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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!

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

OPPOSE WA State SB6276

For a second time in 2 years, state legislators have put a target on the backs of booth renters and small business owners.

Last Jan 28, 2019 over 1000 Cosmetologists descended on the State Capitol of Olympia to battle bills that aimed to either eliminate booth rental by cosmetologists, leasing space to other cosmetologists, or aimed to re-define independent contractors.

The purpose (the legislators claimed) was to “even the playing field” with employer based businesses. Those bills were, SB5326, SB5513, SB5690, HB1515 and HB1601.
With grass roots activism and the power of their individual voices in unison- those who work as self-employed hairstylists fought back these bills during last session.

(For more details, see the blogpost we issued last year HERE.)

Cosmetologists OPPOSE SB6276
Cosmetologists Protesting against last year’s harmful legislation

In the wake of celebrating all the fruits of their hard labor, the leaders that helped coach and guide over 5k members of an impromptu Facebook group called COSMETOLOGISTS OF WA UNITED (now over 7k strong!) formed a NEW volunteer trade association. For more info: cosmetologistsofwashingtonunited.org
Co-owner of Emerson Salon, D’Arcy Harrison, is assisting in this effort leading and coaching colleagues to express their dissatisfaction appropriately with legislators. She now serves as the organization’s Interim Board Secretary.
To be respected in ongoing political discussions and negotiations, this group has moved to form its own trade association for any profession in WA state that works inside of the Dept. of Cosmetology. Whether you work in hair, skin or nails- if you are a service pro in WA state you can enroll as an ADVOCATE!


For more info on advocate enrollment go to cosmetologistsofwashingtonunited.org

FLASH FORWARD TO NOW:
It is Jan 29th, 2020, and although those bills were not furthered in last session—-they are however kept active in the system for a total of 2 years, and any bill that is still active can be taken back up—-at ANY time. It can happen that after policy deadline a portion of a bill is added to one that has hit the legislator floor for debate.
The additional challenge is that it’s a non-budget year and therefore, session is SHORTER. It is ONLY a 60 day session that concludes March 13, 2020.
Things move fast in Olympia. This year is a sprint—not the marathon we ran in 2019.

WHAT DO WE OPPOSE THAT IS NEW?
Currently, all self-employed, independent contractors, booth renters, and freelancer small business owners are targeted for the :

SENATE BILL 6276WAGE PROTECTIONS FOR FREELANCERSCLICK HERE TO READ or COMMENT ON THE BILL. What it aims to do is apply minimum wage protections for those who work independently or on a contract. THIS WILL EFFECT ALL SELF EMPLOYED AS CURRENTLY WRITTEN. The problems that arise surrounding that notion is confusing and doesn’t make any sense. The business models are inherently different by design. It is the point of a free market to allow competing business models to deal with their particular businesses unique challenges and obstacles. It is literally the American dream to be your own boss- and for that privilege we opt out of minimum wage and state safety nets. ITS AUTONOMY AND CHOICE of having a flexible schedule and setting your own prices. Emerson Salon is a booth rental salon that leases commercial space to fellow cosmetologists. This would dramatically impact this location’s business model in addition to the small businesses that operate within. READ THIS PIECE OF PRESS WITH A SHORT VIDEO CLIP

For details on why COWU opposes this bill CLICK HERE

If you know ANYONE who is self employed- it is imperative they write and call to oppose as well! Real estate agents, massage therapists, nannies, landscape designers, interior designers, etc etc.

CLICK HERE TO READ or COMMENT ON THE BILL.

People can also show up to testify in opposition for the hearing in OLYMPIA FEBRUARY 4th at 8am in the SENATE LABOR & COMMERCE COMMITTEE.

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!

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!

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!

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/

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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