Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Ways to save water - California Drought

It's no secret that California is in trouble.  From water saving tips to "California Gold" campaigns, Californians are aware that we need to do something.  No one uses more water than hair stylists.  From shampoos to treatments, even washing our mixing bowls I see so much water waste not just at home, but in the salon as well.   With these great tips, who better than salon professionals to educate clients and partner with California's missions and messaging to conserve water.  

  1. When you need hot water, use faucets closest to your hot water heater.   Hot water has less distance to travel in this manner and you waste less water waiting for it to reach you.  
  2. Remind yourself and your family.  Use a note system at your water sources to stay water-wise.   
  3. Turn water pressure down whenever possible.  
  4. Turn off water while brushing your teeth or saving.  This is extremely helpful in all instances.  
  5. While waiting on shower water to heat up, save running water in a large pitcher and use for other things like watering plants or lawn, or even basic household cleaning.  
  6. Make it fun.  Come up with a strategy with your family or friends to celebrate the idea of conserving water rather than making it a chore.  People are motivated by vision, goals, or fun ideas.  Brainstorm with your family or friends to find out what THEY are doing to conserve water and participate in the needs today.  
  7. Find out what your kids know and learn from them.  Today, more and more schools are teaching kids recycling, conservation methods, etc.   
  8. Three Minute Thursdays (Or other such idea).  Take 1 or 2 days per week and make them your "focus days."  Find ways to conserve whether it's military shower methods, or simply cutting down time in the shower, running less water for the bath, etc.  
  9. Dry Shampoos.     Many clients in the salon that have long hair are getting more time in between shampoos by using dry shampoo.  Hair performs better with a little "build-up" and many clients love the texture and feel of their hair a couple of days after an initial shampoo. Using dry shampoos (obviously) uses less water in hair care and helps hair perform and look its best between care.   
  10. A note to salon and beauty professionals - Discard excess chemicals in the trash receptacles rather than washing them down the drain. Disposing of extra chemicals not only requires more water to rinse and wash bowls, but also sends toxic chemicals down the drains and into our water systems.  
  11. Professional hair care is always better than DIY hair care.   DIY hair color is messy, and many clients waste too much water trying to rinse chemicals or color out by themselves.   Salon services are much better and salon professionals are set up for shampooing and cleaning hair in contained areas.  DIY at home often makes a huge mess - requiring excess water for clean up of counter tops, floors or tubs if clients make a mess.  
  12. Cut down on car-wash appointments.  Go every 10-12 days rather than once a week.  Space it out.  
With the much-needed rain this week, it's refreshing that California may finally get some water.  But we should all do our parts to help with this.  Enjoy and be water-wise.  

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

How to look younger with the right hair style | beauty tips | hair tips

How to look younger with the right hair style.

Yes - you can take years away with the right shape, color and professional services and products.  I've always loved the side swept bang and dramatic parts and heavier distribution of hair to one side.  This look on Cameron Diaz is perfect.  WebMD covered some tips I shared on different cuts and styles and while I don't cut a lot of short hair  - this look on Ms. Diaz is "sick."

Sideswept bangs help distract the viewer's eye out and away from some of those "troubled spots" or fine lines and wrinkles.

Soft fringe around the faceline adds texture, dimension and a youthful look without looking too teenage-ish.

Deep parts add sophistication and drama.   My team loves them.

Color, Color Color.  Cover up the grey, add dimension, and lots of shine.    Don't forget your Gloss & Toss for great hair and styling options.

Ask your salon professional for highlights and low-lights to give distance and dimension in the color.  This look is great  and creates a lot of "space" in the color as well as the style.  Use a foil technique only (no base color) to maintain a darker more natural looking root and brighter pieces around the faceline.

If you're in the Los Angeles area, please call for a hair appointment and brighten up your color or add some dimension.  Also find us at salons in westlake village


Monday, July 20, 2015

Mrs. United States Pageant | Pageants in the United States

We would like to take time to congratulate the ladies of the Mrs. United States pageant in Las Vegas this weekend and say THANK YOU for your commitment to talent, beauty, and ambition.   We know that pageants are so much more than a walk on the runway.  The "Mrs." category of pageants holds an even greater level of commitment to life, service, and authenticity.    Congratulations ladies.  Enjoy your time in Vegas and enjoy Gloss & Toss.  Available online at www.glossandtoss.net

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Hollywood Makeover | Beyond the Acorn Magazine

Once in a while I get calls to coordinate makeover events for a deserving individual.  Some clients travel far and wide for a makeover opportunity and I have worked on countless reality makeover shows through the years as well as shared key beauty tips and techniques with writers and media sources from around the world.  I think I can say with some authority, that I have the makeover experience "down pat."  Um, did I mention I LOVE makeovers?

There's a magic moment in "the reveal" where the makeover candidate gets to see herself (or himself) for the first time after the makeover and it's that split second that you wish could last a lifetime.  There's excitement, tears, laughter, and such an overwhelming explosion of feelings and emotions that I find priceless.

I pitched a makeover to BEYOND THE ACORN MAGAZINE and the team loved it.  We opened the table for submissions for a makeover candidate and so many wonderful stories came in from family, friends, and more.  From deserving mothers to friends that just needed a "pick me up," we were delighted to read all of the wonderful stories and testimonies of friends and loved ones who care for one another, and want one another to look and feel their best.

I won't spoil the story here, but I'll just say you have to pick up a copy of BEYOND THE ACORN MAGAZINE, which is a Conejo Valley area magazine and much loved news paper.  

If you'd like to schedule your own makeover in Los Angeles, please visit my website at www.billylowe.com and tell us more about the opportunity you're looking to schedule.  This can be for yourself, a group of people, a bridal event, or whatever you can think of.   The best part is that you'll have a great time.  We love what we do and we look forward to sharing the world of beauty with you.

Yours in beauty,

Billy Lowe
Hair Stylist & National Beauty Expert
As seen on Hallmark's Home & Family

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

French Market Place Los Angeles | West Hollywood

Well I'm bummed ----- but actually pleased.

The French Market Place West Hollywood, which has been a long time West Hollywood staple, is now closed.   Home to Hollywood A-Listers, Hollywood Yesteryear talent, the homeless (hahahah) and us normal folk too, the French Market Place served its clients with excellence and pride for many years (many decades hello).

While no one truly knows what's going to happen (I suspect a tear-down and ridiculous building of something other than our culture), we are all adjusting to the neighborhood shake-down and many of its long-time patrons are finding other places to dine, socialize and hang out.  

May we introduce you to Marco's Restaurant West Hollywood, for example.   OMG, I have to tell you.  I LOVE IT HERE.   They have ample seating, it's a light-filled room, and outstanding service and did I forget to mention - MAMA'S AMAZING RECIPES?    

Please try them out today by visiting 8200 Santa Monica Boulevard West Hollywood, CA.   YOU'LL BE GLAD YOU DID.  

Delicious.   Thank you Marco's Restaurant.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Mrs. United States Beauty Pageant Las Vegas, Nevada | Annual Beauty Pageant

The Mrs. United States beauty pageant is right around the corner and I am so thrilled that Gloss and Toss was asked to participate. Not only will we be there in spirit and beauty, each of the ladies will receive Gloss and Toss products and other "goodies" as they compete for the title of Mrs. united States.

The Mrs. United States pageant is the largest pageant in this category (for married ladies).  Held at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Vegas, this summer's pageant will boast beauty and talent nationwide. Don't miss the coverage and social media by sharing or hashtagging #mrsunitedstates and #glossandtoss

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Hot Tools Holster Brands | Hot Tools Holders

Hot Tools Holster Brands have come up with an amazing product that I love and use in the salon for organizing my hot tools, and to prevent burning other tools and accessories on my work station.   These amazing "pockets" or "hot tools holders" come in many colors and easily adhere to the surface of your sink or work area - even at home - and make styling a cinch (especially if you don't have a lot of counter top space).  Plus they look really cool.

Check them out online by searching for Hot Tools Holsters and order yours today.    You'll save space, save time, and save yourself and your styling area from burning.   ENJOY.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Organizing your beauty products at home

Organizing your beauty products can seem like a total chore.  So many people have pantries and vanities full of products that are rarely used (and many have expired).  But we all have our "top picks" and products that we use day to day just as we do a favorite bath towel, or reaching for our favorite pair of shoes.  The main idea here is to keep those faves at arms' reach.  

One great way to do this is shelving over or around the sink area and organizing those "fast finds" in small containers or baskets.  Small drawer units also work well for sorting things out like cotton balls, Q-Tips, or fingernail items.  

The Container store has lots of organizational systems for your beauty items including stackable and customizable units that can be arranged in many ways to suit your beauty storage needs.  We found the Like-It Bricks Manicure Storage which can hold all sorts of beauty items and accessories and larger storage baskets can help store larger beauty items like hairspray, shapers, and more.

So get creative - have fun, play.  But most of all - GET ORGANIZED with your beauty.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Hallmark Home and Family Show | Summertime Hair Tips | Billy Lowe

Summertime Hair Tips on the Hallmark Home and Family Show:

It's always exciting to be on set and to work with a team of amazing people.  I love my days with the team of Hallmark's Home and Family Show and this time we shared quick and easy hair tips on how to get a great "summertime do" as well as some sun protection ideas and hair care ideas for protecting your hair against sun, sand and surf.   This is the segment we've been building up to and we hope you enjoy.

If you would like to book a hair appointment with Billy Lowe in Beverly Hills or have Lowe and his team come to you at another location, please visit www.billylowe.com for additional information or to connect with us.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hair Color Shadowing

So I've been working over the years on a technique called COLOR SHADOWING.   We hear a lot about highlights and what I call "LOWE-lights," but I've always thought, as an artist, that bright always appears brighter in the presence of shadows (or contrast).   Color shadowing is a wonderful technique that I've been practicing for almost 10 years now adding "shadows" in various panels of the hair to accentuate color, create gorgeous dimension, and deliver gorgeous results in the presence of light and dark tones.  

By applying the shadowing effect, I'm pretty aggressive with deeper tones of color.  Most stylists apply lowlights only a level or two darker than the highlight end result.  For me, I use 3, 4, 5 levels of difference to create true "shadows" in the overall end result.  A lot of people confuse lowlights or contrast and interpret that their blonde may be be as blonde, or that the overall result won't be as bright. Not always the case.  It's true deeper tones to create an overall "level difference" but when applied well, the bright appears brighter as a result and I think the grow-out lasts even longer.

Ask your hair stylist about color shadowing or adding (threaded) lowlights (not chunky) to your hair color 3-4 tones DARKER than your highlight result.

HAVE FUN and enjoy the color.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hallmark Home and Family Hair Tips for Summer with Billy Lowe

Well it's here.  Lots of tips, techniques and recaps from today's HOME AND FAMILY SHOW sharing summertime hair tips.  Funny thing - as I was leaving the set yesterday there were so many tourists, tour buses and people taking photos of the set, hoping to see that someone famous, and I drove off the lot thinking how truly lucky I am to get to do what I do, where I do, and with some amazing friends & colleagues.

Obviously as a health and beauty expert, sun, sand and surf affects more than just our hair.  We also need to take good care of our skin so many of these tips are "crossover" tips on caring for yourSELF this summer.     So just what ARE these great tips for summer?


  • Wide brim hats (hats in general).    These help protect hair, top of head, hairline area and some of the neck/shoulder area from excess sun exposure.   Don't forget the guys this season and encourage them to wear hats. 
  • SPF STICK.   LOVE them.    A lot of people are sensitive to sprays or lotions and SPF Sticks are just like small deodorant sticks that you can rub on.    
  • Protect the top of your hair or part-line by using the SPF Stick or spray a light sunscreen at partline/scalp area.   Don't forget the hairline and the back of your neck. 
  • Apply leave-in conditioners or use products with sunflower.   Sunflower is a natural UV defender.   
  • HAIR SERUMS.   Here's the key.  When there's moisture in the hair, it's more prone to frizzing. When hair frizzes it becomes weak brittle and prone to more damage.    Obviously we recommend GLOSS & TOSS hair shine & treatment serum to smooth hair, lock down the cuticle layer and leave hair looking & feeling smooth.  
  • Shampoo & condition your hair immediately after swimming.   Don't allow chlorine to dry in your hair as it can discolor it. 
  • Use baking soda in your shampoo to help detox or break-down any seasonal build-up.   Just remember to condition well.  

Obviously you want to avoid excess heat during summer months so this technique is great, easy, and allows hair to cool and take soft tousled shape without curling irons or hot rollers.     Simply blow-dry hair smooth using a round brush.  Remember the size of the bend is determined by the size of your brush.    I used a small 2" round on the client for the show.  As each section is dry, wrap the section around your fingers and clip to scalp area with a classic duck bill clip.   You can find these anywhere.   Finish with a light-hold spray and allow to cool.   Release clips, allow hair to fall, shake loose and voila.

Stay tuned for these and other great beauty tips.   To book Billy Lowe for a salon appointment or on location event, please call 310-430-4045 or visit billylowe.com & send an email.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summertime Hair Tips Continued

Well if you've been following here or on Twitter, or even Instagram, you'll know that we have a VERY exciting segment coming up on the HALLMARK HOME AND FAMILY SHOW which airs Wednesday June 24, 2015.  Summertime hair tips, what to take when you travel and more.  Kym Douglas joins in on the fun and we even met some fun friends during the segment and learned about home tips, DIY tips, pancakes, and potential food hazards around the house.     Remember to tune in daily to the Hallmark Home & Family show for exciting segments each and every day.

Welcome Home. 

Happy Father's Day

Even though I live so far away from "my old man," it's always fun  to look back on old photos, put some things together and send him and he gets a "big ol' kick" out of all of it.    Basically -my dad is my hero.  We didn't grow up with extravagant things, but we certainly didn't live in poverty.  In fact, I don't think we would have known the difference.  

I come from a very large family both immediate and extended.  My Grandmother had 5 kids (my father's mom) and each of her kids were very close and they all had kids.  Summertime and holiday times at Grandma's house kept us all close and our family has and always will be super connected.

Today technology allows us to piece things together so quickly like photo collages and items to post here or there and it makes sharing memories "a snap."  

To my dad,  the man I thought I didn't want to be anything like, I want so much to walk in your footsteps, as I did when I was a little boy.   I admire you, I honor you, I respect, love and adore you.   You're my friend, my father, and my faithful prayer warrior.   I know I am divinely guided, loved and protected because of you.    It is an honor to be your first born son.  

Your Little Billy  

Saturday, June 20, 2015

California Curls and Beachey Waves

How to get Beachey Waves.   This technique is super simple.  
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Summertime Hair Tips

Summer is here and it's time for SUN, SAND & SURF!

This week I'll be sharing some great tips and techniques, once again, on the Hallmark Home & Family Show.  From hair color to products, styles and trends, be sure to tune in on Wednesday June 24, 2015.   Check local listings for details.

Then the following week I'll be in Charlotte yet again for a  gorgeous weekend of cut & color services.  The year sure has been a busy one so far but I'm enjoying all that's coming with the  season.  Believe it or not - I'm actually doing a little  cooking these days.   ME.   Yes, me.    It's so funny because when I'm on set or in production - there are usually food trucks or craft services that keep us fed so cooking at home is not something high on my priority list.  I certainly keep things like fruit, cereal, veggies or yogurt (and certainly snacks for my dog) but full on crock-pot dishes or baked hams?  FORGET IT.   I'm the epitome of "Bachelor."

I'm in the salon today working up segment pieces for this week and thinking of all the things I have to do to get ready for travels next week, clients are sitting here with color processing and I  thought I'd take a moment to wish everyone a great weekend.  Don't forget about your dads, friends, spouses, and family in general who are dads (physically and in spirit).

Stay tuned for more great tips.

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