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Favorite Things from 2018

Starting our own separate businesses was one of the main highlights of the year for us.  We were nervous at first, but once we got into the groove, everything was just fine.  Being in a temporary space has its challenges, but it has really helped with the transition from open salon to a smaller, more intimate suite setting.  We’re so excited to see our new suite once they get it completed.  We went over before Christmas, and they had just started the framing.  They had all the spaces marked, and we got to walk around in what will be our suite.  It’s such an exciting part of the building process.

We’re also both loving new products.  We still love Redken, but we’ve been able to branch out since starting our own business.  Olaplex, Moroccanoil styling products, and Matrix color have found a lasting place on our shelves.

Favorite Things from Chloe–

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I have a new love for texture spray!  It’s my new all time favorite hair product.  I’m also loving Verb shampoo and conditioner.  They smell great and leave the hair with a really nice clean feeling.  A big favorite for me for 2018 was our photo shoot in the studio.  It made me feel like the ultimate #bossbabe!  I love that I was forced out of my comfort zone and was able to place trust in myself and my new suitemate.  We had a great time, and the photos are so good!

Personally, 2018 was a big year as well.  We took Lena to the beach for the first time, and she was the perfect beach baby!  My husband got baptized.  We bought a house in White House, where we have wanted to live for several years.  We adopted a puppy named Sandler.  And then on top of all that excitement, we found out about the final piece of our family puzzle, Stella Grace.  She’s due in June 2019!

Favorite Things from Jacqui–

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My husband and I love to rank things, and on the last day of 2018, we had to give a classic review of the best and worst of our year.  Some of our favorite moments included our trip to Colorado, watching our little girl learn how to write and turn 4 (Wow! Where does the time go?), and riding out a small tropical storm while we were in Mexico Beach in May.  The whole town is so changed after Hurricane Michael came through in October that it’s kind of bittersweet but good all the same.  We also had our 10 year anniversary.

Professionally, I couldn’t ask to be in a better place.  I am in awe of my clients and their support of me and my family.  They could choose to go anywhere.  My favorite products of the year are the OPI gel color top coat and the Matrix Colorsync line. And of course I have a continued love affair with Kenra’s dry texture spray.  I also have to agree with Chloe about our studio photo shoot being a top moment.  I was always behind the camera when I taught high school (yearbook class), so it’s not super easy for me to lighten up and have smiling eyes.  But my friend and photographer, Mayter Scott, did an amazing job styling us and helping us breathe.  She’s just such an incredible artist and human being, and I’m so thankful 2018 reconnected us.  Go check out her instagram if you have a chance.

Here are all our instagrams if you want to follow our work:

mayterscottphotography

chloespears.hair

justjacqui2018

salon renovation, salon thoughts

Year In Review: 2018

Wow!  What a year.  We started 2018 not knowing what exciting things would be headed our way.  I was happy coming to work to see my coworkers and clients, and I know I can say the same for Chloe. We were in a good head space. Things were calm.  Easy. Dependable.  But you know what they say about that…  Sometimes “easy” can become complacent, and that isn’t where a stylist who wants to grow needs to be.

In early July, we learned that the shop was changing ownership and would be transitioning everyone who was still commission to booth rent.  We all had so many questions!  Over the next few weeks, we got the answers, and they were very good for us all.  Everyone at the salon and spa would be staying.  I’ve said for years that our team is what makes our place magical.

I fell into this salon five and a half years ago when I started working the front desk.  I wasn’t very good at it (patience isn’t one of my strengths), but it was a good job to ease into the salon setting and study for my Cosmetology exams.  I got my chair at Hair & Body five years ago this month.  I remember that time so vividly.  It was a VERY cold January.  Two weeks after I moved to being behind the chair, Chloe was hired.  I liked her right away when she rode with me to pick up lunch at a local (haunted!) restaurant.  After all these years, I still absolutely believe that our group of ladies has that special something.  We can’t wait for what 2019 has in store for us!

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From the bottom of our hearts,

Thank you all for your love and support this year!  We couldn’t ask for better people to surround us.  Happy 2019!

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NEW SITE ADDRESS!

Some of you may have noticed we decided on a website address.  We had so many good suggestions.  Thank you to everyone who took part in our contest!  The lovely winner is Raven Guyton!  I’ll be sending something out special for you this week.  😉

We decided on Cutting Remarx because we wanted to incorporate our blog into our website identity.  We do a lot of cutting in our business– cutting of hair and nails.  Chloe and I are both pretty sarcastic as well.  We liked the “x” on the end of “Remarx” bc we will eventually style that X to be a set of shears in our brand.  Also, check out that little favicon up there by the URL. 🙂  We love the multiple levels of creativity that this new name gives us.

And in other news, our photos came in.  Thank you to Mayter Scott for all these beautiful shots.  These are some of our favorites.

 

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I’ve been thinking about the weather.

This past week, we had some severe weather here in Middle Tennessee.  Our babysitter stayed at our house while we watched the warnings and prepared to go to our safe space.  I couldn’t help but remember a time my friends and I lived through a tornado outbreak that tore through our college and the surrounding town.  It’s been 16 years.

I was in Jones Hall, sitting next to my friend Michelle. I had been working all weekend as a server, and I was just so over it. They ALWAYS called us down to the first floor. I had my pillow and my cell phone, a Nokia with a bright blue cover and purple keys I had picked out myself. Some of you remember those, right?  We were laughing and joking, lamenting how we had these warnings all. the. time.  Until the lights went out. Then we heard it. I didn’t think it sounded like a train. Maybe a really low flying plane?

Then we heard screams as our smoker friends rushed in from outside and the glass in the stairwell shattered. Michelle and I hugged each other.  It was so fast.  Our dorm was separated from the destroyed gym by tennis courts and a road. I had walked across that road so many times I can’t even count.  My room on the fourth floor looked out over those tennis courts.  I loved hearing the tennis players out there, the skid of their shoes and the tennis balls on the court, and I had often opened my window just because of that.

When we emerged from our safe space, we saw utter destruction.  The gym was destroyed.  The art building was in bad shape.  There were cars in the parking lot with shattered windows. It was like a scene from a movie. Flashing lights, darkness. I had just started dating a guy at the time who worked at the Air Force base.  I can’t remember what his job was, but he was involved with the police on base I think.  He showed up in full tactical gear, and I thought it was kind of funny.  And then he got deadly serious as he said he could smell broken gas lines.  I remember him navigating us out of the destruction and telling me not to step in any of the puddles.  My dad would have liked him immediately.  We met up with some friends who had also gotten out of the zone.  It’s better to be with friends when there’s no power in most of the town, right?

My dad came up the next day to escort me back home in case anything had happened to my car that we couldn’t see. Amazingly, my windows hadn’t shattered, but there were several pressure cracks in the middle of the front window. Now that I’m a parent, I can only imagine what my parents felt when the phone lines were down and couldn’t reach me. Most of Columbus was dark.

Here’s the thing, it helped me realize I wasn’t in control. There was NOTHING I could have done except what I did– hunker down with my friends and hope and pray. I recently saw where a W alum in Ohio is going to the Senate. She credits her time at the W for a lot of her strength. And I have to agree. Every single day, I use something I learned there. I see my friends living their lives on social media and am thankful for their influence on my life. They helped me become who I am today. Mississippi University for Women (and smart men, too) was a magical place where I learned about strength and grit and follow-through.  I learned confidence from my friends and professors there.

Today, the campus is as beautiful as ever with her magnolia trees and azalea bushes that show out in the spring.  They have rebuilt the gym and the art building.  I still feel the magic when I walk on that campus. I know I wouldn’t have had the confidence to branch out to go to beauty school if it wasn’t for the W (pronounced dub-ya).  I wouldn’t have known I could organize myself enough to do this booth rent thing.  All those late nights writing papers and pledging a social club prepared me for the rest of my life. It taught me that encountering difficult people is just part of life, and a very survivable and small part at that.  So today, in the spirit of this lovely month of Thanksgiving, I am grateful that tornado didn’t destroy us.

If you want to read more about that tornado outbreak, you can visit the W’s website below.  This is an article written 6 years ago.

https://www.muw.edu/visions/features/135-the-w-remembers-10-years-after-tornado

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Photo Shoot

On Sunday, Chloe and I went out to a sunflower field to get some photos for the website and our social media accounts.  My friend from college is an excellent photographer, and we had recently reconnected.  We have had so much fun with her!  I had this vision of us laughing in a sunflower field with the early Autumn sun shining.  I don’t know why or how, but sometimes these things come to me.  Well, it must have been meant to be, because this sunflower field was exactly what I pictured.

We also got some family photos, and I got to hold Chloe’s baby for a little while.  She had on these tiny jeweled strappy shoe things, and my daughter exclaimed, “Oh look!  She even has a pretty bracelet!”  Y’all, it was the tiniest pearl bracelet ever.  PRECIOUS.  I can’t wait to see what Mayter Scott comes up with after she works all her magic.

She had us popping our hips and taking deep breaths, laughing loudly with a “HA HA HA!” to get the shots we wanted.  She’s absolutely right; you pop your hip out and see if your whole attitude doesn’t change for the better.  I’m also super glad Chloe and I did each other’s hair 2 weeks ago…because folks…our roots were ROUGH.  We hadn’t done our roots in FOUR MONTHS.  We are stylists!  How did we let this happen?! We decided to make standing appointments before the holidays.

Note to self (and all of our clients): Put it on the books before it’s too late!   🙂

 

 

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Ch-ch-changes!

We moved into the doctor’s office a couple weeks ago.  It was so surreal to move everything and to see our old space so empty.  All day that Wednesday, I felt like I was in a dream.  Chloe doesn’t work on Wednesdays, so her first day in the new space was Thursday, and she said the same thing.  Everything was taking longer because we had to stop and remember where we set up one particular thing or another. It really was like moving a home!

On the positive side, the doctor’s office is clean and bright, and it smells like the spa because the massage people, Sharon and Tatiana, are there with us.  And Lisa, our esthetician, is also with us.  The kitchen space is nice and big.  We also have three bathrooms.  One of the bathrooms even has a little stainless steel door that connects to one of Lisa’s rooms.  It’s where urine samples were passed through!  I think that is so funny.  Don’t worry; everything has been cleaned numerous times.

They also started construction last week.  Take a look at the pics below. They put up the wall so the other side of the salon could still function during construction.  There are 6 stylists operating out of that portion, and Mindy, our receptionist, is based there.  She has been doing laundry like a fiend over there, too.  Have I mentioned that Mindy is the best customer service person I have ever witnessed in my life?  She is also still booking appointments for Chloe, me, and some of the other girls as well.  She RULES.

We started doing booth rent on September 1.  I have liked shopping for my supplies so much!  I guess it’s just because it feels like shopping in general, and I LOVE shopping.  We’ve also started trying new hair color lines (Joico and Matrix) and OPI’s gel nail color line.  We are very impressed.  I followed manufacturer’s instructions exactly, and the soak off time is only a tad bit longer than CND’s shellac.  And it doesn’t damage nails like we had previously thought.  I don’t know what other nail salons are doing, whether they are mixing lines or curing too long or using too many coats, but we are very happy to extend our options to our clients just in time for fall.

Another thing that I hadn’t expected going into this was the psychology of processing my own payments.  It’s so much more personal than I realized.  What an incredible job!  We get to help our clients achieve the look they desire (or the relaxation they need) while talking and having a personal connection, and then they support us with their money.  They could take their money anywhere!  That is so incredibly humbling to me.  I am in awe of this career, this amazing journey that continues to surprise me everyday.

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Adventures in the Meantime

While we’ve been waiting for more information about our salon transition, we have had some adventures.  We know we’re going to be moving from our current salon space to another area in the same building, but we don’t know which area.  It could be the back part of the salon, or it could be another office space in our building.  In preparation for that, there’s been a lot of cleaning out of drawers and cabinets.  Who knew one person could stash so many cheez-its?

In terms of adventures, Chloe has been working on buying a house, and I went to Colorado.  Chloe and her husband found a super cute house, and they’ve been dealing with all the ups and downs that buying a house entails.  They say that the 3 most stressful things in life are buying a house, starting a business, and having a baby.  Well….Chloe had a baby last year.  Now she’s doing the other 2 in the same month.  She’s one strong lady!

I decided back in the spring that since my husband and I have been married for 10 years this year, we should go on a trip.  What better time to go than in August when things usually slow down?  After school starts, there’s usually somewhat of a slow-down in appointment frequency.  Any time there is a major holiday like Christmas or significant universal life event like school starting, folks’ schedules usually change, throwing their hair or nail appointments off.  As it turned out, that didn’t exactly happen this year.  Don’t get us wrong; we are so VERY thankful for the continued amazing support from our INCREDIBLE clients!  It has been such a blessing to see how many people love and care about us.

Since I had already scheduled this Colorado trip way before any of the salon stuff happened, we hopped on a plane and made the most of it.  We walked around Denver, we stayed at the coolest hotel, we ate, we climbed a mountain (like…literally), we camped, we walked around Boulder in the little market/mall area, and I got to see some very dear college friends.  Meanwhile, Chloe moved out of her townhouse and prepped for a yard sale. And the yard sale was a huge success!

In the midst of all that planning and moving, Chloe and I went on location for a senior portrait shoot.  One of my college friends lives in the area, and she is an excellent photographer.  Her client needed hair and make-up for her senior portraits.  It was such a great afternoon!  Laid back, good conversation, classic make-up and hair, what more could one ask for?  Take a look at some of Amanda’s shots below.  She has such a wonderful eye!  We’re going to do another shoot when the autumn air starts rolling in, and I can’t wait.  Check out her other projects at https://www.mayterscott.com/

Look at the lighting on Chloe’s photo!  I just love it.