Updated: Apr 10, 2020
My dream for as long as I can remember was to open a salon. When the time came to open my dream salon, an Aveda salon, I had to decide on a name.
6 years ago, in 2014, my family and I lost someone very special to us. He was a son, brother, grandson, nephew and my cousin who was unconditionally loved and forever 22.
Before he passed, we never saw dragonflies. Honestly, I don’t even know if I had ever seen one in person. The summer of 2014, we noticed dragonflies liked to start hanging around my parents house. Every summer after that, we see more and more dragonflies.
About a year later, my mom showed me this story and it has stuck with me since.
“Once, in a little pond, in the muddy water under the lily pads, there lived a little water beetle in a community of water beetles. They lived a simple and comfortable life in the pond with few disturbances and interruptions.
Once in a while, sadness would come to the community when one of their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad and would never be seen again. They knew when this happened; their friend was dead, gone forever.
Then, one day, one little water beetle felt an irresistible urge to climb up that stem. However, he was determined that he would not leave forever. He would come back and tell his friends what he had found at the top.
When he reached the top and climbed out of the water onto the surface of the lily pad, he was so tired, and the sun felt so warm, that he decided he must take a nap. As he slept, his body changed and when he woke up, he had turned into a beautiful blue-tailed dragonfly with broad wings and a slender body designed for flying.
So, fly he did! And, as he soared he saw the beauty of a whole new world and a far superior way of life to what he had never known existed.
Then he remembered his beetle friends and how they were thinking by now he was dead. He wanted to go back to tell them, and explain to them that he was now more alive than he had ever been before. His life had been fulfilled rather than ended.
But, his new body would not go down into the water. He could not get back to tell his friends the good news. Then he understood that their time would come, when they, too, would know what he now knew. So, he raised his wings and flew off into his joyous new life!”
Dragonfly symbolizes the transformation between life and death and when Aveda asked me why I was so passionate about this industry, I realized it’s the opportunity to transform my clients and to make them feel beautiful. That is why Dragonfly Aveda Salon. 💙
-Macy Pirlet, Owner/Stylist