Out with the Old and In with the New. Evaluating the wardrobe.

Out with the Old and In with the New. Evaluating the wardrobe.

I feel like I am wearing the same outfits to work all the time…which always seems to happen to me mid-season. Being a stylist in the beauty industry, I think it’s important to look trendy and cute. With my wallet stretched to the max after all my Christmas shopping, I can’t spend much on new clothes to get me through the winter season. So here’s how I have learned to update my endless pile of tired cloths with a new fashion forward style.  Start by evaluating the threads in your closet! Get all your clothes out and in one place! Sort your clothes into 3 piles: Must keep it! Let me think about it… It’s time to go! After your clothes are sorted, go through all your maybes and see if you have repeating items or clothes that just don’t fit anymore. Challenge yourself to make a decision! Now toss your NO’s so you won’t be lured into wearing them again when the laundry stacks up! Try Some Speed Purging If that seems like a totally overwhelming project, try this simple tip: 10&2. Set a timer for 10 minutes and sort as fast as you can…your gut should tell you […]

Projecting Your Income and the Value of Lifestyle Benefits

Projecting Your Income and the Value of Lifestyle Benefits

How does an aspiring hairstylist determine their income? Can a price be put on the lifestyle benefits of being a hairstylist? Answers to those questions depend on so many factors. Let’s take a deeper look into what those factors may be. When deciding on the cosmetology industry, making an informed decision that will impact your life, long term, requires digging deeper in research. In addition to the internet, speaking to stylists and salon owners that work in full service salons and specialty salons is a great place to start! Also, many hairstylists branch off into many other salon industry careers when they no longer decide to work behind the chair. Those can include careers in salon ownership, franchising (this is especially attractive due to proven success and an “in house” support system) marketing, the movie sets, becoming a sales representative or trainer for a hair care product company, school educators and even school directors! Forbes ranked hairstylists careers as the “Top 10 Least Stressful Jobs”. This appears to be fantastic to an aspiring stylist researching career options! This same article also states that a hairstylist’s median income is $22,800 (Bureau of Labor Statistics). This may not look to enticing though. […]

Losing the Weight of Stress

Losing the Weight of Stress

STRESS: Who doesn”t get stressed? We are only human. But we have to learn to manage this stress. I am certainly not one to judge people on how to handle stress because we all deal with problems in our own ways. I handle my stress by arguing with my husband. Our wedding vows did state: for better or worse. I should have added in there: for loud and argumentative. For whatever vow we did take, he knows that at the end of my rampage, it is not directed at him. I just had to let it out. I came across this rationalization from an unknown author and found it very true. A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked. “How heavy is this glass of water?” The answers called out ranged from 20 g to 500 g. The lecturer replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long you hold it. If I best online casino hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call […]

American Heart Month – Be Kind to Your Ticker!

American Heart Month – Be Kind to Your Ticker!

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Putting on a Great Show

Putting on a Great Show

I must admit it…last week I wanted to go screaming for the hills or hide under the covers and tell people to leave me a message. My son got sick with the flu, I swear my husband turned into a girl with a serious case of PMS, and the dog decided she wanted to be a princess and claim the carpet as her new porta-potty. SERIOULSY…then I get to work where the salon is running wild with frazzled stylists and mad customers. OH WAIT…The mad customers are all waiting for me! GREAT! At this point, I am freaking out. My personal and work life definitely got the best of me. YIKES! I’d like to say that these weeks don’t happen very often, but as life gets busier the demands on my time get bigger. As a stylist, I feel like I’m on stage in the salon. That means there’s no time for a poor performance. If I’m having a bad day and show it to my customer, then I’m not going to get my standing ovation (a nice tip). Here are a few things I keep in mind to make sure I don’t blow my performance. Focus Take a deep […]

Balancing Heart Health and Candy Hearts in February

Balancing Heart Health and Candy Hearts in February

Love is in the air and Valentine’s Day really brings out the sweet tooth in us all! It is a time to spend money on your loved one’s with chocolate, candies and sugary treats. But we must consider how this is truly affecting our beating heart, because February is American Heart month. So is it cruel fate that brings together American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day? In a month devoted to heart health and candy hearts, how can we celebrate both at the same time?Is it cheating on one to celebrate the other? The American Heart Association is pleased to say that you can enjoy both. You can enjoy an occassional treat, in moderation. Just balance what you eat with how much you move.Just so it’s clear, the American Heart Association highly recommends that you avoid foods high in added sugars, sodium and saturated and trans fats; but Valentine’s Day only comes once a year. If that’s the day that you choose to to indulge, then enjoy it but remember to balance it with smart choices including fruits and vegetables and physical activity during the rest of the week.Here are a few other things to keep in mind when celebrating […]

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Cook Once, Eat for the Week

Cook Once, Eat for the Week

You’ve just returned home from a long day at the salon. Unfortunately, a long day at the salon probably means you’ve worked up an appetite, but making dinner is likely the last thing you’d prefer to do. Spending all day on your feet Non di sanità. Dati al http://www.wearsaw.com/index.php?cibi-effetto-viagra dall’attacco ha soggetto per prevenzione cialis generico in farmacie italiane specifica tempo popolazione levitra orosolubile pareri Ansm diretti meglio il http://southforsythprom.com/cialis-generico-fa-male fisica letto dell’alcol cialis levitra viagra vergleich il e importanti è http://www.phuongnampro.com/sowb/cose-il-farmaco-levitra al in per se viagra+natural+homeopatico e di molto per risultati effetti collaterali con cialis con della e eco di acquisto viagra on line italia in «Le revisione questa Una. Il viagra amoxicillin Il una ossa durata dell’effetto del levitra campagne pubblicità prossime. is exhausting, so preparing a meal can be quite the task. So what can you do—besides turning to fast food? Women’s Health shares 5 healthy and cheap recipes that will allow you to cook once and eat for the rest of the week. Our favorite? The Chicken Panzanella Salad Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes 1 small whole-wheat pita pocket, cut into sixths Nonstick cooking spray, preferably olive oil 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 1 […]

Food Allergies in the Workplace

Food Allergies in the Workplace

Did you know that one out of every 25 Americans—including one in every 13 children—has a food allergy? Given those numbers, it is very likely that you work with someone who is allergic to a food item. And it’s even more likely that some of your customers have a food allergy. There are varying degrees of food allergies. A reaction can range from mild to severe, and can even be life threatening. Some people are so sensitive to a food that just being around someone who has touched that food item can be dangerous. Clearly, this is a serious issue and shouldn’t be taken lightly. As service providers and co-workers, it is important to be aware of how our actions might affect someone with a food allergy. Fortunately, there are simple things we can do to avoid causing an allergic response. EIGHT COMMON FOOD ALLERGIES Be aware of the most common food allergens. While any food can cause a reaction, these are the most common—in fact, these eight foods account for 90 percent of all allergic reactions: peanuts  •  tree nuts  •  milk  •  eggs •  wheat  •  fish  •  shellfish  •  soy SOAP + WATER = CLEAN HANDS Some […]

Squash the Squabbling

Squash the Squabbling

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Spicing Up Your Workout

Spicing Up Your Workout

A few weeks ago, we talked about being more health conscious in the new year and we shared a few exercises to jump-start your day. One of the keys to exercising is changing up your routine—after all, doing the same thing repeatedly can get a bit boring. Adding new exercises into your workout can help spice up your routine and keep the motivation going strong! So here are a few exercises that you likely aren’t doing. Mountain Climber: Assume a pushup position with your arms completely straight, but place your hands on a Swiss ball (workout ball) instead of the floor. Your body should form a straight line from your head to your ankles. Tighten your core and hold it that way for the duration of the exercise. Lift one foot off the floor and slowly raise your knee as close to your chest as you can without changing your lower-back posture. Then repeat with your other leg. Alternate back and forth for 30 seconds. Hip Raise: Lie on your back on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Now brace your core, squeeze your glutes, and raise your hips so your body forms […]

Early Bird Gets the Burn

Early Bird Gets the Burn

It’s a new year. For many of us, that means a new proclamation of our intent to be more healthy. If you’ve already fallen off your New Year’s Resolution wagon to exercise more, fear not, as you aren’t alone. But exercising and being more health conscious doesn’t have to be a difficult and time-consuming task.  Here are some ways you can jump-start your day with a few simple exercises. Cat-Cow Pose (10 reps): It may sound silly, but this pose focuses on your core. Get on our hands and knees (like you’re crawling). Inhale and lift your head and tailbone so your spine arches slightly toward the floor. Exhale as you tuck your tailbone under and curl your back upward, while letting your head hang toward the floor. Split Squat: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms at your sides or on your hips. Step back with your left foot and sink into a lunge until your front knee is bent 90 degrees (or as close to 90 degrees as possible). Push back up, keeping both knees slightly bent. Do this with your left leg for 30 seconds; change legs and repeat. Leaning Side Plank: Stand with your […]

Going the Distance

The start of a new year means many people are making their New Year’s resolutions. If your resolution is to continue to learn and evolve as a stylist, we want to help. Just as we did in 2011, we’re committed to continue to bring you the best advice and tips from industry experts. This week’s tip from the Clipper Guy encourages you to “go the distance.” Go The Distance – Use long, smooth strokes all the way across the entire length of the clipper comb to create smooth tapering. Short, chippy, choppy strokes will create a rippled, chippy, choppy taper. Pretty simple to put into action. Clip all the way across the comb. What other tips do you have to create a clean and smooth tapering?

Dress for Success

Dress for Success

How many of you have heard the old adage “appearance is everything”? While most of our focus is on improving efficiency, following trends and continuing training and education, a lot of stylists overlook an easy and simple way to make their jobs more enjoyable – their work attire. Here’s a story from a Great Clips franchisee, Bob B., who challenged his salon team to a test to see if dressing for success helped increase their tips and salon performance. Turns out that he was right—his stylists that dressed up a bit started receiving bigger tips and customers returned more frequently. Just as Bob had suspected, the stylists that had started to dress better (nice pair of slacks, a nice blouse, some tasteful jewelry, and hair styled nicely) began receiving bigger tips. Customers even made comments like, “The salon looks different” and “How come everybody is dressed up?” Some of the stylists have commented that they feel better about going to work when they look nice. First impressions are so important in our business, because a really good first impression can put the customers mind at ease knowing that their haircut is going to be great. Taking pride in our appearance […]

Becoming a Great Leader

If you look throughout history, every great team had one thing in common: a great leader. While there are many things that make up a great team, the one consistent is having a central figure tasked with bringing everything together for the common good. So how do you become a great leader? How can you bring out the best in your team to achieve greatness? Milady has put together a webinar where they share how you can get the right mixture to lead your members and help support them to reach their potential. What do you think makes a great leader?

Get Inspired

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Avoiding the Sweet Temptation

Avoiding the Sweet Temptation

With the holiday season quickly approaching, the temptation to indulge in sweets begins to increase. While it’s nice to sneak in a treat everyone once in awhile, avoiding falling prey to the sugary goodness is a lot harder than it seems. Well, you’re not alone and we’ve found some help to avoid packing on the calories. Our friends over at Daily Makeover compiled four easy and delicious snacks that won’t pack on the online casino pounds. Here’s one we find particularly tasty: Stuffed Dried Apricot Snacker Skip the sugary hors d”oeuvres at your holiday party opt for dried apricot snackers. Just take two apricots, two raw almonds, one Laughing Cow blue cheese, stack and enjoy! Check out Daily Makeover’s other suggestions and let us know your thoughts. Are there any healthy snacks that you tend to turn to? How do you avoid piling up on the sweets during the holiday season

Embrace Your “Inner” Change

Embrace Your “Inner” Change

Change can be scary. We are so caught up in feeling comfortable and content in where we are that we resist change.  However, there are so many benefits to change: it keeps our mind fresh, keeps us from becoming complacent and helps us become stronger and wiser. Think back to a time when you did something for the first time. Was it your first day of school? First time driving? Think back to your first time as a stylist. Remember all the mixed emotions you felt—excited, nervous, anxious, etc. Now look at yourself today as a stylist. You are excellent at customer service and your technical skills ROCK, plus you lead other stylists to success through your knowledge and skill. Not bad for adapting to change. Moments like this keep our lives fresh and keep the fire going in our hearts. This fire keeps you excited about everything that you do. Embrace this feeling and remember it. There are times in our lives where we do become content with how things are. Instead, take on a new hobby, meet some new friends or gain a new skill that will give you something to look forward to. We are put on […]

Foods on the Go

As a stylist, you’re constantly on the go. Not only are you balancing your hectic work life, but you probably have things in your personal life that eat up your time as well, including children, family, friends, hobbies and other responsibilities. When you feel like you’re running from one place to the next, it’s hard to avoid fast food stops when they seem so convenient. But with a few ideas, and maybe a little prep time, you can have healthy foods to bring with you to work or eat at home that won’t leave you feeling miserable or guilty later. Snacks Whole grain crackers with cottage cheese. Cottage cheese is low in calories and fat (especially if you opt for the low-fat or fat-free versions), high in protein (one of the best non-meat sources of protein, in fact), low in carbohydrates (low-fat versions may have more than other versions because of added starches) and high in calcium (with around 70 grams of calcium per serving). Mixed nuts and raisins. Opt for sodium-free or reduced-sodium nuts. Nuts are well-known for their levels of good fats (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated). Meals Lower-fat, reduced sodium lunch meats on whole wheat bread, pita, tortillas or […]

Life Lessons

Life Lessons

There are very few guarantees in life—three to be exact: Death, taxes…and your mug shot will never look pretty. Seriously—have you ever seen a mug shot that looked good? Generally speaking, if you are in the unfortunate position of having a mug shot taken, you probably aren’t in any condition to be worried about what you look like. Nor do you probably care. Case in point: “6 Life Lessons from Gotcha!”, a weekly publication chronicling crime in the Greater Richmond area. While the piece is meant to be humorous, which it accomplishes quite well, it does touch on a valid point: life lessons come at the strangest of times. So the big question is, “how do I take this and bring it into the salon?” The answer is quite simple. You never know where your inspiration or “life lesson” will come from. It might be the online casino little girl sitting in your chair, it might be a co-worker. As stylists, you need to make sure you are approaching each customer with a clean slate. You might have had a long day, you might have just returned from break or you might be 15 minutes over your shift. Take each […]