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Sarah Booth-Henry

May 18, 2021

Hair, Emotion & Vulnerability 

In this two-episode podcast, Paul chats about his belief that hair and emotion are intertwined, how being in the salon chair can leave us feeling exposed, and the vulnerabilities he faced as he shares his own health journey which left him having to learn how to talk properly again and to relearn his craft.


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Paul Palmer

Paul and his wife Jenny established their North West multi-award winning P&J Palmer Salon in 2004, offering a service-led salon experience in a boutique salon environment. A highly sought after stylist, Paul’s sole aim being able to make you look and feel fantastic.


However, a decade later all that was on the line, when (my words not his) Paul’s brain exploded, leaving him having to learn to talk properly again, never mind having to relearn his craft. Even through 11 intense surgeries on his brain and bowel, Paul was never in any doubt of his miraculous recovery, showing what – with absolute focus, determination and sheer willpower – one can achieve.


Today, Paul remains passionate about what he does, believing that hair is emotion, and emotion is hair.  For him the two are intertwined.

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I'm grateful for ...

cold showers.

Currently reading:


Happy Money: The Japanese Art of Making Peace with Your Money

~ Ken Honda


Too often, money is a source of fear, stress, and anger, often breaking apart relationships and even ruining lives. We like to think money is just a number or a piece of paper, but it is so much more than that. Money has the ability to smile, it changes when it is given with a certain feeling, and the energy with which it imbues us impacts not only ourselves, but others as well.

Although Ken Honda is often called a “money guru,” his real job over the past decade has been to help others discover the tools they already possess to heal their own lives and relationships with money. Learn how to treat money as a welcome guest, allowing it to come and go with respect and without resentment; understand and improve your money EQ; unpack the myth of scarcity; and embrace the process of giving money, not just receiving it.

This book isn’t to fix you, because as Ken Honda says, you’re already okay!


According to a study conducted by Professor Marianne LaFrance of Yale University and Pantene, only one in ten women is satisfied with their hair every day. The study also showed that “a good hair day was correlated with feeling more productive, less stressed, more socially powerful, more resilient, physically stronger and more in control.”

(Canadian Living)

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