Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

Celebrate US!

Has it REALLY been 5 years since Lancer and D’Arcy took over ownership of Emerson Salon? WOW!

Time sure flies when you’re having fun with hair! This unique location inside an old 1920’s auto row building on Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA continues to host experienced small business hair pros who serve quality hair services to their happy hair clients. Our location is centrally located and serves a cozy yet quirky steampunk vibe with old bureau stations and fun purple accents. All of the service providers inside this location are empowered to run their business as they see fit- schedule, online booking, pricing and more!

Join us in celebrating OUR story:

 In 2008, Alex Garcia and Matt Buchan established Emerson Salon at 909 E. Pike St. in Seattle, WA. They made a huge impact as they pushed the concept that social media, an expert blog and stylist profiles as imperative to showcase a hair salon in this modern age. From 2008-2012 Lancer and D’Arcy worked as commission based employees and established clientele in the location as employees.

    In 2012, the business model was switched by previous owners to renting chairs to independent contractors. Within a small period of time, D’Arcy and Lancer guided colleagues through the process of becoming self employed cosmetologists. Additionally, they wanted to learn the right way to run a small business and attended a business development course through Washington Ventures non-profit organization. They continued advanced training through Peer Loan Group, marketing and financial management courses as well in their pursuit of legal and ethical business practices.  2012 until present, D’Arcy and Lancer have maintained self-employment as independently run booth rent cosmetologists who are highly regarded by the community and clients alike.

    In 2014, co-owners Lancer Forney MacMahon and D’Arcy Harrison took over the Emerson Salon location. With legal counsel assistance, they negotiated a new commercial lease with 4-N Associates as well as an extensive transfer agreement with previous owners of the DBA name, goodwill  and assets. B.Please LLC applied for, presented and was granted a “Business Builder” federally backed loan through Washington Ventures and the Small Business Administration. A  B.Please LLC partnership utilizes “Doing Business As” of Emerson Salon.

2014 and beyond: Emerson Salon co-owners (Lancer Forney MacMahon and D’Arcy Harrison) have a combined experience of over 35 years in the cosmetology industry. They are also female and/or LGBTQ and work daily to provide a safe space for everyone in the historically LGTBQ+ friendly Capitol Hill Area.  They also work onsite as cosmetologists themselves and ensure the business is presented professionally on a daily basis via a maintained salon space and online presence (website, connections social media, stylist booking, & blog .)

In Winter 2019, Emerson Salon’s D’Arcy Harrison assisted in killing 6-7 bills in the WA State Legislature aimed at eliminating booth rental and dramatically curtailing small business. Through her advocacy, testimony, marketing efforts and bill analysis she aided support of 1000’s of cosmetologists in WA State to continue to do business with hours & schedule flexibility while paying all licenses and appropriate taxes.

——– and that leads us to now ……September 2019 where Emerson Salon is now a FINALIST for an Association of Washington Business Excellence Award. The ceremony will be held at Benaroya Hall Nov 20. WISH US LUCK! We would love to share the fancy glass award with our community who has supported our success and longevity!! Thank You for all YOUR LOVE!

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Attention: Seattle Stylists Seeking A New Hair Home

Emerson Salon Leasing Opportunity

If you’re ready to be your own boss, and would like to grow your hair business at a prime location in Seattle — then Emerson Salon could be a great fit for you!

We are seeking hair professionals with 3+ yrs experience who are ready to run their own business within a salon in Seattle. Stations are leased for 2 – 6 days per week, and our salon is open 6 days a week. Catering to an eclectic mix of clientele, our storefront is at street level and within close proximity to the light rail, Metro buses, hospitals, Seattle Central College, Seattle University, and the First Hill Streetcar.

Our loft style space benefits from the natural light coming in from our storefront windows in tandem with our eco-friendly LED lighting.

Lease rates are determined per days of the week each station is leased.

We start everyone out with a 3-month trial lease with an option to sign a longer term 6-month or annual contract following successful completion of the trial period.

As individual small business owners, we each establish our own appointment hours, services, and book our clients’ appointments. We each maintain all required licenses to do business in Seattle, WA, and each booth renter carries their own insurance liability policy in accordance with WA State Salon Shop licensing regulations.

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Emerson Salon is run by Lancer Forney-McMahon and D’Arcy Harrison. Combined, they have experience of over 35 years in the salon industry and have been successful at Emerson Salon since 2008.

*Serious inquiries are to be submitted via email to b.please.llc@gmail.com. Please include references, resume, examples of your work, and anything you specialize in.

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

FINALIST for EXCELLENCE AWARD

The Association of Washington Business (based in Olympia, WA) represents business interests of members large and small throughout Washington State. Last year, AWB was a key partner in the fight to keep booth rental cosmetology and small business alive in the 2019 legislative session. Emerson Salon worked in tandem with them and 1000’s of cosmetologists and their supporters to push back against 6-8 bills which would have dramatically altered how self employed/independently run cosmetologists do business.

Emerson Salon is 1 of 3 finalists in the Washington Advance Award. This award “recognizes a business that has had a significant cause-oriented impact in its sector and/or community and contributed to the advancement of the economy.” On November 20th, 2019 the Evening of Excellence will be held at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA to celebrate business excellence in WA State.

Co- owner, D’Arcy Harrison, attended hearings & testified on behalf of the free market alive. Eliminating booth rental would hand the employee based salons all the market share and essentially, halting competition from a rival business model. D’Arcy is also heavily involved with leading the efforts to educate and advocate for small business cosmetology in WA state through press releases, marketing videos, phone scripts, bill breakdowns, a statewide association and more. In addition, Emerson Salon supports its local economy in Capitol Hill by continuing to support LGBTQ+ by creating a safe space for that community and others in Seattle, WA.

ROOT FOR US! WE ROOT FOR EVERY CLIENT WHO WALKS INTO OUR LOCATION FOR A HAIR SERVICE!

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

So Many Hair Sprays- How Do I Choose?

According to our Kevin Murphy product representative Zach, “The Opportunity of ‘Why’ is real in the U.S.” There is a growing need for “no style” products on the rise, and smell is no longer a factor for (most) consumers.

Within the Kevin Murphy line of non-aerosol sprays, there are many to choose from and each product a unique feel, texture, and weight on hair.

  • Touchable has a satin finish and is weightless. It is also sulfate, paraben, and cruelty-free. 
    • Medium Hold
    • Contains Carrot Seed Oil, an antioxidant. 
    • Does not break down; has staying power!
  • Bedroom.Hair enhances natural texture/curl separation while providing shine.
    • Soft Hold
    • Provides shine, separation, and texture. 
  • Doo.Over is super matte and powdery.
    • Provides “Texas Hair”
    • Stronger Hold.

There are also two great aerosol sprays in the Kevin Murphy line.

  • Session.Spray is a strong hold finishing spray, and it has the strongest hold.
  • Session.Flex has a soft hold. Its lightweight formula never flakes, and provides a workable hold without crunch. It is like Touchable, but its hold WILL break down.

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

What About Hair and Sun Protection?

Clients often ask me which products, if any, contain sunscreen. I highly regard #KevinMurphy products, so I sought an answer from them, and this is what Kevin Murphy had to say:

“UV protection is extremely important in haircare. However, it’s not the same as the SPF factor you see with sunscreens that are used for the skin. Most sunscreens, for all intents and purposes, sit on the surface of the skin to protect it from burning. With haircare we can’t do that because that would make the hair heavy. So instead, we have great technology that is weightless which allows us to use certain plant extracts, like Sunflower Seed Extract and Safflower Seed Extract which protects the hair in a great way from harmful UV rays. This protection, of course, goes a long way towards preserving hair colour, moisture levels and internal hydration of the hair and scalp. A few of our most concentrated UV protecting products are MOTION.LOTION (a great product for anyone’s beach bag), UN.TANGLED which is the perfect leave in conditioning spray fresh out of the ocean or pool. Both products allow the hair to dry beautifully in a natural way and have the added insurance of protecting your hair from the sun.”

Pick up Motion.Lotion or Un.Tangled at Emerson Salon or Shop Online!

Friday, July 26th, 2019

Get to Know These Pros!

CHELSEA BURNS

https://www.chelseaburns.studio/

Chelsea wasn’t always a hairstylist: she hails from San Jose, California where she was immersed in the arts as a painter and general creator of badassery. She has studied painting and art history in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Athens, and graduated cum laude from Humboldt State University with a B.A. in Studio Art, Art History, and French. She uses every ounce of her passion for art and aesthetics to turn your hair into a face-framing masterpiece. She works with your lifestyle and hair goals to create a unique style that works for you. For Chelsea’s Availability, Prices, and Services, Click the Book Online button!

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LANCER FORNEY MCMAHON (Co-Owner Emerson Salon)

“Come as You Are. Leave Feeling Amazing!”Follow @hairguylancer on InstagramFacebook | Google+

What To Expect: I am really an introvert, which might seem unusual for a hairstylist. While working on a client, I am very focused and do not multitask. If you too would prefer a quiet chair experience in which you’d rather be left alone to relax during your visit, please notate “Quiet Chair” in your appointment notes. I am more than happy to accommodate you! I prefer to provide my clients with a safe space where they can be themselves, reflect, and relax. Lancer’s availability, prices, and services’ info: BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

You can also visit my Website, and if you aren’t sure which service you’ll need, please Email Me directly.

D’ARCY HARRISON (Co-Owner Emerson Salon)

Facebook.com/DARCYHAIRDESIGN | instagram.com/darsula7

D’Arcy’s philosophy of hair includes the belief that form must be in harmony with function and therefore, must be in line with the clients’ needs and wishes.  She is a compassionate and understanding stylist whose sole aim is to empower each guest with confidence in their hair and thus, themselves. She moved from Rhode Island almost 20 years ago from Rhode Island and has an extensive background in the arts and theatre. She loves her cat Sassy, 70s horror movies, singing karaoke and playing with wigs!

She excels in: individual consultation, wavy/curly hair textures, dimensional color (block, foil and balayage), custom color formulation/color correction, creative cuts and client collaboration, men’s barber cuts, precision cutting, and formal/bridal/vintage styling and microlock BABE hair extensions (by consultation) CLICK TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT OR GO TO:  www.darcyhairdesign.com

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MICHAEL SIMONS

“I bring my well-rounded talents in chemical services, cutting, and styling to each client that sits in my chair.”

I like things done well, and thoughtfully. Every head is unique – every client unique. I possess a passion for ongoing education, and have attended many Vidal Sassoon, Bumble + Bumble, and Wella hair color advanced educational courses. I have toured with Davines hair color to Amsterdam, Barcelona, and London for Davines world tours. For Michael’s Availability, Prices, and Services, Click the Book Online button!

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Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

Capitol Hill Block Party 2019

CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY is July 19-21, 2019

The main stage is right outside the Emerson Salon storefront and can make arriving for your hair service appointment problematic.

Here are some QUICK TIPS to ensure your smooth experience arriving at Emerson Salon:

– THE ONLY ACCESS POINT TO EMERSON SALON is at the Broadway and E.Pike St. Southeast corner sidewalk (by Frame Central.) – No access at any other location will be permitted for entry to Emerson Salon.  (see map below)

– Plan for extra time needed for parking or transit to the Capitol Hill Area. We recommend riding a bike, using public transportation, or taking a taxi/rideshare in lieu of driving & parking. 

 Inform security if questioned that you have an appointment at Emerson Salon to gain access towhat will be the “Exit Only” area of sidewalk on E. Pike. If there are any problems- call your hair professional directly. 

Check out the schedule/lineup at http://www.capitolhillblockparty.com/

Map of the CHBP’s location imprint shows the blocked streets in red lines. Also the only access point to Emerson Salon at Broadway and E.Pike St is indicated with the red marker. (see below)

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

Happy Pride 2019!

At Emerson Salon, we know its challenging to maintain & amplify your confidence. Located on Capitol Hill in Seattle.

Each of our Independently run hair professionals work to CELEBRATE YOU by listening, discussing and asking questions.

Emerson Salon proudly supports the LGBTQ community and is a unique, cozy and safe space for EVERYONE. Get to know each of us and feel good vibes before, during and after your service when you collaborate with these unique hair designers.

Happy Pride 2019!!!

WE CELEBRATE YOU and want you to ALWAYS BE YOURSELF!

CHOOSE A HAIR PROFESSIONAL AND BOOK ONLINE AT:
EMERSONSALON.COM

We retail Kevin Murphy, Moroccan Oil and Loma.

Use Our Online Shopping Portal for $5 flat rate shipping HERE.

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Olaplex No. 3 and No. 6 Available Now!

Olaplex, the brainchild of two PhDs in Chemistry and Materials, has freed colorists to venture into previously uncharted  territory. It is a patented system that can be incorporated into professional hair services like highlighting or treatments. Tons of celebrities swear by the game changing system when they do extreme haircolor changes. Colorists love using it to minimize issues created from overlapping highlights and compounded breakage, and it allows colorists to achieve more dramatic results while still maintaining the hair’s integrity. NO ONE wants their hair to break off trying to get that perfect pastel or metallic blond!

Each step of the Olaplex system imparts a certain concentration of the key ingredient Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate. This single active ingredient has two reactive ends that cross link single sulfur hydrogen bonds to form disulfide bonds. This science means Olaplex is NOT a conditioner as it offers more permanent results to mending the hair structure. It re-connects the broken protein bonds in the hair.

Emerson Salon now retails two take-home products to help all Olaplex users reap the benefits of their treatments at home:

OLAPLEX NO.6 Bond Smoother eliminates frizz and flyaways for up to 72 hours. It is a leave-in, smoothing, reparative styling creme that eliminates frizz, hydrates, and protects the hair. It strengthens, hydrates, moisturizes, smooths and speeds up your blow dry time. You can use it to produce a smooth, sleek look without the need of a flat iron, OR you can use it to define and smooth your natural curls.

DOES NOT CONTAIN: Sulfates, phthalates, parabens, or gluten. Is vegan and color safe.

HOW TO USE: Apply a pea-sized amount to damp or dry hair, concentrating product on mid length to ends. Comb through and style as desired.

OLAPLEX NO.3 Hair Perfector is a treatment that reduces breakage and visibly strengthens hair, improving its look and feel. It repairs damaged and compromised hair, strengthens and protects the hair structure, and restores healthy appearance and texture to the hair.

HOW TO USE: Apply a generous amount from roots to ends on unwashed towel-dried hair. Comb through once, and leave on for a minimum of 10 minutes. Rinse out and then shampoo and condition your hair to complete the at-home treatment. This treatment works on wet, damp or dry hair, and is suitable and beneficial for all hair types.

DOES NOT CONTAIN: Parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. Is cruelty-free and vegan.

If you are interested in having an Olaplex In-Salon treatment, Book an Appointment with Chelsea or D’Arcy or ask them about it at your next visit with them! D’Arcy and Chelsea utilize Olaplex as part of their coloring service add-ons. Olaplex In-Salon is 3- step system that links broken bonds in the hair before, during and after chemical services. It can be done as a standalone mini-treatment or as insurance for a coloring service. Olaplex is formulated to be compatible with all color lines, and produces incredibly healthy hair.

Check out their Stylist Profiles online at www.emersonsalon.com

Sunday, February 17th, 2019

What Are WA State Politicians Trying to do to Booth Rent Cosmetology?

UPDATE!!!!!!!!! As of April 30 all of the bills that would directly effect and negatively impact small business and/or cosmetology in the WA STATE legislature are DEAD. These bills could be resurrected in the shorter 2020 session starting in January—-so help us prepare to fight in the coming year! Read on for details on the harmful bills 1000’s of cosmetologists and independent contractors worked together to stop BELOW.

In January, 2019 Washington State Legislators introduced SB 5326 which essentially would have ended the business structure of booth rental by cosmetologists as small business owners. Prior to the hearing on Jan 28, the sponsors of the bill expanded the bill to also include barbers and removing the provision regarding a ban booth rental to fellow cosmetologists. When the time came for public hearing regarding SB5326, over 1300 cosmetologists and their supporters descended on Olympia to tell the Senate Labor & Commerce committee their opposition to the bill in its amended form.

The bill still aimed to remove an important tax classification as booth rental independent contractors and would have opened these small business owners to greater danger and risk through IRS tax audit.

Thankfully, the primary sponsor of SB5326 took the feedback and tabled the bill and vowed to not move forward.

Yet, there is still danger in the political waters UNFORTUNATELY…

The problem is that NEW bills had already been introduced that not only still jeopardized cosmetologist booth rental but now expanded to the entire “Gig Economy,” and all independent contractors that receive 1099’s for their work. Booth renters are independent contractors even though we are not “contracted” by our customers for work and are not “hired” by their landlord. The supposed goal of the bills is to end misclassification of workers and those treating people as employees but using independent contracting as an excuse not to pay benefits, health insurance or state safety nets for their employees.

Let’s dive into the 4 bills that will overtax small business in addition to adding extremely stringent rules, imposed pricing, and more….

SB5513 and HB1515:

will create a NEW test to determine employee vs. independent contractor and a new definition called “intermediary employee” and is currently unclear who that is meant to include. This test aims to be STRICTER than the federal “ABC,” test. The proposed NEW 7 point test would eliminate colleagues within the same industry whom co-work space. Examples: Booth rent cosmetologist who lease a chair from another cosmetologist. It is unclear if having entirely separate business entities is enough to satisfy exemption from these proposed restrictions.

SB 5690 and HB 1601:

would impose “wage board” base pricing which mandates small businesses be told by the state what to charge and/or pay. This could drive up service pricing across ALL industries. It is nearly impossible to predict every variable of a business or industry to make sure this “PRICE FIXING” is fair. Price fixing is also illegal according to federal  (who appoints the board? the ratio of members outnumbers small business entrepeneurs)

All 4 bills: 

  • All 4 bills say you cannot co-work space/lease with industry colleagues (this could drive up the price of commercial real estate for stand alone small business (ex: salon suites, etc.) due to increased demand) 
  • All 4 Bills have huge penalties that are nearly impossible to defend against (its called joint and sever liability that could drag you into court even if you did not misclassify workers)
  • All 4 bills set a NEW extremely limited standard/definition for independent contractor status
  • All 4 bills make “intermediary employees” and/or independent contractors (including booth rental) pay into L&I, unemployment & workers comp even if they do not want to use those state safety nets
  • All 4 bills would support elevated B&O tax on business gross 
  • All 4 bills could drive up the price of services if less sole proprietor providers are in business (in addition to imposed pricing)

FOR MORE DETAILS INSIDE THE BILLS, Look at this DOCUMENT

or go to https://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/

For Contact info of Legislators: CLICK THIS LINK

OPPOSING: Association for Washington Business, NFIB.org, WA Retail Association, Cosmetologists of Washington United Facebook Group (over 6k members), WA Hospital Association, The Internet Association

SUPPORTING: SEIU 775 and other labor group

What can YOU do to support opposition?

WE HAVE TO MAKE OUR WA STATE VOICES HEARD BEFORE THE FEB 22 POLICY DEADLINE.

TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW. SHARE IN EMAIL. SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA. TALK TO YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND COWORKERS. Call and EMAIL district legislators and the sponsors of the bills. These bills effect cosmetologists, massage therapists, plumbers, real estate agents, truck drivers, app drivers/deliverypersons, doctors and the list goes on and on… and most importantly they WILL effect YOU! Whether we like it or not….

OPPOSE 5513, 1515, 1601 + 5690
>>>>> Call 1 800 562 6000 to leave a brief opposition message during regular business hours
>>>>> OR WRITE DISTRICT LEGISLATORS:
Follow these links to oppose these bills
https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill//5513
https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill//1515
https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill//5690
https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill//1601

YOU HAVE 3 District Legislators in your WA State District-

CLICK the link below TO FIND OUT WHO THEY ARE

https://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!  

As of March 4, 2019:

  • 1515 received an amendment to become a taskforce workgroup ONLY but has NOT been scheduled to hit the House floor for a vote. DEAD IN COMMITEE- stay vigilant until April 25 (end of WA state legislative session.)
  • 1601, 5326, 5690, 5513 DEAD IN COMMITEE- stay vigilant until April 25 (end of WA state legislative session.)

WA State Legislative Districts