The Conscious Cosmetologist

In addition to being behind the chair and blogging, I’ve decided to start a podcast!! I’m super excited to begin this journey! I’ve wanted another social outlet, especially to still hang with my customers who not longer get to sit in the chair… It’s another way for me to connect with some amazing people around the globe.

What is Cosmetology?

As many of you know, I am a licensed hairdresser, which means I am able to practice cosmetology (the cosmetic treatments of hair, skin, and nails) in South Carolina. I specialize in Hair Coloring & Hair Cutting. I am really passionate about the ingredients, chemistry, and what we are actually using behind the chair on our customers.

What Is Consciousness?

This is quite the buzz word these days. Consciousness is the state of being awake and aware of one's surroundings. The word ‘Conscious’ is a Latin word meaning “knowing" or "aware.” So a conscious person has an awareness of her environment and her own existence and thoughts. I find this to be so very fascinating. It is a multi level concept. At its most basic, just being aware of what you are using on your body on a day to day basis. All the way to forming relationships with my guests in my chair and being that sounding board for them to chat about life with.

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Putting that all together?

There are so many ways I plan to put this together. Here are a few things I plan to include:

  • Being aware of chemicals ingredients 

  • Knowing and keeping up with laws and regulations 

  • Understanding energy and knowing what it’s like to be in other people’s energy

  • What it means to be a day maker and create magic

Who is this Podcast for?

Honestly, I feel like anyone could benefit from this podcast. Its for other hairdressers, salon owners, and anyone who has ever gotten a haircut! I will chatting a little Hair, Beauty, Mindfulness, and plan on getting a little “Woo-Woo” in between. I’d really love for everyone to know that you matter, it is important to take control of your life and like a ripple in a pond what you today extends beyond just you.

How can I be apart of it?

Check out the first episode here: Who I am, What I do, And Why I do It. or Join me each week where ever you love to listen to podcasts! I would love to hear from you!! Please send me, Laura Labuda, any questions you might have hair related or not! Shoot me an e-mail: PurpleChairSalon@gmail.com or Connect with me on instagram @LauraCutsHair

3 Myths About Being a Hairdresser

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I love nothing more that creating beautiful work behind my chair, changing someone’s look, giving them a boost of confidence.  

I didn’t start down this career path, I didn’t know I would end up becoming a hairdresser.  In fact, growing up in the industry, I avoided it at all cost! I wanted to be an art teacher.  Switching careers was one of the scariest things I’ve done, but I don’t regret it. Not for one second!! However, there have been times that I’ve had to defend my decision.

Here are 3 misconceptions about the hair industry that I actually believed, but now I’d like to set the record straight.


Myth #1: “Cosmetology school will have been a piece of cake.”

This couldn’t be further from the truth. To be a well versed stylist you must learn color theory, trichology, safety & sanitation, chemistry, bone structure, haircutting, chemical waving, permanent relaxing. With an average cost of $20,000 to complete your program which takes an average of about a year it is comparable to going to a 4 year university. Not to mention, the shear terror when that first haircut sits in your chair (haha see what I did there). 

We also must maintain our license. Here in South Carolina we must take 12 hours of continuing education within a two year period. Like anything else in life, you definitely get out what you put into it.

Myth #2: “It will be easy. I just get to just play with hair all day.”

Well, after completing school, you have to work very hard to build up your clientele list. I’ll be the first to admit this is no easy task; consistency is key here. 

Everyone who sits in my chair is a completely different person, and when I say completely different… I mean it. Not one person has ever asked me for the exact same thing, and even if they have… it’s just not possible. No on has the same hair type, texture, lifestyle, not to mention which way they like to flip their hair.  

Aside from coming up with each individual solution to your hair challenges, we also become your hair-apist. As a well seasoned stylist, It is my greatest joy to make connections with people, hold space for them to talk about whatever they need to, and it is my goal for you to leave a better person that you came in (inside and out.)

Myth #3: “I’m just going to do this until I get my real job.”

After standing on my feet for 10+ hours, missing a lunch break because I just wanted to make your hair that much better, not attending family functions that happen on Saturdays, and coming home completely exhausted some days, it sure does feel like the realest job in the universe.  

I have learned so much over the past 3 years of owning my own two chair salon. It is not always what happens in the chair, but outside that time as well. Personally, I am the bookkeeper, marketing manager, and all around chief logistics officer.  Most of this I didn’t actually learn in cosmetology school. Alot of it has been trial & error, and little real life experience.


Being your hairdresser is the most rewarding career I could ask for. I am truly living my dream daily. I have nothing but gratitude for each and every person that has sat in my chair; thank you for being apart of my journey.

-Laura Labuda, Owner, The Purple Chair

5 Ways to Fill Your Happy Cup

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Do you ever feel like you are spinning plates and they are on the verge of crashing down? We have all heard the words, "You Cannot Give from and Empty Cup," but what the hell does that even mean?! Self-Care is of the utmost importance!  

As Women we are the care takers, Multi-taskers, housekeepers and sometimes I try to take on more than I can handle.  I was starting to feel overwhelmed and out of balance, and for me this is one of the scariest things.  I know I am not alone in this feeling.  It has been a roller-coaster my first year in business.  I have met so many new people, learned new things, and grown in ways I never thought I would.  I have found a new love for running a business, being a creative stylist, and blogging.  I has been amazing to watch my dreams become a reality, but at times it’s incredibly stressful; I get tired, cranky, and sometimes find myself wearing my sassy pants. 

Being a hairdresser isn’t always about the hair; we give little pieces of ourselves to you because we truly care about the needs of customers in our chair.  It is important to me that I fill up your happy cups, but I have to be careful that mine doesn’t get drained.  It has been some time since I have checked in on Social Media, it’s just one way I like to take care of myself, A Social Media Hiatus.  I would like to share with you some ways I use to fill up my happy cup:

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  1. Mantras and Positive Affirmations- Today is the BEST DAY EVER!  I know you all have heard me say it at least twice.  I try to always look on the positive side of life.  I make it a point in each day to find something that makes today the "Best Day Ever."
  2. Look yourself in the eye and tell yourself how awesome you are. Ok, this one might be harder than you think.  It doesn't have to be a long thought out monologue.  Just take a moment to stop in front of the mirror, and say, "Hey, I think you are RAD!"  I guarantee that a little pep talk will get you going.
  3. Saying No is saying yes to yourself. I think it is a lifelong lesson in boundaries.  Sometimes I am really good self-care; sometimes, I downright suck at it.  There is great power in that little word.  When you are saying No to something or someone, you are ultimately saying yes to taking care of you and your needs.
  4. Something for Yourself!  Take some time just for you, and do something each day.  Even if its 5-10 minutes.  You could Read a Book (I totally Recommend, The Fringe Hours, Making Time for You by Jessica Turner), Do a Yoga Pose, Eat that piece of chocolate, or Drink an overpriced cup of coffee. It's ok to be selfish; I just gave you permission! 
  5. Expressing Gratitude:  Nothing will fill your heart with more joy that writing down what you are grateful for.  I keep a Gratitude Journal; it really helps when you are feeling down.  I really suggest writing it down and making a list because then you can see it and you can look back at it later.  You can even start with the smallest of things.  (I am grateful for you reading this blog right now!)

Do you utilize some of these to get you going?  Do you have another great way to fill your cup? Share with me your mantra, something you do for yourself, or something that you are truly grateful for.  Leave me a comment, I would love to know what ways you use to fill your happy cup!

 

Shampoo Challange

Have you ever been shopping and realized......AH!  I need shampoo!  Come on, you can admit it, you've bought "drug store" shampoo.  Wither you were in a bind, your favorite salon is closed for the evening, or you just couldn't resist because you saw the commercial.

So many bottles... So many Brands! I tell you, Standing in that isle was completely overwhelming!  I had no idea what to pick up for this experiment.  I finally narrowed it down to 5 "Color Care" Shampoos.  We compared them to the Amika: Keep Your Color Shampoo

Our results were astonishing! Check out the video below!