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Building Systems

This article series is aimed at motivated stylists who are looking at their schedule and looking at their income and wondering why there’s a disconnect. If you’re a salon owner or manager looking at some of these you may find you need to get your team on board before you can fully utilize these techniques.

That “I feel really busy because I never seem to be able to get everyone in when they first want, but my paychecks don’t show me as having an increase from my past income” feeling is something many of us know all too well.

I’m here to give you 5 fast ideas for things you can do to increase your income by building effective time management systems. Put a system in place and always, I mean ALWAYS, follow it and you’ll see great results not only in your income but in overall client satisfaction as well.

Follow me over the next 4 days to get some tips. ūüôā

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The Best of Both Worlds

Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 2.17.30 PMI’m super excited to be posting about this, albeit a bit late. I’ve been crazy busy with classes (taking and teaching) and I just wanted to share this super cool flyer.

Most of the classes I do are intimate salon settings with just a handful of stylists at a time, every so often I get to do really awesome things like this. I love all the education work I do, but seeing my name and photo on a flyer really do something for my soul.

For this particular class I’m teamed up with¬†Darian Gavin¬†who is another awesome educator from the Twin State family. He works with hair extensions as well as being an educator for Brazilian Blowout.

We’re really excited to be doing this class and helping to spread some serious hair love.

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Facial Scrubs for Body Scrubs

While I was at the New York International Beauty Show (#IBSNY2016 if you want to search the Instagram tags), I made several interesting purchases, along with things from my Sephora haul last month.

 

I’ve already got combination skin so I know that heavily moisturizing facial scrubs tend to trigger acne for me. Since I still wanted to try stuff out I decided I’d use them as body scrubs instead. This is actually one of my favorite uses when I buy or receive products that aren’t quite a perfect fit for me.

 

First up was Rebels Refinery¬†Advanced Clear Skin Facial Scrub¬†which was absolutely awesome and comes from a very cool company with the most amazing smelling¬†Moisturizing Beard Oil¬†that I’ve ever smelled. This scrub had a really nice gritty texture and made me feel super clean, but it’s definitely designed for men’s skin and to pair with a lighter moisturizer than what I use (and probably not use make-up with either). I did notice that my skin was super smooth, and when used as a body scrub all over I had no ingrown hair issues, razor burn, or even a need to use body lotion. For someone with dryer skin, or as a body scrub I rate this as one of the best I’ve used, but for my face it’s a waste.

 

Second I tried my luck with Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub which had similar issues. Absolutely wonderful as a combination body scrub body wash but not really working for my face. Great texture, and decent lather when mixed with water, nice smell.

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Hopefully the next set of things I get my hands on prove to be a better fit for my skin type as we approach warmer weather again. Get stoked!

 

Got any recommendations you think I should check out? Leave them in the comments section and I’ll be sure to take a look.

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Not Always a Win

Not everything I buy to try is a product I’m destined to love forever.

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Recently, in my Sephora haul, I purchased¬†Glam Glow Super Mud¬†to try. My good friend and former assistant, Vanessa who works at the¬†Springfield Town Center¬†Sephora location, assured me I would love it. While I acknowledge it is a beauty junkie favorite, and it did great things for my skin, I just can’t get past the scent.

 

It contains several herbal extracts, like licorice, which give it a distinct smell that ends up being extremely reminiscent of Jagermeister. I just can’t handle it.

 

This is a bit of a loss because my skin does feel incredibly refreshed and clean. The goal of using it tonight was to make up for three days of chain-smoking in my car traveling to teach hair extension classes out of town. It worked amazingly so I’m disappointed a bit, but I’m planning on gifting it to a current staff member who really enjoys Jager.

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Recent Sephora Favorites

So I semi-recently got some tax return money and we all know what a beauty junkie is prone to do with unexpected windfalls, so I took that to Sephora to find some new favorites.

The weather these days has been back and forth pretty ridiculously in my area so I’ve been looking for some skin care that would give me a deep clean and no residue on the sweaty days but it needed to be soothing enough to not dry me out on the cooler days either.

There was¬†much searching and poking through every product, and I’m sure a fair amount of employee annoyance at my refusal to accept advice, but seriously I’ve got a cosmetology license there’s nothing you can tell me that I won’t know from reading the labeling. I finally settled on Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask¬†and¬†May Coop Raw Sauce.

I’ve fallen madly in love with them both.

 

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The pumpkin mask has been awesome. It’s designed to be used 2-3 times per week, but I use it every other day so I use it about 4 times a week. I wouldn’t recommend that if you have skin that is sensitive to physical or chemical exfoliants. It’s got a good grainy texture so it works well at giving me a really clean feeling that just doesn’t happen for me with chemical exfoliants alone. It’s also filled with fantastic enzymes and acids from the pumpkin and other natural sources so it really leaves you feeling smooth and soft.

May Coop Raw Sauce, I have to admit it, I mostly bought it because I loved the name of it. It’s pretty much asking to be joked about. Seriously. It came down between this and another “booster style” moisturizer and the name was the deciding factor. I am digging it though because it has a whole bunch of extracts in it that increase the nutrient content but it’s virtually oil free so there’s no gross sebum build up on the warmer days we’ve been having. It’s very light in scent and texture, and it’s got a maple water base which makes it an excellent hydration product.

I’m excited to keep using these until I run out. It’s been a few weeks so far and they’re doing fabulous things for my acne, oily spots, and general brightness.