Articles from ‘FAQ’

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

Meet Our New Team Member…aka Air Purifier: “Lil’ Fauci”

In our daily work to fight Covid19 in the salon we have obtained a medical grade air filtration system from MEDIFYAIR.com . The MA -112 V 2.0 filters up to 5000 sq ft and is able to filter out the micron level of the virus and other harmful air pollutants. Our space is 1010 sq.ft and are happy that every 15 min— 1225 sq ft of air is purified. This means if every independent service provider inside the Emerson Salon location takes 15 min to disinfect between clients that the entire salon of air will be cleaned by the time the next client arrives.

We decided since this NEW TEAM MEMBER is so integral to what we do to stay safe, wear masks and disinfect all tools and high touch points based on CDC guidance and Dr Fauci’s expertise—- that it only seemed right to honor Dr. Fauci’s knowledge and service with a special NAME for our new machine! NOTE: We have powerful HVAC systems in our location but this just adds a little more peace of mind for providers and clients alike.

Welcome “Lil’ Fauci” to the team of pros that work inside our location!

We are taking hair services BY APPOINTMENT ONLY– book with your selected provider through the STYLISTS Button on the emersonsalon.com home page!

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Support Your Hair Pro & Avoid Home Hair Disasters

Written by D’Arcy Harrison, Co- Owner of Emerson Salon

At the current moment— the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order is in full effect in WA state until May 4th, 2020 however the Cosmetology sector is unclear that May 4th will be the GO TIME date for salons and barbershops. Washingtonians are already getting stir crazy but across the country, most states have only justs followed suit on social distancing and doing their best to adhere to emerging announcements from the CDC and WHO.

Hairstylists, colorists, assistants, barbers, receptionists, managers, owners, distributor reps and many more inside the beauty industry are out of work. No income.

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DEALING WITH AMBIGUITY: There are no assurances when these personal care businesses will be allowed to open again. Whether a small business owner, employer, or employee- calling it an industry ripple is a gross understatement- this is like an earthquake and tsunami COMBINED. The “NEW New World” is one where it is now possible to force all hair related businesses to halt in order to avoid breaking the 6ft Social Distancing guidelines. To help support our industry- donate at the image to your left.

Panic, anxiety, fear, sadness, anger and disbelief are just some of the emotions we have felt. Many are unsure how they are supposed to support their families with no income for weeks on end. Many working class workers like hairstylists barely make enough $ over the cost of living in some areas and could never be prepared for a disaster of this nature. It is a huge wake-up call to small businesses that having a rainy day fund or 2 weeks worth of savings just is not enough to weather a shut down of this nature. Business interruption coverage on insurance is not being approved 100% of the time by insurance companies. This was a rude awakening to many who felt they would have a safety net through that avenue.

Email from WA State DOL

“How do you do hair with social distancing?The brutal answer is you don’t. No hair anywhere. The WA State Dept Of Licensing issued clarification and reiterated –—- NO HAIR CAN BE CONDUCTED ANYWHERE

It is a temporary law that if broken carries the risk of losing licensure, up to $5000 fine and up to one year in jail. Additionally, continuing to do hair services ignores the reason we need to stop doing business- the virus and the potential of losing lives. Additionally, our license does not permit creating custom color kits for clients or resale of professional products. A pro must formulate, mix and apply themselves according to licensure. Color manufacturers generally will not support it and neither will an insurance company if something goes wrong. Additionally, the stylist or barber themselves need to stay home and stay safe to avoid contagion. If they are exposed- they risk having to quarantine away from family as well as possible illness and/or death. Stay Home. Stay Safe.

So WHAT ARE hair pros doing while they cannot work?

Hair industry professionals continue supporting their businesses and have come up with some creative options as well as ways to spend their time while in quarantine.

Online Education

LEARNING: Many manufacturers and distributors have stepped up to offer free live and recorded education daily on social media or on their website platforms. This means your pro will be STRONGER when they return as they have been starved for stretching their skills while disconnected from being able to service clients. If you are a hair pro- we recommend these pages for products we love: Love Kevin Murphy facebook page, Moroccan Oil Pro or Olaplex Users facebook group .

COMMUNITY: Stylists, owners, employees and more convene online in social media groups on Facebook. Sharing videos on TikTok. Sharing their Instagram handles. Sharing funny hair and quarantine related memes. Making videos and resources to inspire and support the mental health of those struggling with the new paradigm. Motivating each other to stay strong, come together and to persist. “We will get through this together,” is the ironic mantra of many. If you are a Washington State hair pro- we recommend joining the Facebook Groups for The Sovereign Stylist and Cosmetologists of WA United. (If you become an enrolled Member Advocate you can get access to exclusive content on an ADVOCATES ONLY Cosmetologists United Facebook Group. Disclaimer: Co-Owner of Emerson Salon D’Arcy Harrison is one of the new association leaders at COWU.)

ALTERNATE INCOME STREAMS: Companies have shifted into high gear to offer ability to create custom online stores and affiliate programs so hairstylists and barbers can earn income recommending products to their clients for at home use and earning a commission. In some instances, companies have raised the commission to support the crisis of so many losing their incomes overnight.

Sell Gift Cards Online, allow 1 per service in small increments

Many pros have also created email and text messaging to their clientele to purchase gift cards for future services through Square or other online POS/gift card platforms. Many hoping to protect their income in the future utilize a policy of smaller gift card amounts that allow for use of one gift card per service.

LOANS and UNEMPLOYMENT: Simply put- workers who are employed by a company or individual and have a paycheck with taxes taken out had practically instant access to WA state Unemployment Insurance since they had paid into the programs. The self-employed, independent contractors and small businesses did not. It wasn’t until the federal CARE Act was enacted that aa glimmer of hope was given to those without any income stream. There is, however, patience required in the face of confusion and chaos and as the new programs were slowly rolled out. Banks and applicants are learning new details as they emerge daily if not hourly.

Most programs are accessed via SBA.gov

1) Some people are eliglible for the PPP (Payment Protection Program) and some are not. 2) Most if not all self employed are eligible for the EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) but the processing may take weeks- which means more ambiguity. 3) Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is now possible for part-time and self-employed workers but each state has to create a new platform to deal with workers who never qualified for their state UI in the past. In WA State, they announced April 18th is the target of the PUA roll out but most anticipate continued challenges as record numbers apply for assistance—even MORE ambiguity. There are rumblings that the CARE Act is just the first step in many steps the federal gov’t will make to support the unemployed and small businesses. We think we are maxed out on ambiguity right now!

Additionally, WA State just announced a new grant system that is doled out per county and that can be accessed here: http://startup.choosewashingtonstate.com/covid-grants/ or if you have a small business near Amazon headquarters go to: https://www.aboutamazon.com/job-creation-and-investment/neighborhood-small-business-relief-fund

Hairstylists and barbers are extremely resilient, creative, passionate, strong, SPECIAL and tenacious individuals. Businesses are doing whatever they can to keep blood pumping to the heart and souls of the people who make the hair industry so special. We wish we could do hair right now! We ache for the day when we can get back to work and none of us likes the idea of sitting around for months — but if it means more will live through this danger we are begrudgingly complying. Reach out to your trusted hair pro and tell them you SUPPORT their struggles. Offer to buy them groceries, send them a gift card or just phone them up to help keep their spirits up. We usually are the “hair-apist” but now…you can give back to the ones you depend on and respect.

They need YOU as much as you need them!

WARNING:
Do not DIY

Licensed professionals inside the WA State Department Cosmetology are not permitted to instruct non-pros on how to use, mix or apply professional or non-professional color.We advise you strongly to remember that cheap grocery store color or randomly chosen shades can go horribly wrong without education or expertise.

Think it through—-Bright roots or blotchy color. Brassy orange bands or the color going way darker than you intended— OR WORSE it melts or breaks in obvious places. And then no pro is available to “fix” it and when they are able to fix it in a month or MORE—the cost is quadruple because you put something horribly difficult to remove into your hair.

Additionally, we ask you that you wait for us to get back to work to get your haircut. Yah- it will get shaggy but you are home and only doing internet conference calls right? Give yourself and others permission not to feel like they HAVE to adhere to a beauty standard right now. Isn’t that such a blessing? We can focus on what we DO for ourselves and each other instead of a superficial desire or

Need to cover gray???? Wear a hat, wear a scarf use mascara or eyeshadow or even Purchase a root spray! Need to rehab those damaged ends? Buy Olaplex no3 Hair Perfector! Hair feel dry? Get some Moroccan Oil! Need some styling wax or pomade– get some Kevin Murphy Night Rider or FreeHold! The possibilities are endless! Need a product consult? Contact D’Arcy or Lancer from Emerson Salon to ask for a recommendation.

SHOP WITH US!

We understand completely that it is frustrating to not be permitted to have a professional assist you in covering your grays or touch up that haircut. But we truthfully understand that hair and $ is not more important than lives. We are here for you for all your at home haircare.

A local artist named Glynn Erin did a fantastic job painting our boarded up business. Thanks Glynn! instagram.com/glynnrosenberg

See it as LIBERATION from society telling you how to look! If you want to do your hair up its for YOU and your mental health. Its for the nourishment of your hair and follicles and not a LOOK. Its for fun!

Think of it also as supporting your hair pro in SOLIDARITY! Many pros are running with campaigns to encourage clients to be patient with hashtags like #getrooted or #letitgrow. We recommend taking funny pics on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tagging us. We love staying connected with you— See ya in person on the other side Seattle!

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

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Hair Resolutions 2016

 

Are you making changes for 2016? Well, we have some ideas to help create and maintain beautiful hair in the New Year for you!

heattoolsMake a resolution to be smarter when using your heat tools: 

-Use heat tools that use ceramic or tourmaline plates that help maintain your cuticle layer with controls that allow you to adjust the temperature. An on or off switch shows you no indication as to what level of damage you may be doing to your hair. We recommend digital heat tools that show you specifically what temperature range you are in.

-Always use a thermal protectant. We hear from a lot of clients that they are curling or flat ironing without a barrier to heat damage. Doing this can cause holes in your outer hair structure and make it difficult for your hair to retain quality moisture  and haircolor in your hair. We recommend MoroccanOil’s Original Treatment or Nourishing Oil By Loma. They are dry oils, are conditioning and will prevent high heat from burning your cuticle layer.

-Control the temperature for your hair type. There is no need to use over 350 degrees on fine, delicate hair. Thicker hair needs 400-450 degrees.

-If your hair is fine or chemically damaged DO NOT use the flatiron to curl your ends. It creates too much stress on the hair and will make it break 5x faster.

trimDedicate yourself to regular hair trims, color refreshes, and deep conditioning.

-Hair trims are your best defense against split ends. Even if you are growing your hair out longer it is a good idea to keep the ends freshened up so the oldest hair is not prone to breakage. For short to medium hair schedule every 4-7 weeks. For medium to long hair schedule every 6-10 weeks.

-Does your color get dull and murky looking after about 6-8 weeks? Schedule a conditioning color refresh with your colorist. Some shades (like semi permanents, reds and pastels) fade quicker and need more maintenance to keep them looking shiny and saturated. If you recently received a bleach and tone it will be necessary to keep it toned regularly to battle brassiness or maintain tonal stability.

-You can schedule a deep conditioning treatment with a hair designer or you can do one at home. In salon treatments tend to last longer because some of them use heat to penetrate to the structure inside the hair. We recommend MoroccanOil’s Restorative Hair Masque or Intense Hydrating Masque. These are easy to do at home once a week for dry or damaged hair in 5-15 minutes. Using moisture or moisture with protein will assist in keeping your hair’s health and manageability. (Some stylists use a disulfide mending OLAPLEX in salon as a treatment. Inquire at Emerson Salon with D’Arcy  for this service.)

Make sure to listen to your hair professional’s recommendations

on professional products for your hair type.

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mo -Stylists work with many, many heads of hair a day and know which products will work best for your hair type and styling regimen. So listen and learn!

-Products sold from a professional salon are the highest quality, do not contain extra water and are more concentrated than other store brands. Don’t trust Amazon, Bartell’s, CVS or Costco for your hair products. They could be expired, contain high levels of bacteria or be counterfeit.

-Your stylist makes the recommendations that will help you recreate the look done inside the salon. Reward them by giving them the sale and not an online outlet or store. Your stylist has your hair’s health and style as a high priority in order for you to become or stay a returning customer.

-If a product doesn’t work for you, ask if you can exchange the product for one that does. No sense in keeping a product that you do not like the smell or isn’t optimal for you.

Your “Hair Resolutions” in 2016 can be upheld if you follow these easy steps. And remember- your hair is an investment! The more you put into your hair, the happier you will be with it!

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Salon Confessional #2

It seems our salon fans love hearing about the inside scoop from stylists within our salon-

so we are doing another SALON CONFESSIONAL!

 

true-confessions

Why doesn’t my fashion color last past a month?

Many ladies are coming in wanting the trendy purple, teal, pale pinks, lilac or grey “granny hair.” What this entails is bleaching the hair to the lightest possible blond in order for a pastel shade to show up. This may mean that it cannot be achieved in one session depending on what history is already on your hair. Generally, pastel and vivid extreme colors are semi-permanent. Semi-permanents are direct dyes  (meaning they sit on top of the hair) and last between 10-16 shampoos -but may be even less if it is a pastel shade. Pastels have no guaranteed longevity and are completely temporary. It is not the stylist’s “fault” if it doesn’t last as long as you would prefer. The nature of the service can be extremely damaging even on the healthiest of hair and can compromise the hairs’ ability to hold color in addition to the nature of the semi-permanent shade used to create the selected hue. Using appropriate sulfate free, professional level, color safe products assists in keeping the color but does not guarantee how long it will last.

Why is my hair so dry and damaged after I get highlights?

  • Bleach is an entirely different chemical process than coloring your hair. Bleach aggressively breaks up the hair’s pigment with chemical explosions and results in breaking apart the hair’s structure. Then, we can go in with a semi, demi or permanent color to create the tonality we wish to make that will assist also in holding the hair’s structure together. Hair can become frizzy and porous with the potential of breakage when bleached. Previously colored hair must be bleached in order for it to become lighter so if you have dark color on your hair, the only choice for a stylist is to use bleach.

Why are men’s haircut prices less than women’s longer hair prices?

  •  One of our stylists, Michael Simons has great insight on this with his over 20 years  of experience. “I tell clients that the amount of $ and time I put into training to execute women’s and longer haircuts is extensively more than for men’s shorter haircuts.” With men’s haircuts you are looking at a span of 4-6 weeks between cuts. With women a bad haircut could take years to grow out so the work entailed must be top notch.
  • D’Arcy, co-owner of Emerson Salon also adds,”I take into account the amount of time and product (shampoo, conditioner + styling product) used in the service. The more hair left on the head the higher the price of the haircut. Also, the price is also based on the training I received for the service. For example, I spent a few years learning advanced color knowledge and haircutting techniques. For men’s cutting I spent 4-6 months learning how to use clippers appropriately. “

What’s the biggest piece of advice for a client  in your chair?

  • Michael Simons says that clients need to feel the liberty to speak up in the chair. “I take it as a compliment when people are able to tell me something they do not like about their cut or color in the chair. You trust me as a professional to take the feedback and try to rectify the problem.”
  • No stylist wants you to be unhappy with your hair. Creating a style you are satisfied with needs to come from a space that feels safe for you to communicate. Also, getting defensive about our work does not create long lasting clientele and most hair professionals are able to take the critique with poise and grace. So tell us how you really feel (respectfully of course!) We can handle it!

Have we dispelled some myths for you?

We hope so! We are here to make sure our clients understand what is entailed for their hair services at Emerson Salon. We always recommend researching a new style or hair color before embarking on a new look! Ask your stylist lots of questions in the consultation about pricing, recommended care and maintenance and get the best possible service for you and your budget.

Book with an Emerson Salon independent stylist through their profile today!

go to www.emersonsalon.com and select a stylist to book online!