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Thursday, November 21st, 2019

Award-Winning: Evening of Excellence

Nov 20, 2019 was a momentous day for Emerson Salon! Co-Owners Lancer Forney-McMahon and D’Arcy Harrison attended the Association of Washington Business‘ EVENING OF EXCELLENCE blacktie/formal event at Benaroya Hall.

Emerson Salon was nominated and became a finalist for the prestigious WASHINGTON ADVANCE Award. “Recognizing a business who has had a significant impact in their sector, contributing to the advancement of their community and/or statewide economy.”

We make a significant impact on our local economy by providing a safe space for LGTBQ+ and last winter, D’Arcy worked diligently with thousands of other cosmetologists to battle back around 8 state bills that would have harmed small business cosmetology.

We are so honored to be nominated and win this accolade! Running a small business is hard work and sometimes feels discouraging so we are humbled by this celebration of our ongoing work in our field.

Special Thanks Goes to:

AWB and Bob Battles (General Counsel), Ventures Non-Profit, Beto Yarce, Jennifer Crandall, Jennifer Hughes, Matt Buchan, Jeff Holm, Guy Garrison, Natasha Harrison, Bob Skogman, Bob Haig, Marcus Whitener, and Steve Showalter.

Stop on by to check out the beautiful glass award!

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

!Raffle Giveaway!

UPDATE: RAFFLE WINNER IS JOHN MILLWARD

COME IN TO EMERSON SALON FOR A CHANCE TO WIN!

It has been 5 years in the new ownership of

B.Please LLC DBA Emerson Salon!

We want to share in the celebration by giving you a chance to receive:

an Emerson Salon T-Shirt, Kevin Murphy Travel Bag + Salon Services Hair Goodies!

DRAWING NOVEMBER 15th

*** Contact Info Will Not Be Used for any Email or Marketing Lists ***

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

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Follow Us On Instagram!

 

We love being able to connect with our fans and clients online!

So, we have expanded our social media presence by creating an Instagram Presence! 

Check out pics of hair we have transformed, memes, videos, and more…

CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM!

 

 

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Show Us The Hair at ISSE2018!

This past Jan 26-29 was the International Salon and Spa Expo in Long Beach, CA.  This event convenes thousands of cosmetology professionals from around the world and is produced by the Professional Beauty Association: “is a non-profit that exists to elevate, unify and serve the beauty industry and the professionals who improve people’s lives.”

Co- owners D’Arcy Harrison and Lancer Forney-McMahon attended 2 days each. Both of them attended classes and presentations to further their skills in haircuts and haircolor. The energy of having that many pros in one area was exciting and overwhelming! So much to do and see!

D’Arcy attended “The Art of Technical Haircutting” by FHI and “Painting Balayage,” with #balaylama Candy Shaw. D’Arcy was methodical in her shopping for new items to amp up her  client experience in the salon for D’Arcy Hair Design.  She walked around the expo hall checking out all the booths on Saturday and came back after class on Sunday to pick up some new tools. She opted for a Sutra Beauty Infrared Blowdryer- “With Sutra’s Ionic Infrared Blow Dryer, infrared heat coats the hair strand deep inside the hair cuticle, heating from the inside of the hair shaft out, while protecting the outer layer of hair. ” D’Arcy also purchased a Hot Tools Curl Bar that uses a curl timer and a digital temperature readout as well as offering a more ergonomic experience for the stylist. To learn more about D’Arcy and request an appointment with her, visit her Website!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lancer attended “The Art of Razor Cutting and Color Movement” Hands-On class taught by CoCre8 duo Christopher Dove and John Simpson, and has been using techniques learned in this class on many of his clients, with much success!  He also attended a lecture about alopecia given by Jared Reynolds, Biomolecular Chemist, creator and founder of Zenagen Haircare, and is currently testing the Revolve system on his husband, with visible hair regrowth success already! After much learning, some entertainment was in order, and D’Arcy and Lancer enjoyed watching Ted Gibson and his team having fun with models onstage. Ted Gibson is the man behind Angelina Jolie’s hair and numerous other celebrities we’ve all seen on just about every magazine cover!

Day Two for Lancer was all about Wellness. Hair Guy Lancer, P.L.L.C. intends to stay working behind the chair for as long as he wants to, and toward that end, actively takes ownership of his health and body. What a treat to be able to learn from not just hairdressers but other professionals who   understand that our job is very physical, and that ergonomics, nutrition, medication, and other forms of self-care are crucial to our longevity in our industry! First was Healthy Haircutting by Guinness World Hair Cutting record breaker ClipperGuy Ivan Zoot. Ivan taught Lancer how to stay healthy behind the chair, during breaks, and how to deal with height differences between client and stylist, among other things! Lancer already meditates along with practicing Lo Jong mind training through a local Sangha, so he attended a meditation session that was very different (and will stick to his current methods, thank you very much!) but it was good to have a meditative space at the Expo! Lancer already cooks all of the food for himself and his husband at home, but is always looking for food preparation hacks. “Healthy Snacks for Hungry People, by Katrina Goldberg did not disappoint! Katrina showed Lancer how prepping more garlic than you need gives you “savings” for later in the week, and also affirmed that when you have things prepped at home, you’re way more inclined to eat at home as well as to use everything you’ve invested your hard labor into! Last but not least was all about not wrecking your body by using better office furniture, stretching, etc. To learn more about Lancer and request an appointment with him, visit his Website!

Another fun aspect to a convention of this type is the opportunity to interact with exciting hair color, hair tools and product companies selling deals and demonstrating techniques and products. We enjoyed seeing companies we work with in the salon such as Moroccan Oil, Olaplex, Pulp Riot, Pravana, Hot Tools, BABE extensions and many more.

We even ran into Seattle salon owner colleague, Daniel Keane (seen with D’Arcy far left), who owns Serenza Salon & Spa in Burien. He used to educate for us when we used a former color line and it was a joy to see him doing his thing demonstrating tools.

Staying up on current trends, education and technical info is the sign of strong hair designers who care about providing top notch service and quality results.

Join us in the salon and see our honed expertise by booking 24/7 online with emersonsalon.com.

(To see more pics from #ISSE2018 go to: https://probeauty.smugmug.com/Events/ISSE-Long-Beach)

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…..

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– 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!

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Salon Confessional #1

Ok, ok!
………………WE CONFESS!!!………….
Emerson Salon is a salon without front desk receptionists!
(CLUTCH THE PEARLS)
 It’s OK! WE PROMISE! It totally is!
Salons are NOT all run the same, times are changing with new technologies and having receptionists is NOT the only way to provide quality service in a hair salon!
By the end of 2015, roughly over HALF of  salon businesses will be booth renter salons or stylists according to the Professional Consultants & Resources (PCR)) (see pie chart below. )
Having receptionists is an expensive luxury to have when  stylists can do most of the essential business functions themselves with a mobile device app,
laptop or smartphone for scheduling and payment. 
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  • Co-Owners of Emerson Salon (Lancer Forney and D’Arcy Harrison) chose not to have receptionists so each individual self employed stylist inside Emerson Salon can maximize their profitability and run their hair chair as they see fit (beyond general safety, sanitation, licensure, leasure and insurance obligations. ) They are trained, seasoned, screened professionals with the expertise to execute fantastic hair transformations while concurrently doing their own business tasks.

Appointment Time

  • Emerson Salon does offer easy online 24 hrs a day booking with your preferred stylist. Your stylist is in absolute control of their appointment calendar, its set up and communications.
  • PLEASE MAKE ONLINE APPOINTMENTS 12-24 HOURS IN ADVANCE.
Why is it better to book ahead?
Well, we are happy to share an inside scoop on our community of independent hair designers.  🙂
Because all our stylists have ultimate control over their calendars and business and its very important to give them the space to customize their day. Doing hair is ultimately a business- one that is fun, exciting and ever changing with new trends and techniques but also requiring of time, care and expertise.
We cannot always guarantee same day availability.
If it is possible- we will do our best to help make a same day appointment happen but
that is entirely up to the discretion of the independent hair designer you wish to work with.
We understand life runs quickly….. but in the land of Hair-
Planning, Preparation and Patience are KEY for you to receive “Happy hair!”
We appreciate our WONDERFUL clients and aim to make sure every individual feels taken care of and listened to when they are with us inside Emerson Salon.
Come to us “For Style That Works”
by booking with
one of us online at www.emersonsalon.com 

 

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Historic Trifecta 2015 Show

trifecta1trifecta This past weekend, most of our team (seen far right) attended a cosmetology show hosted and run by  distributor Salon Services.

The event was held at the wonderful Fremont Studios venue in Seattle for 2 whole days where hair designers from all over the Pacific Northwest were delighted by demonstrations in cut, color and style. The product companies that participated were Kevin Murphy, ColorProof, Keune, MoroccanOil, Green Circle Salons and the author of the book, “Psy-Cosmetology.”

The format was extremely interesting with Salon Services owners introducing and asking the CEO or Artistic Directors of each product company: What is the biggest challenge facing the salon industry now and in the future? and What is most important to you and your organization? Many said the diversion of salon products to internet and grocery stores is a huge challenge to professionals in the beauty industry. Our clients should be getting specific recommendations from us as professionals and purchasing with us in salon. At Emerson Salon, we try to carry brands that are rarely diverted and cost exactly the same if they buy it online or in salon.
trifectarosegold     The first company to show us some fabulous hair were some platform artists from Kevin Murphy. They are releasing their own color line called Color.Me in the US this coming September. They demonstrated some dimensional color effects on the model you see to the left to execute some trendy Rose Gold haircolor with a cotton candy pink on the ends. Former NAHA winner, Tony Ricci also demonstrated some amazing editorial hair and even brought out a toy “Barbie” braider to create twisted braids in the hair (we do not recommend using this at home!.) One of the styles used colored scrap hair from the salon sprayed into cone shapes with Session Spray to make an elaborate “dinosaur” updo (see left below.) Another amazing style Tony did for us was using tight cornrows threaded with yak hair and then the sewing was cut to create a messy dread lock effect. (see right below)

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Next up was MoroccanOil’s team who showed us some amazing styles from THREE platform artists. This line uses a moisturizing argan nut dry oil as the key ingredient. They showed us some styles that could be easily achieved on clients as well as some extreme  looks executed with extra wigs and bun donuts. (see below)

 

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Then we were treated to a color demonstration from the Holland based company Keune. One of Emerson Salon’s co-owners, D’Arcy, volunteered to assist George Alderete briefly onstage. Look below for proof of her foiling magic on the model! (see left below)

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And a highlight of the event was getting to learn from Phillip Wilson from ColorProof who used to work alongside Vidal Sassoon many years ago. He is an exciting and dynamic personality and had the entire room of over 900 hairstylists in stitches. Here, he demonstrates how to create a classic graduated bob using a 2 comb technique instead of traditional layering with fingers and comb. It was amazing to see a totally different approach to the chic style!

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One of the most exciting part of the events was at the end of the second day. One of the vendors had to unfortunately drop out and as a replacement….we were treated to a HISTORIC COLLABORATION between many of the artistic directors and platform artists on some more hair models. Some stylists even worked on the same model simultaneously (see below!) The Salon Services owners Sydney and George were overwhelmed with emotion to see these wonderful hair designers coming together to give the gathered stylists a once in a lifetime treat! Usually, these individuals would never get to cross the aisle to work with another hair designer contracted with a rival product company. It was exciting and awe inspiring to see these successful artists joining to present us with this priceless opportunity!

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Education is SO important to a hair designer staying inspired and on top of their game. We learned a lot at Trifecta 2015 by Salon Services and are excited to let these ideas propel our work with clients into the stratosphere!

Book with one of our independently run hair designers by choosing one from a profile and contacting them directly for an appointment!