May 30th, 2008

Wouldn’t It Be Great If…
Your Haircut Came with The Internet?

I go to the hair salon every 6 months. I like getting my hair fixed but I do not enjoy the amount of time it takes to get the job done. Usually the process would take at least an hour and much, much longer if I decide to go with a totally different look.

Wouldn’t it be great if one could do work or surf the internet while getting your hair done instead of just reading the magazines provided? I believe a few high-end salons are providing free wi-fi access stations but I’m talking about having the option to surf in my seat while the hairstylist do my hair.

Some points of contention

“You mean you want the Internets to rule your hairdressing salons too? Hello? Unplug, much?”

It’s purely optional. You can choose to surf or work on your laptop or you could stick to your magazines or bitching with your hairdresser.

“It’s expensive to implement.”

The salon may probably need a small investment but think of the benefit in customer experience. Instead of flipping through hair catalogues to select a style, a customer can superimpose his or her photos through a virtual hair makeover application like this one

“What’s the big deal about waiting a few minutes to get your haircut? Ever heard of patience?”

Have you ever taken 5 hours to get your hair done? I have (a botched colouring job). If there’s an opportunity to make fuller use of your time, why not?

Perhaps it’s really the comfort level that I’m having a problem with. You know the feeling of having to bend your neck for more than 15 minutes trying to read a heavy magazine that’s resting on your lap? Probably the most practical solution is to just provide a table of comfortable size and height (like a writing or tablet arm chair) preferably the type that swings out of the way when not in use.

The new and improved salon chair's only regret was that it didn't take Dental Medicine in school

Dashed Line

Wouldn’t It Be Awesome If…?

I keep a list of ideas that starts with the line “Wouldn’t It Be Great If…” a habit inspired by a presentation by Jake and Jeff of SkinnyCorp which I watched early last year:

In this list, no idea is too fantastic, too difficult or un-noteworthy, they are just waiting for the right time to fully blossom. Needless to say, I have a lot of pet projects just waiting to be executed! B noted that some of my ideas have no direct relation to my interest or skill set. In my opinion, some of these ideas just need the right person to take on, which is why I’m sharing one of my latest entries above. If you run a hair boutique and just happen to read this, please take note — you could be pioneering a new standard in customer care! ;D

Have a great weekend!

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Yeah, it would be great. I once went to a hairdresser for over a year because she had a massage chair to wait in whilst the dye did it's thing!
Joh  at 8:01 am on May 30, 2008
I love the idea of the new chair, it takes ages to do my hair at the salon.
Claire  at 9:46 pm on May 30, 2008
all you need is iPod :)
devari  at 2:13 pm on June 1, 2008
@Joh - A massage chair, what a luxury! No wonder you went there for more than a year! @Devari - yes, iPods, PSPs, DS Lites are good time suckers too, although if given 3 hours, I'd personally like the option of having some work done. :p
Ginger M  at 1:00 am on June 2, 2008
Now you've got me thinking how nice it would be to have some virtual reality goggles to wear while sitting in the dentist's chair. My dentist puts the television on in the background and tells me I can turn it to whatever I want, but it's hard to watch when someone's leaning over me scraping my teeth.
Christopher Waldrop  at 10:28 am on June 3, 2008
[...] Here’s a fun post from Growing Happiness - Wouldn’t It Be Great If Your Haircut Comes With The Internet? [...]
Would You Like Internet Access With Your Haircut? Lateral Thinking At Its Best  at 3:00 am on July 8, 2008
You need to look for investors with the internet and a haircut idea. Seriously... at 3+ hours a month. I would go to that salon.
kim  at 10:50 am on August 12, 2008

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