After my gloss and salt scrub, Sarah Rappolt ushered me over to her station. You don’t just feel like you’re in good hands when you sit down in Sarah’s chair. You feel like you’re in an artist’s hands, transcending feelings of safety and comfort, to an absolute certainty that you will leave her chair a more beautiful version of yourself. “Choppy layers that frame your face, give you more volume and make your head feel lighter, right?” Sarah said.
MR: You recently changed salons, what have you brought with you to Wonderland? SR: A lot of what I bring to the company is education. I bring a formal way of teaching and training. Michael brought me on a year ago to develop their curriculum in house. Some salons focus around a set SARAH RAPPOLT of rules and standards— cut and shape this way and color that way. But when you think about it, the things that make a difference are not actually what you do but why you do them so then there are salons that are focus more on an idea. Our idea is “we want everyone to feel happy and beautiful
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when they leave”. After working with them for about a year and meeting all of their staff, I realized the energy here is really great and people are really open to learning and developing so I decided to make a switch.
MR: How did you forecast that salons needed to incorporate social media in order to be successful? SR: Salon culture has always been very concerned with what’s going on with magazines and publishing because that’s how people find salons. With social media, it’s like that but it’s more immediate. Bloggers are sort of the new editors and I started realizing it when bloggers were sitting front row at fashion shows and a lot of the editors were in the back. So for me, that shows that they seem to be more influential. The market is so saturated with products and people, that when you find someone you can trust, (i.e. a blogger), it make a big difference. I want those people in my chair because first of all, they’re very influential within their communities and secondly, they’re mostly young girls who haven’t been through the wringer yet with figuring out what they want their look to be and they need someone to give it to them. LE FA I R MA G A Z I NE | 1 1 1