The culture of a salon can hinder or help its success. Do you know your salon’s culture? Maybe you don’t have one at all.
Determining where you’re at in terms of culture—and then creating the type of environment you desire—can make or break your business.
Why is Salon Culture So Important?
Before we dive into the value of salon culture, let’s talk about its meaning.
Basically, the culture of a business is a combination of its shared beliefs, values, and attitudes. Whether you realize it or not, your salon has a culture. The very lack of a culture results in a negative culture.
So what’s the big deal with salon culture? Why should you spend valuable time working to create one or finding a salon home that has a positive culture? It’s simple: To thrive in the two most important areas of business: client satisfaction and employee satisfaction.
Happy clients are returning clients. And returning clients are referring clients. As you likely know, word of mouth is the most effective method of advertising. When all team members are in line with the desired culture of a salon, things run more smoothly and clients receive excellent service. Clients can sense when employees are on the same page versus when there’s chaos in a salon.
Nobody enjoys going into a negative or stressful work environment day after day. If the culture of the salon where you work is on point, then the entire atmosphere is more positive. You’ll actually look forward to showing up for work.
What’s the Culture Like at The Salon by Lora Brown?
At The Salon by Lora Brown, we understand the importance of creating and maintaining a positive salon culture. We focus on developing our employees’ careers, giving each team member equal opportunities to continue their education and enhance their levels of success.
In addition, our salon follows the commission-based model rather than the booth-rental model. This encourages camaraderie and support for one another, and discourages competition.
To further promote a healthy work environment for all our team members, we follow these 10 rules that represent our culture:
With temperatures warming up and beach vacations calling our names, it's time for summer hairstyles to make an appearance.
Here are the season's most popular color trends. Get inspired and choose your own summer style.
5 Summer Hair Color Trends
While platinum blonde had its moment last year, this summer silver is making an appearance. Stars like Jennifer Lawrence are embracing this trend that gives more of an edge to the average light blonde. If you choose to go with the icy blonde look, be prepared for frequent trips to the salon to keep up with the color.
A Hint of Color
Interested in a wild color, but not ready to commit? Another summer trend is pops of color on smaller sections of hair. Lauren Conrad has been spotted with this trend, showing off a hot pink dipdyed bottom of her ponytail. Another way to introduce a bit of color is by dying only the underlayer of hair, leaving the top layer your natural color. When you pull your hair up, you can show off your creative color choice.
Summer is the perfect time to have a little more fun with your style. We're moving on from pastels and seeing both men and women opting for a denim blue. The trend combines shades of blue and gray to give the look of a worn-in pair of jeans. Denim blue dyed hair looks especially great when braided or left down in loose waves.
If dying your hair a funky color is a bit too far outside of your comfort zone (or your office dress code) the bronde trend may be a better option for you. Recently dubbed the cinnamon swirl, this look starts with your natural color then blends in brighter and darker strands to create a golden brown glow.
Dark to light ombre doesn't work for everyone, and blonde ends may not be the look you want. For those with darker hair or red tones, the auburn balayage can offer a beautiful, more natural look. Your natural color remains on top and an auburn shade is painted onto strands starting about halfway down your hair.
Choose Your Color
Are you ready to update your hair for the summer months? Contact The Salon by Lora Brown to make an appointment and work with a skilled stylist to achieve your perfect summer look.
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Are you planning a summer getaway? Don't forget to pack your beauty products.
Here are 5 must-have travel hair products to make sure your mane is tamed from the beach to the airport.
5 Hair Products To Take On Your Next Vacation
You could take a risk and trust that your hotel will be stocked with a shampoo and conditioner you love. Or, you can pack your own. When choosing travel sized products, look for shampoo and conditioner that add moisture. Products with argan oil or shea butter usually do the trick. We recommend Oribe’s Shampoo and Conditioner for Beautiful Colour as well as the Masque for Beautiful Colour.
2. Texturizing Spray
A good texturizing spray can do wonders for your hair. First, it can help you create those coveted beachy waves. The spray can also help to control frizz, a common problem in areas with high humidity, especially for those spending their days soaking up the sun. Finally, a great texturizing spray will leave your hair with a glossy shine, making it look like you spent much more time on your hair than you actually did. We recommend Oribe’s Dry Texture Spray or the Après Beach Wave & Shine Spray.
Pool and ocean water can do a number on hair. Using a detangler will help you comb through knots more easily, saving your hair from breaking and damage. Be sure to pack a wide tooth comb as well. We recommend Oribe’s Supershine Moisturizing Cream and Gold Lust Oil.
Yes, sunblock for your hair is a vacation essential! Just like you need to protect your skin from harmful rays, your hair needs to be protected, too. Choose a spray on product with SPF 15, made specifically for hair. The product will help to protect your hair from damage and will even keep your colored hair from fading in the sun. We recommend Oribe’s Supershine Moisturizing Cream or Gold Lust Balm d'Or.
5. Dry Shampoo/Texture Spray
No one wants to spend precious vacation time dealing with blowdrying and styling hair. Dry shampoo is the best trick to low maintenance summer hair. Spraying dry shampoo on the roots of your hair will absorb oil, add volume, and refresh your look. Grab a travel size of your favorite brand for mornings when you just don't feel like washing and drying.
6. Anti-humidity Spray
Prevent frizz on your tropical vacation with an anti-humidity spray. We recommend Oribe’s Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray.
Travel sized hair products can help you keep your hair looking great throughout your vacation. Be sure to follow TSA guidelines for liquids to avoid tossing your products in the airport security line.
The best vacation hair tip comes before you start packing your bags. Visit The Salon by Lora Brown to meet with a stylist and get your hair cut and colored before you leave home. Your new style will have you feeling cool and confident for your getaway. We also sell travel-size Oribe products at our salon.
Pin Them Back
Bangs are a great look, but there's a good chance you'll have a day when you just want your hair to be out of your face. Luckily, there are plenty of options for pinning back your bangs. Pull bangs to one side, twisting them, and securing them above the ear with a bobby pin. Another alternative is to create volume with a mini pompadour. Pull your bangs straight up and back. Pin them down, then push the bobby pin forward to add volume.
Keep it Light
Wispy bangs offer a much softer look than the blunt cut. Wispy bangs will have less volume and more texture. This is a great option for girls with thicker hair who can easily have their look overwhelmed by heavy bangs. The lightness and texture also work well with wavy hair, whether natural or styled.
Try a New Part
Bangs don't need to be kept straight across the forehead. Changing your part is a quick way to change up your look from day to day. A side part can create trendy side swept bangs. A middle part will let your bangs frame your face. Both of these options are great for the awkward in-between phase for those who are growing their bangs out.
Add a Braid
If you're tired of your day to day look, change it up by braiding your bangs. A cute and easy choice is a french braid. Just pull up the top section of hair and make a short french braid, then secure with bobby pins. A trendy new look is the braided crown. Start with a deep side part and braid your bangs across the front of your head, ending over the opposite ear.
Make a Statement with a New Look
/contact.htmlIf it's time for a change in hairstyle, bangs are a fun way to update your look. The stylists at The Salon by Lora Brown will help you find a style that suits your face and your attitude. Contact us today to make an appointment.
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You’ve heard business gurus spout the benefits of creating an ideal company culture, but what does that mean exactly?
Simply put, the culture of a business—in this case, your hair salon—is a combination of the beliefs and behaviors that affect the way management and employees conduct business and interact with one another.
Developing a healthy company culture has numerous benefits, including:
What are the Steps for Improving Hair Salon Culture?
Unfortunately, there’s no right answer. Each salon, just like its owners and employees, is unique. What works for one may not work for another. That said, here are four ways to get headed in the right direction.
1. Establish Core Values
Before you can begin working on the culture of your salon, you need to define and understand your core beliefs as an individual. Once you’ve gotten that figured out, come together with your team to discuss these values and put them in writing.
The values of your salon should be ingrained in everything you do—from daily operations to company events. Ensure that the actions of you and your employees stay aligned with the values you’ve determined by reviewing your mission and values statements at each staff meeting and by having these statements listed where they’re easily visible to your team.
2. Improve Communication
Many times, the culture of a salon suffers because employees aren’t great at communication with each other or with clients. Believe it or not, learning basic communication techniques solves a lot of problems within organizations. Consider bringing in a communication specialist to hold workshops where team members learn to communicate effectively.
3. Eliminate Gossip with Conflict Resolution
Gossip is a company culture killer. Once things start flying around the rumor mill, all kinds of things can happen—including the loss of valuable employees. Be sure your staff knows that your door is always open to discuss any issues. And when you’re approached with a problem, try to resolve it according to the values you have put in place.
4. Give it Time
Improving company culture, especially if you’re struggling with it right now, is no easy task. Put these steps into practice, and then be patient. Continuing practicing what you’ve learned and things will begin to turn around.
At The Salon by Lora Brown, you’ll find an exceptional company culture that revolves around teamwork, strong business values and education. Reach out to us to learn how we’re different from the rest!
We're always looking for talented, motivated hair stylists. Apply for a career with The Salon by Lora Brown today!
The messy bun is a look that's always in style. It's the perfect fix for a bad hair day, rainy day, hot day or even when your mane is starting to creep on over to the greasy side. The look is meant to be imperfect, but there are a few tricks to getting it right.
The key to the perfect messy bun is to start with slightly dirty hair. It's a great style for that third day before you shampoo again. While dirty hair is good, greasy hair will prevent you from getting the look you want. If you're looking for texture and avoiding grease, use some dry shampoo before you begin styling.
Bring On the Volume
Adding volume to your hair will step up your messy bun game. The key to adding volume is to tease your hair. Start by pulling your hair into a ponytail and dividing it into a few sections. One section at a time, tease the hair until you have maximum volume. Wrap the sections in opposite directions to create your bun.
Boost the Bun
Those with thick hair or curls will probably have an easier time creating a bun that looks effortlessly cool. Those who are lacking volume might need some help. Grab a foam donut, made for just this purpose. Put your hair into a ponytail and pull it through the foam donut, with the donut at the bottom of the ponytail. Wrap your hair around the donut and rolling it up until you reach the base of the ponytail. Secure with bobby pins.
Give it a Twist
Those with especially long hair might find it difficult to tame their tresses. The secret to gathering long hair into a messy bun is to twist it. Start by pulling the hair into a ponytail, then hold it straight up in the air and twist. Then, wrap the hair around itself, securing with bobby pins as you go. When you're done, pull strands out and pin others down until you get the look you want.
A messy bun should be just that — messy. Don't worry about keeping strands in place or securing the pieces that don't want to stay put. After you've made your bun, pull the hair until you have the volume and look you're going for. Pulling a few strands out around the face can add to the effortless style.
Do you love the messy look or prefer something more sleek? Whatever style you sport, the stylists at The Salon by Lora Brown can get your hair into shape with a cut and color that will elevate every hair trend you try.
Looking for more easy updos? Check out our braid meter!
With summer quickly approaching, you might be considering switching to a lighter color or giving your hair a fresh new cut.
Don't forget the one thing that everyone should do to prepare for the warm weather: making a plan to protect hair from the sun. Here are a few tips for saving your strands from damage.
Wait Longer Between Washes
Your hair naturally produces oils that can protect strands from damage. Shampooing less regularly during the summer will allow that oil to do its thing and save your hair from the sun. As a bonus, your hair will be less likely to get dry. If you're worried about your hair looking unclean or greasy, opt for a dry shampoo on days that you don't wash it. Throw it into a messy bun for a beach-ready look.
Don't Skip the Sunscreen
Just like you use sunscreen to protect your skin, the same can be done for your hair. There are many products on the market that include SPF. Look for products with SPF 10-15 and add them into your morning styling routine. We recommend Oribe’s SuperShine Moisturizing Cream, SuperShine Light Moisturizing Cream, Balm d'Or, Curl By Definition Creme.
Cover It Up
Put on a hat or a head scarf. While the recommendation to cover up on sunny days may have many of us rolling our eyes, it really is solid advice. Covering your head will prevent damage to the hair, help you avoid painful sunburns on the scalp and face, and give your eyes a break from the harsh light. Protecting your mane can still be cute. Look for floppy sun hats, stylish takes on standard ball caps, and colorful scarves for showing off poolside.
Bring Dry Hair Back to Life
After spending time in the sun, your hair will probably feel dry and damaged in addition to looking frizzy. Weekly deep conditioning treatments can bring it back to the healthy, shiny look you love. Look for a deep conditioning product that contains keratin, the protein found in hair, which will repair damage. Most damage from the sun and chlorine will be done to the ends of the hair, so consider getting a trim periodically to keep hair looking healthy.
If you are going to get in a pool, make sure your hair is wet. We also suggest leaving a deep conditioner, such as Oribe’s Gold Lust Masque, Signature Moisture Masque or the Beautiful Color Masque, in your hair when you are out in the sun for a long period of time. Wet hair with a layer of protection is less likely to absorb chlorine. Oribe’s brand-new Deep Cleanse Shampoo and Conditioner helps protect your hair against chlorine and the sun’s rays.
Whether you're spending time swimming in the sea or sunning by the pool, summer weather can be tough on hair. Get your pre-season cut and color, along with more tips for protecting your hair from the sun when you make an appointment with the stylists at The Salon by Lora Brown.
Whether you're relaxing at the pool or living it up at a snazzy beach party, make sure you have the right hairdo for the occasion with our braid meter!
Many hair stylists believe that receiving a cosmetology degree or some other initial training is adequate to build a career on. While this preliminary step is important for developing your skills and landing a job, it shouldn’t be the end of your education.
Whether for personal or professional reasons, lifelong education is the key to success. This is especially true in the beauty field, where trends and customer needs are in constant ebb and flow mode.
Still not convinced that continuing education makes a difference in your salon career? Here are three concepts that will change your mind.
In an industry that’s always evolving, hair stylists must stay in the know about current styles and techniques. It’s all too easy to succumb to the monotony of the day-to-day and never venture outside of your comfort zone. But that’s the fastest way to lose customers.
Participating in regular continuing education — both in your salon and at outside events — keeps you relevant to new and existing customers. With so many outlets to learn and stay educated on hair and beauty trends, there’s really no excuse to not stay in the know.
Keeping the Spark Alive
Just as with any career, burnouts happen in the hair industry. Maybe it’s a result of working with the same people day in and day out, or maybe it happens because you lose your passion. You forget why you began this journey in the first place.
One benefit of attending trade shows and hair events is that you become surrounded by new people who remind you what you love about your career. This reignites your spark, making you a better stylist as a result.
Honing Your Craft
Working on a client’s hair is generally not the time to experiment with new techniques. But without experimentation, how can you possibly learn new things?
Educational events allow you the opportunity to try things you may not ordinarily have the chance to try. You can even fail with no repercussions. This kind of freedom releases your inhibitions and allows the creative juices to flow.
Education and The Salon by Lora Brown
If you’re looking for a salon to call home that embraces new trends and knows the importance of education, look no further than The Salon by Lora Brown. Owner Lora Brown is passionate about teaching each of her team members to be top-notch stylists and businesspeople. We provide hands-on training and education for our stylists every day, in addition to opportunities for them to attend hair events, shows, and more.
At The Salon by Lora Brown, our culture revolves around education. When you’re ready to trade your job in for a rewarding career, give us a call or apply online.
Every woman desires gorgeous, healthy hair, but how do you get your locks to that ideal place?
If you’ve ever tried to manage unruly hair, then you know it’s easier said than done. And with thousands of hair products on the market — all claiming to give you a runway-ready mane — it’s difficult to know what to use and how to use it.
Is Less Really More?
With hair care as with life, less really is more. Too much of a good thing can give you less than desirable results. Depending on the type of hair care product you’re using, applying excessive amounts make your hair appear oily, dry, or even crunchy.
So what is the magic amount? Product labels all send you in different directions, from pea-size to dime-size to quarter-size. That’s a pretty big difference when it comes to caring for your tresses. While the exact ideal amount of product depends on your hair texture and your desired outcome, there’s a general rule of thumb that serves as a great starting point.
Does Quality Trump Quantity?
The most important thing to remember about hair care products is that quantity matters much more than quality. If you’ve got a good, high-quality product, you can use much less than you could with a drugstore knock-off.
Worried about cost? Use less hair product means each bottle lasts longer. This means you spend the same amount — or maybe even less in the long run — on a better quality product than on something cheaper.
Ask the Experts
It can be overwhelming trying to navigate the waters of hair care. When push comes to shove, seek the advice of professionals. Hair care experts can assess your hair needs to determine the best products for you, how often you should use those products, and how much you should apply.
We all want runway-worthy hair. Unfortunately, we aren’t all born with it! Add years of blow drying, flat ironing, curling, and dying to less-than-perfect locks, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
Choosing the right products and knowing how to use them is the best way to get the look you crave. To learn more, reach out to the beauty experts 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.