Monday, November 09, 2015

My Life Coach - "Mama June"

We all need a mentor.  We all need a coach.  To me that means having someone to take me by the hand, and walk me through experiences I couldn't have done (or known about) on my own.  It means someone who has already walked through the coals and wants to show me a shortcut to save me some time, or potential harm to myself or others.  It means having someone who knows something a bit more than I do who can impart wisdom, guidance and direction.  It also means having someone to push me beyond what I thought I was capable of doing.   I am lucky enough to have such a person in my life and had the chance to visit her this weekend.  

Many years ago my father pastored a church in a small southern community in Georgia.  Daddy had his hands full with 6 of us kids at home, my mom who could barely keep up with laundry, cooking, cleaning, and "the daily grind."   And while things probably got a little overwhelming at times, we kids were never made to feel that we were a burden.  Daddy had a full time job working here or there in his  trade, and ministered to this small country church on Sundays and Wednesdays, and whatever else needed to be done like visiting the sick or praying for those in need.  On the weekends there was usually a little auto-repair that needed tending to and daddy always loved to tinker around in the yard.

When we moved to South Georgia, I didn't really have a clue as to how to play piano and at the time could probably play a deluxe version of Chop Sticks or Amazing Grace in a very "Boom Chuck" sort of way.  To those of you that aren't musicians that basically means BONG BONG BONG on the piano and you're singing along with all the gonging.

The church was full of excitement each and every Sunday.  Our days and lives were enhanced during those years and I believe we came together as a family so strongly.  There was a greater sense of "community" than any other place we had lived and since it was such a small community everyone knew one another.  The center of town (a sleepy community with one traffic light) was the little convenience store on the main highway. Every morning the farmers and local workers would meet up "At Axson" for a "sodee water"  (a soda of some kind).  The main work there was tobacco, chicken houses and forestry.

When we moved there I was entering my 10th grade year and the school was full of excitement, extracurricular activities, and groups for this or that.  I found myself drawn to our literary competitions such as music, extemporaneous speaking, debate teams, etc.   I thought I would enter the piano competitions for young boys (with my Boom Chuck experience mind you) and find my footing in the school.  I remember auditioning for the librarian with an old church song, plucking out the chords as hard as I could.  Little did I know she was looking for a Bach prelude or a Schubert Impromptu.  My parents received a call some days later from the librarian saying "Now we don't want Billy to be hurt - but we aren't sure he's quite ready for something like this."    Well if you know me - those are fighting words.

Not knowing what to do, I obviously recognized what I knew wasn't quite enough so I started some proper training.  While this wasn't my first piano lesson in the world - it was definitely time for some in depth training and proper studying.  So I began studying with a local pianist who used to play for the Billy Graham Crusade - and I think she could tell this was going to take a lot of work.  Between being new in South Geotrgia, trying to make new friends, and trying to "fit into" the world of literary music, I had my hands full.

A certain lady in our church was quite involved in our community.  Not only was she a local high school teacher, she was very involved with the church and totally had her hands in the pot.  She was known for cracking a strong whip - especially if she believed in you.  I remember drawing close to this dear lady and she sort of took me under her wing.   Wait, I take that back.  She actually sat on me.  ;-)     (Yes, I'm entitled to use smileys in my blog!).  Many people saw her as overly opinionated or demanding.  I just knew her as a strong caring woman whose world I wanted to be part of.  The school knew her as Ms. Mullis, our church knew her as Ms. June, but I lovingly came to know her as MAMA JUNE.   A lady who would have the most impact on my life in so many ways.

Some time later, I learned that even the strongest people in the world can suffer heartache and hurt.  Mama June, so strong in our community, so confident in her work, and so caring in our church lost her son.  I think sometimes that I was placed in her world so she could experience continued caring for her son, to distract some of the heartache, as I, too, had experienced some losses earlier in my childhood.  Thus - the journey of friendship began and she became a mentor/coach to me for all the things I was working on.

I remember Mama June telling me that learning something  would not be easy.  In this case - she was referring to my piano studies.  There were days when my hands ached from practice and I remember her voice saying "You have to do it again and again and again - and when it hurts - you do it some more."  I went on to win first place regionals that year in our boys piano contests and placed 3rd in the state of Georgia.    We repeated those same successes the next go round as well (I was 4th in Georgia the second time).

A few years later, and many proud senior high school moments, I had already begun preparations for college attendance.  When I was filling out my college application I remember asking Mama June for a letter of recommendation.   "What are you doing?"  she asked.   "Applying for college and I need a recommendation."


I heard the brakes slam, the horn blow and I could envision her getting out of the car with a bullhorn.

"You're not filling out an application son - we're submitting a portfolio of your work!"  Oh heavens - what had I gotten myself into.  At the time, I didn't have a clue as to how to package or brand "Billy Lowe."  I didn't know a thing about presentation and I was rusty (at best) in presenting myself.    She guided me through the process of making copies of everything I had done, every piano contest, tons of job recommendations, tons of personal recommendations, and copies of every high school report card.  Copies of newspaper articles were a plenty, and certainly my own bio/essay as to why I would make a great college candidate.   The portfolio was easily 40-50 pages thick.  One lick of the stamp - and off she went.

My parents prayed, the church prayed, Mama June prayed.  And before you know it, I was holding a letter in my hands from Asbury College in Wilmore, KY.  ACCEPTED.   And since 1989, I have only seen Mama June once or twice over the past 20-25 years.

This past Sunday, November 9, 2015 - I got to see Mama June once again. The old country church where my father used to pastor had its annual homecoming.   She's still as active as ever and her love and care have grown even more.  When I got there the pastor asked me to play piano for the service so of course I opened with worship songs that the church would know and Mama June was soon standing by my side giving me a big hug.  Excited to see her, I basically broke from the music, which I never do, to let her know what she meant to me.   The service was wonderful with special singers for the day, and my father delivered the homecoming sermon.  After service there was the typical pot luck lunch and I ate all the southern cooking I could stand.   Sweet tea, Brunswick stew, green bean casserole - yes folks - it's all true.  Southern food is truly the best.

As the day wrapped, I went to find Mama June one last time.  I gave her a big hug and told her of all the wonderful ways she had impacted my life.  The confidence she had given and the grace she taught me are things I'll never be able to say thank you enough for.   While she may not have physically been there, I often heard her voice in my head and paths on which she taught me to walk.  It was the sweetest moment for ME, to get to hold her hands and say thank you.

So if you have a mentor, a life coach, a teacher or simply a friend, don't miss a single moment to say thank you for what they've done.  And for heavens' sake - don't wait 25 years like I did.

Yours in beauty and gratitude,


Saturday, November 07, 2015

Hair Salons in Charlotte, NC | Hair Stylist Charlotte

Hair Salons in Charlotte, Hair Stylist in Charlotte:

Every other month, I'm super excited to visit Charlotte North Carolina where I see clients for cut & color services.  Known as "The Queen City" this amazing town is home to some of the finest food, culture, people, and opportunities.

I love The Queen City and certainly enjoy all of my time there on the east coast.  As a Georgia native, North Carolina is not far from home.

If you're looking for great cut & color services, would like to host a hair party event, or perhaps you know someone you'd like to refer - we look forward to hearing from you and working with you soon.

The team of Billy Lowe - Beverly Hills, CA

Billy Lowe is an elite talent responsible for creating extraordinary beauty on and off the red carpet.  We look forward to working with you and hearing from you soon.  

Big Kid - Adult Gymnastics Athens, GA


Adult Gymnastics Athens, GA

So I don't know if you know this about me or not - but as a kid, I was a total monkey.  We grew up with a trampoline and I was the BEST on our block at flips, tricks, and jumping the highest.  In 5th grade I started tumbling on the mats and could eventually do round-offs, back handsprings, the bar, and of course, my beloved trampoline.

It was nothing for dad to come home from work and find me in a tree, on top of the house, or swinging from the high-rope in a barn next to our house.  While I live in Beverly Hills, CA, I recently visited my sister in Athens, GA where she takes one of her boys to gymnastics lessons.  It really helps kids (and everyone for that matter) become "body-conscious" and "body assured"  (and gets all that energy out so they're nice and tired for their afternoon naps)  HELLO MAMA-BREAK.

When it was time for the kids and parents to warm up for their morning class, my sister encouraged me to warm up too.  We warmed up on the floor doing light stretching and easy-to-learn moves for the little ones,  and then moved onto some other conditioning exercises.  If you've never been on a gymnastics floor it's the most amazing and comfortable thing.  I wish the earth's floor felt that good.  THEN - we moved to the trampoline exercises (I won't show you that video) but it felt super nice to be flying high again on a bouncing mat, doing back flips and tucks.

AFTER the day's lesson (mind you I haven't taken a gymnastics lesson in almost 10 years at the time of this writing) it was a free for all and of course, the big kid in me wanted to jump into the cushion foam pool.  "GO GO GO"    EVERYONE around me was laughing along.   The above video is the result of a long exercise and gymnastics day, and me returning to the floor - at 40 something years of age.     Care to try it with me next time?

Thank you sis and of course Georgia Elite Gymnastics for making me feel 15 again.  

Yours in beauty (and in health),

Billy Lowe

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Selling it in the ATL | Sarah Lowe Real Estate Buckhead Atlanta

Billy Lowe & Sarah Lowe - Dynamic Duo Always

Selling it in the ATL:   For many years I've worked as a celebrity hair stylist for production and the red carpet.  From reality shows to news segments, press events and product launches, I've just about seen it all.   I can't be more proud of my baby sister for landing her own reality show as many years as I've worked in this industry.  So if you're looking for real estate in Atlanta - call Sarah Lowe.  

Atlanta has certainly changed over the years especially compared to my years there from 1994-1998. I lived in hot Midtown and had a gorgeous apartment overlooking Piedmont Park, and later an apartment at 11th and Peachtree.  Today, the city has completely grown on top of itself.  Maybe Los Angeles has helped me broaden my vision but I don't remember Atlanta being as "chic" as it is today. Perhaps I was simply unaware.

Nonetheless - you'll want to tune into WE TV to catch this new real estate show featuring my sister Sarah Lowe.

And if you're reading about me for the first time, be sure to check out my website for more info, as well as my hair care line Gloss & Toss.      Congrats to all the ladies of Selling it in the ATL.   GO GET 'EM.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Ways to save water - California Drought

It's no secret that California is in trouble.  From water saving tips to "California Gold" campaigns, Californians are aware that we need to do something.  No one uses more water than hair stylists.  From shampoos to treatments, even washing our mixing bowls I see so much water waste not just at home, but in the salon as well.   With these great tips, who better than salon professionals to educate clients and partner with California's missions and messaging to conserve water.  

  1. When you need hot water, use faucets closest to your hot water heater.   Hot water has less distance to travel in this manner and you waste less water waiting for it to reach you.  
  2. Remind yourself and your family.  Use a note system at your water sources to stay water-wise.   
  3. Turn water pressure down whenever possible.  
  4. Turn off water while brushing your teeth or saving.  This is extremely helpful in all instances.  
  5. While waiting on shower water to heat up, save running water in a large pitcher and use for other things like watering plants or lawn, or even basic household cleaning.  
  6. Make it fun.  Come up with a strategy with your family or friends to celebrate the idea of conserving water rather than making it a chore.  People are motivated by vision, goals, or fun ideas.  Brainstorm with your family or friends to find out what THEY are doing to conserve water and participate in the needs today.  
  7. Find out what your kids know and learn from them.  Today, more and more schools are teaching kids recycling, conservation methods, etc.   
  8. Three Minute Thursdays (Or other such idea).  Take 1 or 2 days per week and make them your "focus days."  Find ways to conserve whether it's military shower methods, or simply cutting down time in the shower, running less water for the bath, etc.  
  9. Dry Shampoos.     Many clients in the salon that have long hair are getting more time in between shampoos by using dry shampoo.  Hair performs better with a little "build-up" and many clients love the texture and feel of their hair a couple of days after an initial shampoo. Using dry shampoos (obviously) uses less water in hair care and helps hair perform and look its best between care.   
  10. A note to salon and beauty professionals - Discard excess chemicals in the trash receptacles rather than washing them down the drain. Disposing of extra chemicals not only requires more water to rinse and wash bowls, but also sends toxic chemicals down the drains and into our water systems.  
  11. Professional hair care is always better than DIY hair care.   DIY hair color is messy, and many clients waste too much water trying to rinse chemicals or color out by themselves.   Salon services are much better and salon professionals are set up for shampooing and cleaning hair in contained areas.  DIY at home often makes a huge mess - requiring excess water for clean up of counter tops, floors or tubs if clients make a mess.  
  12. Cut down on car-wash appointments.  Go every 10-12 days rather than once a week.  Space it out.  
With the much-needed rain this week, it's refreshing that California may finally get some water.  But we should all do our parts to help with this.  Enjoy and be water-wise.  

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

How to look younger with the right hair style | beauty tips | hair tips

How to look younger with the right hair style.

Yes - you can take years away with the right shape, color and professional services and products.  I've always loved the side swept bang and dramatic parts and heavier distribution of hair to one side.  This look on Cameron Diaz is perfect.  WebMD covered some tips I shared on different cuts and styles and while I don't cut a lot of short hair  - this look on Ms. Diaz is "sick."

Sideswept bangs help distract the viewer's eye out and away from some of those "troubled spots" or fine lines and wrinkles.

Soft fringe around the faceline adds texture, dimension and a youthful look without looking too teenage-ish.

Deep parts add sophistication and drama.   My team loves them.

Color, Color Color.  Cover up the grey, add dimension, and lots of shine.    Don't forget your Gloss & Toss for great hair and styling options.

Ask your salon professional for highlights and low-lights to give distance and dimension in the color.  This look is great  and creates a lot of "space" in the color as well as the style.  Use a foil technique only (no base color) to maintain a darker more natural looking root and brighter pieces around the faceline.

If you're in the Los Angeles area, please call for a hair appointment and brighten up your color or add some dimension.  Also find us at salons in westlake village

Monday, July 20, 2015

Mrs. United States Pageant | Pageants in the United States

We would like to take time to congratulate the ladies of the Mrs. United States pageant in Las Vegas this weekend and say THANK YOU for your commitment to talent, beauty, and ambition.   We know that pageants are so much more than a walk on the runway.  The "Mrs." category of pageants holds an even greater level of commitment to life, service, and authenticity.    Congratulations ladies.  Enjoy your time in Vegas and enjoy Gloss & Toss.  Available online at

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Hollywood Makeover | Beyond the Acorn Magazine

Once in a while I get calls to coordinate makeover events for a deserving individual.  Some clients travel far and wide for a makeover opportunity and I have worked on countless reality makeover shows through the years as well as shared key beauty tips and techniques with writers and media sources from around the world.  I think I can say with some authority, that I have the makeover experience "down pat."  Um, did I mention I LOVE makeovers?

There's a magic moment in "the reveal" where the makeover candidate gets to see herself (or himself) for the first time after the makeover and it's that split second that you wish could last a lifetime.  There's excitement, tears, laughter, and such an overwhelming explosion of feelings and emotions that I find priceless.

I pitched a makeover to BEYOND THE ACORN MAGAZINE and the team loved it.  We opened the table for submissions for a makeover candidate and so many wonderful stories came in from family, friends, and more.  From deserving mothers to friends that just needed a "pick me up," we were delighted to read all of the wonderful stories and testimonies of friends and loved ones who care for one another, and want one another to look and feel their best.

I won't spoil the story here, but I'll just say you have to pick up a copy of BEYOND THE ACORN MAGAZINE, which is a Conejo Valley area magazine and much loved news paper.  

If you'd like to schedule your own makeover in Los Angeles, please visit my website at and tell us more about the opportunity you're looking to schedule.  This can be for yourself, a group of people, a bridal event, or whatever you can think of.   The best part is that you'll have a great time.  We love what we do and we look forward to sharing the world of beauty with you.

Yours in beauty,

Billy Lowe
Hair Stylist & National Beauty Expert
As seen on Hallmark's Home & Family

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

French Market Place Los Angeles | West Hollywood

Well I'm bummed ----- but actually pleased.

The French Market Place West Hollywood, which has been a long time West Hollywood staple, is now closed.   Home to Hollywood A-Listers, Hollywood Yesteryear talent, the homeless (hahahah) and us normal folk too, the French Market Place served its clients with excellence and pride for many years (many decades hello).

While no one truly knows what's going to happen (I suspect a tear-down and ridiculous building of something other than our culture), we are all adjusting to the neighborhood shake-down and many of its long-time patrons are finding other places to dine, socialize and hang out.  

May we introduce you to Marco's Restaurant West Hollywood, for example.   OMG, I have to tell you.  I LOVE IT HERE.   They have ample seating, it's a light-filled room, and outstanding service and did I forget to mention - MAMA'S AMAZING RECIPES?    

Please try them out today by visiting 8200 Santa Monica Boulevard West Hollywood, CA.   YOU'LL BE GLAD YOU DID.  

Delicious.   Thank you Marco's Restaurant.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Mrs. United States Beauty Pageant Las Vegas, Nevada | Annual Beauty Pageant

The Mrs. United States beauty pageant is right around the corner and I am so thrilled that Gloss and Toss was asked to participate. Not only will we be there in spirit and beauty, each of the ladies will receive Gloss and Toss products and other "goodies" as they compete for the title of Mrs. united States.

The Mrs. United States pageant is the largest pageant in this category (for married ladies).  Held at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Vegas, this summer's pageant will boast beauty and talent nationwide. Don't miss the coverage and social media by sharing or hashtagging #mrsunitedstates and #glossandtoss

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Hot Tools Holster Brands | Hot Tools Holders

Hot Tools Holster Brands have come up with an amazing product that I love and use in the salon for organizing my hot tools, and to prevent burning other tools and accessories on my work station.   These amazing "pockets" or "hot tools holders" come in many colors and easily adhere to the surface of your sink or work area - even at home - and make styling a cinch (especially if you don't have a lot of counter top space).  Plus they look really cool.

Check them out online by searching for Hot Tools Holsters and order yours today.    You'll save space, save time, and save yourself and your styling area from burning.   ENJOY.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Organizing your beauty products at home

Organizing your beauty products can seem like a total chore.  So many people have pantries and vanities full of products that are rarely used (and many have expired).  But we all have our "top picks" and products that we use day to day just as we do a favorite bath towel, or reaching for our favorite pair of shoes.  The main idea here is to keep those faves at arms' reach.  

One great way to do this is shelving over or around the sink area and organizing those "fast finds" in small containers or baskets.  Small drawer units also work well for sorting things out like cotton balls, Q-Tips, or fingernail items.  

The Container store has lots of organizational systems for your beauty items including stackable and customizable units that can be arranged in many ways to suit your beauty storage needs.  We found the Like-It Bricks Manicure Storage which can hold all sorts of beauty items and accessories and larger storage baskets can help store larger beauty items like hairspray, shapers, and more.

So get creative - have fun, play.  But most of all - GET ORGANIZED with your beauty.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Hallmark Home and Family Show | Summertime Hair Tips | Billy Lowe

Summertime Hair Tips on the Hallmark Home and Family Show:

It's always exciting to be on set and to work with a team of amazing people.  I love my days with the team of Hallmark's Home and Family Show and this time we shared quick and easy hair tips on how to get a great "summertime do" as well as some sun protection ideas and hair care ideas for protecting your hair against sun, sand and surf.   This is the segment we've been building up to and we hope you enjoy.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hair Color Shadowing

So I've been working over the years on a technique called COLOR SHADOWING.   We hear a lot about highlights and what I call "LOWE-lights," but I've always thought, as an artist, that bright always appears brighter in the presence of shadows (or contrast).   Color shadowing is a wonderful technique that I've been practicing for almost 10 years now adding "shadows" in various panels of the hair to accentuate color, create gorgeous dimension, and deliver gorgeous results in the presence of light and dark tones.  

By applying the shadowing effect, I'm pretty aggressive with deeper tones of color.  Most stylists apply lowlights only a level or two darker than the highlight end result.  For me, I use 3, 4, 5 levels of difference to create true "shadows" in the overall end result.  A lot of people confuse lowlights or contrast and interpret that their blonde may be be as blonde, or that the overall result won't be as bright. Not always the case.  It's true deeper tones to create an overall "level difference" but when applied well, the bright appears brighter as a result and I think the grow-out lasts even longer.

Ask your hair stylist about color shadowing or adding (threaded) lowlights (not chunky) to your hair color 3-4 tones DARKER than your highlight result.

HAVE FUN and enjoy the color.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hallmark Home and Family Hair Tips for Summer with Billy Lowe

Well it's here.  Lots of tips, techniques and recaps from today's HOME AND FAMILY SHOW sharing summertime hair tips.  Funny thing - as I was leaving the set yesterday there were so many tourists, tour buses and people taking photos of the set, hoping to see that someone famous, and I drove off the lot thinking how truly lucky I am to get to do what I do, where I do, and with some amazing friends & colleagues.

Obviously as a health and beauty expert, sun, sand and surf affects more than just our hair.  We also need to take good care of our skin so many of these tips are "crossover" tips on caring for yourSELF this summer.     So just what ARE these great tips for summer?


  • Wide brim hats (hats in general).    These help protect hair, top of head, hairline area and some of the neck/shoulder area from excess sun exposure.   Don't forget the guys this season and encourage them to wear hats. 
  • SPF STICK.   LOVE them.    A lot of people are sensitive to sprays or lotions and SPF Sticks are just like small deodorant sticks that you can rub on.    
  • Protect the top of your hair or part-line by using the SPF Stick or spray a light sunscreen at partline/scalp area.   Don't forget the hairline and the back of your neck. 
  • Apply leave-in conditioners or use products with sunflower.   Sunflower is a natural UV defender.   
  • HAIR SERUMS.   Here's the key.  When there's moisture in the hair, it's more prone to frizzing. When hair frizzes it becomes weak brittle and prone to more damage.    Obviously we recommend GLOSS & TOSS hair shine & treatment serum to smooth hair, lock down the cuticle layer and leave hair looking & feeling smooth.  
  • Shampoo & condition your hair immediately after swimming.   Don't allow chlorine to dry in your hair as it can discolor it. 
  • Use baking soda in your shampoo to help detox or break-down any seasonal build-up.   Just remember to condition well.  

Obviously you want to avoid excess heat during summer months so this technique is great, easy, and allows hair to cool and take soft tousled shape without curling irons or hot rollers.     Simply blow-dry hair smooth using a round brush.  Remember the size of the bend is determined by the size of your brush.    I used a small 2" round on the client for the show.  As each section is dry, wrap the section around your fingers and clip to scalp area with a classic duck bill clip.   You can find these anywhere.   Finish with a light-hold spray and allow to cool.   Release clips, allow hair to fall, shake loose and voila.

Stay tuned for these and other great beauty tips.   To book Billy Lowe for a salon appointment or on location event, please call 310-430-4045 or visit & send an email.