Showing posts from September 22, 2013

How to blow dry your hair if you have extensions

How do I dry my hair if I have extensions?

GREAT QUESTION.   Extensions can be a little tricky.  First of all you have hair attached to your hair and it is either connected in tracks, or clusters.  It can actually be a little tricky to style or shampoo hair when you have extensions.  My best advice is to work neatly, not to "pile hair" when you shampoo, work with styling brushes made for extensions or paddle brushes with larger bristles.  I don't recommend using combs at all for clients that have extensions.

So here it is:

1.  Shampoo and condition as normal.  I suggest not adding too much conditioner at the scalp area nor near the extension connection areas to avoid "extension slipping."
2.  Towel dry and apply a light detangling spray and brush hair with a large paddle brush or a brush made specifically for your extensions.
3.  Loosely blow-dry hair paying close attention to the root area to be sure it is completely dry as well as the next inch or 2 of ha…

My thanks for awesome team members

Over the years I have had the opportunity of working with many talented team members here in Hollywood.   It takes many people to pull off a great event, a successful product launch, a reality show, or even a news segment.  And while the press and media often makes it look like one person managing the whole show - it actually takes many.

I can't tell you how thankful I am for all the hair and makeup support members that have helped me through the years, the photographers, the editors, friends who gave suggestions, social media experts, graphic designers, models, and vendor support.   The list could simply go on and on.

So this little blog entry is a special thanks for all those wonderfully talented people who come along for the ride, who take time out of their busy schedules to practice their craft, and who make people look and feel their best with each and every event we do together.  I truly could not do it without you.

So to all of you - from all of me,,,,,, THANK YOU.   


Hair Style Tips - Hair Brush Separation Ends

So just what are those little red tips at the end of your hair brush?   

Believe it or not, they are reversible. This is actually one of my favorite hair style tips because not many people know about it.  As you see in this photo, the tips actually come out and can act as a separation tool for blow-drying your hair.  I work with these tips to separate sections during the blow dry process.  This speeds up my work, keeps sections neat, and helps prevent tangling and pulling while I work.

At the end of the day, simply turn them back around to save space in your drawer or hair kits.  I love working with metal or ceramic round brushes because they give a lot of movement in hair and allow a lot of "space" in the overall style and end result.

So give it a "twist" and let us know how you do.  Happy styling.

Billy Lowe

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We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Hair Salon Shampoo Area - Beverly Hills

Hair Salons in Beverly Hills (and around the world for that matter) are listening to client concerns when it comes to the shampoo area.  There's nothing worse than leaning back against a cold, hard shampoo bowl.

No more 1960's push-back chairs with cracked plastic covers and squeaky recliners.   NO!   We're talking Judy Jetson, ergonomic, extra comfy chairs, and shampoo bowls that pivot up and down for maximum client comfort.  Pricey?  Yes.  But worth it to the client?   VERY!!!

When clients sit down at the shampoo area, they want to relax.   They don't want to feel a hard, cold shampoo bowl.  And to me, something is still missing even with the most ergonomically friendly setups.  The neck can often become very uncomfortable against a hard shampoo bowl and rubber neck mats seem disgustingly unclean and I doubt they get any attention when it comes to that.  So what's a client (or stylist) to do to feel more comfortable at the shampoo area?  The solution is simple.…

Hair Style Tip - Use clips to section hair while you style

Hair Style Tip of the Week: Use clips to section hair while you style!

As a hair stylist, it's easy for me to work around the client, stand to a side, hold a brush and a dryer at the same time, all while working.   But at home, it's not always so easy to manage all of those moving parts and keep hair from "flying away" while you're trying to style or blow dry your hair.

Think of your hair in 3 sections.

Top:    Front & Back
Sides:   Front & Back
Back:  Top and Bottom

When you think of your hair in these 3 major sections, it makes styling hair at home a lot easier.  So whether you're blow-drying, flat ironing, or sectioning hair for curling, you'll save a lot of time (and angst) when you section hair out in this manner and work accordingly.  Additionally, the end result will be a lot neater and you'll reduce the risk of tangling or uneven results in your overall style.

If you are thermal styling - remember to allow your hair a little "coo…

Fall Hair Trends

Fall Hair Trends seem a little subdued to me this season.  It may be California living impressing it's every day beauty upon me, and maybe I'm missing out on a little east coast weather change.  I will say, with no reservation, that ombre seems to be "fading" and gorgeous color (single process shine or dimensional blonding) is taking center stage one again.

If you've never had professional hair color services before, start small.  Ask your salon professional for just a few foils around the halo area of the head, or perhaps "Peek-A-Boo Highlights" (as I call them).   These are highlights that are placed in the side panels just under the top sections of hair so that the color has a "peek-a-boo" effect and............

How often should you clean your hair brushes or styling tools?

Cleaning your styling tools.

Many people ask me "How often should I clean my hair brushes?"

Good question. Obviously working with the public, it's important for me to cleanse my styling tools after each and every client.  The truth is, hair products build up on your brushes and combs and can also build up on your hair as a result.  It's always a good idea that, after styling your hair, you rinse your combs or brushes with warm water to remove product build-up or hair that may have fallen out.   Keeping your styling tools clean and ready to use helps provide better styling results so you're working with true product application and not yesterday's product build-up.

There are a few pieces I've worked with for many years.   Here's a little...............



Announcing the launch of 

“I am very excited about this product.” Says Lowe. “Timing is everything and I am very proud of this season’s launch. I wanted to develop a product that gives weightless style & control, beautiful polish & shine, yet one that has more benefits than just another ‘shine serum.’”

GLOSS & TOSS is a proprietary blend, developed by Lowe, and clients love the red carpet results without the heavy, greasy feel that most other shine or anti-frizz products have.

Key Benefits of Gloss & Toss™
(Fortified with Licorice Root, White Birch, Chamomile & Jojoba)

· Speeds up drying time
· Fights frizz & unruly hair
· Helps resist humidity
· Gives weightless style & control
· Protects integrity of color treated hair
· Acts as a moisture boost
· Protects hair against thermal styling

To use: Apply a small amount to wet/clean hair & style as normal. Reapply to dry hair as needed for fin…

How to get Beach Waves - California Curls

How to get beach waves.  
California curls or "beach waves" is super easy to achieve.  It doesn't have to be precise, it doesn't have to take hours, and it doesn't require a lot of rollers or hot tools.  In fact, all you need are your fingers, a few clips, and your hair dryer and brush.


Hair dryerSilver clips (duck bill clips)BrushesDetangling spray as neededGLOSS & TOSS hair shine serum orVolumizing serum if you want more volumeLight finishing spray as desired
Read entire article to see the finished result.


Shampoo and condition as normal. Towel dry hair and apply a light hydrating/detangling mist.  Prep hair with.....

How often should I get my hair cut?

How often should you get your hair cut?

That's the one-million-dollar question.  Nowadays, people go a lot longer in between appointments.  Where people used to go once a month for a cut and style, they are often going every 2-3 months.  I recommend having your hair cut every 4-6 weeks especially if you hope to keep your hair looking and feeling its best.  Waiting too long between appointments means you're probably not getting the salon results you need, and communication with your stylist doesn't happen as frequently.  In these cases - you risk more damage to your hair, split ends, dryness, not using the right products or tools, etc.  And self-prescribing can be just as bad as not getting a routine cut or color service.

If you have a shorter hair style and want to keep the look, you'll need to get in on a consistent basis.  If you have a longer style that allows more freedom to shape and doesn't have to be perfected every day, then you can allow a little more tim…

Quick blow-dry tips for your hair

You don't need to spend an hour blow-drying your hair.  Believe it or not, it can be much easier than you think.  But having the right products and the right styling tools can definitely be helpful.

I'd say I have "some" experience with holding a hair dryer - and somehow managing to handle clips, brushes, combs, hair, and chat with the client all at the same time.  Oh, did I mention keeping my balance?  So here's the skinny on fabulous hair.


Start with your favorite shampoo and conditioner.  Don't overdo the conditioner or it may leave you with limp/lifeless hair.  And be careful not to overuse conditioning oil treatments.   Hair needs to breathe you know.

Working as a hair stylist in Los Angeles

I suppose a lot of people wonder what it's like to work as a hair stylist in Los Angeles and in Hollywood.  It's fun to see the stars in peoples' eyes when they see a hair and makeup room or photos of one. It's certainly a unique opportunity and very different from working in a salon day-to-day, however just like any other profession it can have its ups and downs.  
First and foremost, as a hair stylist, clients expect you to be "on" at all times.   Imagine going to your hair stylist and having them grumble and complain during your visit.  But the truth is, hair stylists have good days and bad days just like everyone else.  And whether in the salon or working in production we, too, have those work moments just like everyone else.  
Being on set, unlike a traditional salon setting, means..............

Hair and Makeup On location - Beverly Hills and AOL

Hair and makeup Los Angeles on location.
I love on location services.  It's especially fun when you get to work with the exciting team of AOL and Huffington Post.  Last week I was invited to style hair for the ladies of the office on Friday and had a great time.

What if every office across the country offered ancillary services and "feel good" days for their staff by bringing someone in for quick massages, pamper treatments, wardrobe styling, whatever.  Imagine how much more FUN it would be to go to work.  Imagine the "look good - feel good" moments people would experience not just on a Friday night but all day long at work.  Now that's something to make you WANT to go to work.

For these types of opportunities, please give my team a call and we can create something fun and exciting just for you.  We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Billy Lowe and team can help you create:

On location servicesClient/Customer/Employee appreciation eventsProduct launche…

Celebrity Hair Stylist Beverly Hills, Los Angeles Demo Reel

I'm proud to present the latest "collection" of some of my work this year and a few "highlights" from days-gone-by.    For all your beauty events or production needs, my team and I look forward to working with you.

Billy Lowe - Celebrity Hair Stylist Beverly Hills
Founder GLOSS & TOSS