Flow

The Tao of Hairstyling 403-281-1704

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Jay Lamb has worked with The Ginger Group, Scenarios Design and Angles. For many years now Jay has had his own, home-based salon. "Working in large salons was a great way to learn and grow but I always yearned for a quieter, more focused, human-friendly environment, something more like an art studio. It seems to have worked, my clients seem to really enjoy the atmosphere; they see it as a place they can just let go".

What's it like at FLOW? There's great music; soft vocal jazz, perhaps a string quartet. Fine art adorns the walls, tea is brewing and nobody's rushing around. You receive attentive, personal service in a place that just feels good.

At FLOW, Jay uses only the least toxic, highest quality (Natulique and Goldwell) colors and products. FLOW even has a powerful air filtration system to keep color fumes to a minimum. 

 

My Approach to Hairstying

There are two general approaches to doing anything in life, including hairstyling. One is to work with nature, the other to work against nature.

In hairstyling, working against nature is to attempt to put any hairstyle on any type of hair, whether it suits the hair or not, then make it all look reasonably good with mousses, sprays and various styling tools. In this approach the hair has often been forced too far outside of its natural limits. Excessive damage and plenty of time styling are almost inevitable because the cut is fighting the hair's natural inclinations instead of enhancing them. 

To work with nature is to carefully examine the hair type, become aware of all of its qualities and limitations, choose a hairstyle that is in harmony with these factors, create it with sensitivity and skill, then, if desired, use mousses, sprays and styling tools to finish.The hairstyle that is in harmony with nature is working with the hair, therefore needing less styling to make it look good. The hair is happy. This means less damage to the hair and less work for you.

This overall approach can be applied to all aspects of hairstyling, be it color, highlighting, perming, or anything else.

 

This does not mean the hair cannot be shaped and colored into a wide range of styles using all sorts of styling products and tools when desired, just that I am unwilling to force the hair to a point where what is lost is more than what is gained. It's a question of balance. Healthy, soft, shiny hair is naturally beautiful and should be the foundation from which we build and never stray.

 

The way I approach discussing and choosing a hairstyle with you is also in harmony with nature. I'm not driven by fashions ideals about how a person “should” look. True beauty is much bigger and kinder than that. This does not mean trends and fashion are ignored, just that they are given their proper place within a context of something much more important.

My approach is to observe, listen and become aware of who you are, then find a lovely way to express that visually. Whether we decide on a classic cut or a leading edge trend, it is chosen because it feels like a beautiful, true, enjoyable expression of you. It's not something we're applying over top in an attempt to make you "better", it's an extension of our appreciation for you, just as you are.

 

This approach to hairstyling stems from a life of creating fine art and music, practising Tai Chi and enjoying daily meditative practices. Through these experiences, I learned that one's highest creative expression comes from a quiet, clear place I like to call flow. Anything coming from flow will be vastly superior and more deeply enjoyable than anything coming from the “normal” avenues of mind.

 

I am not a typical hairstylist, just as Flow is not a typical hair salon. I don't really even look like a hairstylist, in the usual way we are thought to look. Someone once called me an artist who does hair. When I heard that it struck a chord and felt right. I don't gossip, I don't run around doing nine things at once, I simply enjoy being creative and of service while adding beauty to the world.

If my way of approaching hairstyling resonates with you, I hope you will come.

 

I am also an artist in the contemporary abstract realm.  If you are an art lover, please visit www.jayromalambart.com