Life at Rockalily Cuts - A Junior's Perspective

We are pretty blessed at Rockalily Cuts to have an awesome weekend junior, Eavie. She fits into our little Rockalily family perfectly!

Today I gave her the task to write a little guest post, on anything she wanted. I have to say, when I read what she wrote, I welled up a little inside....he he.

As I see it, Rockalily is its own little alternative world in the middle of London.

A world full of rollers, Layrite, vintage dressers, foam toilet seats, INCREDIBLE coffee machines, quiffs, tattoos and, the life and soul of the salon, Ellington the dog!

I've only been working here for a few weeks, but already I've been accepted as though I've been here my whole life. Anyway, I know it's a cliché, but it feels like more than a salon. It's an experience, a lifestyle, a social gathering.

I thought I'd say this because I know it's what people think when they leave the salon (and I know that it's what I think), but I wasn't sure if anybody had voiced it over the internet yet. I've just re-read what I've written and I've realised how much it sounds like advertising! I suppose that, in a way, it is, but it wasn't what I had intended to write!


To side sweep or not to side sweep.....

I always go through stages of wanting to grow out my bettie bangs (my short fringe). Today we styled my hair with a side fringe, and it makes me want my side fringe back again! 

The downside of a side fringe is that unstyled it looks very messy and unkept. I like the betty fringe as it allows your hair to look quite 'styled' even if you've done nothing to it.

Hmmm.....what to do......we're never happy with our hair really are we?!


A hood set at the hairdressers 

We love our hood dryer at Rockalily Cuts. It allows us to give a vintage set, without you having to sleep in rollers or pincurls!

Now, a hood dryer set takes a long time, and we don't always have the time, but you can certainly book in for a set!

This is definitely a look for those ladies with mid-length or shorter hair, but its definitely an authentic experience! You can settle in with a book or a crossword puzzle and wait for the curls to dry. You tend to zone out from the world!

Our hood dryer has been covered in stickers since some of the pictures were taken! In this final picture you can see Lucie and Eavie putting the rollers in, just before getting under the dryer!

Have you ever had a granny set?



Can a girl rock a quiff......we say yes!

We cut quite a lot of women's hair short, and definitely love giving quiffs to ladies, but this one is one of our favourites due to the transformation from start to finish!



Why Dragons' Den annoys me now

Now, I'm a massive fan of business shows. I have watched all of the episodes of The Apprentice more than once, including the USA, New Zealand and the Irish ones. I've watched all of Dragons' Den, both UK and Canada along with the USA's Shark Tank.  

I am continually disappointed with the UK's offering, and last night's new episode reminded me precisely why (the Canadian one is best by far by the way). Our dragons just seem out of touch. Yup, I said it.

What is it about the UK dragons that winds me up? They seem to have become a cliche of themselves. They speak in catchphrases and seem largely intent in catching the entrepreneurs out and making them look foolish.

They also seem rather obsessed with originality and protection of ideas. They love a patent, and they want products that can't be copied. This just isn't the business world I see anymore. People who succeed don't sell in isolation, and without competitors. Starbucks didn't invent coffee, they just served it differently. Starbucks were 'copied' and yet still make millions every year. Chanel isn't the only company who make tweed box jackets, but they manage just fine. Nails Inc didn't invent nail polish but opened nail bars, and applied it for us.

The dragons seem intent on finding people with unique and patentable ideas, but that just isn't necessary for successful businesses. You don't need to invent the wheel, surely history tells us that you just need to offer the wheel in a different way, or help us fit the wheel, or offer the wheel cheaper (or more expensively)........enough with the wheel metaphor.

Our dragons' den seems to have become a show more weighted towards an entertainment show, but I do tend to find the examples from across the pond are still privy to more in-depth business discussions. 

Have you seen the other shows? What do you think? Do you still enjoy the UK version?


How can small business be inspired by paralympians?

The Paralympic Games have been pretty awe-inspiring. I haven't seen as much of it as I would like, due to finding online catchup being pretty lame, but I have watched a lot of the Second Leg late night programme to keep my toes in the water.

The atheletes are clearly inspiring on many levels, and it got me thinking about what small business owners can learn from them too.

What small business owners can learn from paralympians

1. People will tell you that you can't do it. They may even list reasons why you can't. Hannah Cockroft was told from birth (by doctors) that she wouldn't be able to achieve much in life. Bloody hell has that lady proved them wrong.

2. We may all have different things that appear to hold us back. But everything can be overcome. You may need some assistance, or some extra tools, but not much is genuinally impossible.

3. The pain may well be worth it, and in some ways, part of the fun. Apparently many of the particpants in wheelchair rugby love it so much because they spent much of their life being 'protected' from danger. They enjoy bashing each other out of their chairs!

4. Small successes can be as awesome as big ones. Some of the athletes who finished last got standing ovations. For many of them, simply being there was an amazing achievement. We had Hassani Ahamada Djae who false-started, and was the only athelete from the Comoros, and he false-started in the only event he was participating it. So he just swam the length, alone but along with masses of cheering. He swam a length at the Olympics...very cool. 

5. Sometimes the challenges we face are what will get us further. Alex Zanardi was a formula 1 racer, who lost both of his legs in a crash. When he talks about that time he says that it was when he won his ticket to the Paralymics. 

6. Sometimes you just need to work really hard. Ahmed Kelly was born with four deformed limbs, and his coach says that '''There's nothing too hard for him... He'll always say yes.'If it were easy everyone would be doing it.

7. Terrible things may happen, but it doesn't have to mean its the end. Martine Wright lost both of her legs in the 2005 terror attacks in London. This year she debuted at the Paralympics. 

8. Don't always follow expectations. Kylie Grimes was the only female member of the GB wheelchair basketball team at the Paralympics. Who said girls don't like rough sports??!

9. Looks can be decieving. Who would have thought a man with no arms could win his heat in the backstroke? Don't feel you have to be what you appear either!

10. Sometimes you just need to get on with it. Focus on what you can do, not what you cannot.


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Rockalily Style: Summer Simples

It's one of the last hot days of the year I reckon (although October can often swing some lovely days out of the bag), so I kept my outfit simple.

Black vest, leopard print a-line skirt.

I have a faux bang, and a cherry print bandana.