Friday, October 18, 2019

To Change or not to Change?

Fall is in the air, summer is over and we are starting to think about the holi-daze!   

Fall and winter are often a time we think about growing our hair a little longer and going a shade or two darker as we begin to dress more warmly for the shorter days and the longer nights.

Earlier this summer this lovely client went from a long hairstyle - to a medium, layered bob. Her hair was too long and heavy for the hot summer days.  

In her case she has decided to keep this length and enjoy this style for a while longer.

How about you?  Longer hair or shorter hair for the Fall and Winter Seasons?

Let's talk next time you come in for your appointment!

If you do not have an appointment and you are ready to book, please see my contact information below.

Call/Text: 510-545-2955

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Hairqueen News

What a whirlwind this past year has been!

I completely fell off writing my newsletters and Bloggs which is one of the ways I stay connected to you “beyond the chair."

Between travel and becoming a grandmother, I have been a bit distracted and have broken my own rules of staying on top of “working on my business, as well as in my business”.

Lucky for me I have the best clients in the world and my 35 years as a hairstylist have stood me in good stead in this social media frenzied world we live in today.

Yes, 35 years!

Wow I can hardly believe it! So I have truly taken stock and decided to make a decision which is momentous for me. As of January 2020 I will not longer have appointments available on Saturdays. I have been able to tell most of you in person which is my preferred way to communicate whenever possible and I truly appreciate your support and understanding.

I will be in the salon weekdays except every other Thursday when I will be in my new role as Glamma, taking care of Isla, my beautiful little grand daughter.

Isla and Glamma in our Sunday best!

Speaking of the salon, one of the newest trends this season is the Shag.

I have been reviewing the technique for this cut and it’s a fun new twist on an old trend.

Speaking of trends, grey transition is all the rage.

If you or someone you know is ready to take the plunge and give up artificial color let’s talk soon, this is one of my specialties…

This is my dear friend and client Julie. We were able to transition her gracefully from all over color to grey using a foil technique and strategic appointment planning. Her grey is so beautiful!

I have appointments available to help you get set up for a great fall look and beyond.

Let’s get ready for fall; book your appointment today:

Call/Text: 510-545-2955
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Friday, October 4, 2019

October Promotions

Dear Wonderful Salon Clients,
Without you where would a hairstylist be?  We would be No Nothing- sorry I could not resist! This is the name of my newest professional product that I am carrying in my business at Swans Studios.

No Nothing is a no scent, no fragrance, no perfume line from Finland.  

Here is both a link and some information from the manufacturer:

Surprisingly many of us have sensitive skin or have experienced allergic reactions to cosmetic products. With the right kind of products, allergies and irritations can be controlled or avoided. To supply high quality products for this need, KC Professional has developed a sensitive range of hair products for styling as well as cleansing and conditioning hair and scalp.
As the name of the range implies, No nothing products contain as few potentially sensitizing ingredients as possible, and to make everyone with a sensitive nose happy, all products are also 100% perfume-free. They are perfect for safely cleansing, conditioning and styling hair for the whole family – especially those who have sensitive skin or have developed fragrance hypersensitivity.
All No nothing products have been awarded the official emblem of the Finnish Allergy and Asthma Federation, as proof of the high quality standards and safety of the products - the products have been declared safe by dermatologists in independent tests.No nothing proves that sensitivity is a good thing, not a disadvantage. The package design is cute but modern, delicate and playful. The products urge you to avoid the irritating things in life and appreciate the things that are good for you. That is why so many people can use them. Including hairdressers who wish to improve the quality of their working environment.Welcome to a more sensitive world.

I am enjoying using and learning these new products and this month I am offering savings for you to try them out.

If you have been looking for scent free products let’s switch you to them right now — or at least at your next appointment!!

Contact me at:
Call/Text: 510-545-2955
Book online:

Thursday, January 10, 2019

My Stylist Cuts, Blogs, Coaches and Consults

Hairqueen News

I cut, blog, coach and consult.

I do this because I have lots of experience, and I enjoy hair, business, and writing.

This is my 35th year in the salon industry.  I am at a stage in life that all of my peers are retiring.  This is a stage in life that is unknown to me just like the beginning stage of my career was a mystery to me all those years ago.

When I started in the salon business everyone was on commission, professional products and social media were non-existent, and a lot of clients smoked.  Today, there are many different business models, a myriad of products, all sorts of social media platforms and many clients do not smoke.

There is something magical about the salon. It is a place of change, relaxation, inspiration, laughter and beauty.  It can also be challenging, stressful, chaotic, loud and quite draining.  After 35 years of experiencing probably just about everything as a hairstylist and business owner, I reckon I have earned the equivalent of a PHD in the life of the salon profession.

As I slowly approach retiring age, you will find me behind-the-chair executing my skills as a master hairstylist, and you will find me mentoring and coaching the next generation as a business consultant.

I had no clue in those early days when I knew nothing and I was hungry to learn! Who knew that I would end up having such an amazing career in the salon industry. I am delighted and excited to be in the masters stage of a long and rewarding career.  I'm not ready to retire, not yet anyway!
Until next time here is a little more information for you: 

Embrace Your Silver

Today one of my specialties is working with clients to embrace their silver:

Rosemary, a long time hair client recently sent me a holiday greeting:
"I want to thank you again for helping me go natural gray – ever grateful 😊. I don’t know how many years ago it was, perhaps 5-6?  I really appreciate not having the maintenance schedule, and at 61 seems natural to be this color, even if it still surprises me in photos."

Rebecca's transition from color to natural over many months. 

Are you ready for a new look?
Contact me at: or call/text 510-545-2955 or go online and book at

Ready to Consult?

Another of my specialties is too work with stylists to embrace their careers:

In beauty school they teach us how to pass the Board.  In the salon we learn how to have a job.  It is up to us the stylist to take the time to learn how to have a career.   We do this by investing in ourselves by seeking out continuing education both creatively and on the business side.  We must learn how to manage our careers as well as our passion.   

Ginger, one of the tenants at Swans Studios says:
Suzanne has been an amazing, kind, strong, funny, firm, and influential mentor to me and my business. She displays professionalism as a salon owner and business coach; she always has her clients’ best interest at heart. As a result of Suzanne’s mentorship, I have learned to love making money while building my clientele. Suzanne’s coaching taught me to WOW my clients, commit to my future, and take control of my career and my life.

Are you ready for a career boost or ready to take your salon to the next level, let's talk soon!

Contact me at: or call/text 510-545-2955

Loyalty Program

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 for consulting clients. Please ask for details.

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