Tuesday, September 22, 2015

'Tis the end of summer....

HairQueen News:

I've been back in Oakland for a few weeks after a three week-long vacation in England and Ireland. It was an amazing trip, part heritage, part reunion, part tourist and very inspirational.   

I am so grateful that I was able to visit my old stomping ground, London, as well as to visit places new to me.  To name most of them, I was in London, Oxford, Cornwall, Mautby, Much Wenlock, Dingle, Mulingar, Galway, Dublin and Essex. My husband and I did a home and car exchange through Homeexchange.com. I highly recommend this as a way to travel and experience life in new places beyond the usual tourist sights.

I found myself looking for new and different trends in hair and clothing from what we have here in the Bay Area, where I live and work.  Quiet honestly, I saw a lot of similarities between America and the British Isles.  The big name brands scan the oceans and the street fashion is similar in an urban way.

One of the highlights of my trip was that in Galway we stayed in a castle and I must admit to being very taken with a real life Rapunzel experience.

I was also very taken with the castle owner and his man bun.

Anyway, with summer coming to an end, I'm eager to hear about where my clients and friends vacationed to during the summer. Book an appointment with me so we can get your hair ready for the fall and winter seasons as well as catch up on our travels and life at home.

Trends of the Season:
Here are some hair trends straight from the Fall 2015 couture fashion runway shows to inspire your own fall look.

Low Ponytails

Deep Side Parts

Hair Accessories

Product of the Month:

Also with Fall and Winter approaching it is time to think about holiday styles and the upcoming party season, so my product of the month now through October is good old hairspray.

I have BY Hairspray by Framesi in both light and strong hold as well as a BY Shine Mist Spray for a little extra shine.  I also carry Kenra Hairspray in a travel size for your purse and travel toiletry bag.

All Hairsprays will be 10% Off - so you can stock up for the party season.

Problem of the Month:  

Send me your questions and I will answer them here.

Question:  My scalp has been itchy. What should I do?

Answer: Itchy scalp is a problem of the scalp. It can be caused by poorly rinsed hair when shampooing, a change in diet or products or both, sun exposure, stress and poor brushing.  First make sure you brush your scalp before you shampoo, use a shampoo for dry and itchy scalp, wet your hair and scalp thoroughly, lather the shampoo and massage your scalp, rinse thoroughly and follow with a conditioner for your hair type.  Most shampoos these days are very mild but you must rinse thoroughly to remove the shampoo residue from your hair and scalp.

Runs Businesses With Scissors:

Time to gear up for the busy fall season.  The economy is improving, our clients have more disposable income, yet they are stretched thin with the juggling act of working and taking care of day to day life.  We must be on our game and prepared for what our clients want and need and for changes in our businesses, "when it rains it pours".  Clients come and go, staff come and go, and we must keep the business moving forward, growing, and changing.  It is when we stand still that we have lost.

A common question salon owners ask me is, "How can I find more stylists?"  I ask them, "What are you prepared to do for a stylist?"  We must help our stylists build a career and we must treat our own work as a career not just a job.  We must work on our business, not just in our business if we are to have our business in the future.

Need a little help with running your business from "behind-the-chair"?  Call me at 510-545-2955 or email me suzanne@suzannevanhouten.com and tell me your situation.

It's tough out there but because you're out there you can compete in the race.