Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Salon Ownership - The New Generation of Owning a Hair Salon via Private Hair Studios

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Studio Concept Salons are everywhere.  But, are they the right answer?  

I had a private hair studio for 10+ years and there are many highlights and low-lights.  If you're a seasoned salon professional this business model can provide a great level of independence, client management and strengthening client relationships in a more one-on-one setting.  They provide independence and the sense of salon ownership without the costly overhead (time and money) of owning a traditional salon - trust me I've had both.

In today's salon world, "studio concept salons" are popping up everywhere.  These are large office or corporate type locations (5K to 20K square feet or more) that have been designed to house 20, 30, 40 or more private studios (usually 10 x 10 or a little more) and give beauty experts lock and key to their own "business."   But what comes with that?

Studio suite owners and franchisees market camaraderie amongst other workers and independent "salon ownership" but when you're in a closed off environment working one-on-one with your client, I didn't find this to be true.   However, there are many benefits and downfalls of owning a private hair studio.

Here's what I DID find in my 10 years of owning a private studio suite: 

1.  Expensive cost per square foot and a great sales pitch
2.  Inclusions like sink, chair, cabinetry already built in - saved time and $
3.  Isolation
4.  A hall pass to start your own business - even if you're not ready
5.  A wonderful learning opportunity


Here's my biggest concern.  Today's studio salon concept has given a hall pass to any beauty professional to start her/his own company even if they aren't ready.  It allows them a place to conduct business, yet doesn't guarantee their success.  It's a real estate model with a great sales pitch and a nice shiny key.  However it can allure and distract the young business hopeful into a world of business and beauty ownership that they aren't ready or groomed for. Franchisees will say that tenants are pre-screened and qualified but when they're sitting on 10,000 sq feet of rental space and only 20% occupancy, there's a  lot of forgiveness to a young beauty hopeful.

A beauty school graduate is equipped with the basic foundations of hair dressing but just like any profession, the true "day to day" education and learning opportunities come from mentorship, shadowing, and growing in a business culture.  This is the very foundation of hair styling without which - no stylist is ready for the salon floor.

So yes - I love the idea of the studio salon concepts.  But I do not believe they are right for everyone.  They are also not right for the hair stylist whose clients enjoy the buzzz of the salon environment.

If you're considering a studio salon concept for yourself, there's much to consider.   I'm  happy to speak with you.  There is much that goes into running a hair or beauty business and I have had the great fortune of managing the world's finest beauty brands on a corporate level as well as working the red carpet as a hair stylist and on-air personality.  If you are considering starting a salon or beauty business, or perhaps you're interested in salon coaching beauty education opportunities, I look forward to hearing from you. 

Billy Lowe
Celebrity Hair Stylist - National Beauty Expert
Founder of Gloss & Toss Hair Care

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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 and Gift Ideas from Gloss & Toss Hair Care

Holiday shopping and gift giving has already begun and many gift guides are dishing hair and beauty. Gloss & Toss Hair Care is in the race for the perfect gift idea.


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Online PR News – 02-November-2017 – Los Angeles, CA – Holiday Gift Guide ideas tell us what's new and what's next! That's what's on everyone's mind this year other than ordering online. Gloss & Toss Hair Care is no stranger to online excellence and the convenience of having those orders filled. In fact, it's so well loved not just by customers at home, but celebrities and leading hair stylists in Hollywood are using Gloss & Toss Hair Products behind the scenes of Hollywood and for themselves.
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"There's something for everyone!" says celebrity hair stylist Billy Lowe, founder of Gloss & Toss Hair Products and Hollywood Hair Stylist. "We are proud to announce 3 amazing value sets this year that fits a variety of needs and a variety of budgets." Lowe comes from a long history of sales and marketing leadership in the global health and beauty world and after years of life on the red carpet as a key hair stylist, Gloss & Toss Hair Care was the next natural progression career wise.
Gloss & Toss Hair Care has taken front row in the world of beauty must haves and holiday gift guide ideas this year! There's truly something for everyone and customers love the ease of shopping online as well as our online hair style tips.
The three holiday beauty bundles range in price from $35.00 to $85.00 and include a variety of products. The $35.00 package includes the ever-popular Gloss & Toss Detangle Brush as well as Flex Spray Versatile Styling Hairspray (with low, medium, high settings). The $45.00 holiday package includes the brand's signature Shine hair serum, the Detangle Brush, and Flex Spray as well. The final $85.00 holiday package includes Gloss & Toss Daily Nourish Shampoo and Conditioner Duo, Prep leave-in conditioner and strengthener, Hair and Scalp Healing Oil, and Fortify Hair, Skin and Nail Supplement. These are easy shopping solutions whether it's for someone at home, a gift exchange at work, yourself, or even your hair stylist or salon professional.
Gloss & Toss is a cruelty-free brand, tested, tried and true - never on animals - only people! Gift the gift of beauty this season with a haircare brand that all of Hollywood is raving about, as are customers from around the world. Experience Gloss & Toss Hair Care and see why customers are saying things like, "My hair looks and feels healthier than before!" or, "I've noticed my hair doesn't fall out as much!" and even celebrity shout outs like, "These products work! I loved my hair for the press day thanks to Gloss & Toss!"
Gloss & Toss has made it easy to shop online and learn a styling tip or two along the way from their creative stylists. Follow along on social media and watch for the exciting year end beauty tips and ideas as well.
Gloss & Toss Hair Care helps demystify the world of Hollywood Beauty by making products and services easily available online. Happy Holidays!
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Hollywood Beauty and The Red Carpet

The red carpet is a fictional character.  


When I travel for work, people ask what it's like to work on the red carpet or as a hair stylist in Hollywood and I simply tell them "The red carpet is wherever you put one. Hollywood just televises it."  The red carpet seems such a mystery to people "way out there."  It seems to be something that's untouchable or unreachable.  But truthfully, it's available to you no matter where you are.  They sell them at Home Depot in fact.

Living in Los Angeles, many of us drive by historic landmarks every day and we don't even see it anymore.  "Hollywood" is a sign on a hill that became a celebrity itself.  At one time it was just someone's property.  Then some letters went up on that hill that represent your favorite movie or actor and those letters became a destination.  But to those of us that work in the service industry, namely health and beauty, we're inspired by the world of Hollywood, and beauty and glamour have always been part of that.  So  if you're a salon or spa owner or a health/beauty service provider, you can roll out the red carpet wherever you are and give your customers that same "star treatment" to enhance service levels and to give them a compelling reason to return time and time again. The red carpet could be any color. Your "red carpet experience" can be anything you want it to be.

THREE THINGS THAT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE:

1.  Fresh flowers.   A nice vase and a quick stop by the supermarket and for $9.99 you've completely changed the environment.

2.  Spa water.  Some cucumbers, fresh lemon, a water dispenser full of ice and voila.

3.  Serve yourself station.  A coffee pot from home, some cookies or mints, a small "beauty tip card" on the service station and you've warmed their hearts and you've shared something useful.

What a difference some simple solutions can make.  Customers appreciate it and they notice!!!  I've come to enjoy working with salons and beauty experts everywhere and helping them be the best and to experience the best at what they are doing.   We learn little by little, whether it's a style idea or a business practice.  But often times in the creative space, some of those business principles are never taught.  I've been fortunate to learn from a variety of opportunities whether it was styling hair on set - or managing retail accounts and I'll be rolling out some workshops and discovery sessions.

So if you know a salon owner who is perhaps working through some business changes or perhaps experiencing employee turnover, or maybe you know an individual beauty expert who would like to grow their business and they aren't sure how, I'd love to speak with them and help them set some ideas in motion.  We all need a mentor and someone to look up to and learn from.  I've always enjoyed learning and still do.  Someone told me years ago "You can't always be the greatest asset in the room. Otherwise, how will you grow yourself?" 

So I want to encourage my friends and colleagues in the world of health and beauty that as we enter another year end and head into another wonderful year full of opportunities (isn't every day?) give your customers something to talk about other than pink hair. Roll out the red carpet for them.  And if you're not sure what to do or you'd like to make some changes in your business goals, I'm here to help. For more information on salon education just hover over those two words and click.

Billy Lowe
Hollywood Hair Stylist & Founder of Gloss & Toss Hair Care

"Demystifying the world of Hollywood beauty."

Friday, October 27, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide and Holiday Hair Gift Ideas from Gloss & Toss Hair Products

Holiday gift guides are already out and and gift shopping has begun. 


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Healthy looking hair that is shiny and manageable; now who wouldn't want those beauty remedies under the tree this year? Now is the best time to explore new products, promotions and other incentives.  Health and Beauty items make for great gift giving because there's always something helpful.

This year, Gloss & Toss Hair Care has launched 3 holiday promo kits that offer something for everyone, and just about every budget. From a simple 2 piece system that contains the Gloss & Toss Detangle Brush and Flex Spray to the more advanced set containing The Daily Nourish Shampoo & Conditioner Duo,  Hair & Scalp Healing Oil and more, it's easy to buy those beauty items and your loved ones are sure to love the gift and the results. Shown right is the 3 piece holiday bundle which contains the signature hair Shine serum, Flex Spray Versatile Hairspray and the much loved Detangle Brush.


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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?

A Media Day can help strengthen people skills, trust, team building, self confidence, decision making and so much more.  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 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

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.

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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? 

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Best Hair Products and Tips for Healthy Hair During Summer

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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.  


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).

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

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 African American 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

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.

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

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