My name is David – I am originally from China but moved to the beautiful NYC 3 years ago! I live in Chinatown and own my own hair salon – CLW Hair Fashion. I started this hair salon with a few of my friends a few months ago and knock on wood, we have been doing pretty well for ourselves (check out our Yelp reviews if you don’t believe me! :P) I cut both Men & Women’s hair, although to be honest, I prefer women’s mainly because there are so many intricacies involved and I can be creative with my styles. I started cutting hair when I was a 15 year old growing up in one of China’s industrious cities. My parents (more so my mom) was very against me cutting hair for a hobby and trying to make a living out of it. At that time, I didn’t understand why they were so against it, but now that I am a 32 year old, I kinda get it – there is a big culture of saving face and showing the people around you that your child is doing great things in their life. Haircutting in China is not too highly looked upon and so I can understand why they didn’t want me to pursue it. Anyway, now that I have my own salon and have a good stream of clients constantly coming in, my parents are more relieved and I want to say even proud of me! I host the ‘Learn basics of Hair cutting' on MYrago. Hope you enjoy my ‘Day in the Life’
6 AM: Get up, make my bed, start making Lunch to pack and while lunch is being cooked, work out a bit. I usually prefer doing some light yoga moves as it helps me in un-stiffening my body and getting ready for the day!
7 AM: Shower, get dressed and grab some breakfast. It’s usually eggs or porridge (also called as Congee Rice Porridge which is a Chinese specialty) as its very quick and filling
8 AM: Head to salon, clean up all the chairs and tools and check Yelp Bookings and Voicemails to see appointments for today. I usually accommodate people for whatever time they prefer unless there is a celebrity or a VIP who has booked me for the day. I remember there was this one time when I had to do hair and make up for a young lady who was heading to her auditions for a Chinese Soap Opera which was going to be filmed in NYC. I cannot tell you the details of the show as it is not live yet however, rest assured she got the role and that too the main lead! LOL I am sure she is a fine actor but I want to think we at CLW played a small role in helping her achieve her dreams!
9 AM – 8 PM: Cut, Cut, Cut and more Cuts. On an average day, I tend to 7-8 customers and I have two of my friends who also help out with extra customers. On a great day, each of us gets almost 10 customers! We make sure we are thorough with our cuts because in this day & age of social media, one bad review can ruin the 10 good reviews that you have. Also, when you LOVE what you are doing, it doesn’t feel too taxing! I didn’t mention lunch but anytime I get some free time in the afternoon I grab my lunch. It’s not a set time but that’s okay because the thrill of running my own business makes me very happy!
8 PM: Sweep, Sweep, Sweep and more sweep! We close every day at 8PM (sometimes 8:20 depending on what time the last client walks in) and then we begin cleaning the salon, all the equipment, re-filling of any products or even ordering new products. All of this takes almost 2 hours because I don’t want to waste valuable time of the day in booking/ planning logistics for the salon.
10 PM: I get back home. For dinner, I usually grab food on my way back home. I know, I know its not healthy to eat out every day but I am so exhausted that I have no time to cook anything! My favorite way to relax is to sit in front of the TV and eat my meal watching my favorite Chinese Drama – An Eternal Fighter!
12 AM: Head to bed and dream about opening my very own John Frieda!