new beginnings, salon renovation

We moved! (back into our main space)

It’s been awhile, lovelies.  Things have been BUSY, let me tell y’all. The renovation started to go very quickly, and then it stalled again in March.  We were thinking we would be in the renovated space in March, but then that came and went.  It was going to be March 15.  And then March 27 or 29.  But that didn’t happen, and we had to reschedule our State Board inspector.

We had hoped for April 1, giving us the weekend to move.  But that didn’t happen.  So we came to work that Tuesday, April 2, and everything seemed like the usual.  Things in the renovated space looked complete, but there were a couple more things that needed to be done.  Our pedicure chair had been moved and looked good in the corner.  I left work Tuesday, thinking it would be the weekend for the move.  We knew we were all set up for the State Board inspections the next day with the trash can and the barbacide and the nail drill sign and the dirty towel hamper and the UV sanitizer and ALLLLLL the licenses.

Then Chloe called me and told me we had to move right after the inspections the next day.  We still hadn’t decided on the cabinets we were going to get for the space in front of the mirrors.  And we desperately needed those for storage.  She rushed around town looking at cabinets we had thought about. We knew what the space was like now, and we had measurements, so we could make the final decision.  I fed my family dinner and then rushed out to meet her at Home Goods.  Then we ran over to Target and took some pics of other things we would need, just to compare to the wall areas.  And we got a cute little letter board for fun messages.

The next few days were a blur of actvity and excitement.  We passed our inspections, and we started moving our stuff.  SO. MUCH. STUFF.  We still had clients booked because we never did know when to be able to block time off for the move.  My lovely neighbor helped me with my puppy so I could have an extended block of time to get things organized.  Our husbands even came to help us that weekend.  Chloe’s husband hung up our nail polish racks and our coat rack while my husband followed our children around.

Now that we’ve been in the space for 2 months, I can finally say I know where everything is.  Our manicure table was delivered, and it folds up so nicely.  We have figured out how to have our clients sit in the shampoo bowl.  “Sit your bottom ALL the way back!” (It is an adjustable bowl.)  And we can move around each other in the tighter spaces pretty well.

Chloe is out on maternity leave as I type this.  She is eagerly awaiting the arrival of her second child.  I am so thankful she is sharing her chair with Sherry, another coworker of ours, or it would be so lonely.  It feels like old times in a way since Sherry, Chloe, and I all worked in the same room for 4 years or so.  It just happened to be a bigger room.  She’s helping with some of Chloe’s clients while she is out.  She has 20+ years experience, and she has great red hair.  I know there’s a joke there somewhere… a brunette, a blonde, and a redhead? 🙂

Here’s a pic of the space right after we moved everything.

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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.

 

new beginnings, salon thoughts

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!   🙂

 

 

new beginnings, salon renovation

So What’s the Deal?

You might be wondering, “How are things going to be different at the salon?” We’ve had several questions about whether we were leaving our salon or starting our own business. Well, it’s a little bit of this and that.  As of August 1, we will have a new salon owner.  He is going to remodel our current salon into salon suites.  Everyone is planning on staying at the salon during the renovation process.  Once the construction is complete, Chloe and I are planning on sharing a double suite.  As of August 1, we will also be processing our own payments because we will be transitioning to booth rent.   So how is that different than what we do now?

Chloe and I are now on a commission-based pay system, meaning that we make a percentage of what our clients pay at the front desk.  When we switch to booth rent, we will be renting our space, and we will essentially be our own bosses.  Chloe will be her own boss, and I will be my own boss.  We will have to provide all our own products including shampoo, hair spray, color, gloves, foils, nail files, lotion, etc etc etc.  We wanted to start a blog and have a website together because we plan to share a suite once the salon is remodeled.  How fun is that?!  If you’ve ever been in the salon or nail room with us, you know we like to have a good time.  We are so excited about these developments, and we can’t wait to tell you more as we find out.

We’ve been planning and throwing all kinds of ideas around.  We love a good brainstorm, and we complement each other pretty well.  Our clients had a good laugh with us this week as we picked on each other about our organizational styles.  Her husband and I are pretty similar in that we are a little all over the place.  We always have plans, and we don’t always follow through with them right away… *ahem…* like when I left some polishes out on my manicure station with the intent of photographing them for another blog we’re writing.  (They are still on my station.)  Chloe and my husband are more alike in that they clean things up right away and like things a certain way.

Today, we met up at State Beauty Supply to get some of the things we are going to need right away like shampoo + conditioner and barbacide.  So many things to think about!  We wheeled the cart around while we looked and bounced ideas back and forth.  It was a good start down this new path, and we couldn’t be more excited about what the future holds.  Thank you for traveling with us!