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Spreading Holiday Shears

Hairqueen News:  

December is in full swing, it is that time of year once more, parties and gatherings and holiday fun!!

For hairstylists it is our busiest season professionally and personally.  A month of hairspray, glamour, champagne and delicious holiday treats!  Once Thanksgiving is over we are off and running!


Speaking of Thanksgiving I truly hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. This year we hosted 17 guests including us.  I loved breaking bread with my family and friends.  We were able to host banquet style in our common house, (one of the advantages of living in a co housing community).



Just before Thanksgiving I returned from a business trip to NYC. where I completed my program with Inner City Capital Connections, ICCC.  It was amazing and exhausting all at the same time. I am setting it all aside during the holiday season and will pick it back up in 2018, stay tuned for updates.

I am delighted that my salon calendar is booked up for December** with you my wonderful client…

With Gratitude

Hairqueen News:  

The holidays are quickly approaching! I have been working hard on my Inner City Capital Connections, ICCC presentation and I am getting ready to go to New York to attend the ICCC National Conference from November 16 to 17.  I plan mostly to attend the conference in New York and hope to squeeze in a little sightseeing around the Big Apple.
Now that we have our new tenant at Swans Studios and my ICCC course is about to be completed, I can start to focus on the busy holiday season.  I am so grateful that my salon books are full with you, my wonderful clients. If you have not booked yet for the holidays, don't fret as I can add you to my waiting list and or refer you to my new associate Ginger. Please shoot me an email and we can make happy hair happen.

This year I am hosting Thanksgiving. My sister and her family will join us as well as my daughter, her in-laws, a neighbor and some dear friends.  We will have a full house and I am so excited.  With all that has been go…

October Flew By!

Hairqueen News:  
I am embarrassed to say that I could not find time this past month to sit down and write my October Blog.  My wonderful virtual assistant Sara had the Blog prepped for me but it kept slipping down my to do list until I almost missed the month entirely.  What a wild month it has been! 
I have been interviewing a new tenant for Swans Studios, polishing up my ICCC presentation, gallivanting with my besties and doing my darnedest to keep up with my normal personnel and professional commitments.
I took a few days in the country with my besties to rest, relax and restore my reserves before the truly busy holiday season kicks off!




Promotion Of The Month:
OK, we missed October so here is the November promotion, hope you have a chance to take advantage of it.





Client Corner:
Thank you to my wonderful clients Julie and Lorenzo for your lovely before and after head shots!





Runs Businesses With Scissors:
Yay, yay, yay we have a new associate at Swans Studios.

Ginger Godines will joi…

Change of Season

Hairqueen News:
I had this blog written and then it got lost.

When I originally wrote it I was in Santa Cruz trying to escape the 100 degree Bay Area weather.  It was in the evening, I was listening to the sound of the surf and the screams of delight and fear from the Santa Cruz Beach Board Walk.  I felt happy to be so close to the ocean and delighted that in the spirit of the life of the entrepreneur, I could mix business and pleasure, because when you are self-employed sometimes that's just the way it is.

And then sometimes opportunities present themselves and even though your plate is full you are compelled to say, "yes".  I recently did that and now I am in a program for entrepreneurs called Inner City Capital Connection.  I'm about half way through and I'm not sure where it will lead.  If you would like to find out more about ICCC, check out this link, http://icic.org/inner-city-capital-connections/ and of course ask me about it next time we meet.

You mi…

Back To School

Hairqueen News: My birthday is in August and this year I turn 57.  I was 22 when I started in the salon industry so this is my 35th year! I cannot believe how fast the years have flown by.

When I started nobody sold products, clients smoked in the salon as did the stylists.  There were no computers, no social media, just magazines, paper appointment books, pencils, erasers, telephones and as always the aroma of hairspray and styling gel in the air.  I loved the salon environment then and I do today with all the modern technology, the retail products, the social media and the sweet smell of good old hairspray or gel.

I will retire as a career stylist someday.  In the meantime you will find me at Swans Studios, cutting and styling away, as I adjust with the times, utilizing online booking, social media and the latest trends and techniques.

Although in the end it is the trust my clients place in me that makes my vocation a career.  Thanks for the trust.

I'll be away for a week Aug…

Summer Hello

Hairqueen News: Gosh the year is flying by!And, as probably can be predicted life for me is the same and different.For the first half of this past year I was swept up in wedding fever, my daughter was married on June 3, yippee! 


It was a new experience for me to be the mother of the bride and a member of the wedding party, rather than one of the hair stylists busily preparing the bride and the wedding party for the big day.

Speaking of Summer:  Are you ready for a summer cut and color? Is it time to go short and sassy for the long summer days?  How about a few highlights or lowlights, or a splash of bold color just for fun? 
Did you hear that the perm is back?
I did loads of perms in the 80’s; so I’m your girl if you need a curl or two!And, I can offer the opposite, how about smoothing out those natural waves for a smoother less bulky head of hair?
Let’s consult!To book an appointment; https://www.vagaro.com/suzannevanhoutenor contact me at 510-545-2955.  
Promotion Of The Month:
Runs Bus…

Should I Do This?

HairQueen News: Should I, a hairstylist and small business owner of over thirty years, "do" social media?
"They" say we should, but quite honestly with my hours behind the chair, the time it takes to run my businesses, and the desire to have a decent work, life balance I question the if, what, how, why and when of social media.
If I post, or Madison, my marketing assistant posts a picture, a quote, an article, are we helping anyone?  I'd like to think we are.
What should we post? Before and after pictures, hairstyling and/or business tips, product news...or do people already have enough resources for this information?
How should I post, how often, where...Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn?
Why should I post? For me, for you, for the public?
When should I post? Does the time of day, the day of the week matter?
This is what I am thinking about as Winter winds down and Spring begins.....
I'd love your feedback on this topic. Let's talk face to face …

A New Year, A New Beginning!

The New Year is finally here! A New Year is like having a fresh start and a chance for change! It’s always important to continually improve and become even better than before! I definitely believe in continuous improvement! Stalemate is NOT where you want to be. Work toward progression! Work toward success! 

Everyone knows that it’s tradition to create new goals for yourself for the upcoming year. Take some time to reflect on this past year. What have been the ups and downs? What were your accomplishments and what goals to you still want to work toward? This is a perfect time to evaluate what areas you feel you need/want to work on most and make a plan for yourself! A plan provides a chance of success!
For my hair clients and friends:
How would it feel if you started this year with a new, strong, BOLD look! Everyone considers a change in their “look” occasionally. How would it feel if you actually took the chance to go through with it! You may provide yourself with even more self-confi…