Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Happy Prosperous 2015!

Hair Queen News

I don’t know about you but I can’t believe January is half over. I’ve finally decompressed from the holiday madness and hope you are back in the swing of things as well. For those of you coming to see me at Swans Studios I wanted to give you some helpful reminders: 

  • Parking - There are several options for parking in the Swans Studio area, including one hour meter parking on 9th St., two hour meter parking on Clay St., a lot at 7th & Clay that is all-day parking $7 on weekdays & $4 on weekends, and a lot between Clay & Jefferson on 7th St. for $1.50 an hour in the lot behind the police station and directly across from Mexicali Rose. 
  • Also, Parkmobile is a new service available in the Oakland area which is a pay by phone parking service so you can add money to the meter without running out of the salon. Click here to learn more about Parkmobile in the Oakland area and to download the app. 
  • Bathroom info - there are public men and women bathrooms inside Swans Market, which can be entered from Swans Courtyard or from Washington St. We also have a key to a unisex bathroom located across from Swans Studios and near the Clay St. Entrance. 
I am delighted to reintroduce Lorenzo Carmagnola, my assistant in the salon. He has been working with me for over five years and is continuing to be a vital member of my team. Some of you may have met him when I owned my previous salon, Topps and he has now continued his journey with me to Swans Studios. Lorenzo assists me on Thursdays and Saturdays, which enables me to have more time on my books for HAIR appointments.
Slicked back and held with a binder clip
(I've been dying to use this photo somewhere). 

Speaking of HAIR I have been looking online at the projected trends for 2015.  According to the runways, long hair is back; serious length is the prediction. With this length comes waves, specifically the BOHO wave, carefree barely there waves.  Maybe it is time to try that body wave or time to smooth your curly waves, lets talk next time you are in the chair.  

PONY TAILS, BRAIDS and BIG BUNS were also big runway looks, along with one of my personal favorites, the OUT OF THE WATER look, yes just slick that hair back.  


This is the year of GEL and HAIRSPRAY. You guessed it for the remainder of January and for the month of February I am offering 10% off all my GEL and HAIRSPRAY retail products.  It is important to have the tools for your 2015 look in your personal products toolkit.



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As  most of you know I have lived and worked in the Swans Market building for 15 years. Swans 
Market is enjoying a great revitalization period (check out more info here). I consider myself a pioneer of this neighborhood and hope you get a chance to enjoy the varied restaurants and shops that continue to open up at Swans and in my neighborhood, Old Oakland. 

As a Small Business Owner I am no stranger to the ups and downs of the business world.  I am excited to continue my Business Consulting Practice into 2015.  I love working one on one with other entrepreneurs and helping them reach realistic and attainable goals.  

If you or anyone on your team are ready for your next step, contact me and tell me and share your situation so together we can help you grow your business and make your dreams come true.


I would also like to thank my clients that have checked out my Yelp page and left a review for me. It is always great to get feedback and interact with my clients online, as well as on my Facebook page. If you could "like" my fan page that would be a great marketing boost for me.

Thank you for reading my blog and here's to 


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Happy Holidays!

Hair Queen News

The holiday season is here! I love this time of year and hope you are enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells of the season. I know it is only a few days into December but this month is so fun but goes by in a flash. So take some time to soak in the holiday spirit! Savor it, I know I will.

This year has really been amazing and I just want to take the time to thank all of you, whether friends, salon clients, or business colleagues, each of you have contributed in some way to my year and I deeply appreciate each and every one of you. I wish you all a joyful and blessed holiday season with your loved ones. In order to enjoy my loved ones a bit, I will be on vacation from Swans Studios from December 23 thru December 29.

Product of the Month

With the holiday season comes all the glorious holiday events so in honor of that my December product special is 10% off all shine products. Add some shine to your holiday do with Pearl Shine Hair Spray. Anyone who comes into Swans Studios in December will receive 10% off all shine product purchases.







Story of the Month

Over the weekend I learned about a new trend this holiday season focused on the GIVING SEASON. As we all know there is Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and now a more honorable tradition of Giving Tuesday. Now I know Giving Tuesday was a few days ago but I really loved the idea of a national charge to really enhance giving this year among all the consumer driven advertising. Don't get me wrong, I love to shop as much as the next person, so the geniuses over at NPR put together an incredible list of products that when purchased, the funds go to some really worthy causes. I hope this inspires you in your gift giving this season to buy products that have impact. Click here to read the NPR article.


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And finally a note to my consulting clients, it is not too late to plan for 2015.  Is it time to adjust your prices, change your schedule, relocate, add a service, a product, expand or downsize your business? You get the idea and you don't have to do it alone.Contact me directly to set up a consulting session to plan your best year ever. Together we can implement those goals you have been wanting to achieve.  Remember, in order to grow your business, you need to work on your business as well as in your business.  Last year my goal was to grow my overall business by at least 10%, I achieved that goal on November 29th, one month ahead of schedule! Let's prosper together in 2015!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

What Do You Have to be Grateful For this Year?

"He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has." ~Epictetus

This time of year always gets me in a reflective mood. With the holiday season approaching and making plans to see my friends, family, and other loved ones I try to take a moment each day for gratitude. As I suspect it may be the same with you, I can get very stressed and exhausted this time of year trying to balance my work life and my personal life. I love to attend and host parties and events, but even for me an extroverted Leo, I can get overwhelmed trying to juggle the holiday season along with running my businesses.  

This month I am committed to focusing on gratitude. I plan to take moments throughout my day to take a few deep breaths, calm my body and soul, and reflect on all the amazing and wonderful aspects of my life that I have to be thankful for. This really helps me function on a better level, keeps me focused but relaxed, and gives me the energy to serve my clients and to enjoy my friends and family.

I encourage each of you as you go about your busy lives to take some time each day to relax, breathe, and reflect. Is it the beautiful setting? Is it the fact that your family and friends are hopefully happy and healthy this year? Whatever it is that you have to be grateful for, let it fill your soul with good vibes. Don’t let the holiday stress machine beat you down.

As I reflect on this past year I am overwhelmed with gratitude for Swans Studios.  I love seeing my hair and consulting clients in my studio space and having colleagues to work alongside; it is the perfect co-working space.  As we go into our second year at Swans Studios I am enjoying the pace, and planning for the future.  Yes it is that time of year, to plan for 2015!   Stay tuned for news for next year. 


Product of the Month

In the meantime, one quick reminder let’s shop local this year! I know I mentioned it in last month’s blog but please encourage your neighbors and friends to do the same and support our local small businesses this shopping season, especially on Black Friday. In the spirit of shopping,  I’m running a new product special in November on all my brushes and styling tools. If you come in for a visit this month all brushes and styling tools are 10% off. These make great gifts for stocking stuffers! 

Hair Queen News

Its time to book now for holiday hair! Make sure if you want to get into the studio to see me for a special holiday event, please book now. My schedule is filling up very quickly. Visit to book an appointment today. If you have questions or can't find a time that works for you please email me at

Runs Businesses With Scissors News

And finally I am feeling very inspired as I just attended an all day workshop at East Bay Score focused on the subject of How to Start or Improve Your Consulting Business.  I am excited to share what I learned with my consulting clients.  All small business owners juggle several roles and as a long time business owner and hairstylist I have been in your shoes.  My coaches and mentors have helped me navigate my path to success.  Are you ready for the holiday season and to think ahead to 2015?  Let's work on your plan to increase your profits in 2015! Call me at 510-545-2955 or email me to book a consulting session.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Is it Time for You to Turn Over a New Leaf?

Hair Queen News

As you all know I am always a fan of color and never more than during the Fall season. Inspired by the changing season, the crisp air, and the new trends in the stores, a new hair color is always a great way to refresh your look and make you feel like a new person.

Check out this link for some celebrity inspiration to change up your color and try something new, bold, or risky to start your holiday season off right. Also, in honor of color I’ve got a “Product of the Month” special starting this month with all Deep Conditioners, ideal for color treated hair. Check out more information below. 

Product of the Month

I'm excited to start a new "Product of the Month" promotion starting this month with deep conditioners. Anyone who comes into Swans Studios in October and purchases a deep conditioner will receive a 10% discount. One deep conditioner that I want to profile is the BY Masque. This deep conditioner retails at $21. It is an intense treatment rich in proteins with amino acids that restructure and rebuild damaged hair. Able to instantly repair hair, it leaves your strands with body, strength and shine. Thermal and UV protectants help in maintaining color, with a weightless feel and no build up. 

Story of the Month 

With the holiday season right around the corner, I would like to remind you to try as much as possible to shop local! We are so lucky to have interesting and unique shops in the East Bay from Old Oakland and Lake Merritt, to Rockridge and Berkeley, shopping local is beneficial for our entire local economy. Please keep that in mind when starting your holiday shopping.  

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Sometimes when consulting with my clients I realize that I forget to mention all the tricks/skills I have to offer. Sometimes when we become so comfortable with clients we get into a routine and the “art of the consultation” can be lost. I constantly remind myself to consult with each client, to make sure they are getting all their hair and retail needs met.  After all, my clients are in my chair for me to work my magic to create a style specifically for them, so that they look and feel their best and replicate the hair style themselves at home.

I believe it is important to continue to educate ones self on the styles, trends, and techniques in the hairstyling industry. Education allows us to consistently be at the top of our game and offer our clients the best possible service.

As business owners it is also important for us to sharpen our business skills so we stay up with the current trends and best practices for business today. Do you need help with your retail strategy, training your team, training yourself to sell products and services? I recommend you set time aside to work on your business as well as in your business. Contact me if you would like to set up a consulting appointment. It is time now to set your goals for the holiday sales season. Email me at for more information and to set up an appointment.