Zen Head Salon: It's elemental

Ellicott City salon takes fung shui approach to hair

  • Salon owner Mia Perry, top, of Catonsville, talks to client Tina Hunt.
Salon owner Mia Perry, top, of Catonsville, talks to client… (photo by Jen Rynda )
July 27, 2011|By Diane Pajak

Are you a Daffodil Blonde, Sangria Red or Bronze Goddess Brunette?

You can figure it out a Zen Head Salon, where stylists take a decidedly feng shui approach to hair color and style.

The process of finding the best ’do for each customer at this Ellicott City salon starts with a consultation and a quick read of “Feng Shui Beauty,” by Bill Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi, owner of a salon in Carlsbad, Calif., is credited as the first stylist to relate feng shui to contemporary hairstyling.

Feng shui — an ancient Asian concept — is typically applied to living spaces to help people achieve a feeling of natural balance and positive energy through incorporating the elements.

Mia Perry, who owns Zen Head along with Sarah Davis, explains, “We chose this approach because we wanted our clients to feel the harmony between their inner and outer beauty. We wanted the client to have fun in the creation of a hairstyle that perpetuates the ideal balance with your particular lifestyle — so they live by our motto: ‘Stop fighting yourself and find peace with your style.’ ”

Now it’s time for a quiz.

Clients take a simple quiz before their consultation. This helps the stylist determine which element best defines the customer — earth, metal, water, wood or fire.

“Most clients who take the test are intrigued by the results and ask us to go into more detail, which we do. We then explain what that particular element is and how it relates to them,” Perry adds.

Perry summarizes: “Earth elements are more natural; fire tends to follow the latest trends; metal tends to like precise structured styles and clean cooler colors; wood tends to be sporty with piecey color placements and flippy-type styles; and water tends to be very chic and sophisticated.”

Perry says there’s a little bit of every element in each person, but certain ones are more pronounced. “So when we look at the quiz results, we take the top two elements and go off those as far as style goes,” she says.

After the quiz and consultation, a second appointment is scheduled for the haircut and styling, which take about 45 minutes. Add another 15 minutes for color, and other services are offered as well, including keratin treatments, relaxers, perms, extensions, manicures, pedicures, waxing and more.

Zen Head Salon, 9065 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, 410-465-1201, www.zenheadsalon.com.

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