Tuesday, July 27, 2010

"Mother's Day" Sunday Fun-Day!

I've wanted to do this for a while, a Sunday when Mom is the center of attention, gets to have a hair makeover, and feel great about herself. I know more than a few of you have expressed to me that you wished that you could get your mom to come in and see me - well, this Sunday is the day that I'm dedicating to this!
Here's the lowdown - I know sometimes it's really difficult to see a new stylist, especially if you've been with someone for a while, but sometimes having someone work with your hair brings a fresh new approach. And Mom's are very bad about this, because a lot of time, they cannot justify spending the time or the money on themselves.

This Sunday - 15% off haircuts and 20% off any color service. There are only a few spots available for this special "Mother's Day" promotion, so check with Mom, take her out to lunch then introduce her to the new salon and your stylist!


The New Color Line

Success through high expectation "Professional Hair Care for you"

Being one of the top three hair cosmetic brands in the world, the Henkel-brand Schwarzkopf represents quality, expertise and innovation for more than a 100 years now.


Who founded Schwarzkopf?
A man with a vision that continues to live on 100 years later

A chemist named Hans Schwarzkopf founded the company in 1898. He invented and marketed the first powder shampoo. Driven by his passion for hair and his vision for the industry he also founded a hairdressing academy in 1927.

What does Schwarzkopf stand for?
A passion for beautiful hair

We stand for innovation, reliability, quality, trust and competence - these are the foundations on which our business thrives. We are driven by a passion for creating beautiful hair and this is reflected in each of our products. In addition, our ASK Academies and Studios are recognised centres of excellence that inspire and educate hairdressers around the globe.

How are we perceived?
With a unique heritage and an award-winning reputation

Schwarzkopf has a heritage that dates back over 100 years and maintains a reputation for effective, inspiring and nurturing hair products that meet the needs of the client. The Schwarzkopf brand has won many advertising awards and has been elected 'Most trusted European brand' by the readers of the Readers Digest for the sixth year in a row.

Who owns Schwarzkopf?
A parent company with a strong global portfolio

Schwarzkopf became a Henkel company in 1995. Schwarzkopf is one of four strategic businesses that also include adhesives, detergents and technologies.

What is Schwarzkopf doing for the future?
Ethics and values for the next generation

Henkel takes its ethical and environmental responsibilities seriously with an effective programme for environmental protection and social responsibilities at both a global and local level. This programme is inherent to the future success of the Henkel Group.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

And....How is it?!

One week down and so far...*drum roll please*.....

It's been amazing!!!

The new salon is much smaller than the old and so much more personable. It's quiet, one-on-one almost all the day (Charles hums in the background), and really quite peaceful. I have to say though, I think my favorite part is being able to look out of the window at the little park next door where they take the animals from the hospital for a walk. I don't have any pets, but it's still cute to see them.

Okay, so seriously - business time. I think this has probably been one of the best decisions I've made all year. I work when my clients need me, I get to choose my own color ad product line, and if something goes wrong - I only have myself to blame. And I don't like things to go wrong so I plan on being 2-3 steps ahead of the game!

A few little stepping stones that I failed to completely think through - business cards. I sound really crazy when people ask for them and I tell them I don't have any because I just quit my job. They look at me as though I'm from planet Pluto. BUT - my awesome Greg man is working on getting me set up and rolling.

Credit cards - Charles doesn't accept credit cards, and when my IT guy found out about that, he simply just put his foot down. I wanted to, and there is this great program on-line that Don (my boyfriend, yes, I have a boyfriend now....if you haven't heard this story you are WAY behind and need to come in for a chat/haircut!) knew about. So credit cards are great, convenient, and accepted.

Product line - soon to come. Samantha (one of Aveda's former representatives) and I chatted, and hopefully August I will be adding Prive, the French organic, natural line to Brookside.

I just continue to look forward to every day that I get to see my awesome ladies and gentlemen, along with the occasional child or two. I knew that I was feeling as though I needed a change - this was it. The change, the step or leap, in the right direction.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

UPDATE - Salon Change

Whenever anyone asks me "What do you think of Tulsa, of Oklahoma?" I simply replied, "It's okay. I'll probably stay because of a guy, otherwise, I'm not really sure." Up until this year, I had no car payment, no lease for a place, no pets, no children, no boyfriend. I love doing hair and my clients, so that's why I remain.

But now - there have been some changes! I think 2010 has been my biggest, scariest year yet. I set some goals some resolutions for myself this year. Typically there are a few at the top of everyone's list: get out of debt, exercise more, eat better, spend more time with friends/family, etc. I also decided that I wanted to advance in the salon, run a marathon, and go back to school.

Well, I did run a marathon, three in fact. Check that off the list first. I have enrolled in school and am scheduled to start my accounting and psychology class in just a few weeks; check two. I even went ahead and purchased a house, insuring that I will be remaining in Oklahoma for at least 5 years.
In March this year, I was promoted to a Senior 1 Designer. Check three, but perhaps....not. After I promoted, I realized that because the salon had certain price requirements, that I lost a lot of my very favorite people. People that I not only enjoyed doing their hair, but I also enjoyed hearing about their life. I felt like I had lost some of my friends.
I don't always feel like the 'typical hairstylist'. I went to cosmetology school because I simply wasn't sure what I wanted to major in with college, no other reason. Once I got there, I realized how much fun it was, and how much I enjoyed making other people feel and look beautiful, and I was really good at it. I also realize, that I'm very honest, sometimes to a fault, and I'm extremely logical and realistic, especially with business.

So because of these qualities, I've decided to leave Ihloff Salon. I'm excited about having more control over my prices, my schedule and being able to be more available and flexible for my clients. The salon I'm going to be working out of is over on Brookside, 38th and Peoria (1231 E 38th Street to be exact). I've included a photo of the front, so that you know what to look for.

Also, if you already have an appointment scheduled with me at Ihloff, don't worry about calling Ihloff. I have the time and day in my book, and we'll keep the same appointment, just move it to a different place. I have a lot of phone numbers and I've made quite a few phone calls, but if you haven't heard from me, please just shoot me back an e-mail so that I know that we are on the same page, and if you need to adjust time or anything, I'm here to work with you. I'm going to continue working close to the same schedule that I am now (Wednesday through Sunday) but I will be able to be more flexible.

One more thing - products. A few of my girls have expressed concern about losing their beloved Aveda products. I know that most of you that use Aveda have seen awesome results. I have decided to stay along the same organic, natural line, and will be bringing in a french line called Prive. I've been using it myself at home and I really like what I'm seeing, feeling, and smelling. One of the best things I love #1 is that Prive uses LESS preservatives than Aveda (1% compared to 3%). And - most importantly, there's not a million different shampoos and products to choose from! Fewer products are more versatile, so you can spend less on fewer products, still with great quality and outcome.

Last but not least - prices. Because I will be working for myself and I won't have the overhead to pay, then I can charge less. So my prices are going to be as follows:

Women's haircuts - $42
Men's haircuts - $36
Style - $33
Foils - $85-100
Color - Starts at $47
Foil with all over color - starts at $115

Eyebrows/lip - $13
Eyebrows & lip - $20

I believe this covers everything, and I know that some people I have not seen for a long time simply because of my price increases. I hope that by me making this change, that it will be best for all parties involved. You can reach me at my cell phone - 918.510.6543 for anything you need or by e-mail.

I look forward to hopefully hearing from you or seeing you soon!

Monday, July 5, 2010

The Man Education Story

Whenever I have a new male client in my chair, I try to remember that they don't always know the very "basics" of hair upkeep. So I'm going to just lay it all out there, that way we can all be educated.

#1. Wash your hair with shampoo. Not 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner, not with soap, not with dirt. Wash your hair with good quality shampoo. And once a day is PLENTY, once every 2 days is better. (Trust me, it'll be difficult at first, but you'll get used to it, and learn that it's easier to style/shape with a little oil.)

#2. After washing, don't forget to use conditioner. A pea sized amount should do if you have fairly short hair. Yes, the bottle will last you for awhile, so once again, get good stuff. It helps make your hair soft, shiny, and touchable. Your significant other will appreciate that.

#3. You can usually tell when you need a haircut - gets too long over your collar, your ears, can't do anything with it. If you're the type of man that doesn't like to schedule appointments, when you can finally get an appointment, let's take a look at how long you went between haircuts. When did it start to bother you? Okay, 3-4 weeks; next time, call 2.5-3 weeks after your previous cut (make a mental note of the date) and see when the two schedules can come together. It makes your life less stressful because you don't have to worry about your hair not behaving and/or figuring out when you have time for an appointment.

-It's really just easier to make the appointment and stick with it if possible though. It puts you on a schedule to look great ALL the time!

#4. Styling. This is tricky - the easiest is to just ask - what do you recommend I use? I ask - What look are you going for? And then I go from there. Usually when I see a man for the first time, the main reason his hair is not doing what he wants it to do (besides that it's too long) is the product he's using.

Here's the rundown:
Mousse - for fine, thin hair - makes it appear fuller
Gel - for thicker, coarse hair - to help control frizz, style / usually not touchable
Wax - typically for thicker hair - for texture/shaping
Clay - for fine - medium hair - for texture/shaping
Paste - for thick hair - for texture/shaping
Pomade - for thick hair - for controlling frizz, adding shine
Hairspray - for all hair types - for holding shape/ usually not touchable

#5. Other hair grooming. Whenever a male sits in my chair, I usually will do it all - ears, sideburns, eyebrows, neck, top of back. When you're at home, just keep an eye on it too.