True Stories: Own Your Energy, Own Your Life

Melissa Yamaguchi (she and her husband Billy own an eponymous salon in Ventura, CA, and another one at the Four Seasons in Westlake) and I have been friends for years. A longtime student of Chinese astrology, Melissa works with everyone from corporate clients to cosmetology students to help them understand how their energy resonates with the energy of the day. Ever wake up some mornings raring to go, while other days you can barely get out of bed? That’s energy at work, says Melissa, whose motto is, “Own your energy, own your life.” She also believes that the key to understanding your employees and the way they interact is to understand their energy. Why don’t I let Melissa explain it for you on these two videos I taped at The Sacred Space in Summerland, CA, a couple of months ago. To learn more, email Melissa at [email protected]


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About: Marianne Dougherty is Editor in Chief of American Salon. During her 26 years as a beauty editor and publisher, she has put her creative spin on a variety of magazines and has traveled all over the world to cover the latest beauty trends, interview high-profile beauty professionals or report from international trade shows and events. Years ago someone she worked for told her, “You have too many ideas; you make my head hurt.” As if that was a bad thing. Those ideas have included an award-winning feature predicting the day spa trend, an annual report from Cosmoprof Bologna, and new publications like Shades of Beauty and American Spa. She has been a keynote speaker at any number of industry events and has judged national competitions like NAHA and Goldwell Color Zoom. In 2001 HarperCollins published Asian Beauty, which she co-wrote with celebrity makeup artist Margaret Kimura. She was also a beauty consultant on Live in LA, was interviewed for Lifetime Network’s New Attitudes and has appeared on Weekend Today New York. Today she happily resides in Santa Barbara, California.