Saturday, May 16, 2015

How to cut your kid's hair - Hallmark Home and Family Show

How should I cut my kid's hair?    It's the question many parents face whether it's a first cut, a second cut, a new look, or simple maintenance.


While I don't see a lot of kids as clients, I have learned some dos and donts through the years.  In this video on the Hallmark Home and Family show - I shared a few fun tips and techniques on how to cut your kids hair!


Keep in mind this doesn't replace professional salon appointments at all!    I ALWAYS recommend a professional visit if nothing else - FOR SAFETY.  

Tip 1.   NEVER USE A BOWL to cut hair.    You'll cut too far over into the sides and create harsh lines

Tip 2.  Use a feather razor to lightly etch away at the bang area if your bangs are too long.  This is much better than cutting straight across and allows you to make a more piecy look - little by little.

Tip 3.  Get down on the child's level so you don't hover!

Tip 4.  Mimic on yourself what you're doing for the child client.  If you put a cutting cape on them, put one on yourself as well.  Make it fun.

Tip 5.  Bring snacks to the salon or read a book to the child client while they are having their hair cut.

Tip 6.   COMMUNICATE.   Kids know what's going on.  Keep communication going with them.

For these and other great tips, keep checking back to Lowelights.com or my website - www.billylowe.com

If you're visiting Southern CA and you want your own cut/color appointment, I look forward to hearing from you.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Salons in Charlotte | Ballantyne Hotel Hair Salon welcomes Billy Lowe



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CELEBRITY HAIR STYLIST BILLY LOWE APPEARS AT THE BALLANTYNE HOTEL; CHARLOTTE NC FOR A LIMITED ENGAGEMENT

Saturday April 18, 2015


This is just a collage of some of the "downtime" photos I took while in Charlotte at The Ballantyne Hotel hair salon.  I look forward to my June 2015 return.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Another trip to Charlotte

I love traveling!  While I've spent much of my career in airports and on the road, nothing beats getting back to the south once in a while and I've totally fallen in love with Charlotte, NC.  This visit I'll be seeing clients at the prestigious Ballantyne Hotel just outside the city.  A gorgeous hotel with an amazing entrance, fabulous restaurant, and grand rooms and halls, I'm very excited to be working at, and staying at the hotel when I'm there.

Charlotte is a wonderful  community and as I understand it, one of the fastest growing cities today.  I always enjoy getting over to Charlotte for a family that flies me in every 2 months or so for their cut & color services, and certainly can't dismiss the amazing food, kind people, and lots of things to do and see.  As we say in the south, it's a great place to "mosey."  I'll write more while on the road but I am very excited to be there again.   Til next time - stay beautiful.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Geoffreys Malibu | Easter Sunday Brunch


Family's in town and we had a BLAST at Geoffreys in Malibu Easter Sunday.  Time with family and friends just can't be beat.  I'm super proud of my baby sis who is a realtor in Atlanta, GA and we had some great brother, sister, uncle time this week while she and her daughter were on vacay.   YAY ME.

Geoffreys is the place to be ANYTIME.   Just be sure you call ahead for a reservation and if it's busy, don't expect to be seated earlier than your reservation time.   BUT IT'S TOTALLY WORTH THE WAIT.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Daily Encouragement | Daily Motivation | Gloss And Toss Moments

Daily Motivation

I've worked in Hollywood for many (MANY) years.  Over time many productions (and staff) have experienced what we call "runaway production."  This means that shoots are happening OUTSIDE of the Los Angeles area and often affecting work opportunities for many seasoned production professionals.   This runaway production happens for many different reasons.  Perhaps there was a tax incentive, perhaps the scenery called for shooting in another state, or maybe a filmmaker lived somewhere other than Los Angeles and wanted to shoot in his or her hometown.

In these moments, I realize that Hollywood is more than a sign on a hill.  It is more than The famous Sunset Strip and it is more than Hollywood Boulevard.  Hollywood is actually just an idea.  It is an interpretation of our minds about a destination and it often seems very unreachable.  In some of this brainstorming and thoughts year after year, I've come to realize that Hollywood is actually a place in our minds almost like Never-Never-Land.  Meaning we can approach it whenever we'd like.

There's nothing like putting on a little music and getting your groove on around the house.  Or perhaps there was just the right music and just the right lighting when you entered a room once and you felt like a million bucks.  That's the same "Hollywood mindset" that I'm talking about and THAT can be attained no matter who you are, no matter where you live.  So there you have it.    Mystery solved.

So throw on some tunes, put on those awesome jeans, open up that sunroof and slap on some shades.  You're fabulous just as you are, wherever you are.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Real Estate Agent Atlanta | Sarah Lowe Estates Atlanta






Real Estate Agents in Atlanta | Homes for sale in Atlanta, GA

I'm very excited about the amazing Sarah Lowe (my little sis) for yet another great transaction in the Atlanta area.  When it comes to buying a home in Atlanta, look no further than SarahLoweEstates.com

Mothers Day Giveaway | National Examiner Gloss And Toss

Gloss and Toss in National Examiner:

Excited that Gloss & Toss is featured in this month's National Examiner Magazine.    Mother's day is right around the corner and what greater gift for mom, daughter, or friend in your life.

Thanks all for your never ending support of our brand, its growth and many stages of development.


Friday, April 03, 2015

Beyond the Acorn Makeover Contest

Beyond the Acorn Makeover Contest:

Throughout my history as a hair stylist and beauty expert, I've had the opportunity to coordinate many makeovers for product launches, corporate events, TV shows, news segments and so much more.  But this year I'm especially excited to get involved on a local/community level and help coordinate an amazing makeover for one lucky winner living in the Conejo Valley area (see official rules for details by clicking on the link above).

Makeovers are great for anyone.  Whether it's been a while since you've updated your look, or perhaps you're trying to find time in your schedule to pamper yourself, it doesn't take an "Extreme Makeover" just to lift your spirits.  Often times it's a matter of learning about what's new, learning a new technique or trick, or perhaps just having someone to talk to.

Check out BEYOND THE ACORN MAGAZINE for lots of exciting community news, and certainly the April 2015 issue for the makeover contest information.

Be sure to follow BEYOND THE ACORN MAGAZINE ON FACEBOOK.

For your own makeover experience here in Southern California, I look forward to hearing from you whether it's here, or an on location event (yes we can come to you).

Billy Lowe - as seen on Hallmark's Home And Family Channel

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Keep blonde looking bright

Hair by Billy Lowe - Barrel curl settings add volume. 
Blonde hair can often look dull, dark, and drab.   So here are some great tips on how to keep blonde looking bright, and to get more life out of your highlights or blonde hair color.

1.  An oily scalp can cause blonde hair to look dull or dark.  Often times people go 3-4 days without shampooing hair and then complain that their re-growth is growing in too quickly or that their hair line looks/feels darker than it should.  Oily hair tends to lay flat on the head which also makes hair look darker.

2.  When light passes through hair it helps create a brighter/lighter look.  So volume and space in the hair can help create a lighter look to the scalp/regrowth area.   In tip #1 above, I shared that oily hair lays flatter and has less volume and doesn't allow light to pass through.   So use volumizing serums to "pump it up" and this will help hair look brighter/lighter.  Use hot rollers or set hair in barrel curls to add volume and lift in order that more light (space) can pass through the hair to minimize dull/dark root areas.

3.  Freshly blown out hair looks brighter.  Hair that is clean and has been freshly blown out has more shine.  Shine creates brightness and will give the illusion of a lighter look.   Remember to use Gloss & Toss for shiny hair.

4.  Scatter the part.   Rather than parting hair in a straight line - scatter the part so that color shifts throughout.  This distracts the eye and helps create a less dark looking root area.

5.  Timely touch-ups.  Be sure you're on time with your salon appointments so keep hair looking and feeling its very best.

Available online at www.glossandtoss.net 


Hope you enjoy these tips, as shared in my hair salon in Westlake Village today with a client.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Beauty Store Business | Gloss and Toss feature

We are pleased to announce that Gloss & Toss hair shine serum was featured in the March issue of Beauty Store Business Magazine.  Time and time again, salon professionals everywhere have hailed this signature product as the best hair serum on the market.  We'd certainly like to think so!

Fortified with jojoba, white birch, licorice root and chamomile, Gloss & Toss SHINE is truly a great serum for blow-drying hair, protecting against thermal styling, adding gorgeous polish and shine and so much more.

Order online today by visiting www.glossandtoss.net


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Working at the supermarket

I occasionally have a funny flashback and this one I remembered well.   I don't know about you but I think bagging groceries is a dying art!

It used to be such a craft and people were really specific about how they wanted their groceries bagged; I personally still am.  I'm the one that has to carry the bags to the car, hope they get there without incident, drive home, and then unload them.  I like my groceries bagged a certain way!  I don't want 10 yogurts thrown into a bag with a carton of milk over on its side. Nor do I want my bread on the side of the bag getting bent by the corner of a box of cereal.  Some of these supermarket associates don't even look at they are just throwing things into a bag, leaving me to cringe the entire time.

I remember in high school the kids all wanted to work at the local supermarket and it was sort of a right of passage.  Not that working at a supermarket was so special, but it was truly THE THING to do back home.  At least it was in the 70's and 80's.  "Back in the day" the bag boys and bag girls (as they were then called) could make amazing gratuities bagging groceries and taking them out to peoples' cars.  I mean kids in high school nearly fought to get these jobs.  Cashiers made a little more money so they weren't so concerned with tips but I remember kids saying they made $50, $60, $70 or more in tips every week just bagging groceries and running them to the customers' cars in addition to their hourly wages.  And if it were raining, you'd get even MORE tips.

The right of passage statement was because the kids that DID work at the supermarket also had cars.  They were the IT crowd.  So the whole idea in high school was to get a job bagging groceries, save your money for the year and come back after summer break with cool wheels.  The grocery store workers were the "cool kids on the block."  They had the job, they had the coin, they had the car, and they had the babes (him or her).  They were usually the kids that smoked, usually the kids hanging out at break by the high school soda machine, or out in the parking lot leaning against their freshly polished chrome.

Though I live in Los Angeles today, I often wonder if the supermarket experience for high school kids is the same anywhere today as what it was nearly 30 years ago for me.  Do the kids still make tips for running groceries?  Is it still a "cool thing" in high school to get jobs that pay gratuities to buy a car for themselves?  We didn't have social media, internet or cel phones so the only way for us to engage was with one another and we did this by buying cars and driving around the town square over and over on a Friday night.

But back to the groceries.   I'm truly incredulous that the bagging clerks just don't have what we seemed to have "way back when."  Just something I found myself pondering on today as a friend and I were having teenage memory discussions.

Enjoy the day and I hope it's full of wonderful memories.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

My Health Studio Westlake Village - carrying Gloss & Toss

We're delighted to announce that My Health Studio Westlake Village is now a retail partner for Gloss & Toss.

Not only does My Health Studio offer the most amazing in health and fitness in Westlake Village, they also offer a variety of products, services, classes, massage therapy and so much more all under one roof.     AND - they now carry Gloss & Toss for your hair.

Located at: 


31139 Via Colinas
Ste 303

Westlake VillageCA 91362

They also offer $38 for a month of unlimited classes (I think a 1 year commitment is required) but what a deal.  

Visit them online at myhealthstudio.com and be sure to ask for GLOSS & TOSS when you're there.  


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Hallmark Home And Family Show - Celebrity Hair Tips

Celebrity Hair Tips on the Hallmark Home and Family Show

Hosted by Kym Douglas




Of all the things I've learned through the years both in corporate retail and reality television, PEOPLE LOVE TIPS.    Yes, lots of hair tips, how to's, and show me how's.   Last week I was contacted by my friends at the Hallmark Channel Home and Family Show and asked to do a HOW TO segment on a great blow-out at home.   Now while an 8 minute segment is hardly enough time to run through an entire blow-out, it allowed us a lot of GREAT time to discuss products, tools and accessories needed to achieve the look at home.  Since the segment, I've already gotten a ton of emails and phone calls asking me about where to buy products, how much, how many, or when to use.

Believe it or not, I graduated with a degree in Education before going into the health and beauty business so sharing product knowledge and tips is really a focus for me as a hair stylist and beauty expert.

So just how do you get a great blow-out at home?   Well as our host Kym Douglas shared, a blow-out can run from $45 to $200 or more depending on the time, location, season or event.    So what should a person at home do for gorgeous tresses?

1.  Start w/ a great hair dryer.   Look at the weight, heat, noise and "speed" of the dryer.     Bring all 4 elements together and you've got a GREAT dryer.

2.  Know your products.    Use salon professional products and speak to your hair stylist about these.

3.  Styling tools, combs, brushes, clips and other tools to help you create nice clean sections.

4.   Blow-dry (with fingers) hair until it's about 70-80% dry.    You don't iron wet shirts - and hair is the same idea.    Hair takes shape when it's about 80-90% dry and the last 10% is just finishing and hold.

5.  Thermal protectors and styling products.  Obviously I recommend Gloss & Toss Hair Shine serum.  This is a product I developed years ago and it's not an industry favorite for healthy, shiny hair.

6.  Finish with light-hold sprays or shaping waxes/creams to tame down fly-aways

7.  PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT.    Make it fun, keep it light, don't stress.

And as Kym wanted to know - What if you only have 5 minutes and y ou're running out in a hurry?  

ABSOLUTELY.    Just focus on the "face forward" front 1/4 hair sections, blow-dry those smooth and allow back to air dry naturally.   You'll save a lot of time and feel great about "beauty on the go."

Until next time,    yours in beauty,

BILLY LOWE
Celebrity hair stylist - National Beauty Expert
www.billylowe.com

Founder of Gloss & Toss

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tips on Going Blonde

Tips on Going Blonde:

So today I was featured in a great article from BeautyHigh.com and 8 Tips that will help you achieve the ultimate blonde.    Click the link above to read more about the article and how you can achieve celebrity hair color and that perfect blonde.  

Remember NOT to over do it, watch your time, and certainly, watch your salon professional so you don't sit for too long "cooking."

Billy Lowe

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Gloss & Toss | New Hit Country 102.5 WKLB Boston Country Music | Feature


Gloss & Toss hair serum was featured on WKLB New Country 102.5 beauty blog this past week for beauty MUST-HAVE'S.  We know that clients, friends and fans around the world love this signature serum and we believe you will as well.  

Available online at www.glossandtoss.net, we ship directly to you.

Thanks New Hit Country 102.5 WKLB Boston for the awesome write-up and we know you'll continue loving the product as much as we love listening to your radio.    

Stay beautiful.