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5 Ways to Succeed as a Hair Stylist


The market is flooded with hair stylist and barbers, and it makes a lot of sense. You can make a killing doing hair, but there are a few things I’ve picked up along my 8+ years behind the chair and as a color educator that help build a clientelle and successful brand as a stylist.

  1. Education. This is KEY. I would consider it the most important part of being successful as a hair stylist. It keeps your clientelle coming back again and again as well as keep you excited and inspired about your job. Take classes at distributors, online, watch YouTube videos. Anything you can do to learn more. And, do tell your clients new things you’ve learned. They appreciate a stylist who is serious about their craft. 😉
  2. ‘Crawl til you ball.’ Expect to do odds and ends or a second job until your clientelle builds up. 
  3. Tell people who you are.  Think about 5 things you want people to think about when they think of you as a professional. Classy, cutting edge, signature looks? This is branding. Once you have a clear picture plaster your brand all over social media & make sure to take tons of pictures (Instagram). I’ve gotten new clients and old ones to return based on my pics.
  4. Pre booking discounts.  I’ve done a 10% off prebooking discount for years. Once you have a descent clientelle with no need of the 2nd job, get rid of it.  It is a business starting tool. Keeping it too long makes no sense because you will be working hard for a lot less than you are worth. Supply & demand.
  5. Retail. If you have the opportunity to sell your own retail it can enhance your business and income quite a bit. Clients get the great products that you are educating them about so they are walking advertisements for your brand. Also, extra money that can make up for cancellations on your book.

I hope these tips help aspiring and veteran stylists alike to a successful business! 

Do you use these strategies for your business? Have you had success or difficulty in the beauty industry? Feel free to drop me a comment or follow me on Instagram: @minxmolotov 

Customizable DIY Makeup Palette

Is your makeup kit in need of an exorcism? Are random brands and half-used eyeshadow palettes crapping up the zen flow of your professional or personal cosmetics?
Maybe you have makeup schizophrenia? No fear! I’ve got the cure that will make using all of your favorite products easy and neat as a pin. Impress your makeup clients and friends with this precise and professional upgrade to your kit!

I’m going to tell you how to de-pot your eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers, and beauty powders to put them into a customizable, magnetic makeup palette! Imagine all your favorite colors at your fingertips instead of the bottom of your makeup bag…

Supplies:

Magnetic makeup palette (MAC or Z Palette)
Tiny, hardcore magnets
E6000 Craft Adhesive
Wire cutters
Pointy steak knife
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STEP 1
Depot your eyeshadow/blush/powder. I’ll detail how to do this for a MAC shadow… First, pop the eyeshadow out of the case by sticking the knife into the joint and turning. Second, cut a wedge out of the plastic surrounding the metal pan your makeup is in. Third, dip the knife into alcohol and drip some under the metal pan by sticking the knife underneath the pan & angling the knife so the alcohol will run down the blade. Fourth, move knife a bit to loosen the glue & pop out the pan. Fifth, glue a magnet with E6000 to the bottom of the pan.
Sixth, pop a magnet on the adhesive & let dry as recommended.

DEPOTTING EYESHADOW OR BLUSH PAN PICTURES

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Step 2
Buy a magnetic makeup palette. I chose the large one by MAC.

Step 3
Place your magnetized eyeshadows into the palette as desired…

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Step 4
Be an organized, makeup-loving, and happy artist!

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Hair Extensions, but Were Afraid to Ask

As I sit pondering my next extension-enhanced hair style, I thought that it’s about time I put some of my knowledge out there.Extensions are definitely a girl’s best friend… Actually, a guy’s best friend too! Anyone who’s ever been in a style rut, had a too short haircut, set their hair to self-destruct with bleaching, or wanted long, glorious locks, this post’s for you.

Firstly, trust your stylist. The most vital step is getting a stylist who knows their stuff. This doesn’t necessarily mean certifications (those usually translate into a $$$$ price tag). It does mean that the person has experience. I have been doing my own dreadlocks, wig modifications, clip in, and track extensions since 2001 (it’s 2014). I’ve been doing others’ extensions since 2008. In that time, I’ve tried many application methods, cutting and styling techniques, and fixed many people’s styling woes with the help of extensions.
Finding a good, experienced stylist means asking around, looking at pictures, and asking your stylist for a consultation. From there, you can decide if they’re the right fit.

Secondly, consider the look and investment that fits your budget.
For example, fusion or micro beads cost $320 to apply and then the cost of the hair is usually $200-ish. So, the initial extension appointment is around $500. After that you have them replaced as they shed or moved up (micro beads) every three months for an hourly rate.
Some extensions can be used over and over like micro beads and tape-in extensions so all you have to do is buy them once and reapply them until they get too damaged or funky. Most of the time they last 3-4 applications. These types save big $$ because all you will pay for will be reapplying them once they’re grown out and the beads or tape to put them back in!
Tape-ins are my favorite extensions on a tight budget because you can buy them for as little as $90/pack (it takes 3-4 packs) online, and I charge $150 to apply them. They last up to 4 months and only need $10 tape to reapply! Reapplication is much faster so it usually runs lower than $75 (takes 40-1 hour).  This is the method I use on myself because of the longevity, thickness, comfort of wear, and tiny price tag when considering you only buy hair once a year!

Thirdly, Make sure you are willing to care for them properly by spending extra time and money on extension safe products.
Not taking care of your investment is always a bad idea. You can damage your own hair and the extensions if you are abusive and neglectful of taking good care of the extensions.
Also, they won’t last as long or look as good.
Treat them better than your own hair because they are drier and, chances are, have been through many a chemical service to look the way they do.

Fourthly, if you aren’t sure of something, ask your stylist or look it up! That’s what both are there for! However, on a side note, avoid texting your stylist at night or on Sundays. We have lives too! Do you want your boss texting you at these times? Hmmm?

Now, let’s talk about types of extensions:

Fusion
This is what most celebrities have. It is very natural looking as they are 2-3mm in diameter with a keratin bond at the root that matches the hair. They are the most expensive because they are time consuming to apply and cut as well as to buy the hair itself.
They last 3 months.
These are not reusable unless you want to buy a heat gun and retip them yourself after taking them out the first time.
They require non sodium chloride shampoo as this can weaken the bond. You must also gently detangle daily with an extension brush and wear it up to bed.
Wait 24 hours after initial application to wash.
Always use heat protector and leave-in treatment as well as argan oil to the ends.
Never scrub harshly as shampooing and don’t blow dry the roots upward. This can also cause tangles.

Micro beads
Same as fusion EXCEPT these are reusable so you only have to buy them new every 3-4 applications
I suggest getting the kind with beads already attached to make for longer lasting application. Also, make sure they are silicone-lined and weigh a gram a strand. Otherwise, they look stringy.
Avoid oil or conditioner at the scalp.
Follow same care instructions as above.

Tape-in
My personal favorite, they are reasonable, reusable, fast to apply, and look thick.
2-inch strips applied with medical grade tape to just below the root so they can move and your scalp is happy.
Get a color that matches you after you’ve had your color as you cannot wash these for 3 days after application so the tape can cure.
No damage, no weird chemical removal (most are oil based removers), and very comfortable.
Reapplication means removing the old ones and buying new tape to pop them back in.
I have my clients buy the brand of extension’s suggested remover and do it themselves, washing and removing old tape. They come in with clean, dry, re taped extensions which saves them the cost per hour for me to do this.
It takes about 1.5 hours to apply & cut to blend at first, and then 45-1 hour reapplication.
They last up to 4 months.
Follow same care as above, making sure to keep oil and conditioners off the tape.

“How much hair do I need,” you say?
I suggest AT LEAST 200 grams per head. If your hair is thicker than normal or shorter than your shoulders, you need 200++ grams per head. With tape-ins, at least 3 packs (20 pieces per pack). Thick/short hair you’ll need 4+ packs.I’ve used several brands, but have old stand-buys I love. Hair Faux You Extensions, Hotheads, Hairtalk, The Hair Shop LA, Qlassy Hair, 808, Venus, Donna Bella, and La Prive are some favorites. I’m constantly looking for the best quality and price so these are subject to change. Just ask me. 😉


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Now, give those long, pretty tresses a whip!

Blonde Ambition

In the midst of winter we look to the spring. ‘Spring 2014’ popping up in fashion, makeup, and hair. One thing you can always be sure of is that a lot of people will get ‘blonde fever’ as they dream of warmer weather.

There are a couple tidbits I share with friends/clients when the blonding season begins. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but hits the important points.

1. If your hair is anything darker than carmel, it won’t become blonde overnight. That is, of course, assuming you don’t want a pixie cut. In that case, you can be as blonde as you like on all two inches of it. 😉
Don’t set your heart on super light. It’s best to do it slowly to maintain your hair’s health.

2. Expect the initial blonde application to take a while. 2-4 hours depending of what needs to be done.

3. Blonde is high maintenance. 1/2 of your success in maintaining a beautiful blonde will be regular root touch up appointments, the other 1/2 will be the aftercare products you use at home.
Invest in good products. That way you look classy & not brassy!

4. Blonde hair will be drier, more tangled, and harder to blow dry. With blonde comes the price of damage. Treat it like a delicate fabric: careful with hot water, use good shampoo, & protect it from sun/heat.

5. Rock dirty hair. Use dry shampoo at the roots to stretch out the time in between washing so you don’t increase dry ends.

Getting blonde to look great is work, but is so worth it! When blonde’s done right you can expect to always be on trend & receive compliments.
Plus, a little lightening can soften your look up a bit as it brings light to your face. Not a bad deal for anyone who has limited time for makeup in the morning.

Happy blonding!

Bonus! Here are pictures of my client, Shannon, before and after her first blonding session. Starting out bright copper & finishing it with a soft, golden blonde ombre.

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