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WE GAVE AWAY FREE HAIR SERVICES FOR A YEAR!

WE GAVE AWAY FREE HAIR SERVICES FOR A YEAR!

This past year has been super challenging – there’s no doubt about it. In a time where we’ve had to be physically distanced, supporting one another has never been more important.

We recently came across an article on Medium that said:

“Imagine your hometown or local community. Go to the Main Street or shopping district in your mind. Now imagine it without any small businesses. Instantly, the area loses everything that makes it unique and brings charm. Small businesses provide character and individuality to a community. It is neighbours helping neighbours ― friends helping friends.” — Medium, 10 Ways Small Businesses Benefit Their Local Communities

As a small business ourselves, we knew that even though we needed support, our community needed support too. For this exact reason, we decided to launch our largest giveaway yet – free hair services for an entire year.

Self-care is more important now than ever before. We’re firm believers that If we don’t maintain our identities on the outside, we won’t feel good on the inside. Providing this service to help one individual show up as their best self every single day felt like a no brainer.

While launching this giveaway was a big deal to us, we didn’t realize how much of a big deal it would be to our community. We received hundreds of entries and the stories that were shared were truly touching. They acted as a simple reminder that we’re all living in this crazy world and going through something but being surrounded by incredible people in this community helps make for much better days.

With the amount of entries we received, we knew it was going to be a difficult decision to pick just one person so we decided to also give away ten prizes of a Free Blowout Service in addition to the grand prize. A small but impactful way that we’d be able to support our community in these trying times.

Our grand prizewinner was Bella Palombo, a first time mother who was pregnant, and delivered and raised her child through the COVID-19 pandemic. During the first 18 days of her son’s life, he experienced some complications and Bella, as a woman who was pretty strong, confident and stable, felt like she had reached a breaking point.

Bella explained, “getting my hair done every month has always been the one consistent thing I would do for me. It’s important to my mental health.”

This story touched our owner Stephanie in such a massive way, selecting Bella as the winner felt right. It’s stories like these that make you realize that everyone is dealing with their own battles and a small act of kindness can go a long way.

Here is Bella’s full story, get a tissue…

WE GAVE AWAY FREE HAIR SERVICES FOR A YEAR

On International Women’s Day, I was tagged by my best friend in an Instagram post that introduced a contest posted by Kroma Hair Salon. Usually, I don’t participate in these types of contests but after reading the caption on the post that explained why the owner was doing this, the hard work and dedication that she had put towards making her dream of opening her own salon come true – I wanted to participate. International women’s day has always been a special day for me as it often brings back memories of my mom who has been very successful as a lawyer in her career path and who has also participated in many events around the world to inspire other women in their workplace. My mom has always taught me the importance of resilience and perseverance. That you never know how strong you really are until being strong is the only choice you have. No matter how difficult the situation is, you must always pick yourself up and keep going.

These words have never been more meaningful than this past year. As of October 2020, I am a first time mom who was pregnant, in labour/delivered and raising her first-born child in a global pandemic.

Being a new mom is hard. Being a new mom in a pandemic is even harder. But being a new mom in a pandemic with a child who had birth complications and existing medical conditions is the hardest. The first 18 days of my son’s life was spent in the hospital due to what started off with breathing complications, moved onto having seizures and then eventually being diagnosed with brain damage caused by an unpreventable prenatal stroke. You can only imagine how difficult this has been for us to understand and cope with while being in a pandemic where we were limited to when and where we could see our family and friends when we needed the support. Going through this difficult experience has truly taught me the importance of self-care and the effect it has on your physical, mental and emotional well being.

As a new mom, you must take care of yourself first before you can take care of anyone else. Getting my hair done once a month was the one consistent thing that I would do for myself. With the tough times I have tried to cope with and the constant salon closures this past year due to Covid-19, it had really shown me how important this one thing was to my well-being. Every time I would watch the news and hear that salons were being closed once again, I would instantly become upset because when I needed this form of self-care the most it had been taken away from me. The government seems to not understand that for some people having your hair done once a month is an essential service – essential to your health, confidence, emotions and overall well being. It is an essential component to the happiness and stability for MANY members of our community. From this, I have learned that for many people you aren’t just their hairdresser that we see every so often, but rather, you are part of our support system – someone who is there to listen when we need it most, someone who within an hour or two can transform us into feeling like a brand new, totally different person. For this I thank you, as I look forward to my upcoming appointments and look forward to that feeling of coming into the salon feeling one way and leaving feeling 100 times better.

We’re looking forward to being able to support our community as we move further and further into 2021. If you’d like to learn more about us, visit us at www.kroma-salon.com. If you want to connect with us, we’d love to chat on Instagram at @kromasalon.

SHORT N’ SWEET

SHORT N’ SWEET

Short is the new long for the 2020-2021 wedding season. Different lengths and styles, the possibilities are endless when it comes to a bride’s special day!

For as long as can be remembered, long hair was a key staple for the special day. What’s more to want than long luscious curls framing the picture perfect portrait for a woman ‘s wedding day?

See, that’s the thing about traditions, they are meant to be broken. What if the groom threw the bouquet, the best man and maid of honour took over the ring bearer, and the bride chopped her hair short? Truth is, they shatter stereotypes every day. We see some women knocking out the long white gown for short coloured dresses, matched with blue heels, pants even.

In this week’s blogspot, we encourage women to say “I do” to change and to embrace their short hairstyles for their special day.

With a legion of lovely readers, a collection of stunning ideas, and a roar for the upcoming season of weddings, we ensure each bride-to-be, with her very own, best day ever!

There was a time when all you saw at salons was beautifully long layered haircuts combined with intricate up-do’s advertised for weddings. Now, in the 21st century, so much has changed, especially at Kroma, where we say “yes” to short do’s!

Picture this, wedding horror story: The bride and her bridesmaids go for her dress fitting. Simple enough? The sales assistant places a veil on her head and asks, “You’ll be growing out your hair, right?” Because that’s tradition, that’s etiquette, that’s what’s expected. It was an assumption, not a question. An insult. The bride now feels this is the only option and the right thing to do.

FROM THE INSIDE
WORDS BY STEPHANIE KARELLAS

Choosing the perfect hairstyle whilst avoiding judgement and doubt can seem like a mammoth task. How do you ensure you’ve made the right decision without feeling like you’ve compromised all traditions in the process?

In short, we’ve found that confidence is key. Different is sexy. Below is our first style, the simple straight bob.

This gorgeous length matched with silky smooth flowing hair calls for the perfect warm-toned colouring service and style. This straight-forward (pun intended) style is bound to sit nicely with any wedding dress and have you feeling like
you’re rocking the show.

If you’re still unsure of what suits you best or want to go au natural, arrive to your hair trial open minded, offer feedback and suggestions from your stylist. Once you’ve narrowed it down to a few options, you can choose your favourite look, being one you feel most comfortable and confident in. Encourage your bridesmaids to do the same!

TIPS:

+ Wear a parting in your hair that you are use to, this will ensure effortless yet confident looking photos!

+ Even if long hair is your preference make sure to see your hair stylist for a shape up to help eliminate unnecessary weight. This will make for a longer lasting style on the day of your wedding!

+ Book a wash and blow dry for the day before your wedding to help eliminate any excess residues. This too will make for a longer lasting style!

+ If your hair is virgin, consider getting it coloured. This will contribute to the dimension and longevity in the style for your big day!

+In case of unfortunate weather conditions, book your hairstylist for touch up’s!

HOLLYWOOD CURLS, TOUSLED WAVES, PIXIE CUT

There’s no time like the the 90s! If you want to throw it all the way back, the old Hollywood curl is your dream look. With preciously flourished twirls placed loosely at a mid-neck length, your hairstylist would be thrilled to help you out!

Sometimes short hair can get tedious, but with a half up- half down tousled wave or a trendy low bun or top knot , you’ll be sure to have every bothersome strand out of your face, while looking super chic!

Finally, if your goal is to avoid all possible hassles, the pixie cut is where its at! With its face forming silhouette and its modest appearance, a head band could amplify this look and be the perfect addition in making a statement on your special day!

Along with finding the right length/style of your preference, there are a few other things that can help make your hairstyling experience as easy as possible. First, trust your consultant and don’t be afraid to consider any of his or her suggestions that fall outside of your traditional comfort zone. Also, browse with a supportive crew! Miss Negativity does not deserve a sacred spot on the “yay-or-nay” team, have a crowd that’s yes-friendly and backs you up on your bold choices. It will be much easier to imagine flaunting one of these styles on your wedding day, if you don’t look like you just rolled out of bed, or feel like it for that matter.

all tied up!

Keep things short ‘n sweet with these hairstyles to charm yourself and slay on your wedding day!

HOW TO CREATE A GREAT CLIENT EXPERIENCE

HOW TO CREATE A GREAT CLIENT EXPERIENCE

Look at your client’s experience from the outside in

There’s a reason why it’s easier to work through other peoples’ problems than our own. When we think about our clients, we open our hearts to empathize with them and their needs. In terms of our own personal businesses, we tend to avoid batting an eye at the single thought of it. Instead of breaching outwards, we tend to surrender to our recognizable ideas. We seek out arrangements that worked for us in the past and work towards revamping those instead of starting completely anew.

 

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ARTISTIC EXPRESSION: HOW PASSION SPARKED THE CREATION OF KROMA SALON

ARTISTIC EXPRESSION: HOW PASSION SPARKED THE CREATION OF KROMA SALON

With over a decade of experience of providing eye-catching cuts, vivid color and enviable styling, award-winning master colorist Stephanie Karellas opened Kroma Salon. What’s even more impressive than those accolades? The fact that she was able to create one of the most highly sought-after hair salons in King City, Ontario in just nine months.

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