The WireSeptember 1, 2007 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
DR. LEW LOSONCY, psychologist and author of If It Weren't for You We Could Get Along and Early Poppers: Those Who Get It and Make the Most of It reminded the audience that today is the most important day (it's all we have). He also talked about the joy of turning your job into your life's work and the power of proceeding as if challenges have solutions.
CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP RIGHT: Dr. Lew Losoncy makes a point; American Idol's dean Banowetz talks about the challenge of working with celebrities; Dr. Mehmet Oz outlines his plan for waist management; motivational speaker Amanda Gore connects with her audience; attendees participate in a motivational exercise.
NICK ARROJO, owner of New York City's Arrojo Studio, discussed his career path beginning with his arrival in the United States and his years at Bumble and bumble, and from launching his salon Arrojo Cutler to breaking away to start a Downtown salon just one week before 9/11. It took him two years to recover and start back on a serious growth plan. He shared with the SalonLife audience how now, after six years, he plans to sustain growth in his salon. "If I'm going to succeed, I have to create a culture," says Arrojo. "I want people to be nice because clients like nice people, and I want to make every staff member a professional and a business person."
CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP: Nick Arrojo discusses his career trajectory; beauty and wellness expert and author Mary Beth Jannsen helped the crowd unwind between sessions; redken's Ann Mincey served as emcee; david Bach tells attendees how to achieve financial security; Paul Mitchell's robert Cromeans was entertaining as usual; CND's Jan Arnold preached the gospel of exercise.
To learn more, visit arrojostudio.com.
AMANDA GORE, premiere lifestyle speaker, taught SalonLife attendees easy ways to relieve stress whenever and wherever they experience it. Her basic prescription is to connect—your head to your heart, your heart to other hearts, your heart to the heavens. After that, she suggests letting go. "Build a bridge and get over it," she says. "Be a giver, not a sucker." It's also important to laugh, according to Gore. "Show your endorphins. Laugh out loud; it heals." Love, too, is critical. "Angry hearts are sick hearts. Forgiveness is the antidote. Have a purpose, feel happy and belong," she added. Finally, she suggested that attendees learn, unlearn and then relearn. "Celebrate life, love and living. Ask what's the best thing that happened to you today."
To learn more, visit amandagore.com. —ROBBIN MCCLAIN