Thursday, July 12, 2018

Summer Fun

Hairqueen News

Summer is finally here! It's already been hectic, busy and fun both at home and at Swans Studios!

I want to start first by sharing some upcoming trips I'm taking so please book your appointments ahead. I plan to go to Portland in August, England in September & Santa Cruz on various weekends. Appointments fill up so contact me soon.  In fact it's not too early to think about booking for the fall and around the holidays, they will be here before we know it!

In the meantime I hope you are enjoying the warm weather and the longer evenings of summer.  I love the light mornings as well, it certainly makes it easier to get up and go swimming, my choice of exercise these days.  I love the feel of the water and the opportunity to mediate as I do my laps and think about my day ahead.  Of course I use chlorine removing shampoo after my swim and lots of conditioner to keep my salt and pepper hair happy and healthy.  (See below for more summer hair hints.)

Proof - I swim!

I'm happy to recommend shampoo and conditioner for you to use during the summer months of the pool, the beach and the great outdoors!

New Loyalty Program for YOU, my lovely CLIENTS!

For all of your retail purchases, you'll receive loyalty points. When points add up, you'll receive free products! More money in your pocket left for travel and summer plans, hooray!

Loyalty Program is also starting up for consulting clients. Please ask for details.

Summer Hair Care Reminders

1. Cover up!

Use a scarf or hat to cover your head when you’re out in the sun. Not only does this provide extra UV protection, but it also helps your scalp to retain moisture.

2. Put your hair up in loose, comfortable styles

A messy braid is ideal for keeping your hair under control and minimizing exposure to the sun. Tight hairstyles can be damaging because they tend to pull and tear hair, especially if your hair is dry from the summer heat.

3. Shampoo less often

Frequent washing strips your scalp of its natural oils, which in turn stimulates additional oil production and makes you feel the need to wash it even more. Try just rinsing in the shower after a day at the beach or pool, and see if that gets rid of some extra oil. Use a dry shampoo in place of regular shampoo to go a bit longer without washing.

4. Reduce the heat

Try to blow-dry your hair as little as possible. It is already exposed to a significant amount of heat on a daily basis in the summer, and it will probably air-dry quickly anyways, so give the blow dryer a break and go au naturel if you can. Avoid flat-irons, too, as they will do further damage to already-dry hair. Plus, a sleek hairstyle only makes that frizz stand out more.

5. Condition always

Try a deep conditioner treatment once a week to get that extra bit of moisture into your hair.

6. No more swimmer’s hair

If you’re a blond who turns green after a dip in the pool, try rinsing out your wet hair with water afterwards. Also, try a chlorine shampoo to help rid the hair of harsh chemicals.

7. Add some sunscreen

One quick way to add some protection is to run your hands lightly through your hair after applying sunscreen to your body.

8. Use a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush

Avoid pulling anything through your hair when it’s wet, since that’s when it’s most susceptible to breaking. Wide-tooth combs are most gentle for untangling hair, as brushes can pull and tear when they snag strands.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

When In Roma

Rome - Celio

Hairqueen News

A week in Rome was just what the hair doctor ordered.  It was a glorious week of unplugging from everyday life and immersing myself in the sites, sounds, smells and tastes of Roma!

My husband Michael and I walked over 10,000 steps a day navigating the cobbled streets, piazzas, ruins, restaurants, shops and tourist destinations.

Everywhere I went I looked at heads of hair and clothing styles that would inspire me and pump up my creative juices for my return home.

I have to say I felt at home in Roma, my formative years as an English girl were fed from deep within my bones and I loved it.

I returned home with fresh ideas and my muscles of creativity and inspiration well exercised.

Come see me and we'll add a little Roma to your Spring Look!

We toured Fendi Headquarters!

Before and After

My son-in-law was ready for a new look.  Check out my Intstagram @SVHHairqueen on my profile under Dez cut and see the video live!

For You Beloved Clients!


My May Promotion

May I ask you to Be social with us! 

RECEIVE 10% off your next retail purchase for a "Like", "Check in", "Follow" or "Tweet"
RECEIVE 15% off your next retail purchase for ALL of the ABOVE.

We'd love your help, navigating social media, getting likes and more is not easy!  Thank you for your help!


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I am breathing a huge sigh of relief!  Swans Studios is full again and it feels so good.  I've been in this game for long enough to know that you must always recruit, recruit, recruit especially when business is solid.  

Stylists and clients come and go, life happens and it's not personal even if it feels like it.

Are you working on your business as well as in your business, if not, why not?

Need some support as you tackle the day to day ups and downs, the wins and losses of business life?

Feel free to contact me through phone or email: 510-545-2955 or

I always love to hear from you!

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Market At Campo Dei Fiori

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

February Love

Hairqueen News

Confessions of a Hairstylist

People always ask me if my legs hurt, "they don't".  

It is not the standing that's the hard part about being a hairstylist, it is a lot of other things but definitely not the standing.  

Some days it's the juggling of my appointment book to accommodate my clients' schedules and my own schedule.  

Some days it's the heartache of listening to a client's desire to have a haircut, hairstyle or hair color that truly will not work for them and doing my best to recommend a look that is perfect for them in this moment in their life.  

Some days it's the heartache of listening to a client share the challenges in their lives: the losses, betrayals, disappointments, hurts, fears, failures and illnesses. I see this and more in the mirror, in the curve of their back, in their clenched hands. To know that I cannot fix it but maybe I can make it a bit better for now.

Some days it's the appreciation of my clients when I myself am having a bad day and it is taking everything I have to smile and be jolly and creative and present and fabulous because as Vidal Sassoon said, "If you don't look good we don't look good".

To be a hair stylist is not for the faint of heart!  It takes a big heart day after day, cut after cut, color after color, one head at a time to stand behind-the-chair year after year and create beauty for beautiful you.

Thank you!
Old pic of me but still doing this, so still applies!

Hair Ideas:

Valentine's Day is around the corner.

Here are a few ideas for romantic hair for you and your love.


'Tis the day we celebrate love.



February Promotion

Color Lover Promotion for the month of February. Take 10% off Framesi Color Lover Line Products.


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I love that long time consulting clients have contacted me early in the year and we are setting goals for them to have a rock star 2018!

Do you need a little nudge in a new direction or do you know someone that could use a boost in their business?

Feel free to contact me through phone or email: 510-545-2955 or
We always love to hear from you!

Last but not least a lovely compliment! We all love those.

From a fellow hairstylist re: last months blog, thanks Stephen!

"What a fantastic blog, I can relate to most all your points. You may well be at "The top of the mountain" without realizing it." -Stephen Stensrud

Gosh, I hope so Stephen!

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Top Of The Head

Hairqueen News:  

As I begin my 34th year as a Hair Stylist and my 22nd year as a brick and mortar Business Owner, I am filled with a mixture of doubt and pride!

I am proud of my accomplishments and yet I wonder have I, did I, will I ever do or be, good enough?

There is an Irish saying, "The man at the top of the mountain did not fall there".

On my good days I am so happy at Swans Studios. I love the look and feel of Swans, the mixture of the independent and collegial culture.

I am humbled by my appointment book of long time clients and new clients. The honor of serving my book of business fills me with a deep sense of creative and human satisfaction. 

On my bad days I wonder if I could or should do things differently? I am afraid of becoming stale, jaded, stuck and just as afraid of falling behind as the styles and business practices change. Can I or will I stay up with the trends behind-the-chair and as a business owner?

When will I be at the top of my mountain? Who knows, but for now I will keep climbing. Thank you for joining me on the journey!

Stay tuned for updates and changes as the year goes by.......

Client Corner:

Thank you to all my wonderful clients for making 2017 a great year! 

I'd like to give back to you! 

Please share a story about we met, why you started going to me for your hair needs, how I've helped you, etc. Anything goes! If you have a funny story, that would be great too! 

SHARE YOUR STORY, RECEIVE A FREE GIFT! And with your permission, your story can be featured in our next Blog! 

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As the year begins I am planning to get a boost in the right direction by staying organized, as well as refreshing my business look and branding.  

Starting off the year right will make for a more successful 2018!

For anyone that is needing a boost to get a plan going for their business in 2018, please contact me and tell me your situation.  Two heads are always better than one.  

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New Hair, New You! Check Out The Latest 2018 Hair Trends:

Short Styles
Wedged Bobs & Chin Length Shags -
Shorter in the front and longer in the back is the graduated look for bobs. If you prefer a textured cut, add uneven layers and have the perimeter cut even from the front to the back. For a more sophisticated look, try adding long, wispy bangs, and cut your locks so they frame your jawline.

Long Hair Styles
Long Tousled Style or Braids and UpDos

Color Ideas
Natural Color -
The color you’ve always dreamed of having can now be achieved with balayage, a french technique in which highlights are actually “painted” on freehand for a softer color. You can now have a deep mocha with highlights or a soft, baby blonde color that looks completely natural.

Non-traditional Color -
Why not try a rich blend of honey, mocha, and gold for the latest trend? How about a smokey violet color, iridescent peach, or a subtle rose gold with brown hues? It’s always uplifting to do something different with your hair, so why remain stagnant and settle for boring locks?

Promotion Of The Month:

Ring in the new year with some new products!
Buy one product, get one product 18% off for the month of January.

We'd love to hear from you! 

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Happy New Year, Suzanne xoxo