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.
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.