Articles from ‘Sustainability’

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Salon Retreat

Mentor and former salon owner Matt Buchan recommended a Partners Retreat for co-owners D’Arcy and Lancer. The point was to “to cover whatever things you feel need to be covered, especially long term stuff that can easily get missed in the day to day grind.”

What a great idea! Now how to execute? Having never attended a business retreat before, let alone organized one, there was much research to be done (Lancer’s forte), and some negotiations to have happen beforehand.

We rented out a room at Impact Hub Seattle, because we wanted to stay local and limit our retreat time to 5 hours. We started out by examining the history and milestones of Emerson Salon. Lancer has been working in the 909 E Pike salon location since 2006- before it became Emerson Salon. D’Arcy came on board shortly afterward, in 2008. Much was shared and learned, and food was to be had! Lunch and snacks were catered in by Specialty’s Seattle. The experience was great! We had so much food, and our luncheon arrived on time, with great packaging. It also included an activity- a word search, which D’Arcy finished first!

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We then walked around Occidental Park and played foosball- a real treat for us. Usually our lunches occur between clients and we’ve got 20 minutes to eat, then get back to business.

After we finished all of our agenda items (including adding another one to the list), we needed some quiet time. 15 minutes to be exact, of silence, at the Waterfall Garden park in Pioneer Square. Ahhh, silence! Another luxury we don’t often get in our line of business.

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We finished our retreat early. Here are the outcomes:

  • We discussed our lease in the building, and we’re happy to say that we’ll be renewing our salon location lease for another 3 years.
  • We went over our Partnership Agreement- you know that document you draft up at the beginning of a business relationship and usually never look at again? Contracts do need tending to, if one uses them in one’s business (which we do!)
  • We also mapped out the transferring of the retail and supplies from Hair Guy Lancer back into the salon. Lancer’s been running the retail and supplies business along with his own service business since 2012, and co-owning and operating Emerson Salon with D’Arcy since 2014, and is happy to now have the opportunity to transfer these assets back into the salon business entity (and also have D’Arcy’s assistance with these tasks.) When this has transacted, you will notice a business name change on your Square receipts!

You’re all stuck with us for at least another 3 years!

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

We welcome Loma Conscientious Personal Care Products to Emerson Salon

 

Meet Emerson Salon’s newest haircare line addition: Loma HaircareLoma products work great, smell great, and are very economically priced and locally made (in Monroe, WA). Loma also prints their own bottles, blends their own products, and fills their own bottles, which makes the company “one of the last independently owned and operated brands in the professional beauty industry actually manufacturing 100% of its own products.”

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Loma believes in Renewable, Sustainable Beauty; containing naturally healing, organic ingredients and essential oil based fragrances that embrace this belief. “Loma pioneered and set the standard for the use of Certified Organic Aloe Vera Gel, the primary base for all Loma products.”

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Loma has been around since 1991, and the company used to have 2 lines: Pearatin and Loma. Hair Guy Lancer, Emerson Salon co-owner, had used Peratin in the past (2004-2006), and a few of his clients really loved one particular product, “Pearatin Fortifying Repairative Serum. It really is one of the stand-out products in the line, and it has since been re-named “Fortifying Repairative Tonic”. This product is phenomenal. It improves hair’s  elasticity, which eliminates breakage, improves the hair’s condition and integrity, resulting in less breakage due to over-use of heat and chemical processes, and in fewer split ends. This tonic will help your hair stay nice and smooth when blowdrying at home.  

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“I love this stuff! Since I’ve started using it, I get tons of compliments about the softness and shine of my hair. Unlike all the other serums I’d tried, this one doesn’t weigh my hair down and it doesn’t have an overpowering chemical smell. Highly recommend this serum for all types of hair.” –From makeupalley.com

When Loma had the two lines, it was very confusing! Though Loma’s product lines consolidated, and their packaging changed, the ingredients remain the same. Loma now is a clearly defined line that’s in keeping with their organic heritage and Aloe Vera based products, and they’re much easier to understand and use (also, they only kept the best products from each line!) If you have any questions for Loma, join their Facebook Community, and ask away!

Monday, August 31st, 2015

We Love Kevin.Murphy Products!

I asked the stylists which products they liked to work with the best and why, and Kevin.Murphy Hair Products are everyone’s favorite at Emerson Salon!

Here’s the specifics:

Esther: “I love Night.Rider because it gives the perfect matte finish with great hold on all hair types, and a little goes a long way. It works great for women’s pixies too!” “I really love the new line as well; specifically the Plumping Line” [Plumping Wash, Plumping Rinse, and Body Mass]. ‘They smell like heaven.’”

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D’Arcy: “The Anti. Gravity, Angel Series [Angel.Wash and Angel.Rinse], and Body.Mass are the best products for finer hair that I’ve ever worked with. They’re light, and do not weigh the hair down; also, they have amazing smells and contain natural ingredients. Night.Rider is great because it works for all the new tight fades the guys get these days, and it creates hold and texture for all hair types.”

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Jason: “So far, I am loving Night.Rider, Free.Hold, and the Stimulate.Me thickening shampoo and conditioner.”