Salon Review: Natural Alternatives Salon

Let me preface this…

This was not my first visit to this salon but it was my first visit with this stylist.  My visit before would have been a 3 of 5 and I documented it in an earlier post.

Ambience 4 of 5

Location 4 of 5 (parking can be sketchy)

Website 0 of 5 (nothing there)

Appointment Setting 1 of 5 (If the website splash page directed me to the online function or even the Facebook page that would have upped the experience)

Job Done 1 of 5 (not properly trimmed)

Overall 1.5

I have had a hard time finding a place to get my hair trimmed in Louisville.  This was by far the worse…even from the time the girl scalped me and cut off a good inch a year ago.

This time however:

It took me forever to get an appointment for a trim.  No one answered the phone and then it took three more calls to get and two online communications before I got an appointment.  When I got there the stylist was so offended by the product I put in my hair that morning (Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Moisturizer) that she could not stop commenting on it and criticizing my use of it.  She went on to try to rally another stylist into it and said “he would never touch or come near my hair!” However, she seemed more offended than he did.  She also went on to tell me everything I used in my hair was wrong…this was my first time seeing her?!?! I tried to explain that I was in a rush that morning and grabbed the closest thing near…I then realized I was going to stop explaining it to her because quite frankly, I did not owe her an explanation. She then proceeded to horribly trim my hair which she seemed not want to touch…needless to say after $20 plus tip, my hair is not properly trimmed and I have been snipping at it myself since my appointment two days ago. I wish she would have just said she did not want to touch it and I would have kept my money and went on my way. I will likely start trimming my own hair.


What do you do?


No matter where you are in the course of your career you get this question.  Unless of course you are super well known then you might get a pass…might.  I have a feeling if the President of theUnited Stateswas dressed down in a baseball cap and shades making small talk over coffee without secret service he too may get the very same question.


After years of living inWashington,DC, I have made it a point NEVER to use this as an opening question unless occupation became a part of the conversation.  I refused to be the unoriginal young professional that could think of nothing else to open a conversation with “So, what do you do?”


Not to say my material was stellar, but I was not going to be a drone either.  I always used something based on other environmental factors like “Uggh, the Metro sucked this morning.  How was your commute?”  Or, “So where are you from…originally?”


So, back to the point of this post, what do you do?  How do you answer it in the number of seconds it takes to keep the sender of the message from looking over and/or around you for more interesting conversation? And, how do you do the same with describing your organization?


Here’s you chance…in 7 words express what you do without saying “I” or “me” or your organizations name. Just to make it interesting, answer the follow up question, “What does you organization do” in 7 words.



What do you do?  Manage external communications for a distinguished non-profit.

What does you organization do? Create affordable housing solutions for low-income people.


Happy spinning,


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 Disclosure: This posr was originally written and posted on YNPN Louisville