Friday, March 30, 2018

International Quilt Market - Quilting Convention Portland, Oregon

The International Quilt Market Quilting Trade Show is coming to Portland, Oregon. 

Quilting Sales and marketing workshop with Billy Lowe
"Don't Quit. QUILT!"  At the International Quilt Market in Portland, Oregon this year.

Let me begin by saying, "I DON'T QUILT!"  But my family has a rich history of sewing, crocheting, crafts, music, and creating.  Wait did I mention cooking and baking? And after 25+ years in retail sales and marketing, life on the red carpet as a hair stylist, and basic knowledge of today's retail market, I've been asked to share some experiences at the International Quilting Convention in Portland, Oregon this year. 

It's no secret that e-commerce and "deal of the day" campaigns have had a negative impact on many small businesses and industries as a whole.  So,,, I'll be speaking at the Quilting Convention in Portland in May (2018).  But let me confess right up front, I am not a quilter myself and know nothing about the subject matter except that my Grandmother quilted for years and was quite the creative person and that was "the tie that binds" and sparked an interest in my team to submit content to the organizers for a possible speaking opportunity. She worked as a seamstress for Macon Manufacturing Shirt Company in Macon, Georgia as did her daughter and sister-in-law.  I remember Grandma would come home so many times with bags and bags of fabric strips, spools and spools of thread, and thousands and thousands of buttons which she turned into necklaces.

A photo of my amazing Grandmother. I'm sure she was
showing off her tomato plants here? And yes she made
her dress.
When I think of all of the things I DO know and things I HAVE accomplished, they are all fun and somewhat impressive but quilting is not even on the table. So what is?  Well obviously I've worked in the health and beauty markets for 25+ years in sales and marketing leadership, and somehow landed on the red carpet as Hollywood hair guy meeting red carpet demands year after year. Throw in a few amazing consulting gigs and supporting the launch of some incredible products and brands in addition to owning my own "storefront business" in Los Angeles - there's some great stuff to work with I'd say.

DON'T QUIT. QUILT! What does it mean?  If you look closely, there's only one difference in those two words.  I wonder if you can see what it is.  I wonder what you think the meaning is. I don't think quitting means we have to close a business or a door. Many times we "quit" before we even get out the door in the morning to head to work.  To me it's more about actions and attitudes. Many times we feel we are "out of gas" or "out of answers" and we need to refresh or recharge.  Having someone navigate for us or provide a fresh thought or insight (even from another industry) is super impactful and gets us charged again.

The International Quilt Market Quilting and Education Convention will be a great event and the DON'T QUIT. QUILT! workshop allows attendees to catch some fresh ideas, and "roll out the red carpet" for their customers in a whole new way, whether they are celebrities or not.  My ideas about THINKING AROUND THE CORNER are really about perception and knowing your businesses well enough to trust your instinct, and lean back on THE LETTER L - which is at the very heart of most of what we do.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: 
INTERNATIONAL QUILT MARKET
OREGON CONVENTION CENTER (PORTLAND)
MAY 11, 2018 WEEKEND
(registered attendees only)

DON'T QUIT. QUILT!

FRIDAY - MAY 11, 2018   6-7PM
SPEAKER: BILLY LOWE - Celebrity hair stylist, Founder of Gloss & Toss® Hair Care & consultant for companies large and small striving for excellence in their brand growth and development.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Beautiful friendships - Over a decade of memories

She doesn't know I'm doing this.  SHHHH  IT'S A SURPRISE.   Or is it.

Meg and Billy - Summer 2012; That year.
It's Sunday night and I'm cleaning out files - yes kids - one of THOSE nights. But in all of my years in Los Angeles, there's been one super fun, super cool, super real, super loyal friend and her name is Meg.  Although I lovingly call her "Mama Meg."   We've been friends for over 10 years and she's as sweet and beautiful as ever.

This photo was taken on the patio of Le Pan Quotidien in Los Angeles on Melrose Avenue.  Had I gotten a new pair or sunglasses  Or were we just both gorgeous and bronze?  I think I was trying on another friends' sunglasses and she snapped this photo of Meg and me. I don't know but this is one of my favorite photos and in my lifetime, one of my favorite people.  Why?  Well I didn't think anyone had ears bigger than mine (according to my biological mother) and being a hair stylist, I'm an "Ok" listener. But Meg, She's the best. Can I call her?  YEP.  Can we go our for the day and stare up at the blue sky and say 'I'll get to that tomorrow?'   YEP.  Does she help me "toss" it all to the wind and just let the wind blow in my hair (whatever is left)?  YEP.  Does she hold me accountable?   YEP.  But here's something else......

Above all of that qualification of myself, being around Meg makes me want to be a better person. As much as I have to score and judge and rate and choose on a daily basis, when I'm with Meg, I get to let all of that go. She brings an ease to life and a sweetness to my world that reminds me of home.

Years ago I was transitioning from one "gig" to another and it also required moving cities. The ladies at one of my accounts gave me a "going away" gift which was the book "Life is not work - work is not life."  I cried when I read the title and they crowded around me so customers wouldn't see me in that moment. When I'm with Meg I'm able to forget "work" and enjoy "life."

In life, I've found  myself working round the clock only to answer to e-commerce systems that DICK-tate who I am, when I'm there and when I can be present for me and for my friends.  This is probably as raw as I've ever been in spoken work (I only hope I don't go back and edit). I'm somewhat sad at losing person-to-person interaction, friendship, and love. I was having a text chat today that was getting nowhere so I told the person "I'll call you and I'll begin with an apology myself if we can just talk."  It made everything better.  AND YES - I APOLOGIZED. 

Mama Meg, I adore you. I love our friendship. I thank you for our friendship.  You have somehow held my vision with me and you insisted that I be my best and bring my best (and dancing once in a while).  You put wind in  my sails when I didn't think I had another breath in me. 

I love our friendship and I love you to the moon and back.

Yours in Beauty - Billy 

(Trooth be toad). 


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Red Carpet Hair Styling Kit from Gloss & Toss Products - Beverly Hills Hair Brand

Red Carpet Hair - Celebrity Beauty in Hollywood

Los Angeles is full of  excitement this Awards Season with movie "nods," head-to-toe beauty (and red carpet hair tips), and so much more.  What's not to be missed?  From SWAG bags to step and repeat photos, and the anticipation of who actually won, it's non stop action (and helicopters all night long).  And on top of all of that excitement will be the follow up photos in your favorite magazines dishing who showed up, who wore what, and how it was done.


How to Get Red Carpet Hair:

Lights, Camera, Action.  But how is it done?  How does one season "wrangle" so many people together and who keeps them looking so Glossy?  Well, Gloss & Toss® Hair Care is proud to launch the first ever Red Carpet Hair Styling Essentials Toolbox.  While we know that's a mouthful, it just about covers everything we wanted it to be including 7 amazing items from our brand in a really cool carrying case made for Gloss & Toss Hair Products brand.  I've had the honor of working many of those red carpet  events and the days move so quickly and usually begin at 5:00A.M.  It's no wonder hair starts losing shape or makeup needs a little TLC by early afternoon or evening.

The Red Carpet Rescue Hair Styling Kit is available now online and includes:  

7 of our amazing hair care products, styling tip cards, and a great carrying case.
  • Daily Nourish Shampoo & Conditioner Duo
  • Prep leave-in conditioner
  • Shine - our signature blow-dry serum
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Flex-Spray Versatile Hairspray with ProVitamin B5
  • Detangle Brush - Our Detangle and Multi-Purpose Hair Brush

We'll be bringing more info along and along so hold onto those tresses and keep those heels ready for the red carpet.  


Stay tuned for more details and our upcoming GLOSS & TOSS GIRL MEMBERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES.


Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Salon Ownership - The New Generation of Owning a Hair Salon via Private Hair Studios

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Studio Concept Salons and Hair Salon Suites are everywhere.  But are they right for you?

I had a private hair studio for 10+ years and there are many highlights and low-lights to running one of these independent salon concepts.  If you're a seasoned salon professional this business model can provide a great level of independence, client management and strengthening client relationships in a more one-on-one setting.  They provide independence and the sense of salon ownership without the costly overhead (time and money) of owning a traditional salon - trust me I've had both.

Unlike a traditional salon setting where an owner may have 5, 10, 15 or more chairs on the salon floor, the studio salon suite concept is basically a real estate model which enables industry professionals the opportunity to own their own business by leasing smaller spaces at an affordable rate. By affordability I'm speaking in terms of monthly or weekly rental totals and not actual cost per square foot.  In today's salon world, "studio concept salons" are popping up everywhere.  These are usually found in traditional office spaces (5K to 20K square feet or more) that have been converted to house 20, 30, 40 or more private studios (usually 10 x 10 or a little more) and give beauty experts lock and key to their own "business."   But what comes with that?

Studio suite owners promote their businesses by marketing camaraderie amongst other workers and independent "salon ownership" feel when you rent an independent studio. But many beauty professionals get into this working environment and find they miss the interaction and "floor talk" with their peers so they end up hanging out in the common areas or the back break rooms. 

Here's what I DID find in my 10 years of owning a private studio suite: 

1.  Costly per square foot - but on this small a scale - affordable when you think of independent "salon ownership"
2.  Inclusions like sink, chair, cabinetry already built in - saved time and $
3.  A bit isolating
4.  A hall pass to start your own business - even if you're not ready
5.  A wonderful learning opportunity


Here's my biggest concern.  Today's studio salon concept has given a hall pass to any beauty professional to start her/his own company even if they aren't ready.  It allows them a place to conduct business, yet doesn't guarantee their success.  It's a real estate model with a great sales pitch and a nice shiny key.  However it can allure and distract the young beauty pro into a world of business and beauty ownership that they aren't ready or groomed for. Franchisees will say that tenants are pre-screened and qualified but when they're sitting on 10,000 sq feet of rental space and only 20% occupancy, there's a  lot of forgiveness when it comes to filling up those retail spaces.

A beauty school graduate is equipped with the basic foundations of hair dressing but just like any profession, the true "day to day" education and learning opportunities come from learning as you go, mentorship, and growing in a business culture.  This is the very foundation of hair styling without which - no stylist is ready for the salon floor.  So while I love the idea of independent salon spaces, I do not believe they are right for everyone.  They are also not right for the hair stylist whose clients enjoy the buzzz of the salon environment.

If you're considering a studio salon concept for yourself, there's much to think about and I'm  happy to speak with you.  There is much that goes into running a hair or beauty business and I have had the great fortune of managing the world's finest beauty brands on a corporate level as well as working the red carpet as a hair stylist and on-air personality.  If you are considering starting a salon or beauty business, or perhaps you're interested in salon coaching beauty education opportunities, I look forward to hearing from you.

Billy Lowe
Celebrity Hair Stylist - National Beauty Expert
Founder of Gloss & Toss Hair Care

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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 and Gift Ideas from Gloss & Toss Hair Care

Holiday shopping and gift giving has already begun and many gift guides are dishing hair and beauty. Gloss & Toss Hair Care is in the race for the perfect gift idea.


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Online PR News – 02-November-2017 – Los Angeles, CA – Holiday Gift Guide ideas tell us what's new and what's next! That's what's on everyone's mind this year other than ordering online. Gloss & Toss Hair Care is no stranger to online excellence and the convenience of having those orders filled. In fact, it's so well loved not just by customers at home, but celebrities and leading hair stylists in Hollywood are using Gloss & Toss Hair Products behind the scenes of Hollywood and for themselves.
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"There's something for everyone!" says celebrity hair stylist Billy Lowe, founder of Gloss & Toss Hair Products and Hollywood Hair Stylist. "We are proud to announce 3 amazing value sets this year that fits a variety of needs and a variety of budgets." Lowe comes from a long history of sales and marketing leadership in the global health and beauty world and after years of life on the red carpet as a key hair stylist, Gloss & Toss Hair Care was the next natural progression career wise.
Gloss & Toss Hair Care has taken front row in the world of beauty must haves and holiday gift guide ideas this year! There's truly something for everyone and customers love the ease of shopping online as well as our online hair style tips.
The three holiday beauty bundles range in price from $35.00 to $85.00 and include a variety of products. The $35.00 package includes the ever-popular Gloss & Toss Detangle Brush as well as Flex Spray Versatile Styling Hairspray (with low, medium, high settings). The $45.00 holiday package includes the brand's signature Shine hair serum, the Detangle Brush, and Flex Spray as well. The final $85.00 holiday package includes Gloss & Toss Daily Nourish Shampoo and Conditioner Duo, Prep leave-in conditioner and strengthener, Hair and Scalp Healing Oil, and Fortify Hair, Skin and Nail Supplement. These are easy shopping solutions whether it's for someone at home, a gift exchange at work, yourself, or even your hair stylist or salon professional.
Gloss & Toss is a cruelty-free brand, tested, tried and true - never on animals - only people! Gift the gift of beauty this season with a haircare brand that all of Hollywood is raving about, as are customers from around the world. Experience Gloss & Toss Hair Care and see why customers are saying things like, "My hair looks and feels healthier than before!" or, "I've noticed my hair doesn't fall out as much!" and even celebrity shout outs like, "These products work! I loved my hair for the press day thanks to Gloss & Toss!"
Gloss & Toss has made it easy to shop online and learn a styling tip or two along the way from their creative stylists. Follow along on social media and watch for the exciting year end beauty tips and ideas as well.
Gloss & Toss Hair Care helps demystify the world of Hollywood Beauty by making products and services easily available online. Happy Holidays!
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Hollywood Beauty and The Red Carpet

The red carpet is a fictional character.  


Well, sort of. When I travel for work, people ask what it's like to work on the red carpet or as a hair stylist in Hollywood and I simply tell them "The red carpet is wherever you put one. Hollywood just televises it."  The red carpet seems such a mystery to people "way out there."  It seems to be something that's untouchable or unreachable.  But truthfully, it's available to you no matter where you are.  They sell them at Home Depot in fact.

Living in Los Angeles, many of us drive by historic landmarks every day and we don't even see it anymore.  "Hollywood" is a sign on a hill that became a celebrity itself.  At one time it was just someone's property.  Then some letters went up on that hill that represent your favorite movie or actor and those letters became a destination.  But to those of us that work in the service industry, namely health and beauty, we're inspired by the world of Hollywood, and beauty and glamour have always been part of that.  So  if you're a salon or spa owner or a health/beauty service provider, you can roll out the red carpet wherever you are and give your customers that same "star treatment" to enhance service levels and to give them a compelling reason to return time and time again. The red carpet could be any color. Your "red carpet experience" can be anything you want it to be.

Three things that can make a Red Carpet Difference in your business:

1.  Fresh flowers.   A nice vase and a quick stop by the supermarket and for $9.99 you've completely changed the environment or at least the reception area.

2.  Spa water.  Some cucumbers, fresh lemon, a water dispenser full of ice and voila. It gives customers something to talk about and they really do appreciate it.

3.  Serve yourself station.  A coffee pot from home, some cookies or mints, a small "beauty tip card" on the service station and you've warmed their hearts and you've shared something useful.

What a difference some simple solutions can make.  Customers appreciate it and they notice!!!  I've come to enjoy working with salons and beauty experts everywhere and helping them be the best and to experience the best at what they are doing.   We learn little by little, whether it's a style idea or a business practice.  But often times in the creative space, some of those business principles are never taught.  I've been fortunate to learn from a variety of opportunities whether it was styling hair on set - or managing retail accounts and I'll be rolling out some workshops and discovery sessions.

So if you know a salon owner who is perhaps working through some business changes or perhaps experiencing employee turnover, or maybe you know an individual beauty expert who would like to grow their business and they aren't sure how, I'd love to speak with them and help them set some ideas in motion.  We all need a mentor and someone to look up to and learn from.  I've always enjoyed learning and still do.  Someone told me years ago "You can't always be the greatest asset in the room. Otherwise, how will you grow yourself?" 

So I want to encourage my friends and colleagues in the world of health and beauty that as we enter another year end and head into another wonderful year full of opportunities (isn't every day?) give your customers something to talk about other than pink hair. Roll out the red carpet for them.  And if you're not sure what to do or you'd like to make some changes in your business goals, I'm here to help. For more information on salon education or salon consulting just hover over those two words and click.

Billy Lowe
Hollywood Hair Stylist & Founder of Gloss & Toss Hair Care

"Demystifying the world of Hollywood beauty."

Friday, October 27, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide and Holiday Hair Gift Ideas from Gloss & Toss Hair Products

Holiday gift guides are already out and and gift shopping has begun. 


Shop online by visiting glossandtoss.net

Healthy looking hair that is shiny and manageable; now who wouldn't want those beauty remedies under the tree this year? Now is the best time to explore new products, promotions and other incentives.  Health and Beauty items make for great gift giving because there's always something helpful.

This year, Gloss & Toss Hair Care has launched 3 holiday promo kits that offer something for everyone, and just about every budget. From a simple 2 piece system that contains the Gloss & Toss Detangle Brush and Flex Spray to the more advanced set containing The Daily Nourish Shampoo & Conditioner Duo,  Hair & Scalp Healing Oil and more, it's easy to buy those beauty items and your loved ones are sure to love the gift and the results. Shown right is the 3 piece holiday bundle which contains the signature hair Shine serum, Flex Spray Versatile Hairspray and the much loved Detangle Brush.


Get red carpet hair this season by shopping at glossandtoss.net.

Follow along on social media @glossandtoss

Friday, September 08, 2017

Media Training and Hosting Workshops Los Angeles - Great for Enhancing Confidence and Self Esteem

Media Training Los Angeles 



Public Speaking or getting on stage can be extremely frightening to many people.  The dread of most students is that Speech101 class or Extemporaneous Speaking exercises bring total dread and sometimes can be disabling.  "Stage fright," for some, never goes away.  But are there things we can do to strengthen some basic skills that allow us to be comfortable in our skin when we are faced with those moments of being in the spotlight?

A Media Day can help strengthen people skills, trust, team building, self confidence, decision making and so much more.  But just like being the new kid in school or perhaps your first day of wearing braces, the impact and perhaps the nervousness is a lot greater on the first experience. An experienced speaker, presenter or event host may tell you that after a while, the audience begins to feel like family.  The more "real" a presenter can make the speaking or hosting experience, the more authentic and natural it will become.  Uncertainty or nervousness can lead to lack of clarity and it's why many speakers or presenters fumble over their words or seem

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