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.   

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Christmas Music | Christmas Everywhere by Billy Lowe


Christmas Music - Christmas Everywhere by Billy Lowe

It's a pleasure year after year to share my song CHRISTMAS EVERYWHERE.    I somehow lost the first file and had to re-record the song but this year I decided to add some fun photos to the mix as well as B-Roll from a studio Clearlake Audio where I've recorded a number of times. 

THIS version of CHRISTMAS EVERYWHERE was recorded on December 1, 2014 at Doppler Studios in Atlanta, GA.   I put some photos of a "few of my favorite things" as well as my sweet dog Panda at the end - my best friend.    

I hope you enjoy this Christmas Song and wish you all a happy and joyous Christmas season.  


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Gloss and Toss Beauty Must Have 2014 - Hair Serum



We were excited to see this review of Gloss & Toss hair serum from one of our raving fans.   Chelsea Gilson loves to use Gloss & Toss after she styles her hair to tame extra frizz, fly-aways or dehydrated looking ends.  Amount used will vary with each person's hair but we love this review and think she makes a wonderful testimonial for the serum.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Hair Salons in Westlake Village - Calabasas - Agoura Hills


Hollywood Hair Guru Billy Lowe opens Westlake Village Hair Salon

Skip driving to the city to have your highlights perfected.   Why fight traffic to get to Beverly Hills when Beverly Hills services are now offered in Westlake Village?

I'm thrilled to announce the opening of my salon in Westlake Village at Regency Salon Studios.  I've kept very much with my "Hollywood set dressing" theme and kept the studio with a small, intimate and private setting, away from the distractions of larger salon settings.   This gives me (and the clients) a more one-on-one setting in which to discuss their hair care needs, and the comforts of relaxing without worrying about chatter around them.  The studio is very reminiscent of my hair and makeup rooms on the sets of Hollywood.

The hot offering?  MALIBU BLONDE - $400

I love blonding, and dimensional color can be very tricky.  I see a lot of broken strands running around town with hair stylists trying to life blondes WAYYY too high.  I rarely put clients under any heat which helps protect the integrity of color applications and strengthens the processing time along the way, as well as the final result.  I believe that if your color isn't processing at ROOM TEMPERATURE - then you're overdoing it.

Schedule your hair appointment today for gorgeous red carpet tresses in the studio here in Westlake Village.   Remember to allow quality of time for your appointment. 

Billy Lowe - As seen in:

AOL News, Washington Post, FIRST for women, US Weekly, 10 Years Younger, and many other publications and productions around the world.



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hair volume made easy - How to get more volume

Unlike color, this look has no fade factor whatsoever.  The classic "California Curl" inspired by the 70's is a look that's here to stay.  A lot of people are still unsure as to how to achieve this look but it's really much easier than it seems.  Keep in mind, "dirty hair" usually works best for styles that require holding curl. Freshly shampooed hair tends to fall flat because any product (and slight build up) has been removed.  The slight product build-up is what helps create some hold factor to various hair styles and help keep curl in place longer.

What you'll need:
1.  Hot rollers
2.  Some magazines for inspiration
3.  Your favorite styling tools including a teasing comb or brush
4.  Clips for sectioning
5.  Turn on the tunes and get started.  

Don't forget your Gloss & Toss hair shine serum, and a little light-hold spray.

On DRY hair, apply the hot rollers to the MID-SHAFT of the hair secion.  Wrap the MID sections of hair around the roller.  In other words, don't start at the ends and work your way up - start at the MID-section and wrap the hair around the roller until you get to the ends.   If you start at the ends first, the middle sections don't get as much heat and that's where you want some good stay.

Direct hair and sections BACK away from face to create a more cascading effect.  Don't wrap all the way up to scalp area.    This will keep "halo area" more structured looking.

Allow rollers to cool, remove and tease crown area in small 1/4" sections working with a teasing comb or a soft teasing brush.  Shake hair loose and define curls to suit your style.  Finish with a little Gloss & Toss hair shine serum (available at glossandtoss.net) and a light-hold spray.

Be sure to follow Gloss & Toss socially & to book your hair appointment with Billy Lowe, please visit billylowe.com

Be sure to look at our hair salons in Charlotte coverage coming soon.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fall 2014 -

Autumn leaves in Charlotte, NC 2014 - Pic by Billy Lowe
I absolutely love fall.  It's here, finally, and most of the country is already seeing the change of season, leaves rustle, change colors, and fall away.  Though I live in California and we don't really get the affect of fall as many other areas do, we occasionally get the sense that seasons are changing and the air becomes just a touch cooler.

Fall is such an interesting time.  Many are back to school, others are beginning to travel, most have wrapped up travel, and pulling out fall fashion is just the beginning of the season ahead.  For me it's always been a time of reflection - almost more than New Year celebrations.  There's a greater sense of "change" that fall brings on as trees begin to undress and the weather begins to change.  So with this new season - take time to reflect, take inventory, and measure.  Or, just stop and admire the wonders of our great planet.  I'm hoping to enjoy the journey a bit more this season and hope you do as well.  

Happy Fall everyone.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hair Color Tips - Over Processed Hair


Hair Color is an art - and a science.  I personally think it's mostly an art. Often times my hands reach for color quicker than my mind processes it, and it's then that I realize our hands are pretty smart.  It's amazing that "the touch" is truly just as important as the thought process when it comes to art forms and hair color is no exception.

The biggest mistake I think most hair colorists make is over processing.  Heat is one of the biggest enemies to hair and I've seen it happen time and time again when clients are left under dryers, heat lamps or steamers for much too long when it's simply not necessary.  This often happens when customers want to go lighter, hair stylists are over-booked, and clients find themselves sitting for much too long with foils or color in their hair.  A great base color lifted only 1-2 levels (max) plus highlights is truly the remedy for this.

Another mistake is color balance.  I think many clients are lifted way too much and their overall hair color doesn't match skin, eyes, or overall tones.  Then hair color looks very one-dimensional and has no depth.    I love playing with depth and dimension, adding streaks here or there and use lots of LOWE-lights when I color.    

So if the client is sweating under the dryer, rubbing their eyes due to the heat or chemicals, chances are - it's the wrong formula, the wrong heat, and the wrong service.  Hair color shouldn't be painful, damaging, or bothersome.  So a few quick bullets and things I've found helpful:


  1. Don't use too much heat
  2. Don't lift base color too high
  3. Watch timers so hair color isn't over processed
  4. Keep an eye on your hair stylist 
  5. I use Sweet & Low in color formulations to ease sensitivity


Just a few of my thoughts from the day.

To book your hair color in Beverly Hills, and new, hair color in Charlotte, NC please visit Billy Lowe online at www.billylowe.com or call 310-430-4045 for more information.   We look forward to working with you.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

My visit to Charlotte, NC

My photo collage of my visit of Charlotte - just a few snapshots of the many!
I recently took a visit to Charlotte, NC.    What an amazing town.  I'm not sure what's in the water here but in the past few months, I find myself drawn to the Queen City.   My sister announced a few years ago that she had a friend in Charlotte that she had gotten pretty close to and earlier this year, our interim pastor and his wife moved to Charlotte to be closer to their family.  Only weeks later, another person from our church took a position in Charlotte and if that doesn't take the cake, I received a phone call from a potential client here about flying in to do her hair color in Charlotte.

I stepped off the plane and of course there was the specific enveloping of humidity that I knew growing up as a little boy in Georgia, and suddenly perfectly coiffed hair is anything but.  Pass me a beanie please.  The first night was mostly about settling in and I stayed at a hotel near Southpark Mall and ate at the magnificent Terrace Cafe in Charlotte.  A large glass of sweet tea was first on my items to order and I enjoyed a delicious potato soup with apple and cheddar flavor.   It tasted like something I would have put all over french toast for breakfast.  DELICIOUS. The restaurant has the most amazing chef and his soups, salads, and entrees are nothing less than DELIGHTFUL.  Sunday brunch, I hear, is also "cream of the crop."   I was wearing my California flip-flops the night I visited  (on a Friday night) and many heads turned but that's ok.  I was comfortable and really enjoyed the restaurant.

I worked at Salons by JC in Charlotte, NC in the Carmel Commons area which is a really nice area of Charlotte with some small shopping centers, Fresh Market, and a wonderful Mexican restaurant.
Salons by JC is a studio concept salon like many other salons in Charlotte and it was the perfect setting to see my clients in a relaxed one-on-one atmosphere.  I attended a church service at Myers Park Baptist Church and had a wonderful brunch at Napa Restaurant (highly recommended, and you must have the Chicken and Waffles there).

But to top it all off, I got to see downtown Charlotte, the gorgeous skyline, had dinner at Farenheit for a gorgeous skyline view of Charlotte at sunset, and the following evening I stayed at the historic Vanlandingham Estate.  This property so reminded me of my growing up in Georgia, old southern plantations (which run in my blood), and years I spent traveling to Savannah, Georgia.  A little stroll up The Plaza took me to a main drag which I don't remember the name of, and to what would my wandering eyes would appear - but an old Dairy Queen sitting by the road and another restaurant that used to be a gas station and possibly a garage?   I think that restaurant is called FUEL.

Though a week was a long time to be away from home and I'm sure by now my little puppy wonders where I am, thank heavens for house-sitters, dog walkers and care givers that keep me together when I'm traveling.  I have absolutely fallen in love with this gorgeous city called Charlotte and I'm hoping to return again soon for a little more fuel and fill of my own southern heritage.  What a delight.

So to recap - here's on my MUST-DO CHARLOTTE LIST.
  1. Downtown Charlotte (they call it Uptown) and eat at Farenheit for a skyline view
  2. Van Landingham Estate
  3. Napa Restaurant in Myers Park - Get the Chicken & Waffles
  4. Catch the leaves turning mid October
  5. Southpark Mall and surrounding area
  6. Piedmont Circle area with cute restaurants and a center fountain
  7. Eat at Terrace Cafe
  8. RELAX - SLOW DOWN - AND ENJOY 


THANK YOU CHARLOTTE.   I'm caught in your web.

Salons by JC Carmel Commons - Billy Lowe visits Charlotte, NC

Salons by JC Charlotte, NC.  

A few weeks ago I received a phone call from a client in Charlotte, NC needing hair color.  She had heard about my work as a hair stylist in Beverly Hills, CA for television and film, as well as reality makeover shows, and wanted to book a trial appointment for hair color.    I was flown into Charlotte, NC where I had the opportunity to meet her, the family and have a little "tour-de-Charlotte" along the way. Charlotte is the most amazing city and it appears I'll be opening my books to the Queen City very soon.

The world of the traditional hair salon and the traditional salon business model has been changing for the past 10-20 years with more and more hair stylists working independently, freelancing, and even owning salons in their own home.  The studio concept salon has really taken off in the past 5-10 years whereby smaller studio salon suites occupy a large office building or retail space and individual hair stylists or beauty professionals run their own "hair salon" in the comforts of a private hair studio suite.

Salons by JC in Charlotte, NC hosted me this past weekend and they have done an amazing job with their studio build-out.  Located near the Carmel Commons area of Charlotte, Salons by JC Charlotte features an array of studio services including hair cut and color, men's services, facials, and soon to come nails, waxing and more.

It looks like I'll be returning to Charlotte early to mid December this year and I'm looking forward to seeing more "Charlotteans" whilst in the "Queen City."  Clients can book appointments for cut & color with me by visiting my website at www.billylowe.com and calling the studio to book at: 310-430-4045

Prices will remain much the same as they are in California due to travel and hotel costs, but we'll be rolling out the red carpet for Charlotte, NC probably once a month or at least once every 6 weeks or so.  I look forward to my return.  

Stay tuned to LoweLights.com for more updates on my Charlotte journey and I look forward to keeping you posted on all things beauty.

Billy Lowe
Founder of Gloss & Toss

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fall Hair Styling Tips - Beauty Tips for Fall Hair


Click link for great fall hair tips from the Gloss & Toss creative team.  Gorgeous fall hair is a cinch but there are a few things to consider before making color or cut changes this season.