Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday is such an exciting day.  Loved by some, dreaded by most.  This year it seems that more and more people are doing a wealth of shopping online.  From electronics and other gadgets to beauty and household items, more and more people are taking to the internet for their daily shopping.  Black Friday is certainly no exception.

THIS YEAR - I'm really excited to announce that Gloss & Toss haircare is participating in Black Friday and Cyber Monday Savings.

BUY ANY TWO (2) ITEMS AND GET ONE (1) FREE OF EQUAL OR LESSER VALUE (DOES NOT INCLUDE GIFT SETS OR VALUE SETS).

Here's how to order:


  1. Visit GLOSSANDTOSS.NET and select your favorite 2 items and place in your shopping cart. These can be the same two items or "mix-and-match."  
  2. Complete your order by following through to the CHECK OUT page
  3. VISIT THE CONTACT US PAGE on our site (GLOSSANDTOSS.NET) and email us your name and order number, as well as the one (1) free item of your choice - of equal or lesser value.  
We love the savings this time of year and Gloss & Toss is excited to participate with thousands of other brands worldwide offering a great savings on amazing holiday gift guide items.  

Yours in beauty, 

BILLY LOWE
CELEBRITY HAIR STYLIST - FOUNDER OF GLOSS & TOSS PRODUCTS


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Agents of Shield - Gloss & Toss has Super Powers

I think many of us can agree that AGENTS OF SHIELD is not only exciting, it has the most amazing cast members. Many times a year I'm called upon by the amazing family at Disney and Freeform (formerly ABC Family) for hair & makeup for press junkets and media tours and working with the cast of AGENTS OF SHIELD was such an exciting day.

Many times press junkets or media interviews consist of a host or moderator asking questions and directing the interviews, and sometimes they include taking caller questions or twitter feeds while the interview is live.

The day began for us at about 5am when hair and makeup showed up from the Billy Lowe team and I must say it was a chilly morning in Los Angeles but they had coffee on right away which always cheers this Georgia boy up.  Little by little "cast and crew" show up, get set up in dressing rooms or hair and makeup stations, catering delivers light bites throughout the day to all, and I must say it's a true "highlight" for me to get to do what I do.

Mr. Brett Dalton is truly a class act.  He wore his hat that day (which I love because I wear the same kinds).  Chloe - you just can't top her energy and charisma even during long (sometimes boring) sessions.

At the end of the day I gave Chloe a Gloss & Toss hair serum and asked for a photo and they both said heck yes - and Chloe said "We have to get Gloss & Toss in there."    So they took this amazing shot with me.   Yes, Gloss & Toss has superpowers - and I was so delighted (can't you tell) to get to spend the day with these two.  

YES I STILL GET A LITTLE STAR-STRUCK.  

Yours in beauty,

Billy Lowe
Founder of GLOSS & TOSS HAIR CARE

WWW.GLOSSANDTOSS.NET


Monday, November 07, 2016

Fluorescent Hair - Glow in the dark hair - with Celebrity Hair Stylist Billy Lowe Beverly Hills


Fluorescent Hair is not as easy as it looks but lots of people are talking about it for holiday parties and gatherings.   Occasionally the Hallmark Home and Family Show invites me for a fun and exciting segment and this one was a little challenging but we got through it.

In a traditional set-up, I'd highlight certain areas then tone those specific areas with a glow-in-the-dark toner then rinse out.  This one I did on dry hair for time sake then removed with spray and a soft cloth.  Not  ideal - but we weren't equipped with a full salon set up.   However we got through it and the results were super fun.

To protect this look, be sure to use GLOSS & TOSS PREP to help hydrate and nourish the color application as well as GLOSS & TOSS SHINE to smooth and protect hair from thermal styling.   Both of these are available at www.glossandtoss.net in our SMOOTHING DUO SET for smoothing your hair.




Thursday, November 03, 2016

Inspirations and Celebrations dishes wintertime hair

http://inspirationsandcelebrations.net/2016/11/healthy-hair-in-winter.html

As the seasons change, so does our wardrobe, our skincare needs, our housing temperature, and of course the needs of our hair care products from day to day.  Fortunately there are amazing beauty experts out there that keep us informed of what's new and what's next.  

Please check out how to take care of your hair in winter by the amazing blog writer Christina-Lauren Pollack.    Inspirations and Celebrations is a great site featuring lots of beauty and lifestyle articles and we're excited that Gloss & Toss was part of this segment on how to care for your hair during the winter.

Check out her article here on how to "winterize" your hair.


Thursday, October 06, 2016

Benefits of Dry Shampoo

Benefits of Dry Shampoo.   Well, there are many, but when I developed the Gloss & Toss® DRY SHAMPOO I had a few things in mind.  First and foremost - I didn't want white residue when applying.  Secondly I didn't want a heavy/tacky feeling product.  I wanted something like enough to use a time or two and to get clients through some "hair downtime" or in between styles.  With that - the DRY SHAMPOO from Gloss & Toss® was born.

In addition to the 5 listed in the image on this post, here are just a few more benefits of the Gloss & Toss® DRY SHAMPOO.  

1.  No Animal Testing
2.  Use our dry shampoo to help create many other styles
3.  Light-weight feel that doesn't build-up
4.  Easy to travel 3 oz size
5.  Cover cap keeps product protected and from accidental dispensing in your bag
6.  Refresh hair styles after a gym workout or morning routine
7.  Using our dry shampoo means you can go a day or two longer without having to shampoo meaning your professional color will last longer

Order yours today by visiting glossandtoss.net.

We look forward to having you as a Gloss & Toss® customer.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

DRY SHAMPOO - from Gloss & Toss®


UPDATED OCT 6, 2016
DRY SHAMPOO IS AVAILABLE ONLINE BY VISITING WWW.GLOSSANDTOSS.NET



DRY SHAMPOO is the talk of nearly every salon customer.  Traditionally known to add a little VAVOOM to hair in between styles, it has pretty much become a household name almost as much as the word REFRIGERATOR.

The Gloss & Toss® DRY SHAMPOO is the latest in dry shampoo technology in that it adds that perfect little BOOST in between hair styles or styling sessions.  Today with more and more people going to blow-dry bars, dry shampoos help lengthen the life of your hair style, revive dull or lifeless looking hair and so much more by absorbing excess oil in the hair or at the root area.  This helps prevent hair from being weighed down and flat.

Now you can order the Gloss & Toss® DRY SHAMPOO by visiting www.glossandtoss.net and pre-ordering yours today.  We launch October 1, 2016 and have allowed a pre-order program for clients who want to get in FIRST on this hot new product being added to our lineup for Fall 2016.


Saturday, August 06, 2016

Gelsons Westlake Village | Gloss and Toss Hair Serum

Gelsons Westlake Village and Gloss & Toss held a wonderful in-store demonstration today to answer client questions about Gloss & Toss, hair tips and techniques and how to "get the look" with what they're seeing in today's beauty trends.  I was so thrilled to see my first OFFICIAL demonstration set-up and it looked glorious.

It didn't really hit me until I walked in a few weeks ago to various locations to find GLOSS & TOSS SHINE product beside some of the biggest names in the business.  It let me know - I CAN DO IT, DREAMS DO COME TRUE, AND GOOD THINGS DO COME TO THOSE WHO WORK FOR IT AND EVEN MORE,,,,,,,,,,,,, THE LORD HELPS THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES.



So as of today, the journey has only just begun and there are many more hills to climb, storms to weather, sunny days to enjoy, and friends to ask for support.  I don't know about you but I've always seen this for myself - product development, product explanations, demonstrations etc.  Even when I was a kid I was always "explaining" things away and how they worked.  This is just a natural progression for me.

To all the Gelsons locations carrying Gloss & Toss SHINE and forthcoming products - THANK YOU for making my year.

DID YOU KNOW:

Gloss & Toss SHINE helps to:

  • Speed up blow-dry time
  • Fight frizz & humidity
  • Control unruly ends
  • Add gorgeous polish and shine
  • Does not weigh hair down
  • Protects color treated hair
  • Protects against thermal styling
and so much more.  PLUS it is cruelty free and LEAPING BUNNY CERTIFIED.

LOOK FOR GLOSS & TOSS PRODUCTS IN OTHER GELSONS LOCATIONS.  IF NOT CARRIED PLEASE ASK YOUR LOCAL GELSONS RETAILER ABOUT GLOSS & TOSS PRODUCTS FOR YOUR HAIR CARE NEEDS.   


Yours in beauty and passion,

BILLY LOWE

FOUNDER OF GLOSS & TOSS PRODUCTS

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Man's Best Friend = Man Forgets to Work Out


Yes it's true -  I adopted the most beautiful baby girl 6 years ago and since then I've learned 101 new tricks.

1.  Not to bark at strangers
2.  To shake hands
3.  To share
4.  To eat "like a lady"
5.  To go to my place when I'm told
6.  To be home before dark

and so much more.  But along with having a pet in my home - I sort of forgot about going to the gym. AHEM.   Yes I've gained 5 lbs or so, but hey - it's been worth it. 

Before Panda, I didn't have a curfew, a sense of home-life, and I certainly was not a good cook.  But I've learned a lot since having Panda here with me.   First and foremost there's a second opinion in the room (and one that's often more important than my own).    I know where my food is coming from and often times I'm OK to skip a meal.  She on the other hand - only knows that I feed her and where her food dish is, and she is VERY much on a clock and knows when it's time to eat.   And she doesn't even wear a watch.  

She also knows that when my alarm goes off in the morning - it's time for her to get up and go out (whether I need to or not).  And when we come back in, she expects a carrot or her morning food.   

Fortunately I've raised a healthy and happy girl and she gets lots of carrots which are good for her I'm sure and she loves movie night with me.   I have an old leather chair that I've often thought of tossing but that's her "perch place" and she can see the whole house from that spot (on the ottoman).  Many times when Im' asleep in the bed, she likes to go sleep on the ottoman and guard me and the door at the same time. She's very protective, bossy, silly, and super smart.  Truly, she's the love of my life.  

At 6 months I thought I had made a mistake.  At 1 year I was totally unsure.  At 2 years I almost had it figured out.  By year 3 there were fewer accidents (on my part), and after year 4 - it just doesn't matter.   She's mine and I'm hers.   A bark here and there means she loves me or someone's at the door.  I've learned to interpret the difference.  A sniff in the kitchen means I need to take the trash out before she gets into something.    I've had more to learn than she has and I've learned more about myself by having her than I ever thought possible.  

There's a reason to come home at night, and a reason to get up in the morning - and life is more than just ME.  

To my Panda - I love you forever.     I'm a better man for having and loving you - and being loved BY you (endlessly).  Now I HAVE to figure out a way to get back to a fitness routine sine I've become  a home body. ;-) 




Glow in the dark hair color



Yes it's true - you CAN have glow-in-the-dark hair.    This is such a fun and exciting trend right now covering the face of social media and I was a guest again on the Hallmark Home and Family show to cover this unique technique.

I'll share the video and the how to's soon but for now, please tune in on MONDAY 10AM, 9 central on the HALLMARK HOME AND FAMILY SHOW - HALLMARK CHANNEL (of course).  We'll see you there.

BILLY LOWE



Friday, May 20, 2016

Gelsons West Hollywood | Gloss and Toss hair serum

Gelson's West Hollywood is now carrying Gloss & Toss hair serum. We are super excited about all of the progress over the past couple of years and especially today to be featured in one of Southern California's most prominent grocers.  

Gloss & Toss now available at Gelson's Supermarkets


Available at the following Gelson's locations to date (more to come soon)


  • Gelson's West Hollywood
  • Gelson's Westlake Village
  • Gelson's Santa Monica

Monday, May 02, 2016

Should I tip my hair stylist if they own the salon???



OK - Let me debunk this horrible myth. Since I own my own practice, I get asked this all of the time at the end of a transaction whether or not the client should tip.  I say yes!  

Clients who don't tip the business owner/stylist are a rare breed but let me explain why this misconception even got started. YEARS ago when salons were larger and hired tons of hair stylists, the salon owner/stylist made money hand over fist, taking 40%, 50% or even more from their beauty operators. These commission splits helped offset expenses (rent, supplies, salaries, etc) and there became an unwritten idea that you don't tip Your hair stylist if they own the salon. In cases like yesteryear there is some validity (however we always appreciate our generous tippers). Today, the map of salon ownership and freelancing has completely changed with more and more people working independently. 20-30% of my annual income comes from gratuities and we rely on those gratuities immensely. Our scissors alone can cost $500 or more and with today's hair color and other supply costs rising, these expenses come right out of our own pockets (not the salon owner). Think about those great shampoos, those fabulous little extras that your salon owner throws you from time to time. BE GENEROUS. BE A GRACIOUS GIVER. It always comes back to you. Let me clarify,,, this doesn't mean just leave a tip to the salon owner at random,,, it's to clarify any questions on whether or not you should tip your hairstylist if they own the salon or their own business. Dedicated to all of my colleagues around the world. Billy Lowe.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Amy Smart shops Cruelty Free | Gloss and Toss Leaping Bunny Certified

Amy Smart Hair by Billy Lowe & Gloss & Toss

Amy Smart shops Cruelty Free.   It's not every day that we see or hear the support from leading Hollywood experts on Cruelty Free campaigns.  Amy Smart is one of the latest sharing her voice and thoughts about cruelty-free shopping and why it's so important.  I'm thrilled to align with Leaping Bunny myself in that Gloss & Toss is Leaping Bunny certified, aligning with countless other brands who stand by no animal testing in their developments.  Not only is the "end product" not tested on animals, but the labs, vendors, and suppliers must also comply with no animal testing and cruelty-free production in the every step of the process.
When I developed Gloss & Toss, I knew I wanted to stand by the "no animal testing" philosophy.  What I've learned is that over the years, most things have been tested on animals - even water, right? But the continued use of products and ingredients to be tested on animals is cruel and so unnecessary anymore. 

For more information on brands that are Leaping Bunny certified, simply log onto LeapingBunny.org for  more information.  

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Grammys 2016 hair tips and tools

The Grammys 2016 were awesome this year and amazingly colorful.  From the live video with Gwen Stefani to David Bowie tributes by Lady Gaga - the screen looked more like color smatterings from Alice in Wonderland or Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  Hair rocked as always from amazing wigs and hats to new and shorter styles ranging from sleek and sophisticated to choppy bobs.  The look:  EASY TO ACHIEVE.

We're seeing a lot of shoulder length hair with a more "distressed" looking curl and flat ends.  To get this look, all you need is a curling iron, flat iron, and a few products.  

Shampoo & condition hair as you normally would, apply Gloss & Toss shine serum (available at glossandtoss.net as well as Amazon), blow-dry smooth and prep hair for curls.  Wrap hair only through the mid-sections and leave ends out.  This will give a nice wave or undulation effect through he middle of the hair.  When that's done - tap the ends of the hair with a flat-iron.   Careful not to keep too much heat on the ends.  It's just a quick tap for the relaxed effect through to the ends.

Finish as desired whether adding cushion to the crown, or scrunching through with styling creams or additional Gloss & Toss hair serum.     VOILA.  

Check out the video above as seen on KCAL NEWS AT NOON here in Los Angeles.   We hope you like the look.

Billy Lowe & team.

Monday, February 01, 2016

2016 SAG AWARDS - CELEBRITY SWAG


SAG AWARDS 2016 - Four Seasons Gift Bags includes Gloss & Toss hair serum.

Well another awards show is over and I'm coming down off of a long weekend of fun, excitement, and more.  it's not that often that opportunities like this come along, but my brand GLOSS & TOSS was asked to participate in the Four Seasons SAG Awards Gift Bags for "room-drops" and celebrities and press staying there during the 2016 SAG AWARDS.  Press releases went out this weekend and we were included in the story and magazines, news publications and other media outlets across the country picked up the excitement.

We were included among many of other A-List products in these amazing gift bags and celebrities are already talking.  Last year the NATIONAL EXAMINER covered us in a Mother's Day Give-Away Bonanza and this year they received the gift bags as well as a host of other celebrities and VIP's.  If you look at my post from a couple of days ago, there's a full list of everyone who received these coveted gift bags while here in Los Angeles.  Thank you Hollywood Swag Bag for including us - we are thrilled and excited.  

We always wish to thank the press for covering us so graciously.

ORDER GLOSS & TOSS TODAY ONLINE BY VISITING 
GLOSSANDTOSS.NET OR VIA AMAZON.  

Yours in beauty

BILLY LOWE




Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hallmark Home and Family Show with Billy Lowe discussing Face Shapes

FACE SHAPES:   I am always thrilled to appear on the HALLMARK HOME AND FAMILY SHOW and was able to work with the amazing Debbie Metanopolous in discussing face shapes and their significance in a hair cut.  Does it really matter?   Which cut is really right for you?  
Check out the video beLOWE and learn more.  Don't forget that a person's lifestyle is just as important as that "perfect cut."  The perfect cut is not so "perfect" if it's challenging to work with for the client.  Enjoy the segment.  

Be sure to top off your style or "do" with Gloss & Toss hair serum.  You'll love the results and hair will feel silky smooth - without seeming weighed down.