In a very exciting change Paul Mitchell has decided to allow Focus Salons like myself to sell their amazing products on my website. This is such a win for someone like me who is a one woman show in a 100 square feet. Paul Mitchell offers over 150 products with a few new surprise ones coming out any day! (another blog for that!) There is just no way I can stock all of those products in my salon. This allows my clients to preshop before their appointment or between appointments. Then it will be all ready and bagged to go upon your appointment or a pickup can be scheduled.
It is Paul Mitchell's guideline that I can only sell to clients. This is to help stop diversion but at the same time allowing people to support your local small business. If you need a consultation on what products you need please feel free to message, text or email me and I can help you pick what is the best for your hair and your situation.
Now you might be thinking, but I can get the product off Amazon and never leave the house! Let me explain why this isn't always the best way to go. Those products off Amazon and most other websites often times are old and/or been sitting in a storage room with the temperatures going up and down. Ever buy a product online only to get it and realize for some reason it doesn't look, smell or feel the same way you remember? Heat and age is what does this. By buying from me I can guarantee you where your product has been. Those products have been through countless middle men.
Please take a look over at my online store with all the amazing Paul Mitchell products and I would love feedback if you do try it out on how it worked! Thanks all and have a great week!
As many of you know, in a very last minute change I decided to make the leap and move to my own salon studio. Some of you have been in to see it already and it has been so great sharing the space with you all. So as not to drag it all into one long blog post I am going to break it out into questions I'm getting asked a lot. Feel free in comments, over email or Facebook to ask more if you have them.
Q: Why did you decide to make the move?
A: I am really into education, for myself and for my clients. I am also really a big Paul Mitchell fan and especially because they offer amazing continuing education opportunities. By being out completely on my own I am better able to utilize it and then able to give that education to my clients along with a great high end product to achieve the looks you want.
Q: What happen to the home salon thing?
A: The simple answer to that is...it will still happen. Right now though for my business and family this was a great interim (at least a year) solution until that is completed. Building, permits and family take a chunk of time and I was simply too impatient to wait. Some of you know me enough to know I have a patience problem. ;) I'm excited though because I am learning the smaller version of what it will be like to have my own studio in the future but with less responsibility facilities wise. Baby Steps!
Q: How are you liking it?
A: I AM LOVING IT! I feel like this is bringing me back to the focus that this is just about my clients and I. I've tried to make my space a little bit about me and a lot about what I hope makes my clients feel comfortable. I am always open to suggestions too! I love the feeling of closing down my little space at the end of the day and knowing that all day I did it my way haha. I might have some space control issues too!
Q: Is it weird being in such a small space and what do you do while your clients process?
A: I get asked this question a lot and I also asked some of the girls already at Sola the same thing! And so far so good. I spend my time cleaning in between, chatting and if you are the kind of client who likes to sit uninterrupted and relax...we have a break room for just the stylists I can retreat to. I have magazines and there is WIFI!!!!! I now also offer facial waxing and that is something we can always do while you process, just put a note in your appointment or mention it at the beginning and I will get the wax ready to go.
Q: Is there anything not positive you overly happy weirdo?
A: The real truth is change can also be a little uncomfortable at first! Currently I am learning my work flow again. That part is weird! I am mixing color in front of clients and in a smaller place. I am adding art, taking it away, trying to find some dang curtains that fit and generally feeling it out as it goes. I wanted everything to be perfect when I moved in and it's not but I am using this as a learning experience that nothing is perfect and sometimes the journey is worth that struggle. And the funny thing is because of that there are things I wasn't crazy about at first that I like now. As my wise old husband says, just get in there and see how it goes first. I'm doing that...and I am loving it!
Well I think that covers most but let me know if you have more. The booking is still the same through my website as before. I still owe everyone some maps, a video, a tutorial on the call box and a thanks for bearing with me through all this. Everyone has been so supportive and I feel so grateful for you all!
Starting July 1st 2015 I will have more available hours on more days! For this month it will be mostly nights and some days, by next month my whole schedule will be much more open. As always, if you see the appointment available on my online scheduling system then grab it because it is available. If you do not see a time please feel free to text me, email me or Facebook message me. I might have some time I can book you that is only seen by me. I really hope you will all enjoy having more options and times to book because I know I am really excited to be able to be in the shop more!
I'm located at 2704 N 21st St my door is the entrance the closest to Magoos, under the sign that is sticking out from the building.
It's that time of year again where companies hold holiday parties, family functions happen and romantic dates are a plenty. Here is the thing, I love this time of year! Not just because I love the parties and the holidays but because I love the dressing up and the fanciness! I love the feeling a few curls, a braid and some pins can change the way you feel about yourself. That's a lot of love I know!
Below are some inspiration styles I have found off Pinterest. NONE OF THESE WERE DONE BY ME. I am calling this out because there is nothing worse than people taking credit for work they did not do. If you click the picture it will take you to the website I found it on. These are ideas to get your head your spinning with excitement like it does mine. If you want to see some of the work I have done you can head on over to my portfolio page and take a look. I want to do lots of pretty hair this season!!! Whether it is a fancy updo, some curls or just a blow out!
Unfortunately the holidays are also a spendy time and when you have family to think of first you have to let yourself slide sometimes. Because of my love for holiday hair, making people feel great about themselves and my desire to make your holiday functions a little better I will be having a holiday special for the month of December. Instead of the normal $60 for specialty styles I will be offering the same styles for $30. You can still benefit from this as an add on to another service like a haircut or color.
I'd love to celebrate the holidays with you in my chair, scour the internet, Pinterest and both our brains and let's get you feeling great about yourself and make your event even more special!
Happy Holidays to all!
P.S. I also offer gift certificates if you'd like to gift some holiday cheer to someone else!
Our desire for highlights all started back in the day with frosting, that terrible, sometimes painful stabbing of the head with a crochet hook into a cap to pull out the desired hair to be lightened. As much of an ordeal it was, we were all hooked from there on out with highlights.
The next popular process that arrived was foiling, the process of weaving out the hair you want highlighted and encasing them into the foil with lightener or color applied to the hair. It's a very versatile service that can create a very all over blonde look to just a few subtle highlights.
Now on to actually answering the dang question of the whole blog!! The newest, Balayage, is the hottest currently most requested color service. It can create a very soft result that many have referred to as the natural little kid sunkissed highlights we all dream about. It can be used for face framing brightening highlights or big bold streaks that make sexy beach waves really pop. It blends out softer at the root than foils therefore allowing for a much less noticeable grow out period.
The literal definition of the word is ...
ba·lay·ageˌbalāˈyäZH (actually spoken as Bali Ahh Sh)
noun: balayage; noun: baliage; noun: balliage
The French origin of the word is what really describes the process of the application. It is a very creative application process where the stylist paints or "sweeps" the lightener or color onto the hair in a organic way that can really give the stylist free form to decide the outcome for the client.
The often talked about Ombre' service is when the bottom is primarily the only portion of the hair that is lightened. It is also another highly requested service but there are now many offspring variants breaking out. Sombre' is becoming popular too which stands for "subtle Ombre'". Today I just saw on Twitter an article posted by Pro Hairdresser Mag that another new term is Ombralyage which is really just connecting the Ombre with Balayage. Many stylists have been using these techniques for awhile our industry is just really now giving actual titles to them.
Many times stylist will combine these techniques to achieve the look our clients are requesting. Ok, well I have only met a few stylists that still use frosting anymore. It is an exciting time for hair color and the freedom and creativity we as stylists are able to put out into the world. Our industry more than ever is about an art form not just putting some color on the head and calling it good.
It is important you really have a thorough consultation with your stylist about what your desired results are. Pinterest is a great resource to show this, I try to break out my iPad with Pinterest whenever I can. Talk with your stylist about the effect you want, the style you will wear and how long you will realistically go without coming back in to retouch your service.
As always you can Facebook message me, text me or email me with any questions you have or if you are just looking for help with ideas. Of course I would love to see you in my chair but if nothing else I really hope this has shed some light for you on this crazy French word sweeping the beauty industry!
Have a great weekend all!
Ok, that might be the very extreme case but hair can actually be very dangerous. Something most people don't know is that hair, especially cut hair can become slivers embedding themselves into your skin. Your body can have a harsher reaction to hair slivers than something like a wood sliver.
Hair carries germs and bacteria just like most anything else especially because it came from another human, which we know are a hotbed of germs. Of course any time a foreign object is buried or pierced into your skin your body's natural reaction is to work to get it out. So you now have a bacteria covered foreign object in your skin and that skin is mad!
Now you are thinking well when it hurts I'll just pull it out like any other sensible person. Sometimes hair is such a light color you can't see it and on places that are tough like your feet you might not feel it until it works in farther to your foot. At this stage it starts to create a pocket almost around it that can then make walking painful. This whole time you might be contemplating a trip to the Dr because you suddenly have this hard mass in your foot that is hitting other nerves causing pain elsewhere. Don't check webMD though because they'll tell you it's cancer. :)
The possible death exaggeration comes into the extreme case where your body overreacts thus causing an infection which if not watched or unsure where it's coming from can cause sepsis. Sepsis can lead to death. Yes I used this as a way to catch your attention but here is the real reason I'm telling you this...
When you go into a salon do not come in barefoot and please don't let your kids walk around barefoot or crawl on the floor. No matter how much we sweep up hair it still gets everywhere and you can't get it all. Babies especially can't tell you what hurts and digging hair out of adult skin hurts bad enough but imagine having to do it for your baby. Plus hair sticks to wet and sticky which as we all know babies are usually that. Then they put their hands in their mouth and now your baby has Tom and Janes and maybe Bucks hair in their mouth. Yea, gross.
One more thing, check your babies fingers and toes regularly because longer hair can sometimes get wrapped around toes and baby fingers causing the blood flow to be cut off. Once again the hair is so thin and light you might not notice. I've had it happen to my kids!
Who knew hair could be so dangerous!?!?
I hope you are all enjoying your weekend and thanks for stopping to read all my run on sentences!
One of the most common things I hear as a stylist is "I love that hairstyle but I don't think I can pull it off." It's usually a statement and a question and here is my answer.
I truly believe you can pull off and wear any style that you want. It is all about attitude and confidence and feeling good. If you've always wanted to do something drastic then try it. You may love it and you may hate it, either way you won't forever dream of trying something but being too afraid.
What I really believe though is be yourself, figure out what makes you comfortable, what makes you feel pretty and what realistically in your lifestyle fits in.
I've tried my entire life to be a pretty dainty girl that wears flowery flouncy things and heels and I am always uncomfortable! I can't even wear heels without almost biting it. I am 35 and it's taken me this much time to realize that I love jeans and hoodies and no matter how much I try to be a different girl I am who I am. When I was pregnant I grew my hair out and didn't color it. I was going to be the natural mommy. I took one look in the mirror one day and thought what the hell am I thinking!?! This is not me! I like color and fun different colors. I, like other people have gone through the who am I stage? And still am and learning constantly to not only accept it but to love those things about me.
If you are too nervous to do something drastic with your hair or makeup I suggest start small. A bright streak of purple hidden in the back of your hair that maybe only peeks out. A red lipstick you wear around the house. 2 inches more off the length of your hair that usual. Go just a little into your uncomfortable zone and see how you feel. For those of you that have me as your stylist you know that once we talk about your lifestyle I will be very honest and tell you if I think it's something that will actually fit with your needs, time commitment and possibly personality. If it is still something you want to try I am all for it!
If your biggest fear is that someone will stare at you I will tell you...they probably will. People look and stare no matter what you do. It is human nature! You might be thinking they are judging but maybe they are lamenting about how they wish they could be brave and cut their hair off too. Don't give people the power to decide what makes you feel good! Don't be afraid and be a little daring in this life even if for you daring means pink lipgloss or swoopy bangs.
Above all find out who you are, what you love about you and revel in it!
Next blog post I think: how to be a little daring or spice up your comfortable look with only a few minutes extra work. Anyone interested? Any questions?
So I have quietly been on the coconut oil band wagon but I am ready to shout it from the top of a mountain (spoken in a Ron Burgundy voice). Now there are a ton of uses for this much touted oil but I am going to stick to my major love which is hair of course. My husband and I and a few clients have been experimenting with its uses. He has curly hair, I have super straight hair that I tend to change the color frequently and sometimes put through the ringer. For those that know me this is not a shocker!
My husband started using it first because he could never find a hair product that wasn't too sticky, too oily or didn't flake. After much coaxing he agreed to go natural and embrace his curls which I love. In a crunchy moment we jumped in and he started using it and boy is it amazing. A few tips on application...
1. Too much is going to do exactly what you think it will, make it way too oily! If you are a male with short hair I suggest starting out with the smallest amount. Sometimes I just touch the oil in the jar to start with. You can always add more but too much means shampooing to get it out. For a female with longer hair start with a pea sized and really work it through your hands first to the point of it not glistening on your hands then run it through.
2. Coconut oil has a pretty low melting point because for those that haven't used coconut oil before it is at a solid state until it reaches 76 degrees. Which means unless you are freezing upon skin contact it will melt. The temperature rate can go up depending on the quality of oil. Organic virgin oil has the lowest melting point and it's recommended as it is a higher quality and less processed. An important temperature note is the smoking point which is 351 degrees which means for the flat iron users I would suggest using a lower temp setting on your iron to prevent this.
3. Do not be shocked on colder days when you go outside and suddenly your hair feels firmer than upon application, my husband found this out on a winter day when he ventured outside only to find suddenly it had solidified again and to his surprise his hair had gone from soft to more defined.
4. If using the oil as a styling aid keep it a bit off the scalp because it can tend to make your hair look oily which is not usually desired. For men with very fine hair I would probably not recommend this but have honestly not had a tester for it yet so if you try it I would love to know your results.
4. If you need a good conditioning treatment the oil is also great for that purpose! For this process you will obviously need more and it can be slathered root to ends. For optimal results I suggest putting a plastic grocery sack or plastic wrap around your hair and let it sit for 20 mins to overnite. The heat alone from your scalp will help the saturation into the cuticle. In the salon I put people under the hair dryer to speed up the process. I will put it on my daughters super curly hair and have her sleep in it and it's great that way too. Take note though that you will probably need to shampoo twice to remove the oil but it will still leave behind the conditioning benefits.
6. I am starting to offer scalp treatments in the salon using coconut oil and essential oils. I just feel like it is an amazing relaxing experience that when researching many of the stylists in the area are not offering. I went to a beauty school that was super old school where we learned shampoo sets, finger waves, perms and taught the art of a good scalp treatment that includes a scalp massage as well. The stimulation of the scalp has been said to help hair grow faster and aid in regrowth. At the same time it is great for dry scalp, dandruff, and itchy scalp. And come on who doesn't want to have their scalp massaged? I'm often told the shampooing is people's favorite part of their haircut so why not get some extra time of it.
7. One of the amazing qualities of coconut oil is that naturally has antibacterial qualities and when essential oils like tea tree are added into the mix it just adds to that benefit as tea tree also has the same antibacterial properties. I will be mixing essential oils with my scalp treatments tailored to my clients needs or desires.
There is always more uses for this amazing oil and I would love your comments below or on my Facebook page about any ways you use it. I am always up for learning new things!
Thanks for reading and I hope this has helped or given you some new natural treatments to try out! As always I'd love to see you in my salon and you can book 24/7 on my online site by going to www.jessicasoper.com and it is totally mobile friendly!
To show my appreciation for all my clients and in an attempt to welcome new clients, for the month of February only I am offering 50% off all haircuts. I did this in August and I was very happy to meet so many new people I am going to do it again! This time I am extending it to all my existing clients as well.
You must book online and try to remember to mention the special! I am currently only working Thursday-Saturdays so space will fill up quick.
Please refer your friends and family because even during this offer I will be honoring my established referral program. When you refer two people, after they come in for their service your next haircut is complimentary.
Click here to easily take advantage of this special!
Thank you all and I hope to see you soon!
Valentines day is February 14th and it is the holiday we all love, love to hate or completely ignore! I could go into a diatribe of what it originally was but that would take research and today is not about giving a lecture.
Here is a shameless plug of a list of ways that you can enjoy this years Valentines day depending on what you think of the holiday.
1. You love it! You and your significant other go out every year and celebrate with dinner, dancing or something else special. This year it is on a Friday so a great night for date night! What better way to compliment date night? A fancy style to go with that hot new dress you bought. For the gentleman a new cut to let your other know you really tried this year!
Also, what better way to let that other know you care than to get them a gift certificate (click this link to purchase an online gift cert for the exact service or a dollar amount) to come in for these services! It's a Twofer for you and you know it will fit!
2. You hate the holiday! You know the real meaning and you try to do everything against this holiday. What better way than to come in and "selfishly" treat yourself with a new color and cut. Forget you Valentines....today I celebrate me!
3. What's Valentines day? Why can't I sit down to eat anywhere? Well it was probably time for your root retouch anyways, my seat still has some openings on that day and I would love to sit with you and talk about non Valentine things. I am here for your obliviousness man!
No matter what your thoughts on Valentines Day is I would love to see you that day, or well any of my days for that matter. Hey, I will love you not just on that day but all days of the year! ;)
I will be working Valentines Day and the next two weeks leading up to it as well. You can easily purchase a gift certificate online or make an appointment 24/7 on my online scheduling system. Click here or above where it says "Schedule Now" and book today!
Happy Everyday of the year!
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I find so many things I love out on The Internet and I want a place to share it. Trends, tips, and hopefully some fun stuff too!