Schedulicity Makes Online Booking Easy

by Megan Dorcey on Monday, March 21st, 2011

We meet companies on a regular basis, but not many compare to the folks at Schedulicity and their mission to build your business.  We had the pleasure of sitting down with the folks at Schedulicity at ABS Chicago this year, and learned more about the online booking company.

Headquartered in Bozeman, Montana, Schedulicity has the promise of any small company with a big idea.  With board members from Netflix and Google, they have knowledge and expertise to back up their ideas, and the statistics to help stylists use social media to their benefit.

Schedulicity lives on your Facebook page, and a widget on your salon’s website makes it ultra-convenient for new and existing clients to schedule their service when it’s most convenient for them.  With more than 50% of most services being booked between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 a.m., you can benefit from Schedulicity doing the legwork for you and ensuring that appointments will be waiting for you in the morning.  They also make it convenient for you to confirm appointments from your phone, iPad or computer.

With Groupon and Living Social (among many other daily discount sites) saturating the market, it’s harder for stylists and beauty professionals to keep lifetime clients.  This is why it is so refreshing that Schedulicity’s main goal is to keep your clients happy without your having to discount your services.  We can’t wait to watch this company grow as more stylists learn about the tools that are available to them!

Curly Salon Gives Big

by Megan Dorcey on Friday, March 18th, 2011

Capella Salon

The stylists at Capella Salon.

We have known the curl experts over at Capella Salon in Studio City, Calif., for a long time and we are always impressed with the new and exciting things they bring to the salon (Lorraine Massey of DevaCurl stopped in a couple of weeks ago!).  This time when Shai Amiel, salon owner, told us they were doing something big, we had no idea how big, but we had to find out!

Shai and his team are raising money to provide clean water for developing countries through their salon.  It’s not often that we run into a salon that wants to give back, and what a better way to give back than to provide others with something as basic as water?  When asked about the charity water campaign he’s running, he said that clean water is something that everyone should have access to—water without parasites or leeches.

water

Many communities in developing countries need clean water.

Charity: Water is a simple, web-based campaign that permits individuals or organizations to set and meet fundraising goals to fund clean water projects in developing nations.  Capella Salon has set a goal of $2,000 which will give water to 20 families, or roughly 100 people.  To help Shai and his team of curly experts give more to this charity, learn more about their Charity: Water efforts here.

ABS Chicago: Day Two

by Megan Dorcey on Monday, March 14th, 2011

Our feet hurt and our heads are full of inspiration and new ideas to bring into our business. You could say that ABS Chicago 2011 was a success.  Not only did we fall in love with the platform artists at Farouk’s stage, but we found new and exciting companies that are going to be on our radar this year.

Yesterday was an amazing day, jam-packed full of floor time, the NaturallyCurly & Modern Salon Texture! panel, and spending some quality time with brands like Schedulicity.  We are inspired by this company that understands what a stylist needs as far as an online booking system, and wants to give you the information and tools to keep clients happy.  We will be sharing more on this new online booking company very soon!

The Texture! panel was a huge success, drawing a full crowd of curl stylists from across the country.  We were so happy to have Hair Rules, Ouidad, Mizani, Deva, GK Hair, and American Crew there to share their knowledge and host demo’s to give a little education to our stylist community.  It was definitely an educational day, allowing stylists to ask some of their own texture questions and learn more about the different styles and methods of cutting and styling curly hair.

We are so lucky to be able to participate in ABS Chicago and always walk away with more knowledge, inspiration, and new friends each year!

ABS hair show

The Ouidad booth

ABS hair show

People, people everywhere

Win an Amazing Training Opportunity with Nick Arrojo!

by Megan Dorcey on Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Nick Arrojo

Born in Manchester, England, Nick Arrojo began his career as a hair stylist at Vidal Sassoon. At 21, he was appointed the youngest-ever assistant creative director at Vidal Sassoon.

For every stylist who has dreamed of becoming a platform artist, Empire Education Group is offering the opportunity of a lifetime.

Empire’s award-winning Masters of Beauty Skills Certification Program, featuring hands-on training with Nick Arrojo, has been touring the country since last year. Now, Empire and Arrojo have kicked off a new online contest to give away nearly $50,000 worth of education packages and cash prizes.

The first place winner receives a high-end education package that culminates with the chance to present on stage with Nick at selected Tour of Beauty dates in 2012, plus $10,000 cash.

The contest is exclusively online.

Stylists will register and upload a photo of their work onto the contest’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/mastersofbeauty. There, they can enter one of three categories—cutting, coloring, or styling. The public will vote, and then combined with input from Nick and his team, quarter-finalists will be chosen and asked to upload 2-3 minute videos highlighting them and their work. From 10 semi-finalists, 3 finalists will travel to New York to vie for the coveted title, announced at IBS in New York in March 2012.

“I love the concept of this contest, because it’s really what Masters of Beauty is all about,” says Nick Arrojo. “The Tour already provides stylists across the country with amazing advanced education, at a price they can afford, right in their own city. This contest takes that one step further, by giving one lucky winner not only hands-on training from me and the Masters of Beauty team, but the opportunity to make a name for themselves on stage.”

“For a stylist to be able to add this to his or her portfolio is amazing,” says Frank Schoeneman, chairman and CEO of Empire Education Group. “Platform work combined with the education package the winner receives could open so many doors for this lucky beauty professional. We are thrilled to be able to partner with Nick and take Masters of Beauty to a whole new level.”

5 Things I Learned From My First Trade Show

by Megan Dorcey on Sunday, March 13th, 2011

After attending my first trade show, I have realized that they are a lot like your first day of middle school: loud, exciting, and overly stimulating.  America’s Beauty Show in Chicago this weekend has delivered on all of these fronts, and just like middle school, it was exhilarating!

I was given a lot of advice by my CurlStylist sisters but some things you still need to learn on your own.  There are so many things that I know I will do differently next year, now that I have a little more experience on the show floor.  Here is what I have learned so far:

America's Beauty Show

How a newbie made it through!

1.  Wear comfortable shoes!  I saw too many ladies out there with the glazed-over painful look that comes along with wearing heels for 12 hours shlepping through airports, hotels, and then the crowded show floor.  Even my flats were starting to leave blisters!

2.  Cab lines are always going to be long.  We were standing in line with so many amazing stylists and the cabs just weren’t coming in fast enough, so we rallied a group of stylists into a limo and shared a ride downtown.  We got to learn so much about each person, and even met the faces behind Schedulicity.  Even bigger score: we were invited to the Schedulicity party at the W Hotel tonight-yay!

3.  Use the showroom floor map. I seem to remember more than one time yesterday that I had gotten transfixed in a presentation and lost all sense of direction.  Learn how to use the map, and don’t worry if you are lost at sea, there is so much to take in and enjoy that will keep you entertained while finding the exit.

4.  Everything is Inspirational.  Stylists and salon owners shouldn’t get overwhelmed by every new and exciting thing on the floor.  Most of what is happening is meant to be inspirational, and you should take home as many pictures and brochures to remind yourself of everything that you witnessed.

5.  Rest & Relaxation.  You won’t be doing anyone a favor on day two of a trade show floor if you are over-exhausted, hungover, and grouchy.  Don’t get too caught up in the excitement and you will thank yourself the next day while operating at maximum capacity on the show floor.

That being said, there are so many other tips and tricks, but if you are a newbie like me, these 5 simple rules will keep you out of trouble and feeling inspired.

Get Acquainted With Texture At ABS Chicago

by Megan Dorcey on Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

America's Beauty Show

America’s Beauty Show is almost here.

America’s Beauty Show

America’s Beauty Show will play host to the NaturallyCurly, CurlStylist & Modern Salon Texture! panel for the second year in a row, which will showcase the most influential curl experts in the world.  We won’t lie—we almost can’t contain ourselves.

The high-power panel will include brands such as Hair Rules, Ouidad, Deva, Mizani and GK Hair.  This group of experts will also be hosting a demo where they style curls for you to see.  American Crew will also join the demo, showing us all how to care for our curly male clients’ curls.

This panel is comprised of the hottest names in curls, who will be speaking about how to make your business profitable in the curly niche market, the evolution of keratin treatments and smoothing systems and the latest cutting and styling techniques—just to name a few.  The panelists will also be available to answer any questions you may have about your own curly business.

Make sure to check out the Texture! panel at America’s Beauty Show in Chicago on Sunday, March 14, at 1:00 p.m.

American Crew Answers Our Curly Man Product Wishes

by Megan Dorcey on Monday, February 21st, 2011

We admit that here at CurlStylist.com, we get a little psyched when we hear about some of our favorite salon brands coming out with more diverse curl-specific lines.  Needless to say, when we caught wind that American Crew has produced a curly man line, we went nuts.  Maybe it has something to do with spring in the air around our offices, or the gorgeous curly guy on the cover of this season’s “Texture!”, but we are a little curly-boy-crazy these days.

American Crew has designed a 3-part line for their curly men including Boost Powder, Boosting Cream, and Curl Construct, specially designed to help our curly men celebrate their natural texture.  We (much to our disappointment) don’t have any curly men working here, so we had to branch out to two of our favorite curl-loving male stylists.  Who better to give us a little perspective on this new line, than the most important men in our lives: our stylists!M

We know that men gravitate towards any cheap gel that they can get their hands on, so we asked Ron Valdez, Redken educator and owner of Estilo Valdez in Austin why he would recommend these products to his clients. “The one thing I love about all three is that because they are all low to no shine, they will have a great appeal to men.  Our male clients prefer that their hair not look ’styled’, as you know most styles for men, especially young men, look more relaxed.”  We couldn’t agree more, with the Boosting Powder adding a little to damp hair brings out a full, loose appearance on curls.

Michael Victor, co-owner of Delineation Hair & Skin Essentials in Toronto, offered his own spin on the Boost Cream, “I know it says to use on wet or dry hair but for me I liked to apply it on damp hair.  I found I was able to control the distribution of the product better. The curls formed well, and the second day it was also easy to re-work. I found it too strong when I applied it to dry hair, but it was good for spotting on the sides and front to create a different look. I would say use with care and not too much, as it goes a long way.”

Ron King of the new Ron King Salon in The Four Seasons Austin has also been experimenting with the three products, stating that the Curl Construct was his favorite for curly clients with finer hair who wanted more of a boost.  He also cautioned us that a curly man who didn’t want too much volume should use the Boosting Powder with caution.

We’re so excited to find this line on our local professionals’ shelves, to share with the curly men in our lives!

My New Love: CHI Enviro American Smoothing Treatment

by Megan Dorcey on Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Megan before

Megan in all her natural curly glory

Throughout the past year, we have all had mixed emotions about the various keratin treatments available to us.  I, like any good researcher, went and had a keratin treatment last year.  Like a lot of people, I was happy with the results, but the process left me with irritated eyes, and a lot of questions.

In response to concerns over the safety of traditional aldehyde-containing straightening treatments,  CHI has introduced the revolutionary Enviro Smoothing Treatment that is completely formaldehyde-free and safe to your clients as well as yourself. The CHI Enviro American Smoothing Treatment (CurlStylist has dubbed it the CHI EAST) is composed of amino acids, pearl and silk.  No harmful chemicals means you have a clear conscious when that client asks for the treatment.

I didn’t understand how the treatment could actually make the hair straighter and smoother without chemicals, but CHI Enviro’s protein and amino acid complex allows temporary change in the structure of hair fibers, leaving hair easier to comb and hair that is silkier, smoother and shinier, so its protein and amino acid complex is what allows the system to straighten the hair.

Megan after

Megan after her CHI Enviro American Smoothing Treatment

I had the treatment done last weekend and I will have to say that the process is fairly similar to other treatments I’ve had; many steps of washing, drying, flat-ironing.  A few things that were drastically different: no smell, well, actually, there was a smell, and it was vanilla, not the eye-watering chemicals of other systems.  When Rafael (my own personal CHI Educator) was flat-ironing the treatment onto my hair, there was literally only steam coming off of it, and it didn’t make my eyes water, or make my throat close up.  I actually didn’t notice until halfway through the process.

All in all, I was one happy camper.  Many of us felt like we were lied to by various companies in the past, and we were more than skeptical with this new treatment.  We can’t wait until this safe (physically and environmentally) treatment is offered in all of the salons instead of the harmful keratin processes.  You’ve made believers in us, CHI.

Check out the continuing education opportunities with CHI here.

Win A Trip To Fashion Week!

by Megan Dorcey on Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Ouidad

Ouidad



How many times have you fantasized about making sure those glamazons are in tip-top shape before hitting that glorious NYC runway on the holiest of all weeks? That’s right—I am talking about NYC Fall Fashion Week, people!  This is your time to shine.  Ouidad is giving one lucky winner the trip of a lifetime.  One winner will be selected to do styling backstage with Ouidad, the Queen of Curls, at Fashion Week, including a trip to NYC and 2 nights hotel stay from February 12th-14th.  Fashion show is Sunday, February 13th—styling prep with Ouidad and team to create runway curls starts at 5:00 PM.  Make sure to read all of the rules—good luck! Make sure to visit Ouidad.com for all the details.

CONTEST RULES

NAME OF CONTEST: Backstage with Ouidad at Fashion Week

SPONSOR: This Contest is sponsored by Ouidad - 41B Eagle Road Danbury, CT 06810

SUBMISSION PERIOD: The Contest begins on or about 12:00 PM on January 31, 2011 (ET) and ends at 11:30 PM (ET) on February 6, 2011.

HOW TO ENTER: Go to Ouidad.com and complete the entry form including two sentences about why you are passionate about curls.

AGE AND OTHER ELIGIBILITY: Contest is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, 18 years or older, at the time of entry. Entrant must be a licensed hairstylist for at least 2 years as of  January 1, 2011.

There is no purchase necessary to enter or win and a purchase will not increase your odds of winning.

Make sure to share your two sentences on the Ouidad Facebook page also!

Ron King Foundation Awards Major Cosmetology Scholarship

by Megan Dorcey on Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Ron King

We were honored to be invited to the Ron King Salon Grand Opening on Sunday night at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, TX. The Style King wanted to share his success with the entire city by throwing a major soiree and runway show with NY designer, Thuy. To open the show, INOA by L’Oreal Paris had four models including their signature fiery red head, with insane texture and vibrant colors.








Model

The famous INOA red hair.

The one reason we were all there was to honor The Ron King Foundation’s scholarship winner, Briana Flores. King’s Foundation has a goal to directly influence young cosmetology students. Not only did he hand over $25,000 in scholarship funds, but he also promised to mentor the student throughout their career.









Scholarship Awardee

Ron King with Briana Flores, accepting the scholarship.

The entire event went off without a hitch, and we can’t wait to see what this super-stylist has up his sleeve for the future. We wish all the best of luck to the new Ron King Salon in the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin.

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