Friday, September 08, 2017

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

Media training helps encourage self esteem and minimizes impact of stage fright
Public Speaking or getting on stage can be extremely frightening to many people. "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?

Media training can help strengthen people skills, trust, team building, self confidence, decision making and so much more. The stage, the camera, and those bright lights can be overwhelming.  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 motivational 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 lost in their own content.  A presenter can know the content inside and out but if a strong relationship with the stage hasn't been established or learned, it can affect the overall delivery and outcomes.

Media training and speaking workshops can be as simple or advanced as the classroom attendees allow or feel comfortable with. Basic media day workshop exercises and warm-ups can be as simple
Schedule a Media training day with Billy Lowe for a true Hollywood experience and learning opportunity
Billy Lowe is a season regular on the
Hallmark Home and Family Show
as attendees standing at the back of the room, and each person carrying one item to the front of the room and placing on a podium or lectern (or other target).   Immediately following that simple exercise, the media trainer may shift the structure immediately onto a different exercise or idea rather than staying in a potentially uncomfortable exercise wake.

An impactful media training day should be at least half a day and a full day is ideal because it allows for more exercises and outcome opportunities.  To schedule a media training day with Billy Lowe, or perhaps another related workshop like enhancing self esteem and self confidence, please visit the following link for Lowe's professional speaker bio and information:

https://www.speakermatch.com/profile/billylowe/

Billy Lowe is a celebrity hair stylist, television host and media personality based in Los Angeles, CA.  He has a B.A. from Asbury College and has spoken at events and trade shows nationwide. As a leader in health and beauty sales and marketing leadership, he has been responsible for global product launches, celebrity driven events, on-air appearances and content development, and other brand/people building events.  Schedule a Media Training event with Billy Lowe to receive true Hollywood experiences and information. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Makeover events Los Angeles - Plan a makeover as part of your next activity or event

Planning your next special events in Los Angeles or Southern California? 

Perhaps a makeover party would be the ticket. Or maybe you'd like to nominate someone for a makeover for a lifetime achievement or a simple "pamper me" day in the Beverly Hills area. Is your company planning a year end "employee of the year" celebration and you're wondering what to give? Better yet, let us plan a makeover retreat or weekend for you or bring the red carpet to you, wherever you are.

When it comes to experiential marketing in Los Angeles, my team and I have had the great opportunity to roll out the red carpet for many exciting events from product launches to trade shows, consumer engagements and community activities.  I've even had the great fortune (some may say.....) to work on 30+ episodes of a reality makeover show so I've seen all of the ins and outs of bringing beauty to life in all sorts of events.  And yes, we've just about planned it all.   From $10,000 makeover events in NYC to Hollywood backstage passes and spa VIP treatments, we've got the connections here to make your visit or experience an exciting one.

Makeover events are exciting for any of the following opportunities:

  • A celebration or accomplishment
  • A "Pamper Me" party weekend
  • A prize give-away
  • A corporate event
  • Friends get-away
and more.  Makeovers can be fun and they can be for everyone. Visit www.billylowe.com for more information about booking a makeover in Los Angeles and we look forward to rolling out the red carpet for you. 


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Frizz to Fab - Styling Tips to Help Frizzy Hair

FRIZZ TO FAB - Ways to identify, treat, prevent and conceal frizz. 

How to tame frizzy hair and treat and conceal frizz in your hair style.

HALLMARK HOME & FAMILY
FRIDAY JULY 28, 2017
10AM (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS)


I was delighted once again to return to the Home and Family Show on the Hallmark Channel to discuss FRIZZ TO FAB.   Customers and clients everywhere all have many of the same concerns and the topic of frizz comes up quite frequently.  It can mean the absolute difference between a great hair day and a lousy hair day.

1.  What causes frizz?
2.  How do we treat frizz?
3.  Can we prevent frizzy hair?
4.  Are there any hair styles where we can conceal frizz? 

Lots of answers to these great questions were provided in this segment.

What is frizz?   Think of frizz as an "aggravated hair strand." Rather than looking smooth and polished like a smooth surface, it looks more distressed and unruly and almost splintery.  In this beauty segment on the Home and Family show, I described that frizz-free hair has a smooth and polished look, similar to a shiny flat surface.  I showed a piece of flat tinfoil which is smooth and reflects light fairly well, and I showed a piece of crumpled tinfoil which would reflect a "frazzled" hair surface, and would look unhealthy and not reflect as much light.  The smoother the hair surface (or any surface) the shinier and more polished it will look.  When we look at hair that we classify as smooth, shiny or healthy, it's because the hair is smooth and polished.

Try Gloss & Toss  hair Shine serum and Prep leave in conditioner and hair protector.  These are available as a set called Smoothing duo available on our website at glossandtoss.net.

What causes frizz?   Obviously weather concerns like humidity can affect hair and cause frizzy looking results.  While there's no way to control Mother Nature there are ways we can treat hair and help resist frizzy results in our hair styling.  Other factors that may contribute to frizz are thermal styling, static, over processing, not staying on time with routine salon appointments, AND inconsistent daily care for hair & scalp. Also, not protecting hair against the elements (sun, environment, etc) can lead to frizzy and distressed hair.





TO PREP OR PRE-TREAT HAIR WE RECOMMEND:    GLOSS & TOSS PREP with silk amino acids, aloe and horsetail.  A few mists keeps hair silky smooth, helps detangle, and protects against thermal & environmental damage.  This product coupled with our signature Shine serum makes a great value set online.


OUR SKIN DOESN'T STOP AT THE HAIRLINE!    I've always said that healthy hair begins with healthy scalp.   I've also shared that "OUR SKIN DOESN'T STOP AT THE HAIRLINE" and just as we cleanse or exfoliate our facial area, hands or other parts of the body, our scalp needs the same care and maintenance. Many customers go 2, 3, 4 days or more in-between shampoos or hair/scalp maintenance and as a result, hair and scalp health may not be optimal.

Then clients want to know:

  • Why is my hair dry?
  • Why is my color fading?
  • Why are my ends brittle and frizzy?
  • Why doesn't my hair grow faster?


Our scalp is part of our skincare system and it plays a vital part in protecting, nourishing, delivering moisture and hydration, detoxing and so much more.  So if we're not taking care of our scalp area, we experience build up of dead skin cells, product, environmental pollutants, etc.  This build-up can lead to less than healthy looking hair, color fading, dry/brittle ends and so forth because the skin feels suffocated and it's being blocked from doing what it needs to do.

Buy this Detangle Brush at glossandtoss.net 
100 strokes a day?   Yes my Grandmother believe it and so do I.  Well maybe not 100 strokes a day but you get the idea.

Routine brushing helps exfoliate the scalp, stimulates circulation, provides rejuvenating massage, and helps the natural oils travel from scalp to ends of hair that may not otherwise receive this crucial moisture.  

I've suggested for some time to brush hair (dry) once or twice a week in various sections to accomplish the benefits listed above.  The ends of our hair often become more and more dry or brittle because nourishment from the scalp area don't travel that far down. So when we shampoo or style, the ends become more and more troubled.  So we prevent much of that by keeping the ends nourished through this technical brushing technique or using serums and add on moisture treatments or hair and scalp oil.  See the Hair & Scalp Healing Oil from Gloss & Toss.

The Gloss & Toss DETANGLE BRUSH is ideal for this because the 170 ultra flexible bristles have
comfort round tips, the bristles are flexible so they provide greater comfort in detangling/styling/treating, the comfort grip handle provides easier handling, and the stand-up design is great for allowing the brush to dry better after use especially if used for moisture treatments in the bath or salon.

Finally to keep hair looking great YEAR-ROUND, be sure to keep up with routine salon appointments and trust your salon professional (or contact glossandtoss.net for product recommendations for your hair type).  Avoid mixing and matching and self-prescribing if you're not sure.  This leads to expensive shopping and products that may not be right for your hair type, or other professional services provided for you. There's no need to get lost down the health and beauty aisles when our team of professionals is here to help.


NOW - A FEW QUICK STYLE SUGGESTIONS: 

LONGER HAIR:  A classic ponytail is always a quick solution because it keeps hair gathered close to the scalp area, minimizing the appearance of frizz.  If the ends need a little TLC, the Gloss & Toss Shine serum listed above will  help tame those frizzy areas and add a little polish and shine.  A little goes a long way.  If you want to conceal the ends of the hair, simply wrap those loose ends (as neatly or as carelessly as you'd like) around the ponytail hair tie and secure these placed pieces with a few bobbi pins.

For shorter hair types, focus on the front areas on your own
and allow back sections to air-dry on their own. Victoria
(pictured here) has been a color client of mine for years and
for this style/hair type I suggest Gloss & Toss Prep, Root Lift,
our Shine serum if you feel you need it, as well as our Flex
Versatile styling hairspray.  MAGICAL RESULTS!! 

SHORTER HAIR:   Wash and Go.  We love the Sea Salt Spray because it adds a little texture (not smooth) to hair and it's quick and easy.  Finishing with our Flex Spray helps give lightweight hold and flexible styling results.  If you traditionally blow-dry your hair in this category and you're fighting frizz, simply dry the front 1/4 area and allow the back to air dry naturally.  We recommend applying our Sea Salt Spray to the back areas and allowing to air dry.  Using a scrunching technique will add fullness to these back areas if desired.









LEFT to RIGHT:  Mark Steines
(host), Billy Lowe & Debbie
Matenopoulos (host) on the
Home and Family Show. Air
date Friday July 28, 2017.
FINALLY - thanks to the amazing Mark Steines and Debbie Matenopoulos for hosting such a great segment which answered so many of those viewer questions.  I'm a huge fan of the show and happy to answer remaining questions and continue beauty tips and ideas we may not have had time for on-air.

IF YOU HAVE BEAUTY QUESTIONS FOR BILLY LOWE THAT YOU MIGHT LIKE ADDRESSED ON AIR OR ONLINE PLEASE CONTACT US ON OUR BRAND WEBSITE BY VISITING WWW.GLOSSANDTOSS.NET AND USING THE CONTACT FORM.

Please continue watching the Hallmark Home and Family Show and tell a friend about this amazing program.   Weekdays at 10Am (check local listings for details).


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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Best Hair Products and Tips for Healthy Hair During Summer

The best hair products for summer aren't always
the MOST.  We believe less is more! Shop summertime
hair care at www.glossandtoss.net 

What are the best hair products for summer??  I believe LESS IS MORE.  

Between travel, hotels, airplanes, days at the pool or the beach, hair really takes a beating. So I say lighten up.  A great brush, a leave-in protector or hydrator for hair and a light-hold hairspray are much better than overdoing it with excessive heat or styling products.  

Visit our website at GlossandToss.net and check out our SUMMER DAYS value set on the homepage under our featured hair products and see why clients LOVE the results with Gloss & Toss hair care.  This is a GREAT value and an unbeatable price for just $49.95 for these 3 pieces.  


Sunday, June 25, 2017

One Little Note - One Blade of Grass.

Artwork Hannah Betzel for me, her big brother Billy Lowe.
Yeah that's me.   
Did you know that there are 88 keys on a piano?

Why is that important?   Because every note counts.  Without one of those notes, music wouldn't be the same.

Most musicians may know this but people often wonder that very question - how many keys are on a piano.  What you might not know is that one little note can completely change the sound of a chord, or a song, how it's interpreted, AND one little note can completely alter the DIRECTION of a musical composition.

When I was a kid, my family moved to Indiana for a few years and during winter months (we thought this was a joke but it's true) the smallest thing can cause a snow drift and during an overnight blizzard, that can happen all too quickly.  You wake up the next day and you wonder "WHERE DID THE CAR GO?  How in the world is this possible? I just brought groceries in last night and now the car is covered in snow!"

The image in this blog post was created by my sister Hannah, an amazing artist who has her own art and lifestyles studio in adorable Athens, GA.  Many people don't know that I trained in classical piano performance but Hannah has always loved my music and knew music was important to me. So, she painted ONE LITTLE NOTE and gave it to me a a few years back.


THOUGH I'VE ALWAYS LOVED MUSIC,,,,,,,    I've worked in health/beauty for 20+ years now. I used to manage a fairly large area for a global cosmetics company and prior to being hired, the brand put its potential employees and leadership through a highly regarded talent/strength assessment profile to see if candidates were the right fit.  This assessment sought to identify the candidates' top natural strengths. In so doing, it was able to identify the very behaviors each candidate would bring to the brand and whether those behaviors (and natural strengths) were aligned with company goals, objectives and daily business practices.  Needless to say, they knew me inside and out before I was even hired.  They also knew what to expect from me (or not) and they knew how to drive my performance further by honing in on these identified natural strengths and talents (I was given my top 6 and I was also shown how these talents were helpful to the brand).  Pretty cool stuff.

ONE OF MY IDENTIFIED NATURAL STRENTHS/TALENTS IS VALUES.  This is something that will always be because it's a core strength/talent and it doesn't go away.    We all have "values" in one way or another but what this particular assessment meant (corporately) was that I was completely committed not just to my work, but to company direction, company vision, and brand loyalty above all.  They knew my voice (one little note) would positively impact the brand whether I was on or off the clock.  As a side note, what I love most about knowing what these 6 strengths are - is that whatever showed up for the brand I worked for, will also show up for my brand Gloss & Toss today.  Brand loyalty to this organization was so important that when our sales associates showed up for work wearing a competitor's fragrance, they were sent home.  That behavior misrepresented our brand, its direction and risked lost sales in our fragrance category. One fragrance (one little note) could completely alter a day's sales efforts within each store.

We grow as professionals over time and nothing truly happens over night! I learned a lot during my corporate years and it has really helped me understand the importance of enhancing brand loyalty for my own brand and any shining light I can give to friends or peers along the way.  My sister's growth
Hannah Betzel Art Studio Athens, GA.
as an artist reminds me of some of my own developmental experiences while I've watched her art flourish.  I've seen her reasoning skills grow, I've been with her on shopping days researching paint brushes, sizing canvases, comparing color samples and yes - I've seen the receipts. I remember walking into her art studio for the very first time and I was so overwhelmed with tears and happiness that I couldn't even speak.  This was my baby sister, no longer a baby but a business owner driving a national brand.   From creating greeting cards on a computer as a kid to her overwhelming accomplishments as a professional in her craft, her artistry shines through and through and let me tell you, she leaves no stone unturned.

What really excited me was one of her (many) big breaks; a mural of her own artwork over a major freeway in Atlanta, GA commissioned by none other than the Atlanta Beltline.    Yes - that's my sister.  Yep - that one.  There were countless hours of driving from Athens, being sure her kids were taken care of, buying supplies and equipment, keeping herself fed, time management, and those are just the pieces that were evident at the time.  This doesn't even take into consideration her years of dreaming, years of hoping and praying, late night thoughts racing through her mine, and times when she probably wanted to "throw in the towel."  But there she was, an artist, a life long dream, and a major opportunity brought to life. Her art, her life's work, now displayed over Atlanta, Georgia.

Hannah began prepping her canvas (I suppose that's what artists do first??) and a couple days into her efforts, part of the working area was soiled by a local graffiti artist.  When I got the news my heart sank and for a second, my hope sank for my sister. Why in the world would someone tarnish a dream, and an opportunity?  Now this graffiti artist didn't know Hannah I'm sure and it was nothing directed at her personally but he had the opportunity to "promote or punish" and he chose the less admirable approach.  As an artist himself, you'd think he would have had her back knowing the blood-sweat-tears that went into his own journey.

This mural wasn't a one-day-gig.  It is something that would take her weeks to accomplish especially living in Athens and having to commute into the city to manage and master.  I was personally hurt, worried for her safety, concerned that her ego would be deflated and so many of her fans were upset to see someone else step on her work.

But alas, Hannah continued as only Hannah would and the mural was completed (see video below) and I must say IT'S GORGEOUS.  Not that I'm biased or anything but Hannah or Picasso?  Hands down - I'm #teamHannah all the way.  But then again, she is my baby sister and as mentioned earlier, I'm a die-hard (or is that dye-hard) brand loyalist.

So what does any of this have to do with the title of this blog?  What does One Little Note have to do with someone's dream?  What does a snow drift have to do with 88 keys on a piano?  It's easy.  If one little note can completely change the outcome of a musical composition, one paint can (one little note), one blade of grass, one little influence can completely alter our direction, or the outcome of our tapestry.  We don't realize the power of our voice, our actions and our influence.  To the small business owner - this is especially important.  I think I speak on behalf of my sister Hannah (and myself) when we would both agree - KEEP GOING.

So if you  have a friend or loved one who is an artist or who has been given "that chance" take a look at the journey, the challenges, and the little engine that could and go be their biggest cheerleader. Your voice and your "fanship" will contribute more than you know.  

Order custom Christmas ornaments (limited pieces)
each year from Hannah Betzel.  Production begins early
fall each year and they're gone by November
so PLAN AHEAD.
www.HannahBetzel.com 
To my sister Hannah, I am so proud of you and your growth artistically, personally, and spiritually.  I am so proud to be your brother and I have a LOT to learn from you.  #teamHannah all the way.

Yours in beauty,

BILLY LOWE

Atlanta Beltline Mural by Hannah Betzel below.

visit www.hannahbetzel.com for more information.





Monday, June 19, 2017

Grandma's Coin Jar

I have a sweet tooth.  There I said it.

I don't care how much sugar, how much fat, or how much anything it has in it - if it looks good and I want to try it, I'm going to.

My Grandmother was my favorite person on earth.  She believed in my mind and encouraged everything I ever wanted to do.  When she passed away in 1999, a part of my childhood did as well and I  knew I had to somehow keep the magic and Hope of life alive within myself to keep her vision and "push" going.  My Aunt Vivian once said Grandma could pray the paint off of a wall and that when she passed away, Aunt Vivian looked up and thought to herself "Lord who's gonna pray for me now?"  Grandma prayed for everyone, their pets, and their fleas.  She was the kindest, most gentle and loving person, and she wouldn't think twice about friends just popping in for a visit and she'd have a meal prepared in 5 minutes that looked like it had taken an hour.   "Y'all come on in."  she would say.  "I was just about to put some potatoes on so you may as well stick around and enjoy them."  Before they actually arrived Grandma was probably folding laundry in the back somewhere and potatoes were the last thing on her mind.

She didn't have a lot of money but throughout the  year she separated her silver coins and her pennies (usually grocery store change).  She had little jars and dishes here and there with coins being collected throughout the year so she would have enough money at Christmas to buy gifts for her children and Grandchildren.  As a little boy, I loved nothing more than days after school, summer vacation or holidays being spent with my Grandmother, my guardian angel, my light.

Across the street from Grandma was a little convenience store called Moore's which belonged to a local family before them named "The Lyles."  The Grandchildren often went across the street for a soda or peanuts after school and we may as well have been going to Santa Barbara or taking a cruise. Penny bubble gum, 5 cent chocolates, sodas and microwaveable sweet rolls were just the beginning of the options.

One summer day, probably after my 2nd grade, I went into one of Grandma's dresser drawers where she had an old coin sorter that belonged
Me with Grandma - circa 1996
to her mother.  I was preparing to steal from the person I loved the  most and the conviction hit me before I could even put my hands on her jar.  I felt the shame, the regret, and the pain of taking money from my beloved Grandmother and friend.  But quicker than a minute "that old devil" will have you doing one bad deed after another before you can even blink.

A few years later, my 6th grade year in fact, I got to thinking about and missing my Grandma.  And I knew I loved her, I always had.  But in my mind I kept reflecting on stealing change from her coin tray.  I didn't have any money at all as a kid but there was some loose change on my dresser.  Now this was an act of confession so I certainly wasn't going to ask my mom or dad to mail an envelope of rattling change so I had to be careful here.  I taped a dime to a card and I wrote "Dear Grandma.  I don't remember how much I took, but I took money from your coin dish and I wanted to send this dime to you and apologize."  I'm dating myself here but this was before cell phones, computers and texting.  And let me just say - from the 2nd grade to the 6th, that's a lot of time to carry guilt around unnecessarily.

A few weeks went by and there was a letter from Grandma.  I knew her envelopes and I knew her handwriting and could see it from across the room.  What happened next was something I had least expected and something that changed how I view confessions and admissions.

As I opened the letter, there was a crisp $10 bill enclosed.   I think the letter began with the word "Honey."  She went on to say that I had done the right thing by exposing my dishonesty and making my wrongs right and she wanted me to know and to experience what a confession of honesty felt like. It was a celebration, not a shameful thing. She explained that it took strength and courage to face my wrong doings, myself AND her.

Over the years and in many personal and professional relationships, I've worked to be transparent. Sometimes this is to a fault, but if I have questions I ask them.  If I have doubts I position them front and center. If I've had a learning experience I share it. If I have a weakness I address it and I find a solution.  Not to correct or "enforce" but to give to others and to myself something that was given to me or someone else.

I'm sure Grandma included a Bible verse of some kind but I called my dad and bragged on his mother about this story and he pointed me to the book of James, Chapter 5 verse 16 which reads:

James 5:16   Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

I'm thankful for my family, and for the joys through the years.  Are there situations we all wish may have been a little different?  Possibly.  But this is one VALUABLE lesson that helped me realize the pain of keeping secrets, and that by sharing them, I didn't have to carry them alone and perhaps, just perhaps, someone else understood.

Yours in beauty,

Billy Lowe


Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Candy Bar Story

"Get away from my door!" shouted the old man. 

"Yes please I'll take 3.  Nice to meet you and good luck." said the kind lady next door.  

I learned a lot about sales and marketing from simple candy bar fund raising events as a kid.  I come from a large (church-going) family and when I say we had to work for what we had, I truly mean it.  Our church was a smaller church and there weren't huge budgets for this or that but there was always an effort to keep local youth actively involved and interested in attending our services. Each summer, for example, our little church worked to raise enough money for the youth groups to go to Six Flags Atlanta (I grew up in Georgia).  This was the "IT" thing to do each summer and created great back to school bragging rights.  Since there wasn't a huge budget for these kinds of outings, we all had to put on the famous quote that says "IF IT'S TO BE - IT'S UP TO ME!" 

Our youth group leaders worked hard each year to figure out a way to raise enough money for the annual outing to Six Flags (plus gas for the cars, meals for everyone who went and a little extra for souvenirs or what have you). This planning usually involved some sort of fundraiser for the kids to do (typically selling candy bars door to door).   If you're terrified of sales and public speaking, or if you have no sales experience at all - CONTINUE READING.

At the time of this writing, I decided to call one of the former youth leaders and ask for her reflections on those years and she said "We (the youth leaders) had to figure out how many kids were going, how much money was needed overall, and how we would make it happen.  Of course the adults and parents contributed what they could financially but we still needed larger funding to get that many kids paid for.  Also, it wasn't just a trip to Six Flags that we were working toward, there were so many learning opportunities with these fundraising events."

My father remembers those fundraisers and shared that they leveled the playing field for all of the kids going to Six Flags rather than shining a light on those that could or could not afford to go. Some parents, he said, could have easily afforded the tickets for their kids but not everyone was in the same boat.  Because of this, the church requested that all kids participate in the Six Flags fundraisers.   So the church ordered however many candy bars that were needed and those pieces were divided equally among the kids participating.  On the day of the sale, we began with lessons of being polite when knocking on someone's door, and saying please and thank you even if we were turned down. We then piled into cars and off we went to earn our way.  Throughout the sales day, as you can imagine, we heard everything from "I'm in the middle of eating!"  to  "I'll take 10!" We even heard "You kids get off my porch!"  The best rejection line was always "NOT TODAY!"

I personally know people that would do anything to avoid public speaking or sales.   To me, the outcome outweighed any of those discomforts and these annual door to door sales experiences did some serious strength building for me.  From persuasive selling and relationship buildinggoal setting and goal getting to overcoming rejection, these fundraising activities built confidence and reasoning as well as team building and productivity awareness. I personally didn't want to sell 50 candy bars one at a time, I wanted to sell 5 candy bars 10 times and move ahead.  

It would be a normal thought to feel your job was done when you sold through your share of candy bars but that wasn't the case.  The day wasn't over until everyone had sold through their share. Although I was excited about a trip to Six Flags, I just wanted to get the day over with and I'm sure the adults did as well.  So when we sold through our share individually, we pitched in and grabbed a hand full of candy bars from anyone else that hadn't sold through in order to get the job done as quickly as possible.  There was no "my part" and there were no excuses.  The end result wasn't about me, it was about the group.

The conclusion?  I would personally encourage these activities for any youth groups or organizations and I would encourage the roll out to look the way it did when I was a kid.  Divide the work equally (to teach equality of individuals) and then promote pitching in (team building and contribution) when needed.  These fundraising activities allowed me to work harder when someone told me "NO" or if they had a silly reason "why not" or that they didn't have the heart to support a group of kids trying to earn their way to Six Flags.  From that simple exercise as a kid, I've always looked at things through many different lenses when selling, building,  or marketing.  What WOULD make this person say yes?  What's behind that "no" they just gave?  "Not today?"  What's that about.  We're not coming back tomorrow and these candy bars are the best.  Give me two bucks and I'll eat yours for you how's that!

So go sell candy bars and learn a lesson or two while making money.  Any adults out there needing some team building exercises - this goes for you as well.  Keep it light, fun, and upbeat so the experience with a public audience is strengthened not stifled.  Encourage group sales outings to learn from one another.  This is sales training at its finest!!!

Yours in beauty, 

Billy Lowe

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Are All Hearts Free?

My father is a minister and I grew up in his churches (our churches) and under his leadership.  It wasn't  just Sunday mornings for us.  It was Sunday morning, Sunday night, mid-week devotionals, Vacation Bible School, district get togethers, and on and on.  This all happened while my father miraculously worked another full-time job, raised his 6 children, and kept clothes on our backs and food on the table which, many times, wasn't a lot.

People go to church for various reasons.  Some go because that's the way it is, others because they feel devoted to a building and they put however much money into the new bell tower, others from a true relationship with God and their experience with the Lord and others because they love the music services.

With most church services, there's a time for music, a time for announcements, a message, and some sort of call to action.  These calls to action aren't just "go spread the good news" necessarily.  Sometimes the very seat you're sitting in gets awfully HOT - REALLY FAST.

In my father's closings, he usually provides an opportunity for prayer with whomever, or for people to pray together, or confessions or praise.  And  he asks one final question that I will forever remember - ARE ALL HEARTS FREE?

I didn't think that much of it as a kid but today, what a question.  Dad simply wouldn't release the church until he was absolutely sure that he had given time for people to be with their thoughts, to be with their hearts, to search deeply, to ask for prayer, to ask for forgiveness, to give thanks and to be with each other as a church family.   Is there any lingering question?  Is there any lingering doubt?  If time were up for us today would we all be at peace?   Are all hearts free?   Not just yours, not just mine, but ALL HEARTS.

As a family, we held hands at the table to pray.  We had our evening meals together.  We sat by one another in church.  And even to this day when we have a family restaurant outing  (20-30-40 people)  our mom insists that we all wait until tables are aligned and grouped together so that we are all together and no one feels left out (we have literally waited for an hour or more sometimes) but it was worth every hug, every "pass the salt," and every memory or ROFL.

My father,  if my time in this frame ended today and there were only two words on my tongue - they would simply be THANK YOU.

 Always your first,

Billy Jr.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Billy Lowe Embarrassing Moments

The time I entered a high school talent competition for black students (and won 2nd place)!

2nd place win in 1987 
Yes it's true - I trained in classical piano performance and today I am a hair stylist.

OK, OK, yes it's true - I have MANY embarrassing moments.  Chief among these is the time I entered a high school talent competition for black students in central Georgia.  Not only did I not realize the (obvious) criteria, I WON SECOND PLACE OUT OF HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS.

We moved around a lot when I was a kid. My K-12 admissions records look more like a US Tour than a solid educational foundation.  My parents are divorced and my father's work took us here and there, and it seems like every year I was the new kid all over again and sometimes twice a year. I think most people that know me realize that I grew up in a church environment so I began playing piano at a very young age, and using that as an excuse to get out of the house, find a quiet space somewhere (and in something) other than being at home.  I took formal piano lessons throughout some of those years, and eventually began competing in high school on a regional and statewide level.  Handel, Prokofiev, Hayden, Kabalevsky, oh they were all my best friends.  And the more I progressed the more practice time that was required.  This was a great "escape" for me and I learned to use it to my many advantages.  I learned structure and flexibility all in one instrument and I learned some great negotiating skills as well.  I learned structure to play the pieces as they should be played and flexibility in knowing that my fingers, my mind, and my processing abilities were all different than anyone else's and it was up to me to figure out how I would bring notes on a page to life.  The negotiation part?  Well if I was to win the next (fill in the blank) or perform at the  next (fill in the blank) then I'd need more practice time and that meant,,,,,,,,,,,, drum roll,,,,,,,, GETTING OUT OF THE HOUSE.

When I began competing, I wasn't quite sure what I was in for and I certainly wasn't groomed in many of the formalities of performance.  Do I announce my piece to the audience or just to the judges.  Do I stand up and bow in between performance pieces or sit still and prepare for the next? What do I wear?  You get the picture. But one talent showcase stands out quite distinctly.  In my Junior year of high school, there was a central Georgia talent showcase announced at our high school and I think out of the entire list of registration details the only things I saw were TALENT, COMPETITION, AND NAME.  That's it - I was signed up.

My Aunt Shirley with me after my win.
One of my biggest family supporters has always been my Aunt Shirley (my father's sister). She was always as proud of my accomplishments as anyone else and I may as well have been one of her own children.  She seemed to carry an invisible sign on her smile that said "I'm with Billy."  So she took me to this particular talent showcase that I had somehow signed up  (and been approved) for.  I dressed my best and can't even remember what I played, perhaps a Debussy piece?  But let me set the stage here.  This was the 80's, in central Georgia and the high school I attended at the time was 8 or 9 percent white (we now say Caucasian).  The majority was not white.

As we arrived and took our seats to be greeted by judges and officials of the event and soon divided into our competing categories, Aunt Shirley took a calm yet restless look around the room.  With one sharp jab to my ribs with her elbow she exclaimed in my ear:

"Billy!  Billy!  We are the only white people in here!"

"Shhhhhh!"  I whispered back to her.  "It's fine."

"I think were in the wrong place!"  Aunt Shirley insisted.   "We can't stay here I think you wrote down the wrong address."

As it turned out, my name was indeed on the roster amongst all of the other young competing students in their talent categories.  And as the evening wrapped and we all assembled once again, ribbons, certificates and trophies were given to the top 10 talent placements.  That countdown seemed like a goal completely out of reach because with every name called that wasn't yours, there was a slight hope that the next one would be, yet a realization that getting closer to 1 narrowed your chances.

And then, I heard it, yet I didn't, yet I did, yet I didn't.

"Second place talent demonstrating classical piano performance Mr. Billy Lowe."  

And that's all I heard that evening as well amidst, as is doubtless, many wonderful announcements and judging criteria, or perhaps meet and greets after the event.  To Aunt Shirley and me, nothing mattered but that trophy and my placement amongst a sea of other students.

The following week, Monday morning school preparation came around as usual and the Vice Principal gave his usual morning announcements at which time I sat up in my chair and wanted to crawl under the table at the same time.,

"We'd like to congratulate Mr. Billy Lowe for his excellent demonstration in classical piano performance this past week,,,,,"

My classmates turned around  to give me thumbs up and kudos and of course I sat all the more tall.  High school students love hearing their names announced (mostly) especially when it comes to an accomplishment.

"Yes that's right!"  The Vice Principal continued.  "Mr. Billy Lowe represented us very well in the 1987 young black student talent showcase winning 2nd place with his musical accomplishments! Moving on now to the pep rally this friday,,,,,,,,,,"

Yes, one of my finest moments.  Better yet, I have the trophy (and the photos) to prove it.  Billy Lowe wins second place in the 1987 young black student talent showcase.  A fine moment indeed.  Still I continue in my love for music playing here or there, studying when I can, and certainly reflecting back on some great memories.

Oh.  The lesson here?  Read your sign up sheets (and criteria) closely.  And enjoy some of these fun photos of my other piano sightings through the years.

Yours truly,

Billy Lowe
Hollywood Hair Stylist
Founder of Gloss & Toss  Hair Care
www.glossandtoss.net


Billy Lowe 3rd place GA Statewide Boys Classical Piano 1986


Billy Lowe in studio (just for fun) Los Angeles, CA



Billy Lowe at Doppler Studios Atlanta, GA (Photo Jason Meek)




Billy Lowe at the Liberace piano - Beverly Hills, CA



Friday, March 24, 2017

Best Hair Tips in Humid Weather - Fight Frizz and Humidity

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Fight frizzy hair at glossandtoss.net with our signature hair serum, leave in conditioner, and versatile hairspray.

With a few hair tips you can fight frizz and poofy hair in humid weather and reduce the effects of humidity in your beauty routine.

For many people, humidity is a friend to their hair or overall beauty ritual.  For most, it's absolutely dreadful.  The thick, heavy air, the dampness on the skin, and the gradual swelling of hair until it's out of control "big hair."  Do not pass go, do not collect $200, run straight away to your nearest beauty counter and lacquer down baby.  The tornado just touched down in Kansas.

So what's the big fuss?  Well it depends on your hair type and it largely depends on what you're used to.  If you're accustomed to humidity, many people throw their hands up and say "this is just what it is."  If not, you're probably ready to throw on a baseball cap and have a ponytail sort of day.  So let's start with a few thoughts.

Curly or wavy hair.  Many people with curly or wavy hair LOVE humid weather conditions and they rarely use a brush or comb.  They often enjoy the fullness and relaxed look and feel and for once, something is working for them and not against them.  With a little styling cream, a scrunching application and perhaps a light hold spray, they're off and ready in a flash.  But if they are looking for a straight, smooth, blown-out result, humidity can definitely affect the results.

FOR CURLY OR WAVY HAIR, APPLY A STYLING CREAM 
AND SCRUNCH THROUGH FOR A WASH AND GO LOOK.

For thicker fuller  hair, humidity is often so dreadful.  These clients not only have a lot of hair but they are faced with the time it takes to style, the heat while styling, and the effects of heat and humidity afterwards.  For this hair type it's either a shorter hair style or the never-ending ponytail or messy bun just to keep hair off the neck and shoulders to keep the body cool.

When your body heats up, you may perspire which will throw your whole hair and makeup application into a tailspin.  So here are some quick tips no matter your hair type to keep you cool, to keep the sweat off the brow, and to speed up your style efforts.

1.  WORK QUICKLY.  Blow-dry your hair loosely and quickly at first just to remove the moisture.  Use a cool shot as needed to keep yourself cool.

2.  BLOW-DRY HAIR IN UPSIDE DOWN MANNER.  This keeps heat off of neck and shoulders and keeps body cooler.

3.  TAKE A SEAT.  If you need to, take a seat while you style your hair.  It will help you stay relaxed and maybe a little cooler.

4.  WORK IN AN OPEN AREA.  There's nothing worse than a matchbox bathroom with the steam from the shower on the windows and the hair dryer going at the same time.  Yuck.  Work in an open and ventilated area to keep your body cool.

5.  PRODUCTS TO USE:  It wouldn't be a post here without a few Gloss & Toss Hair Product suggestions so here they are.

Prep - lightweight leave in conditioner and detangler to smooth hair and add strength/shine.

Shine - hair serum to speed up your blow-dry time or provide a "wash and go" look

Flex Spray - Versatile styling hairspray with Provitamin B5 for strength and shine.  This spray also helps resist moisture and humidity effects on the hair.  All available online.

I hope you've enjoyed these tips and that you have gorgeous hair results this season and beyond.

Billy Lowe
Hair Stylist & Gloss & Toss Founder




Thursday, March 23, 2017

Welcome to Hollywood Hair and a Dose of Gloss & Toss Beauty

Celebrity Hair Stylist Billy Lowe is a Los Anglees based hair stylist and the founder of Gloss & Toss hair products delivering the best results for healthy, shiny, radiant looking hair.  From our signature hair serum to our amazing detangle brush, Gloss & Toss hair products are an expansion of Lowe's 20+ years in the health and beauty industries.  

Our mission?  To demystify the world of "Hollywood Beauty" and make hair products, tips, and services available to customers everywhere to achieve gorgeous hair results and more look good - feel good moments.  

This blog shares insights from "behind the scenes" Hollywood beauty and other random thoughts by Lowe and his team whether it's a beauty tip, a red carpet experience, or perhaps a random family recipe or photos from a road trip.  But if you need a great hair volume tip, you'll find that here.  If you're looking for the best hair serum to blow-dry your hair, we definitely know a thing or two about that.  What about tips for hair on your wedding day or perhaps how to plan a fun makeover event for a group of friends? We'll tell all of this and more right here at LoweLights.com.  

We look forward to sharing this journey of beauty with you and answering your questions and more.  So journey with us on and off the red carpet, in and out of the salon, and through new developments in the Gloss & Toss Hair Care Brand.  We believe there's something for everyone here and in our hair care line and we're excited to bring beauty tips and thoughts to readers just like you no matter where you are.  Thank you for visiting and we hope you enjoy this site.  

Best Wedding Hair Tips and Healthy Hair on your Wedding Day

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Bridal Hair:  Best hair products and hair tips for your wedding day and hair style ideas from Billy Lowe and Gloss & Toss Hair Products. 

Hair styles and healthy hair for your wedding day have probably been on your mind for quite some time.  But for some reason many clients take their hair and makeup into their own hands and often  You've planned this day (or many of you have) since you were six years old.  Now this article isn't a magic wand trick nor a quick-fix for an overnight catastrophe.  Healthy hair means taking care of your hair (and scalp) on a daily basis, and setting up systems that work for you.  It also means getting in for those routine appointments leading up to your wedding and a few other essentials that we hope will prove to be helpful.  Consider this your Healthy Hair Countdown.

1.  Healthy Hair Countdown might look like this.  If you wanted to grow your hair out (depending on how much), you'll want to start that a year or more ahead of your wedding date.   By 3-6 months out you shouldn't be too far off course for what you're hoping to see on the actual day.  The biggest mistake people make is making major changes to their hair a day or two (or even a week or two) before their wedding day.  Many times brides make a last minute decision to get bangs or to change their hair color right before their wedding and this if often a disaster.  A few months out is a great time to finalize any cut or color changes so you're not doing that a week (or even a day) before your wedding.  Avoid cutting or coloring your hair the day before your wedding.  Hair needs time to relax and heal in order to look its best.  1-2 weeks out is about the right window for those last salon services and MINOR touch-ups to be sure your hair is looking its best. The major work should have been done months in advance to pave the way for the results you want.


2.  Don't self prescribe.  Many times clients and customers visit their favorite retail stores and get lost in the flurry of on-shelf items without consulting their salon professional.  Why would you trust your salon professional with your cut and color services and NOT trust them with your hair products?  Truly it makes sense for customers to trust the person who has a relationship with their hair and understands their hair needs better than anyone.  Trust your salon professional for your hair styling tools, products and other accessories.


3.  Book your wedding hair stylist in advance and be sure to secure a run through appointment as well as a deposit for the actual wedding day services.  So many times people wait until the last minute to book a stylist for their special day.  As fate would have it - the stylist is already  booked out or perhaps on vacation on your special day.  Want to secure the best look for your wedding day?  Ask your salon professional for advice and ask in advance what you should do so you're not left at the last minute pulling ideas together or relying on your bridesmaids to help with your hair.


4.  Create a look-book.  Yes it's perfectly fine to collect ideas and inspirations for your wedding day. This is a fun and exciting opportunity to collect ideas, dream big, plan ahead and see what's possible or not with your hair type or style.  It also gives you an inside scoop of what's happening in the world of wedding hair, makeup, locations, attire, and so forth.  This will be a fun part of your wedding and memory book making and exciting to reflect on years from now.  Add buzz words to your inspirations.  Jot down words you think about or ideas you have so you not only share a visual with your hair stylist or makeup artist, but you're also able to share words you've thought of that actually DESCRIBE what you're seeing.


5. Plan a preview/run through and make it fun.  This is time to play, explore, experiment.  Don't take your run-through so seriously.  It's time for you to make suggestions and to TAKE suggestions.  Not just from the stylist but also friends and family who perhaps know you better than anyone.  Many clients have unrealistic expectations for wedding hair and makeup and I always suggest keeping it simple.  The more natural you look, and the more LIKE YOU that you look, you'll most likely cherish those photos and memories for years to come rather than looking back on photos and saying "What was I thinking?"    (as you hear the record scratch in the background!).


And finally - work with a hair stylist and makeup artist that understands what the camera sees.  People will capture memories - the camera will capture the reality. While there are many great hair stylists and makeup artists out there be sure you're working with someone who understands the camera and what the camera sees.  Tell your hair stylist not to be afraid to "step in" for last looks while everyone is lined up for that perfect shot.  That pesky fly-away hair will ruin your photo for sure.

Suggested hair products for your wedding day from Gloss & Toss:

  1. Dry Shampoo to revive dull or lifeless hair throughout the day and add texture to hair
  2. Detangle Brush to detangle, prep, add volume, and general styling
  3. Flex Spray Versatile Hairspray to keep hair looking its best and in place without feeling sticky, heavy or tacky
  4. Root Lift for added volume and fullness for your hair without falling flat or feeling weighed down

If you're looking for hair and makeup in southern California or you're planning a wedding anywhere at all, our team of talented hair and makeup artists can make this day extra special for you through our years of expertise in wedding hair and makeup and we look forward to working with you.

Please visit is at www.billylowe.com for more information about your special day, your budget, number of attendees and participants in your wedding, date, time, etc.









Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Best Hair Volume Tips | How to get more volume

Hair Volume Tips with Gloss & Toss Root Lift online at: http://glossandtoss.net/products/root-lift

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Hair Volume is KEY when it comes to a full voluminous look.  Whether fullness through the ends or fullness at the root area - clients often love a thicker, fuller "do" in many cases and they don't want hair to fall flat.  Gloss & Toss Root Lift is a great product to give volume to your hair style or blow-out and helps create a thicker, fuller look and feel that stays and doesn't feel sticky or fall flat.

Using a teasing brush or comb, take 1/4 or 1/2 inch sections and lift straight up keeping sections neat and clean.  Simply "push" hair downward toward the scalp (or base area) to create cushion to the hair.  No harsh back combing is necessary.  Your grandmother may have called this "ratting."  Here's our step-by step guide to get you to this point.

Gloss & Toss Root Lift dispenses QUICKLY so keep your hands moving.  When you apply work quickly in fast applications either front to back, or side to side, or in designated areas but stand-back - the finished results are just as dynamic as the dispensing results.

GET THE LOOK:
Shampoo & Condition with Gloss & Toss Daily Nourish Duo -
shampoo & conditioner set available online at glossandtoss.net. This value set is only $35 and quite a savings as a duo.

Apply Gloss & Toss Prep to help detangle, add condition and shine, and to protect against thermal styling.   Coupled with the Shine product for that perfect blow-out and you're on your way.s

Mist Gloss & Toss Root Lift to scalp area in desired "LIFT" or "VOLUME" sections and blow-dry smooth.  See our other videos on how to get the perfect blow-out.

We love using these products here behind the scenes of Hollywood and hope you do as well.

Check out our tips on how to detangle your hair

Always yours in beauty,

Billy Lowe
Celebrity Hair Stylist & Founder of Gloss & Toss Hair Products


Monday, March 20, 2017

Gloss & Toss Detangle Brush | Gentle Detangling Hair & Daily Styling


Gloss & Toss Detangle Brush: For detangling hair, daily brushing and general styling.   This amazing hair styling brush has so many wonderful features and I write firsthand to share the many benefits of this brush which are much more than just detangling hair.  I personally use this brush for daily brushing and styling, in-salon moisture treatments at the shampoo area, teasing and styling and so much more.   Check it out.........

FEATURES:
  • 170 ultra-flexible bristles
  • Comfort round tips on bristle ends
  • Breathable cushion base
  • Comfort-grip handle
  • Stand-up design
  • Lightweight
and so much  more.  Detangling your hair has never been easier and much more comfortable than with the Detangle Brush from Gloss & Toss.  Many brushes break down over time and are heavy and uncomfortable when detangling hair or brushing.  This lightweight detangler was developed with you in mind and is not only an effective hair tool, it's quite pretty to look at we must say, and a must have for every beauty ritual.

Want some top detangle tips?  It goes without saying to start at the ends of  your hair first.  If you start at the scalp and try to brush through the matted or tangled pieces, you're just tightening the "knots" if you will and putting more pressure on the hair.  Try separating hair with fingers first into as many divided sections as you can without pulling or tugging hair apart.  Then brushing should be much easier as you work in smaller sections.  

Many salon professionals use this brush for in-salon moisture treatments as well as detangling and styling hair and clients love the easy-to-use features which makes gorgeous hair easier than ever.  

I personally suggest using our Prep spray which is a lightweight leave in conditioner for hair as well as our signature hair serum Shine whether you blow-dry your hair or leave it for a wash-and-wear sort of look.  

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Peeps Products for Easter

I love my sis.  She sent me this super cool PEEPS care package for easter.  The T-shirt is super comfortable and she even send my dog (Panda) a little PEEPS chew toy.   Awe.  A good friend of mind has always been a PEEPS fan and he would make art-work out of them.  There's just something so fun, yummy, and chewy about those little yellow marshmallows every year.  I've always loved them.

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