VIDEO TIME! New Stylist? Where and What To Look For In A Salon Job

Dear Reader-

If you or someone you know just passed State Board for Cosmetology, here is some advice. Finding a job can be tricky, let alone finding the right job. Good Luck!

Best-

ATCT

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VIDEO TIME! Rolling Vintage Updos Everyday

Dear Reader-

A vintage hair connoisseur? Take a gander at this video for advice on how to keep it up everyday!

Sincerely,

ATCT

No Pin Updo- A How To

Dear Reader-

Updos come in all shapes and sizes, be still my beating heart. But they do not all require pins. This particular updo requires only a needle and thread. It is quite speedy, which is nice when time is of the essence during a wedding or group event. We have all had head counts or time frames change on a dime!

First, set the hair as usual. Take the set out and loosen/brush the big loose curls with the tail of a rattail comb. Spritz with hairspray and don’t be shy. The curls need to be firm.

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You may need about 6 feet of doubled over thread, so three feet of useable thread. I used regular thread here, but embroidery thread works well too. A curved extensions needle works as well as a straight one. Tie a knot around a curl starting on one side of the head and start sewing, in and out and around the curls.

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Up, down, in and around with the thread. Gather the hair as you like it and sew!

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Once you are all the way through to the other side, tie off the thread, and viola!

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A nice, loose looking but totally secure romantic updo that will last. Shellac and you are done! And without a single pin. Grandma may say there is more than one way to bake a cake, and As The Curl Turns agrees.

Sincerely,

ATCT

p.s- martinis becoming too warm too fast? Try a smaller martini glass. Those big glasses may look cool, but they lose their cool quickly.

VIDEO TIME! Conditioner, Everyone Needs It!

Dear Reader-

Whether it is a conditioner for daily use, a heavier duty masque, or a leave-in, we cover it here.

Warmest Regards,

ATCT

Why doesn’t the salon I go to offer coupons or discounts?

Dear Reader-

The coupon conversation has taken place in every language in every business on this globe. On one side of the match we have those who believe that initial savings will drive individuals in the door. Once the patron is wowed by the service they receive they will be back and more than happy to pay full price from then on. On the other side of this debate we have those that feel that a set price at the very beginning of a business relationship makes expectations very clear. Waters are not muddied by negotiations of pricing or perceived values of service. So who is right? Oh, if only it was that easy!

When it comes right down to it, money talks. Most people-not all, but most people will defer to their budget before they defer to their wants on a regular basis. Patrons that clip salon coupons and offers will most likely hop from one salon to the next that has an offer. Clients that patronize a salon that does not offer any promotional coupons or discounts are more likely to be the solid, re-booking clientele that salon is aiming for. The clients know the pricing up front and know whether or not they can afford it. So while you might receive some initial cash business from a promotional offer, it may not be the kind of long term business your salon is hoping to retain. Grandma may say a penny saved is a penny earned, and As The Curl Turns agrees, as long as it truly is what is best for your business.

Best,

ATCT

p.s-Looking for something more exciting than a celery stalk to put in your next Bloody Mary? Try a spicy pickled asparagus spear instead.

why shouldn’t I bring my young child to the salon with me?

Dear Reader-

Children in the salon is a tricky one indeed. Salon owners want all their clients to feel welcome and comfortable in their establishments, and they all understand that sometimes child care isn’t feasible.

There are a couple of things going on here. The first is the practical side. A salon is a place of business, not a playground. Salons are not childproofed, and the menagerie of dangerous items in full reach of little hands is not a joking matter. The scissors alone, my stars! And depending on how many stylists are working at one time, there will be multiple stations where scissors and or razors can be found. The chemicals are another hazard. Bowls of color and relaxers, hair products including aeresols and goopy gels, and the hot tools! If a child were to grab onto a curling iron or flat iron that was powered up, the child could be badly injured, and the salon could be held liable.

The other side is the environment. People come to a high end salon to have an experience. They want to relax and be pampered, and believe you me- nothing ruins a relaxing shampoo experience like a crying, yelling, or simply disruptive child. A spa-like environment is an adult environment, and clients pay good money for these hours of quiet and escape. Grandma may say children are the salt of the earth, but As The Curl Turns believes the sugar and spice belongs home with the babysitter.

Sincerely,

ATCT

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