Saturday, January 28, 2012

Hair models needed!

As of right now, the models I need are:

One Length line haircut - $30 February 3 or 7 at 9am
Blow Dry - FREE February 9 at 9am (already taken -- but there will be plenty more. Details as they come)

These services will be done at Arrojo Studio in SoHo by a licensed professional.

Please email me if you're interested! melanie (dot) surani (at) gmail (dot) com

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Check me out!

I was recently interviewed on The Lisas' blog about writing! Very exciting--check it out!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


As you may have already seen on my HAIR page, I worked as the stylist on a music video a few months ago for a singer named Alan Fox. In addition to being a very cool song (and catchy!), the people behind it were some of the nicest I've ever worked with.

Filming took place in downtown New York on top of a seriously swanky apartment. Here's one of the views:

And this was a GOOD day...

That's one of the greatest things about being in New York City: you never know when you'll see something spectacular. Also, this was my JOB for the day.

Compare with this

The task for the evening was to do hair for the singer and an actress with a classmate of mine (who did makeup), and then hang out on the rooftop to ensure they continued to look good.

Halfway through the video, you can see my work - the portion where they're outside and obviously on a rooftop. I hope you enjoy it!

Check out more from Alan Fox here, and follow him on Twitter.

Monday, January 23, 2012


Because I'll be starting work at Arrojo soon, I will need hair models pretty desperately. Once I get the schedule, I'll post it here and on my HAIR page (above). The apprenticeship program will be going on for at least a year, and I'll need between 3-5 models per week (so you can do the math how many people that comes up to in total!).

Stay tuned ... 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Congratulations, Class 14!

Thursday was my graduation day at Arrojo Cosmetology School. It's been a lot of hard work, and I'm going to miss everyone a lot.

When I started, I knew nothing about hair (except how to put mine in a ponytail because that's all I could make it do). I learned about the history of hairdressing, how to keep my tools and station sanitary, and most importantly: what to do with someone's hair.

After trying color, perms, and relaxers, I realized cutting was my love. Something about changing the shape of hair is incredibly satisfying. The methodical way I section and snip is therapeutic in a way that only drawing and writing have been to me. I can't believe I'll be doing this for a living instead of filing paperwork, inputting numbers, and devising any way to get out of the office.

I've updated my HAIR page with more current examples of my work. I'll be posting openings for models once I get a schedule.

Congratulations, Class 14! I'll miss some of you, and I'll see some of you at work...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The End = The Beginning

Just hanging with Nick
Preparing for my graduation at Arrojo Cosmetology School has me full of mixed emotions. On one hand, I'm excited to be on my way to getting a job I'm actually going to love (not tolerate--LOVE) ... to be able to do something with my hands that will make me happy to go out every morning. On the other hand, I've made some great friends at the school, and I feel like I could work in the student salon forever with the way we get along. Unfortunately, in about a week, we'll say goodbye.

It's crazy that the 7 months I've spent here have gone by so fast, and yet it's almost like I've been doing this my whole life. ... Like working in all those offices never happened.

So what's next for me? Not sure yet. The moment I get snagged by the best salon in town, I'll let you all know so you can come get a gorgeous haircut from me.


I've been editing like crazy on The Silent Treatment, getting it ready for whatever is next. Also starting to brainstorm about future volumes in the series -- and if that isn't a good use of my subway time, I don't know what is.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Kat Shergill

Because I've been spending the past few days sprucing up my novel The Silent Treatment, I thought I'd give its heroine her own blog space: check out Kat Shergill Mysteries for information about novel releases and short stories. Since the mysteries follow a definite timeline (unlike, say, Nancy Drew, who remained the same age for 70 years), I've decided to create "filler" stories for interesting things that happen between the novels ... you know, to keep you guys interested.

The first appeared on the blog Generations, called Do Not Spoil the Ending, in which Kat and her friend Bridget get into trouble in Canada.

Without further ado, I'll go back to editing so I can get this novel public soon!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Bestseller list already...

Just got an email from my publisher (Untreed Reads) saying my story "The Morning After" is the #3 bestseller in December! As a result, it's now discounted 25%. Come on, you guys: get me to #1 in January!