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 and a light-hold spray.

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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 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

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 as well as sharing the exciting world of GLOSS & TOSS® - Celebrity Shine in a Bottle!™ available online at

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 located near the Carmel Commons area of Charlotte.

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 in Charlotte or elsewhere 
by visiting my website at and calling the studio to book at: 310-430-4045


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