a world of super connectivity, a real human interaction has become quite a commodity. It’s our job to make clients feel like the world sees them as the stunning creatures they are, and I personally want that feeling to last longer than the blowdry.
The Crown, or 7th, chakra is where we connect to Spirit, or whatever name you give to the powerful Knowing available inwardly. It’s the energy center on top of the head where we access energy that fosters a deep sense of serenity, self-trust, and inner wisdom. An out-of-balance crown chakra can result in feelings of confusion, self doubt, isolation, and depression. Without connection to inner wisdom or Source energy, it can feel like a pretty lonely and unguided life. CrownWorks exists to service this inner connection while running regularly scheduled maintenance on the outer beauty.
The experience in the chair is really about so much more than the hair. In fact, I often joke that the hair is sort of a gift-with-purchase! But it took me a long time to understand that. You see, in beauty school, no one tells you about the crises that get aired in that seat, or how to deal with them. The range of conversation alone I hear through the course of a day is sometimes staggering. I’ve had people share about anything from marital problems or questions about sexuality, life purpose, even a will to live; situations that the holes in my education did not prepapre me for. I was left thinking, “Oh…So…Do you want bangs with that?”
The ritual differs for each client, and not all clients come to my chair for a ritual. That’s fine by me; if silence is best of service, well, that’s healing, too. There are many different elements to consider, and like my color bar, it becomes a pharmacy of unique prescriptive-style combinations of services best suited to an individual client’s needs and openness. For some clients, there is a guided meditation before a haircut (similar to a shamanic cutting of cords ceremony) to symbolically release old experiences and beliefs that are no longer of service. For others, it is a gentle shoulder massage while they discuss the motivation for their big change. The truth is, healing meets you at your point of willingness and readiness. Either way, in my personal practice, intentions are everything. Every time a client sits in my chair, I state my intention (sometimes silently, sometimes aloud) to provide for them whatever space they may need; my hope for them is to experience an increased and lasting feeling of beauty and wellbeing, for the greatest good of all concerned.