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Transcription: The Sound of Freedom
Charlie McDermott 0:00 It's time for the La Sabrina hair design podcast with Amy button. Welcome back listeners and viewers Charlie McDermott, producer, co host of the show here with Amy. Amy, how're you doing today?
Amy Button 0:14 I'm doing very well. How are you doing terrific
Charlie McDermott 0:17 on this fine Monday. And I found that Mondays are awesome when you're not sick. So the things we take for granted in life, right? Yes. You know, and which really speaks to a topic, a serious topic we're going to talk about today, you know, it's easy to assume Life is good. And it certainly is. And we live in paradise and all that. But there's some things happening in the background, and happen for a long, long time. And there's a recent movie that really took the country on by storm, if not the world, and I know something you want to kind of delve into here. So I'm going to turn it over to you.
Amy Button 1:03 Yeah, so there's a movie in the theater right now called Sound of freedom. And in the salon. That's usually where I get most of my updates on, like, what songs are out or what movies are popular. But this one I knew was coming out the Barbie one took me by surprise, because they didn't know that was coming. But no. Just out of the loop. So yeah, that's where I get my information is standing behind the chair. But yeah, so that may be it has done a fantastic job. And this whole story is about the founder of the operation Underground Railroad, because modern day slavery is still a thing. And there is this organization, one of many, but this one is a phenomenal organization of military men or ex military and they go they create a task force and they go in and they rescued children of humans that are in the human trafficking world being sold as slaves.
Charlie McDermott 2:17 Wow, wow. And the I have I have not seen it yet. But I, you know, I've listened to a podcast here and there and listen to the guest, the producer, I forget his name. So I know a little bit about the story. But you know, So correct me if I'm wrong here, because it's been a few weeks, but it sounded like these agents or whomever they are. It was part of their task force, like you said, but then didn't they get pulled off? And in? You know, the guy decided to just do it himself? I mean, it's, it's pretty amazing. That piece of it that? Are you familiar with that?
Amy Button 3:04 I'm familiar with the organization. I've been following them for years. And then there's some private organizations, even locally that I know some of the safe houses have used, or some of the organizations that we've supported, they've raised funding in order to, you know, hire a task force similar to that. So what I find so inspirational is not only this particular man's sacrifice, because he did, he basically said no to a lot of things, so that he could say yes to this issue. But it's inspirational to see somebody be so passionate about the topic, but then meet that passion with action. And I think that's usually when you see a big a big difference is made.
Charlie McDermott 4:04 So southwest Florida can't be happening here. Right. I mean, this is we're, like I said, Paradise. We're protected. This is this is stuff that happens in other parts, maybe along the border in Texas, things like that, right.
Amy Button 4:23 That is the common way of thinking yes, but unfortunately, it's everywhere. I mean, there's really nowhere to go to escape it. I know like on a world scale. I mean that it's an issue. It's been an issue for years, but unfortunately right now in the United States. It is next to drug trafficking. It is the biggest, I think they're tied right now for the biggest issue crisis in America. That means it's happening in everybody's backyard. And because we're in a touristy low Patient, that's where money is. And so therefore, that's where a lot of the victims are being found. Or, you know, the I don't want to call it a need, but like they are fulfilling something is being purchased here is what I'm trying to say. So, yeah, it's definitely happening in our backyard.
Charlie McDermott 5:27 And where are these victims coming from?
Amy Button 5:31 It's a lot of different kinds of places. I mean, the other way of thinking is, and I think even in the movie, they touch on this particular aspect, where it's, you know, kids being smuggled across the border. So they're not American citizens. But that's not just the case, either. I mean, we have we come across survivors that they're born and raised Americans, and they're found in the school systems and foster homes. You know, runaways will usually be learned in by somebody that's good at and trapping people in Hollywood, or anywhere where people are, you know, trying really hard to reach a point of fan of famous, they are willing to compromise certain things. And so that's exploited. The other area is any type of pornography, we think that you know, people chose that way of life, or at least that's the normal way of thinking, but a lot of times that is coerced, or somebody's blackmailed into doing that for profession. And so that fits under the umbrella of human trafficking as well. Most of the time, these people aren't getting paid, we think that it's a career and they're getting paid for it. And a lot of times, they're not, they're stuck.
Charlie McDermott 7:05 Wow. How did you get involved in all this?
Amy Button 7:11 Um, it, I had heard about it being an issue in the States, I'm trying to think what the year was, I think it was around 2009. Somewhere in there, I had gone to like a women's conference, and somebody had gotten up to try and raise funds for a safe house, and I just could not shake it, like it, I was losing sleep over it, I had two little girls at home, it just, it kind of rocked my world, and then wasn't going away. And so I was, you know, kind of in this place of okay, well, then, if I can't shake it, then I need to do something about it. Similar to what I said earlier, being able to take something you're passionate about, being able to like put some action to it, is extremely helpful. And so for the listeners too, and when I tell people behind our chairs, you don't all have to be the next founder of the next operation Underground Railroad. I'm not belittling that at all. But there are a lot of practical things that we can do that put action to, to the issue to the passion behind trying to get, you know, these girls safe and boys and girls, it's not just girls. So, yeah, practical ways with one, go see the movie. I know a lot of people are concerned, like maybe they want to watch it at home, just in case it does feel a little too heavy, if you can't make it through the movie, and you need to like pause and take a break. They do also sell like T shirts, or you can even buy tickets for people. And so then you you're you're purchasing a movie ticket and somebody who wants to go in might not be able to go, they can use that ticket. You also can look up the organization and there's ways to give directly to them that way. And then there's we have two galas coming up for two of the nonprofits that we are supporting as a salon. And their tickets are both launched and up for sale. One of them is for IBM fuse, which can be found on their website. And that gal is and the end of September and then path to freedom has a gala in January. And again tickets are on sale for that and that those are great opportunities to should put a little bit of action and might even open up doors for other opportunities if we're wanting to help out Tell
Charlie McDermott 10:01 me where did those funds go?
Amy Button 10:04 So the funds for which thing,
Charlie McDermott 10:07 my updates, will take them one at a time that the the one coming out the event coming up,
Amy Button 10:14 the events coming out. So I know both organizations have each of those galleries, they're raising funds for different things. And I don't want to get them wrong. I do know the one in January, I believe they're raising funds because they need a second safe home. More of a home that is designed for those who need a lot more attention than what they can do. At the safe home they currently have. So it would be a great starting point for somebody that needs a lot of extra help before they move to the other ones. So I know they're raising funds for that. And then the I am fuse, that gala that's coming up in September, which is coming up quick. So if anyone wants to buy tickets, I would hurry. But they're trying to raise funds to get their first location, their first brick and mortar, they're doing so many amazing things as far as linking survivors to resources and the things that they need, but they don't have a physical place yet for them to come and maybe sit down and have a counseling session, or they do a lot of job training opportunities where you're giving the survivors a lot of different tools to move forward in life, it would be really helpful for them to have a place to hold those meetings.
Charlie McDermott 11:43 And then the safe f8 or the safe house, Amy got in what's the How long does one stay there? Or how does that work?
Amy Button 11:54 It really depends on the situation. It depends on the age. And it just also depends on how how much each individual needs to feel first safe and then be able to build on that. Because the goal is always to have, you know, them independent. I mean, their their goal is to be free. And such, like you said there's so many things we take for granted. And freedom is definitely something that most of us take for granted.
Charlie McDermott 12:34 Awesome. Well, what, Amy, share those two events, again, for your listeners so they can make a note of that.
Amy Button 12:42 Sure. So I am fuse. And they have a gala, I believe it's September 30. And then path to freedom is the next gallon that's in January.
Charlie McDermott 12:58 Super, super. Anything else we should know anything else come to mind.
Amy Button 13:05 I think sometimes we forget even just the day to day inspirations that we can be for another person. I had somebody a long, long time ago, I was sitting in a church service and our pastor was preaching a sermon about if you ever want to be great, then you need to make somebody else great. And I think that's such a little great piece of something to hang on to. I know it's changed the way I kind of look at my day to day. And sometimes you don't know like, one of the biggest inspirations for me was I had the most amazing hairdresser as a little girl and she made me feel it didn't matter how little I was, I think the first time she cut my hair must have been like five or six years old. But she would get down on my level and she looked me in the eye call me by name made me feel so loved even at that age. And we still had a relationship. I think when I got my driver's license, she was the very first person I went to see. To show off my driver's license is such a big deal. She made a huge difference in my life like and she probably is one of the reasons why I became a cosmetologist because she just made every single person feel so loved on and that little tiny action. It didn't have to be this grand thing. I just Unbeliev she went to work every day with that mentality that you know, if she wanted to do something great or be accomplish something great and she needs to make someone else great and it didn't matter. I was six years old.
Charlie McDermott 14:47 Wow. neat story. Hello, Amy. Thanks for all you're doing and sharing this important message and we'll we'll continue to talk about the events and future Episodes and speaking your watch until then you have a great rest of the day there, Amy. Thank you. Thanks for listening to the law Sabrina hair design podcast. To learn more about my Sabrina hair design experience. Go to www dot raw Sabrina hair design.com that's www dot L A s AP r i n a hair design.com or call 23953793156
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Transcription: When is the Right Time to Get a Haircut?
Charlie McDermott 0:08 Welcome back listeners and viewers, Charlie McDermott, co host producer of the show here once again with Amy. Amy, how you doing?
Amy Button 0:16 Very good. How are you?
Charlie McDermott 0:17 Good. Good. Great to see you on this Monday morning. And we have another exciting week coming up. Right? Who we are. So, Amy, I don't know if if you're aware of this, but the weekend before last our daughter got married. And yeah, it was just a wonderful, wonderful event. However, I was faced with a dilemma a few weeks prior, and that was the timing of my haircut because we're Yeah, you're paying 1000s of dollars for photographers and, and I don't want to ruin my daughter's day by or life by being in a photo, you know, don't bother. And they're like, what's up with that dude's hair? So it was, I was like, When should I talk? Because there's always that fear, especially because we move to a new area said I don't even use the same, you know, hairstylist or barber or whatever. So I'm thinking, Oh, my God, I'm going in blind here. And if the guy screws up, you know, how much time do I grow it back and all that. So I'm just going through all this stuff in my head. Finally, it'll or fortunate it all worked out. But I'd like to hear from the professional. And I wish we did this episode a few weeks ago. Right time to get a haircut.
Amy Button 1:37 Yeah. So in your case for men's cuts, like even the littlest, littlest amount of growth obviously shows, whereas if my hair grows half an inch, you're not really going to notice the difference, but your hair cut, it's going to be a little more noticeable. So and everybody's hair grows at different paces. And then surprisingly enough, everybody's had also, and I don't know if anybody, any of our listeners have ever experienced this, but there are certain times of the year where your hair grows a little bit faster than others. So there are, there are times especially when people are spending a lot of time outside, they're drinking lots of water. And I swear the sun has something to do with it. It's a four plants, and that's what makes it grow. But they'll be like, Oh my gosh, I usually can make it you know, five weeks became between haircuts, but I felt like I needed one a week sooner. But for a special event, like in your case, I would usually recommend at least for men's cuts a week or if you have a pixie cut, like get it cut a week prior that gives a couple of days just in case, you notice something isn't exactly how you want it for pictures, then there's time to tweak or adjust it. Or if it was a little bit too short, your hair has just enough time to grow in to make one.
Charlie McDermott 3:16 That's good. That's good. I that is good. We still have one more daughter, so I'll get it right next time.
Amy Button 3:24 Yeah, call me.
Charlie McDermott 3:29
And that's interesting. You know, I didn't realize hair can grow different, you know, differently certain times of the year.
Yeah, I Amy Button 3:39 mean, even though I mean, there's like, there's your hair goes through phases where there's like a shedding phase. And then there's a phase where it's like a growth spurt as if you're 12 again. So yeah, our hair has cycles, our eyelashes have cycles. And so you need to pay attention to those. But a good rule of thumb is for our ladies, if they have like a shoulder length, hair cut or or a bomb. Those looks depend on the layers and the movement that's in your hair. And the sometimes the layers will kind of lose their shape. So the rule of thumb is like five to eight weeks depending on the specific client's hair and how fast it grows. But you want to keep an eye on that the movement that's in your haircut. If you feel like it's starting to look kind of limp, then it's probably time to schedule your haircut. Maybe you know, it's just taking the tiniest bit off of the bottom but reshaping those layers is what's going to keep your style and then for my long haired clients like me, like I need a haircut right now. Actually, our stylist in here Phoebe pulled me aside the other day and said you need a haircut. On the very ends of my hair looking a little fuzzy, and you can see there's some areas where there's split ends, and you want to get those off your hair as soon as possible. So they can't kind of split up the hair shaft and it'll just stop your hair from growing and it'll stay that thing. Length and it won't be healthy and polished on the end. So that's another huge tip is if you start seeing fuzzy split ends, it's time for a trim, even if you don't have long hair.
Charlie McDermott 5:30 Okay, okay. So it sounds like the shorter your hair the more frequent, I guess,
Amy Button 5:38 yes, if you're looking, if you're looking to grow your hair, we would cut your hair differently than if you're trying to maintain like, Yeah, Bob, or a shoulder length hair cut, then yeah, we would change the amount of appointments you would do in a year, based on which look.
Charlie McDermott 6:00 And if you want to slow down the growth of your hair, you just stay out of the sun and you don't drink water. No, just kidding, right? Just Amy Button 6:05 stay in the closet.
Charlie McDermott 6:08 And please, drink water. That's awesome. Anything else we should be aware of when making that most important decision of when is the right time to get our haircut.
Amy Button 6:24 I would, you know, if you have built a relationship with your stylist, just keep their schedule in mind. So if you're trying to maintain a length and movement in your hair and a certain style, then you don't want to leave your appointment without scheduling your next appointment. Because it you know, as the stylist gets busy and they're building their book, you might not be able to get in and that's gonna be the difference between hating your hair for two weeks, or having the look that you're going for. For our longer hair cuts, clients, if you you just a regimented person and you like to have an appointment, you know, three times a year, then it's also a good idea to schedule ahead. But yeah, sometimes for the longer hair clients, it really is just depending on how well they're treating the ends of their hair.
Charlie McDermott 7:25 Love it. Love it. Oh, Amy, thanks for sharing. You know, it's one of those questions. I didn't know how important it was until personally i i had that special event. So I know this is going to be helpful for one a lot of guys who are kind of like myself, and obviously your clients and the folks out there. So once again, thanks for sharing and doing what you're doing. And now go get your haircut girl. Yeah. All right. Well Until the next episode, we'll talk soon see me.
Amy Button 8:04 Thanks, Charlie.
Amy Button :
There are two things that you could do that are really helpful. The first is just like everything else, when you're moving, Googling restaurants in the areas school in the area crime rates in the area, you could also look up salons in the area. And then I would even do specific searches on either Google or Instagram.
Instagram is great, because it allows salons to post pictures of their work, in addition to the other stuff that they've got going on. And with that, they put hashtags. So if you have curly hair, you can search Instagram, using a hashtag that has something to do with curly hair, or if you have balayage, and you are looking for a blondeing specialist.
The other thing you want to look at, always, is reviews. I trust the reviews on Google Maps. I know a lot of people use Yelp, not a huge fan of Yelp, because they pick and choose, making them inaccurate. I think I have 25 five star ratings that Yelp won't even post or use. So you're not really getting all the feedback, I guess. Reviews are very helpful, and so are pictures. Reviews and pictures are the two places that I would start my research.
But one of the things that our salon does, and I know a lot of other salons do as well, is they'll have complimentary consultations, these are appointments that are like 15 minutes long. And they're super easy to fit in a schedule. So even if you're looking at a salon, but they're booked two weeks to a month out, then this is an appointment where you can at least get come in, sit down with the stylist, get a feel for the salon, and then talk about your hair and come up with a service plan. And if you're comfortable at that point, It's really helpful moving forward. It also gives you the out if you walk in and decide "this is not for me, this is not what I'm looking for." It didn't cost you any money. It just cost you time.