Articles from ‘Capitol Hill’

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Salon Closure Due to COVID-19

We are proud to share that we are continuing to put our clients’ health and well being first and foremost as we continue to keep our salon doors closed until we are clear to resume business.

We will keep everyone updated on all channels, and we wish you and yours a healthy Spring season and we look forward to seeing you again in the salon in a few weeks!

Co-Owners Lancer & D’Arcy

Monday, February 24th, 2020

Henna For Hair

Co-Owner Lancer has been asked many questions about henna and there are many variances that make coloring hair with henna unique. Here is some great information that can help inform you about whether henna is a good choice for you and your hair, as well as what to expect from henna, how to prepare for your henna appointments, and how to take care of your hair post-henna treatment at home.

What Henna Color Can and Cannot Do:

  • Henna deposits pigment onto the hair. It cannot lighten hair. Henna is often permanent and difficult to color over.
  • Henna dyes do not contain chemicals that are required to change the color of dark hair.
  • Henna is natural, and individual results vary, based on one’s hair color.
  • When henna is applied on black or dark brown hair, the result will be within the auburn to burgundy range, with red highlights that will be visible in the sunlight.
  • On light hair, henna might look perfect, or it might come out intense orange or red, since henna doesn’t fade very much on light or fine hair.

What Is In Henna Color and How Does It Work?

  • Blonde, Brown, Auburn, Mahogany, and other shades of henna colorants contain amla, indigo, walnut, rhubarb, and lawsonia.
  • Henna can be enhanced by adding other natural ingredients such as chamomile, beet powder, paprika, coffee, and indigo.
  • Henna works by depositing natural pigments that coat the hair and also provides shine to the hair.
  • This coating is what conditions your hair and makes it shiny, but is also why it’s difficult to remove.

Henna Benefits:

  • Natural Henna is 100% naturally grown & chemical free. The hues produced by henna are natural and vibrant.
  • Henna treatments enhance volume and sooth the scalp, and it also reduces dandruff.
  • ​Henna’s benefits are cumulative; with repeated applications over the years, henna improves the hair’s texture.
  • Since henna is natural, it conditions and colors your hair in a natural and safe manner.
  • Henna naturally conditions, strengthens, removes excess oil, protects hair from sun damage, and leaves hair silky and soft.

First Time Henna Users:

  • Everyone’s hair is different, and getting rid of unwanted henna color is rarely an option.
  • I always recommend doing a strand test before a first time henna service, because natural dyes also affected by your natural color, as well as any other colors you have on your hair.
  • Henna can only be grown out or cut out of the hair, because it is a permanent stain. it can be color shifted or enhanced only with another henna product, since it coats the outer hair shaft which affects the penetration of traditional chemical colors.
  • Your results may vary and it may take up to 3-4 applications for your hair to recognize henna.
  • If you don’t see your desired color right away, wait 48-72 hours to see your results.
  • Henna stains hair red-orange, but the stain is translucent and will combine with your natural color.
  • Repeated henna applications will result in a deeper color.
  • Henna can become less translucent over time from repeated applications, by applying a deeper henna mixture, or from mixing henna with indigo.
  • Sometimes an additional henna application is needed for the optimal results, especially on gray hair.
  • Gray hair tends to be stubborn and can be difficult to cover with henna because henna is so natural, and nature takes its time.
  • Henna will dye white hair a natural red or a deep red.
  • Henna will dye blonde hair red, which can translate as intense orange.
  • Henna on red hair will make the hair a deeper red.

Post-Henna Service (At Home Care Instructions):

  • Please shampoo your hair between 24-48 hours of application to lock in your color.
  • If you have deep red, wine red, mahogany, or burgundy henna on your hair, you should then wash your hair for 3 consecutive days to help lessen the pigment bleeding.
  • Red clay is used in these henna colors, which tends to make the color bleed.

Tips to Lessen Color Bleeding:

  • Avoid using any white linens during the bleed stage post-red henna coloring.
  • Make sure your hair is dry before dressing, and avoid light colored clothing.
  • Please avoid piling your hair on top of your head while washing your hair. Always rinse from roots to tips and consider washing sections separately.
  • Rinsing with cold cool water is very important to help seal the hair cuticle, lessening dyes escaping.
  • Using conditioner when rinsing henna helps lessen color bleeding.

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.

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

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Color Care At Home

 

 

Just because a color may be “permanent”, hair color doesn’t last forever. ALL hair color, whether natural, temporary, demi-permanent, semi-permanent, or permanent, will dull and fade over time. Protect your color investment by slowing the fading process by following these tips!

1) Wash less often, and consider using dry shampoos between washes.

2) When you DO shampoo, wash and rinse your hair with cooler water (easy to do in the summer for sure!) This helps keep your color from running.

3) Use shampoos and conditioners that are formulated to maintain color. UVA and UVB protective shampoos and conditioners keep your color looking fresh by protecting from the sun’s harmful rays that dull color over time, and using pigmented shampoos and conditioners, such as the Love Kevin Murphy Colouring.Angels at home between salon appointments to deposit color temporarily.

4) Watch the heat styling. Using hot tools on high-heat settings will fade a color quicker than anything. Use a thermal protectant spray before applying heat from your blow dryer or hot irons, because thermal protectants create a barrier between your hair and the heat. Using a lower heat setting is much safer in the long run and also helps prevent moisture loss that is inevitable from using hot tools on your hair.

http://www.hairguylancer.com/single-post/2018/07/12/Color-Care-Tips

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

#BEYOURSELF With Us!

We want you to #BEYOURSELF with your life….and YOUR HAIR! Book with us by Selecting a Stylist Profile HERE.

Friday, August 18th, 2017

The Kevin Murphy Experience


THE KEVIN MURPHY EXPERIENCE

From time to time, we have an opportunity to have educators from our favorite brands give us some inspiring styling tutorials and advice. This week, Sara (an educator for Kevin Murphy International kevinmurphy.com.au) came in from Austin, TX to help us strengthen our finishing skills with Kevin Murphy products. The Kevin Murphy range is based on skincare and has high performance results.

Our model,Kenna, has longer, fine slightly wavy hair. D’Arcy prepped her by detoxing her hair twice with Maxi.Wash (an alpha hydroxy  detox shampoo- not a clarifier) and followed it with Angel.Wash and Angel.Masque.

 

After a quick towel dry ballerina bun, Sara applied Leave.In Repair. Then she used Body.Mass on all the roots to assist in plumping and lift at the base. To enhance movement to the hair, she added Motion.Lotion and dried on a high heat low speed setting and kept squeezing the hair until 85% dry

To finish, Sara sprayed Bedroom.Hair that helps with some hold as well as aiding in keeping the hair fluffy and full.

Sara then moved on to create a second look on Kenna. She used a 2.25″ clipless curling iron to create soft bend to large sections of hair. The key tip was not to wrap the hair completely but only in 1.5 rotations and continuing the rolling action (back and forth) for up  to 30 seconds. She then finished with quick shots of Doo.Over to help emphasize the softness of the look.

 

Our second model, Karen, has naturally wavy, frizzy hair. Sara prepped her with Smooth Again Wash and Rinse to help lay down the cuticle to eliminate frizz. Then she applied AntiGravity all over and then a tad of Motion Lotion on the ends. She then used small clips to prop up the roots towards the top and then used applied the Texture Net over the entire head. She then placed Karen under a Medium Heat hood dryer for 20 min. Voila! Controlled texture with no frizz.

See the result below!

 

 

 

…..And to entice you into a new Kevin Murphy product…..

WHEN YOU BUY 2 REGULAR SIZE KEVIN MURPHY PRODUCTS

– receive a FREE mini size of your choice!

Want a customized recommendation of what products work well for your hair?

Book a FREE consultation with one of our EXPERIENCED Pros!

Book automatically online through their profiles at emersonsalon.com

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Fast, Fantastic Style

 

 

Who has time to spend over 30 min on their hair? Not many people! We’re always running off to work and sometimes to meet friends afterwards, which makes hours-long glam impossible! Here are some quick tips for getting a 1-2-3  step style!

menscut8For men, the types of cuts pictured that are longer on top and extremely faded down to skin are very popular! But even if you have a medium length haircut, there are 2 go-to products you can use quickly for n easy yet refined look.

-If you want texture, hold and/or a matte finish: use the beeswax based Night Rider by Kevin Murphy. Its great for creating hold on medium to thicker hair types or densities.

-If you want light hold and a soft sheen finish: use the featherweight Undressed by Kevin Murphy. Its great for finer hair types and creates a shine finish that mimics slight wetness.

shortIf you have short to a longer pixie cut, you can play with different finishes and texture for variety.

MoroccanOil’s Texture Paste and Kevin Murphy‘s Bedroom.Hair are both great products for adding definition, texture and medium hold. It can be very helpful for holding a swoop bang like in the picture to the right.

-For a sleeker look, try Molding Cream by MoroccanOil. The argan oil in it is conditioning and helps create some of the slicked back looks that are so popular on the runways.

 

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If you have medium to long length hair, try creating a soft beachy texture.

-Try Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray (fine hair) or Hair Resort gel (medium to thick hair) to your dry hair from mid-shafts to ends. These products create hold with minimal effort.

-Blow dry into damp hair using a slow speed, medium heat dryer. Use a curling iron and wind the hair around the curling iron (2″-3″ diameter) in alternating directions, taking 2- 3 rotations.  This creates movement and slight volume. Or, curl all pieces away from the face to create soft waves.  Make sure not to curl the last 1-2″ of the ends for a tousled look, and do not use the clip on the curling iron.

Once the hair is curled and cooled completely (17-20 minutes ideally), use your hands to stretch the curl out a bit by grabbing big sections and smoothing your hands down the curls. This will soften them up and make them look more natural. To finish, use Session Spray by Kevin Murphy lightly, from  12″ away from your hair to hold the curl and protect it from humidity.

Once you have done this a few times, you will become quick like QUICKSILVER! Going from day into night should be simple and almost effortless…

No one’s got time for being a Diva ’bout their hair! You can also book a quick styling session with one of our independent stylists online! Our profiles are on emersonsalon.com so you can make a choice and book your appointment through our booking links provided.

 

 

 

Friday, June 30th, 2017

What is an Independent Hair Stylist?

Here at Emerson Salon, we are all independent hairstylists…but you ask, what does that mean?

It means none of us are employees. We each operate individually, running all aspects of our small businesses under one roof. 

What is required to be an independent booth renter in WA state? There is some paperwork all our stylists are required to get and stay current on. They need: a cosmetology license, a salon/shop license, a master business license from WA state and a City of Seattle business license. Also, to make sure all our stylists are protected they are required to have a minimum of general liability insurance for any  possible incidents with a client in their chair.

Each stylist is responsible for saving for and paying their taxes following tracking their business expenses and deductions. Trust us, its not always easy or straightforward but definitely pays off in happy clients who return on a regular basis.

Our stylists and barbers manage their own clients and calendar appointments themselves. No, we don’t have receptionists, but each operator has online booking.  This is nice because sometimes life throws a curve ball and you have to run an errand a morning before taking clients. This way, the stylist doesn’t have to ask permission they just block out that time in the schedule that they won’t be in the salon. Some  stylists give their email and pricelist and others also add a website, portfolio or an automatic booking system to their Emerson Salon website profile. Everything you need to book with one of them is at your fingertips!

Each stylist has different specialties, pricing, and services. For example, some stylists do not perform color corrections or formal styling, and not all barbers do straight razor face shaves. Some stylists do permanents or smoothing services and others do not. It’s all up to the operator as to the services offered. so we highly recommend perusing everyone’s profiles to find a barber or stylist who is best for your hair needs.

Pre-Booking an Appointment is highly recommendedBecause we do not control other operators’ calendars, it is important to understand that making an appointment will guarantee you get the time and stylist you prefer. We love it when people walk in, but it is hard to accommodate you when only 1-2 stylists are in and are already booked with clients. It really is BEST to book online whenever possible!

Other salons tend to be commission (% of services goes to the stylist) or wage based (hourly rate.) These are employer based jobs and can run a significant amount of overhead in Payroll, Accounting and Taxes. Being independent means minimized overheard for Emerson Salon and puts the responsibility of earning on the stylist.

Curious about our Independent Stylists? Check out their profiles and contact one of them today!