Back to school is all about fresh starts. When the shopping is finished and your class schedule is lined up, it's time to start thinking about the details, like what you'll do with your hair!
These easy hairstyles will help you get out the door quickly without sacrificing style.
Get a glam look without taking up a lot of time with no heat curls. First thing in the morning, pull your hair into a ponytail.
Take a small section of the ponytail and spray it with foundation mist from Oribe to reactivate the products in your hair. Then, wrap it around two of your fingers, starting at the bottom, until you get to the base of the ponytail.
Clip the curl down. Continue until all of your hair is clipped in curls. Go through the rest of your morning routine while letting your hair dry. Then, take out the clips and let your bouncy curls down.
An Overnight Fix
When you're up late studying, the last thing you want to do is get up early to fix your hair the next morning. The good news is that you can set curls overnight. Just put an elastic headband around your head. Take small sections of hair and wrap them around the headband, one at a time. (Be sure to push the headband up off your forehead and into your hairline to avoid lines on your face!) When you wake up, unwrap the sections and enjoy your instant curls.
Another way to get gorgeous, hassle-free curls is to to sleep in braids.
Update The Ponytail
The ponytail is the ultimate lazy morning hairstyle. Give the easy option an update to get compliments on your effortless look. A knotted ponytail will do the trick.
Start by pulling all of your hair to one side. Take out the longest section of hair, pull it around the rest of the hair, and create a knot around it. Take out another long section of hair, add it to the first, and create another knot. Repeat this step one more time, then secure the entire ponytail with an elastic.
Bad Hair Day Solution
Bad hair days are a fact of life. Luckily, braids are an easy fix that are also super on trend. The fishtail braid is an easy option that looks like it took much longer that it really did.
A braided crown is a great way to hide unwashed hair when you don't have time to wash, dry, and style. Get creative and try some new styles to be prepared to battle bad hair days all school year.
Oribe's new Gold Lust Dry Shampoo will help refresh your hair and reduce the appearance of oil
Start The Year Off Right
A great year starts with a great hairstyle. Visit The Salon by Lora Brown for a cut, color, and style that will have you looking your best throughout the school year. We also offer hair tutorials if there is a particular look you want to learn. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
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The beauty industry, with all its glitz and glamour, is not as simple to break into as many imagine. Opening and running a salon takes hard work, dedication and perseverance.
Unfortunately, many salons around the country are failing — not because the owners lack these attributes, but because they’re missing the resources and support necessary for success.
How Can Salons Experience Continued Success?
As an industry, we need to do better. And we can. It will take a little change, and it starts with one salon at a time. Here’s how you can prevent your business from getting flushed down the drain.
Provide Stylist Training And Support
Staff turnover is a huge issue within the beauty industry. It’s nearly impossible to succeed as a salon when stylists and other employees are constantly turning over.
Many brand-new, fresh-faced stylists come into the beauty industry with stars in their eyes. They’re blinded to the harsh realities that exist in the salon world. Take low salaries, for example. The average stylist makes less than $30,000 a year — not exactly glamorous pay.
It’s important to educate new stylists thoroughly right away. Set realistic expectations, and then continue training periodically so employees stay up to date on the latest trends. Help them get excited about the beauty industry and they’ll be more likely to stick around.
Focus On Business Education
Often, salon owners are beauty experts but know little about running a business. This is like sending a lawyer into court with no evidence. It will only lead to failure; after all, excellence starts at the top.
How do we combat this epidemic? As a salon owner, make sure you not only educate your staff on techniques but also yourself on best business practices. It might mean taking a business class online or attending a few seminars. Whatever method you choose, take the time to invest in your own education in order to ensure salon success.
Make Your Salon A Great Place To Work
Give employees a reason to stick around. Plan group activities to foster a sense of community, offer incentives for a job well-done, etc. When the environment of your salon is on-point, business will naturally thrive.
If you want to work for a thriving salon with an amazing culture, we invite you to learn more about The Salon by Lora Brown. We are always looking for enthusiastic individuals who are dedicated to their careers.
There are several things that clients should keep in mind when sitting down in a salon chair. However, the road goes both ways.
There are also guidelines that stylists should follow, to create the best possible experience for clients. Here are just a few.
6 Etiquette Tips For Hairstylists
1. Don't Be Late
When a client is late for an appointment, it can throw off your schedule and your mood for the day. The same is true if a stylist isn't on time. Let your client know as soon as possible if you're going to be late for their appointment. Always apologize for the inconvenience and offer to reschedule when necessary.
2. Give Clients Your Undivided Attention
Clients are paying for a new look, but they're also expecting a great salon experience. Part of that is interacting with an attentive staff. When working with a client, don't let yourself get sidetracked or walk away from the chair to deal with someone else. If the client is getting multiple services, stay in the salon until they're finished to be sure they're pleased with the final results.
3. Be Receptive But Honest
When a client comes into the salon with unrealistic expectations, it's your responsibility to hear them out and offer suggestions. Maybe the style isn't possible with your client's hair. Maybe the cut or color wouldn't be an ideal choice. Maybe they're just asking for something that would be impossible for you to create. Be upfront and honest and start a conversation about alternatives.
4. Keep It Professional
For many clients, being in the salon is an opportunity to unwind and sometimes to vent. While you always want to be polite and responsive when a client is talking, avoid sensitive topics and keep gossip to a minimum, especially gossip about the salon. Sharing too much information will quickly make the client uncomfortable.
5. Remember That You're At Work
The salon floor during work hours is not the time or place for personal calls or catching up with social media. Put your cell phone away while you're working, to avoid looking rude and unprofessional. Remember to give clients your full attention.
6. Find The Right Salon
One step toward being a great stylist is finding a salon that's the right fit. Contact The Salon by Lora Brown for more information about job openings, and to decide if it's the right place for you to put your skills to use.
Humans by nature tend to flock to other like-minded humans. This tendency can be beneficial in many situations, but in the workplace, it can lead to cliques.
Because salons are rather personal establishments, with stylists often forming long-term relationships with their clients, it’s especially easy for salon employees to fall into the clique habit.
What’s The Problem With Cliques Among Salon Employees?
While you certainly want to promote friendships among your salon employees, it’s important to discourage the forming of any strong groups that exclude others. These kinds of relationships lead to gossip and conflict in the workplace, which is detrimental to business. Here are a few more reasons to prevent salon cliques.
Open communication is key. Let your team know your door is always open should a problem arise. It’s also important for management to avoid becoming involved with any one clique in the salon. Owners and managers should treat everyone with equal respect and avoid showing favoritism. Leading by example is especially important when it comes to preventing cliques at work.
In addition, be sure to establish a firm chain of command and specific steps toward promotions that every employee is aware of and trained on right from the start. Doing so keeps stylists from believing that “getting in” with the right crowd will result in professional growth.
Another sure way to encourage teamwork and discourage cliques is by holding regular staff meetings. During these meetings, do more than simply go over numbers and objectives. Devote a few minutes each meeting to open the floor for comments. Then after each comment, go around the room and allow every employee the chance to suggest a solution. This opens the door for salon-wide teamwork.
Take a look at this list for more ideas on breaking out of the clique environment:
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Some mornings, you probably look in the mirror and have no clue what to do with your hair.
If you're tired of your mane, trying out a new style can get you out of your rut and back to loving your look.
The simplest and fastest way to change up your look is to add hair accessories. Use bobby pins, scarves, headbands and elastics to add color, gems, or texture to your look. You can even find hair tattoos that will temporarily add colorful designs to your hair.
If you're ready for a big change, ask your stylist about choosing a new color. Sometimes going dark in the fall or winter, or going lighter for spring and summer, can help you get in the spirit of the new season. If you'd rather experiment with color without committing, there are plenty of options for temporary color. Try hair chalk to add pastel colors, wash out dye for brights or clip in extensions for an easy to change look.
Play With Texture
Curly haired girls can straighten their hair, while those with straight hair can curl their ends. Another option is to change your part. A side part can give you a much different look than one that goes down the middle.
Put It Up
You're sure to have some days when it seems like nothing will look the way you want. Those are the perfect days to throw your hair up and go with it. A messy bun is a popular style that was made for those who are running low on time or need a quick solution. Twist, wrap, and secure your hair then head out for the day.
Find out how to master the messy bun, here!
With so much hair inspiration online, it's easy to find a new style to try out. Braids are super trendy and there are hundreds of braided styles to choose from.
A simple fishtail braid is a great place to start. If you have a hard time braiding your own hair in a way you like it, find a friend. You can practice different styles on each other.
Sometimes, a temporary change is all it takes to break out of a hair rut. Other times, you might want a more dramatic change.
If you're ready for a whole new look or even tips to slightly update your current style, make an appointment at The Salon by Lora Brown! We do cuts, color and styles, as well as blowouts and hair tutorials.
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Hair loss is a common side effect of bariatric surgery. The hair loss associated with bariatric surgery is referred to as telogen effluvium and is related to the hair growth cycle. The more you know about telogen effluvium, the less stressed you'll be in the weeks leading up to your surgery.
Why Does Telogen Effluvium Occur Following Surgery?
Human hair has a two-stage growth cycle, which consists of a growth phase or anagen, and a resting phase or telogen. At any given time, 90% of our hair follicles are in the growth phrase. The resting phase lasts between one to six months with an average of three months.
On the other hand, 5-15% of our hair follicles are in the resting phase. Due to the surgery itself and the significant weight loss that occurs as a result of the surgery, more hair follicles than normal may enter the resting stage. Then when your hair enters the growing stage one to six months following surgery, the old hair follicles are released, resulting in hair loss.
Other Factors That May Contribute To Hair Loss
Any sort of trauma, acute illness, or surgery may trigger telogen effluvium. Additional factors that may heighten hair loss include the following.
Unless you have a chronic illness or genetic condition that plays a role in your hair thinning, telogen effluvium is a normal side effect following bariatric surgery.
As your hair runs its standard growth cycle, it will grow back in full. Typically, bariatric surgery patients lose 5-15% of their hair and grow it back completely within six months. During the weeks leading up the surgery, take the following steps to minimize your bariatric hair loss.
Thinning hair is more common than you might think, but it's a problem that isn't often talked about. Thinning hair can happen to women of all ages and lifestyles.
If you suffer from thinning hair, here are a few styling tips to give you a great look and more confidence.
How To Make Thin Hair Appear Thicker
One secret to adding volume to your hair is to bring in texture. Thin hair will look limp and lifeless without the visual interest that texture can create. Creating razored ends with a graduated bob is a great way to bring texture to your hair. Adding curls or waves through products or styling tools can also add interest and detract from the thin look.
When dealing with thin hair, a long mane can emphasize the issue. By choosing a short to mid-length style, your hair will have less weight, which will give more natural volume. A shorter cut can also be easier to style with the right tools and products, creating more volume and reducing the effects of thinning. Try an asymmetric bob to draw attention away from the volume of your hair.
Create Depth with Color
Color creates dimension and dimension makes hair look thicker and fuller. Starting with a dark base and bringing in highlights can give the look of more textured and thick hair. Be sure to have a professional tackle this task, as thin hair is more likely to become damaged from harsh chemicals that often come with hair coloring.
Primp with Products
With so many volumizing products on the market, there's something for everyone dealing with thin hair. Avoid products, like thick gels, that will weigh your hair down. Instead, opt for lightweight sprays, like the Volumista Mist from Oribe. These products can be applied before blow drying the hair, to help add volume when heat is applied and the hair is styled with a round brush. A lightweight hairspray will help set the look and keep your volume strong throughout the day.
Start at the Root of the Problem
For some, hair loss or thin hair is genetic. For others, there are outside factors. Some medications, surgery or disorders, like thyroid problems, can cause hair loss. Stress is another major factor that can cause many men and women to notice their hair falling out. While a hair stylist can help with your appearance, seek out a specialist if you notice serious hair loss.
Are you concerned about thinning hair? Let our friendly professional stylists help you find a look you'll love, to get you looking and feeling your best. Contact The Salon by Lora Brown to make an appointment.
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Whether you're a salon regular or trying out a new place for the first time, salon etiquette should always be on your mind before, during, and after an appointment.
Here's how to make the most of your hair appointment and ensure you get the look you want.
7 Tips On Hair Salon Etiquette
1. Don't Be Late
To you, it might be normal to run 15 minutes late to appointments. To a stylist, 15 minutes can easily be a quarter of an appointment. When you make a stylist wait for you, it can throw off the schedule for the rest of the day. Call the salon as soon as you realize you're going to be running late to give your stylist the opportunity to rearrange their schedule.
2. Know What You Want
Go into your appointment with a clear idea of what you're looking for. Bring pictures for reference and be prepared with questions, if you have any. Knowing what you're looking for will help to get the conversation started while you and your stylist discuss what will look best with your coloring and features.
3. Enjoy the Experience
Some clients love to chat with their stylist, while others prefer to sit back and relax throughout the appointment. Either is okay! If you want to keep up the conversation, stylists will be happy to answer your questions and give tips about day-to-day styling. If you aren't feeling talkative, don't feel pressured to chat. However, avoid pulling out your cell phone to text or talk to others, if you can help it.
4. Use Your Voice
Throughout the appointment, speak up when necessary. If you're worried about how your hair is being cut, colored, or styled, let your stylist know! It's better to voice your opinion before it's too late to change direction than to leave the salon unhappy.
5. Be Honest
There might be a time when you aren't happy with your results. Of course. you'll want to let your stylist know. Remember that everyone is human and mistakes happen. Your stylist will do what they can to work with you and fix the situation. Try to stay calm and kind while you talk it out.
6. Check the Rates
Money conversations tend to be the most awkward. You can skip any surprises by doing a little research before scheduling your appointment. Check the salon's website or ask when you call to find out how much clients are charged for services like cuts, coloring, and styling.
7. Tip Accordingly
Tipping, like the cost of services, is a delicate topic. That’s why we are going to be honest. Many clients not only wonder what they should tip, but who they should tip. Salons commonly see 15-25% tips. That percentage depends on the quality of service you received and the amount of work it took.
As far as who to tip, ask the salon owner or your stylist what’s the preferred method. The salon may prefer you tip the employee who shampooed your hair and waxed your eyebrows in addition to the person who cut and colored your hair, or they may split the tip at the end of the day. When paying, specify how you would like to tip. Tipping is always appreciated!
Are you ready to make an appointment and get a new look? Contact the hair and beauty experts at The Salon by Lora Brown today!
When it comes to running a hair salon, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is whether to hire employees or work with independent contractors.
While each method has its perks, each also comes with its own set of downfalls.
Here are the major differences between commission-based employment and booth rental agreements.
What Is The Commission Salon Model?
The commission-based setup is one in which you, as the salon owner, hire employees to take care of your clients. This is a performance-based model, meaning pay is based on results. Salon employees who work on commission don’t receive a base pay.
The good thing about the commission model is that you’re getting what you pay for. There’s no dishing out money for someone to stand around and look pretty. It’s a great way to encourage your employees to help build your client base and provide excellent service.
As an added bonus, hiring employees instead of independent contractors builds company morale. Everyone’s working toward the same goal, which leads to growth for your salon.
With operation costs continually rising, it’s difficult for many salons to offer a competitive commission-based pay. This means it may be a challenge to find quality employees, and turnover is often higher with the commission model. Employees leave to start their own businesses, believing they’ll make more money independently.
What Is The Booth Rental Salon Model?
When you offer space in your salon to beauty professionals on a rental basis, you’re hiring independent contractors. These people aren’t your employees but, rather, your colleagues.
Independent contractors are responsible for handling their own taxes, clients, paperwork and supply needs. This saves you money because you aren’t paying salaries, and the overhead costs don’t land solely on you. It also prevents you from needing to supply benefits like health insurance and retirement plans.
Additionally, you can rest assured that your salon will stay busy, because your stylists are business owners themselves and want to grow their own client bases. In fact, it was reported in 2014 that nearly half of all beauty industry licensees are independent contractors.
While you can certainly implement general salon-wide guidelines, you aren’t able to control exactly what goes on between stylists and clients when you rent booth spaces. This type of setting can also occasionally lead to a competitive environment within the salon, rather than a teamwork-oriented one.
Whichever method you choose, be sure you have a thorough understanding of the differences between employees and independent contractors. The Salon by Lora Brown is a commission-based salon. Our salon culture encourages healthy competition, teamwork, dedication, and most importantly, education.
To inquire about becoming a successful stylist, contact The Salon by Lora Brown and see what our own stylists have to say about working in commission salons and booth rental salons by visiting our Employment Page.
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Oily hair is the bane of existence for many women. When your hair is especially oily, you might feel like it looks dirty, or that it falls flat, leaving you looking lifeless and boring.
Well, know that you aren’t alone and there are ways to combat oily tresses in just a few simple steps. The exciting news is that banishing oily locks can be done relatively easily and cheaply; you just need to know how to shampoo your ‘do into submission.
Here are a few expert tips on the best ways to shampoo oily hair.
Pick the Right Products
People with oily hair need to be extra careful when picking shampoos, conditioners and styling products. Experts suggest picking a shampoo that is translucent in nature rather than creamy. Creamy shampoos generally have moisturizers built in that can cause your scalp to go into overdrive. You may also be washing your hair all wrong.
Since your scalp is producing more than enough oily, you don’t need to add additional moisturizers into the mix. When dealing with conditioners, experts suggest avoiding conditioners at the roots and crown. Rather, simply condition the ends with a small amount of a good quality conditioner. For best results, rinse out shampoo and conditioner with very cold water in order to trap the moisture in the strands.
Cut Back on Washing
It may sound counterproductive, but some people wash their hair so often that the scalp simply produces more sebum to counterbalance the washing efforts. It may make your situation worse for a while, but washing less often can actually return your scalp to a healthy balance and reduce sebum production. During the waiting period, utilize dry shampoo to keep your locks from looking like a greasy mess, or rock a slicked back ponytail for a little extra style.
Wash in the Morning
Sebum production is at an all-day high during the nighttime hours, so combat greasy locks by washing in the morning for an all-day clean look. Finding the perfect washing routine is a personal journey, however, and your mileage may vary.
When you wash make sure you avoid very hot water, and only wash with as cold as water as you can stand. Hot water can kick your scalp into heavy oil production in an attempt to protect your hair from the heat. While it might not sound like much fun taking a lukewarm shower, getting your oily hair under control might just be worth the hardship.
Cut and Style
Finally, a new cut and style might just help your scalp return to balance and kick the oil to the curb. If you’ve been dreaming of a new ‘do, call the professionals at The Salon by Lora Brown. We can help you find a style that works for you, and the products that will keep oil at bay.
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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.