Hair-do's and hair-don'ts

By: Heidi Ulrichsen - Sudbury Northern Life

 | Apr 23, 2014 - 12:00 PM |
Iva Ursano is the author of a new book called “The Shear Truth.” Photo by Arron Pickard.

Iva Ursano is the author of a new book called “The Shear Truth.” Photo by Arron Pickard.

Hairdresser's book explores salon faux pas

Have you ever missed or been late to a hair appointment? How about used your smart phone while in the chair? Left your kids unattended in the salon while you're getting your hair cut?

These are all annoying no-nos that local hairdresser Iva Ursano addresses in her new book, “The Shear Truth: 10 things you should know before you make your next hair appointment.”

Ursano said she tries to get her point across in a humorous way so that readers know she's not too upset, but she also hopes it gives readers “a newfound respect for people who work in the service industry.”

“The things that you think are cute and we don't mind, yeah, we really do mind,” she said.

Although the book talks about some of the more irritating aspects of her profession, Ursano, who has been a hairdresser for 20 years, said she really does love her job.

She said she often talks to clients about their lives, and she almost becomes their psychiatrist.

“It's so much fun because I get to play in your hair while you're telling me your stories,” Ursano said.

While she's worked for most of her career at Nils Hair Salon, Ursano said she also owned her own salon for a few years.

It was because of an online newsletter she created for her business that she started writing.

Although it initially just contained information about salon specials, Ursano gradually expanded it to include articles she'd written about topics such as empowerment and realizing your dreams.

Even though her salon isn't in operation anymore, she still puts out the newsletter, and currently has almost 500 subscribers. Because she enjoyed the newsletter so much, she decided to try her hand at writing a book.

Now that she's written her first book, Ursano is the process of writing a book about spirituality and Feng Shui and another about her life story.

“The Shear Truth,” which is only about 30 pages long, was initially just meant to be an e-book. At the suggestion of a friend, she decided to make physical copies, and had them printed by OJ Graphix in Espanola.

The electronic version of the book costs $5.99, and is available on Amazon. Physical copies of the book, which cost $10, are available at Nils Hair Salon or by phoning Ursano at 705-698-0469.

One dollar from the sale of every book goes towards Our Children, Our Future's Infant Food Cupboard program.

For more information, visit ivaursano.com.
Heidi Ulrichsen

Heidi Ulrichsen

Staff Writer


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