lived in color specialists, salon thoughts

Pandemic Beauty

Whew, y’all! It has been awhile since the last blog post.  SO much has happened since February.  I sat down to write a COVID post in March right after we decided to shut down, but our state governing body hadn’t officially shut salons down, so it didn’t feel right.  Then I started writing a blog about what was going on, and to be completely honest, it was REAL morose.  Not like us at all.  No one needed to hear our feelings because everyone was dealing with their own issues.  It didn’t feel right.

Then I sat down in April and tried to write another post.  It didn’t feel right either.  Chloe and I really struggled with what to say.  We didn’t know when they would allow us to open again. We didn’t know what that would look like.  We were working diligently behind the scenes to put a plan together for when we would reopen.  And I don’t know about y’all, but we were exhausted.  There was so much that was unknown.  The mental trauma of all of our lives being upended is just so… heavy.

And I feel so silly even typing “trauma,” but that is exactly why we have quarantine brain.  You know the thing where you forget what you were saying or you have a hard time prioritizing your list of things to do. I don’t know how many times I start walking one way, and then think, “No, I need to do that other thing first.” So I change directions and head the other way, only to stop and think, “But the other thing would make more sense.” So I change directions again.  Have y’all done this?  I’ve mentioned this to our clients, and they agree they have some form of this quarantine brain.

Fast forward to today.  We’ve gotten used to wearing masks in the salon.  We have made ourselves have a defined lunch break.  I stopped wearing makeup on the bottom half of my face.  Then Chloe mentioned she really only wears eye makeup. So I’ve gotten on board with that as well.  It does cut down on the morning routine/time.  And let me tell you something else: I miss lipstick. Wow do I miss lipstick!  I have 2 tabs open on my phone right now of nude lipsticks I keep staring at…but I can’t bring myself to click the purchase button.  Where would I wear it?

So where does that leave us for beauty in a pandemic?  Well, just as we’ve embraced going more natural with our makeup, so many of our beautiful clients decided it was time to embrace their natural hair color.   Before COVID, Chloe and I had perfected our grey blending methods.  We tailor each color formula and placement of that color to each of our very unique clients and her growth (read: grey) pattern.  Now that we’re back behind the chair, we are seeing more and more of a desire for this, and WE LOVE IT.

You don’t have to grow out permanent color in shame with the dreaded new growth line.  You don’t have to do the Sharon Osborne thing (red to grey in a day) and spend $1000+ and 10 hours in the salon.  On that same note, you don’t have to be afraid to start coloring your hair because you don’t want to face the growing out process one day.  There are SO MANY options now!  We can blend and smoothe and create a lovely livable look that won’t break the bank or require you to be in the salon every 4-6 weeks.

I’ll be posting a price breakdown comparison in the coming weeks as well as more informational posts about the many “lived in color” options such as root smudges, grey blending, demi-permanent color, and balayage.

Here’s a taste of an upcoming topic.

Three examples of what a grey blending service looks like:

Tailored specifically to each person’s coloring, natural grey placement, and budget, grey blending can be as simple as an all over demi-permanent color or as complex as these three lovely ladies who had gotten tired of the 4-6 week permanent color upkeep.  In each of these cases, Chloe and I used a combination of corrective toning to neutralize unwanted warmth (aka brassy yellow or orange pigment) from faded permanent color.  We highlighted with a very fine weaving technique that matched the grey growth pattern and low-lighted (also with a very fine weaving technique) to blend the natural color (the not grey hair).

I can’t wait to share more with you about this process!  You may be wondering, “What will it look like after a month?”  That’s what is so exciting!  Proper at-home maintenance has made it possible for a salon color service visit only every 3-6 months.  It really just depends on what YOU want.  Isn’t that nice to hear?  With so many things off-limit during a pandemic, it’s SO nice to know you can have control of your desired hair outcomes.

 

So here we are.

Still in the middle of this very different time of COVID.

We’re giving ourselves a little more grace.

And we hope you are, too.

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!

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New things for 2018

Chloe and I have some fun new things brewing for 2018!  We’re starting a blog to keep everyone up to date on current hair and nail trends, our favorite nail colors of the month, and everything beauty-related in between.  We’ll probably also share stuff from our trips and everyday lives because, let’s face it, we’re always up to something. And we need your help!  We need your input for our website and blog name.  Drop some comments, and if your idea is chosen, we’ve got a little something special for you!