Working at The Salon by Lora Brown is teaching new associate, Diana Leiva, about the business side of running a hair salon. Find out what she has learned about retail and marketing at The Salon and through the Associate Program.
Interested in joining The Salon by Lora Brown? Submit your application today! We are accepting stylists and associates.
Many highly motivated people dream of careers as hair stylists, but some hold back because of an industry-wide shortage of quality education.
Some are afraid that they won't be able to support themselves as a stylist, and these fears may be justified. Statistics show that 80 percent of hair stylists quit after only two or three years in the business.
Additionally, about 52 salons close every day, and the average length of a stylist’s career is a measly three to five years.
Due to decreasing pay and inadequate training, it's becoming increasingly difficult for stylists to support themselves. This can be disheartening for current hairdressers and those interested in a career as a hair stylist alike.
How Can You Become A Successful Stylist?
These statistics are alarming, and they reveal just how challenging the salon industry has become.
However, with the right education and guidance, it is possible to have a long, well-paying career as a hairdresser. That’s where the Associate Program comes in.
The Associate Program is a step-by-step system for stylists at any level that helps you become a top-notch hair dresser and a sharp businessperson. It prepares you for a sustainable career by giving you the knowledge and tools necessary to keep moving forward when others are giving up.
Career-Changing Benefits Of The Associate Program
If you’re not convinced that you need the Associate Program for salon success, consider these benefits.
1. Quality Training
The Associate Program is a “proven system with proven results.” It goes above and beyond other training programs, equipping you for real-world work and success.
2. Career Security
With quality training comes security in your new career. You'll learn practical techniques to run your styling business in the best and most efficient way possible. Then, you can apply what you’ve learned and watch your success.
3. Higher Pay
Nobody wants to work their tails off for pennies. Stylists are known for working long days and even longer nights. But, when you receive a high level of education, you’re more qualified to advance in your salon career. The Associate Program guarantees you better pay – enough to support your family for years after you complete it.
4. Connecting With A Mentor
We all need someone to turn to when things get tough. With the Associate Program, you can work with an experienced, successful mentor who will guide and encourage you along the way. This mentor has gone through all the challenges of the hairdressing business. They can give you the support and knowledge you need to succeed.
5. Flexibility And Balance
Work/life balance is incredibly important, especially for stylists. Instead of working crazy hours and never having a moment to yourself, get the training you need from the Associate Program to achieve a more flexible work situation.
Where is the Associate Program Offered?
The Salon by Lora Brown is the only salon in Amarillo to offer the Associate Program. Reach out to the experts today to get started.
The Salon by Lora Brown stylist, Bettima Schuster, talks about what sets The Salon apart from other area salons, and how it has helped her grow as a stylist and business professional.
Interested in joining The Salon by Lora Brown? Submit your application today! We are accepting stylists and associates.
There are countless ways to get hands-on experience in the salon industry, but the Associate Program is the only educational program in the Amarillo area that offers training in both hairdressing and business management.
Alisha Alvarado joined the Associate Program in June 2017 after graduating from the Eric Fisher Academy, an award-winning cosmetology school in Wichita, Kansas. Alisha was initially drawn to the program’s support and education.
As a licensed stylist, she wanted more than just a booth. She wanted a stable, fulfilling career.
“Working here at The Salon by Lora Brown is a lot different than the other salons that I’ve worked at, mainly because we keep up with education,” Alisha says. “I get feedback and I get to practice these skills on the people I bring in.”
The Associate Program is challenging and rewarding at the same time. Alisha knows with the knowledge and experience she is gaining, her time at The Salon will provide her with a secure foundation to build her future.
“The skills that I’ve learned being here at The Salon will most definitely help me with my career,” Alisha says.
Think the Associate Program might be a good fit for you? Apply online, HERE!
Taking on a bold, new hair color is an easy and fun way to change things up in the new year, but before you take the plunge, you'll want to research hair dye and which colors will give you your desired effect. For your convenience, we collected some information about popular hair color choices, and how they react over time.
Artificial redheads know the pain of watching their color fade. Artificial reds, for a myriad of different reasons, fade faster than any other color in the color palette. The reason is complex and scientific, but the long and short of it is that the molecules used in red dye don't penetrate deep into the shaft of the hair. Because of this, it is more prone to washing out and thus fading over time. Intense reds fade the quickest and most notably, while auburn and more red-tinted browns tend to have more staying power.
If you are a brunette with plans of going blonde, you should be aware that going blonde isn't exactly a dying process. Instead, the color needs to be stripped, then toner applied to get the color you are seeking. Because of this, blonde dyes do have staying power, but the hair needs to be treated with care to ensure the color doesn't turn brassy.
Brown dyes have the most staying power. Brown is the most common natural hair color, so fading colors generally just turn into another brown. Brown dye also penetrates the hair more deeply than other dyes, leading to a more locked in color. Different shades of brown are the most low maintenance hair dye options.
Recently, a new trend has emerged. More people are dying their hair vibrant colors. From blues to rainbows to everything in between, this trend is especially popular with the younger crowd. While the lavenders and pinks you see on Pinterest are certainly eye-catching, the colors come with heavy upkeep.
In most cases, bright colors can only be added to hair that has been stripped of its natural hue. After that is done, the color is added.
Remember, the brighter and more intense the color, the more likely it is to fade. Lavender, a relatively new trend, has more staying power than hot pink. Muted blues have more staying power than fire reds.
Once you've picked the color that will turn you into a whole new you, call the professionals at The Salon by Lora Brown. We'll be happy to help you find the perfect shade for your new hairstyle.
It's Friday night, and you're getting ready for a night out with friends or your significant other. You want to do something special with your hair, so you pull out your curling iron. Your hair looks great for the next hour. But, after that, it falls flat.
Does this sound familiar?
Losing all that hard work and perfect curls can be frustrating. Learning why your curls fall flat is key to preventing those stringy strands.
These are the four most common reasons your hair may not hold a curl.
You're using the wrong product.
Many hair styling products contain oil and silicone. When you use those ingredients on fine, soft hair, your curls are not going to last.
Instead, you need lighter products that don't use as much moisture. A texturizing product will prepare the hair to hold curls. Apply it when the hair is almost dry. When finishing, use a heat styling product that does not include waxes, silicone or oil.
You're using the wrong blow dryer.
A weak blow dryer will not dry your hair fast enough for curls to take hold. A strong blow dryer dries hair quickly and lets curling irons do its job. Use a round brush to build in volume.
Your hair doesn't have enough texture.
Soft hair doesn't hold curl well because the cuticle is closed. An opened cuticle can hold a new pattern much better than a closed one.
To get that cuticle open, you need to texture your hair. A texturizing iron can do the job. It uses ridged plates to expand the cuticle structure. This helps curls take hold and last.
You aren't letting your hair cool down properly.
You apply the curling iron to a section of hair and get a perfect curl. Before it fully cools, you let it fall to your shoulder as you work on the next curl. It actually takes up to 30 minutes for a curl to cool and set into place.
Instead of letting that curl fall to your shoulder, clip it into place and let it cool as you work on the next curl. After all the curls cool down, you can release them and achieve a finished look of perfect curls.
With a bit of practical advice, you can get the curl you want for your special night. Of course, you can always get some help by making an appointment at The Salon by Lora Brown. One of our stylists can give your hair the curl and look you desire.
There are multiple paths to becoming a hair stylist. Many stylists attend Beauty Academy’s to prepare themselves for a career of hairdressing.
If you are interested in gaining an advanced education in addition to your degree from beauty school, the Associate Program at The Salon by Lora Brown may be a great option for you.
A Proven System With Proven Results
The goal of the Associate's Program is to set you up to be a successful stylist while building your skills as a businessperson. When you complete the program, you will be on your way to making more money and have a balanced life.
The Associate's Program is part of the Summit Salon system, a renown leader in the salon industry. The Salon by Lora Brown is the only salon offering this program in Amarillo. It is a step-by-step process offered in four, 10-week programs. Students start out as brand new stylists and graduate as top performers.
What Makes The Associate's Program Different From Being An Assistant?
Every businessman and woman can benefit from the advanced education of a master's degree, including stylists. That's what makes the Associate's Program unique. It is the only advanced education system that equips stylists with the skills needed to turning the job into a lifelong career.
Did you know that 80 percent of stylists leave the profession within two years? A lack of money, training and growing and retaining a clientele are the biggest factors for this high turnover rate.
New stylists often struggle to gain the experience they need to make money. They have basic training but no mentor, and a good understanding of how to grow a clientele and keep them coming back.
The Associate's Program has success built into its very bones. With this program, you gain:
Like other master's degrees, the Associate's Program provides you with a technical skillset you won't find anywhere else. Not only do you gain the experience you need to be a hair stylist, but you also get the skills you need to manage your career and take it to the highest level.
Many students of the Associate's Program actually get their technical training at a Beauty Academy then, they come to the Program to refine their skills and to gain the advanced training they need for success.
If you are interested in learning more about the Associate's Program, give The Salon by Lora Brown a call today.
Do you have a passion for hair and beauty? Do you love meeting new people? Are you looking for a flexible career path?
Becoming a professional hair stylist could be the perfect career for you. A career in hairdressing is creative, challenging and fun. It can also be highly rewarding.
Here are seven reasons why you should consider becoming a professional hair stylist:
Becoming a hair stylist will open up opportunities anywhere you live or want to live. But, to become the best you can be, you do need training, mentoring, and a life coach to help you reach your goals.
We can help you. Contact us at The Salon by Lora Brown to learn how you can join our team of expert stylists.
Male pattern baldness is an issue everyone is familiar with, but many don't realize millions of women deal with thinning hair as they age, too.
Thinning hair is a problem that many women face in private. It can be embarrassing and emotionally trying, but there are a few causes of thinning hair that you might not be aware of.
Avoid these top five triggers to ensure your hair is healthy and beautiful regardless of your age.
Pulling your hair back into a tight ponytail or bun might seem like an easy way to look stylish, but overtime it can lead to thinning hair.
This tight hairstyle pulls on the hair follicles, damaging them. this is known as traction alopecia. A couple of tight ponytails are fine, but years of such hairstyles can lead to permanent hair loss.
The high heat from blow dryers and straighteners can damage your hair; that much is known. But most people don't realize it can lead to thinning hair, too. Limit the amount of heat you use on your hair, and air dry as often as possible. Also, never use a straightening iron on wet hair, even if the product suggests it is safe to use on wet hair.
Not Managing Stress
Stressful events (such as the death of a loved one, a breakup, or financial issues) can cause hair loss, experts say. In many cases, the hair loss can take up to six weeks to take affect. The actual mechanism behind this effect is unknown, but doctors believe hormone shifts may play a part. The good news is that hair generally grows back when stress is under control.
Brushing When Wet
Brushing your hair when wet can damage and break the hair, leading to thinning hair in patches. Avoid brushing your hair as soon as you get out of the shower. Instead, opt for brushing once it is dry and less vulnerable. Be sure to squeeze the water out of your hair — don’t rub it with a towel. Before using a wide tooth comb, apply product. You can also comb in the shower to remove tangles when wet.
Eating A Poor Diet
Your diet can affect everything from your overall health to hair growth. According to doctors, a spike in Vitamin A can actually cause hair loss. To keep your hair in great shape, avoid taking excessive vitamin supplements, and ensure you are eating a healthy, balanced diet. Download our free infographic on nutrition for optimal hair below.
If you are in need of advice for your thinning hair, contact the professionals at The Salon by Lora Brown.
Having money set aside for retirement is a major part of living a stress-free life. Unfortunately, many hairdressers are self-employed or work for small salons that aren’t able to offer retirement benefits.
If you're a stylist, can you still plan for your future?
Fortunately, you can. Here are five vital steps for creating a comfortable retirement as a hairdresser.
1. Establish A Savings Account
This should be a no-brainer, but many adults fail to open savings accounts. Savings accounts are beneficial for three main reasons:
Once you’ve established your savings account, it’s important to handle it well. Start by determining how much you can afford to put in it each month.
If you can, have your clients pay in checks. You can then deposit these checks directly into your count for ease of access.
2. Work To Pay Off Debt
Student loans draining your bank account? Or maybe you bought a new car on a whim and are now regretting the payments. Whatever the case, debt is the no.1 contributor to poverty.
Before you can begin saving for retirement, it’s crucial to pay off as much debt as possible. Yes, it may delay your retirement fund for a couple of years, but think of it as a necessary part of the process.
When you have little to no debt, you can save and invest even more for the future.
3. Invest Safely With An IRA
Some salons offer 401K programs or other retirement plans, but many don’t. If yours doesn’t, or if you’re self-employed, it’s important to invest in your own plan.
Investing can be scary, especially when you work for yourself. You don’t want your hard-earned money being flushed down the toilet. The good news is that investment accounts vary in risk level.
With the right IRA (Individual Retirement Account), you can take on low-risk investments that make money slowly and steadily. Even better? When you have an IRA, you qualify for tax breaks that help you save even more money.
4. Seek Out Professionals
Finances can be overwhelming. Whether you’re stuck in debt with no end in sight, or you want to learn which type of IRA is right for you, speaking with a financial advisor can help.
In addition to meeting personally with a professional, you can browse the internet for classes and programs offered by well-qualified experts.
5. Get Started Now
The most important thing to remember about planning for retirement is that it’s never too early—or too late—to start. No matter where you are in your hair stylist journey, implement these steps now and look forward to a bright future.
Are you ready to prepare for your future as a stylist? Enroll in the Associate Program at The Salon by Lora Brown.
Lora Brown is a master stylist and the owner of The Salon by Lora Brown. She has worked in the salon industry for 30 years.