Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Gray Has It.

Hair Queen News


My wonderful daughter said to me recently, "mum you should make your blog more about your clients", she's right, but that is harder than it sounds. However, I am going to make a valiant effort to do that and I need your help.

What would you like too see in this blog, what would you like to read about? But before you answer, I do want to make sure that if you did not already see the article that I mentioned in my last post, here it is. Rise and Shine in Silver’. 

Sorry but I just could not resist re posting.  It was an interview by Sophia Markoulankis of the San Francisco Chronicle, Style Section about the decision to embrace natural gray hair color.

Gray hair is all over the news these days, there is the Granny Gray trend for young people choosing to go gray, can you imagine?
Click this link to see photos of this trend, Granny Gray Hair Trend

Then even more shocking is the trend for men, Silver Foxes, mmmm, men are silver foxes and the women are granny gray...

No matter, the idea is we can embrace our gray or choose to be gray, or dial it back a bit with low-lights.

Here are some pictures of the growing out all over color process. It can take up to a year or more to grow out a full head of hair color in order to transition to natural hair color with low lights.


Preparing to low light. 
Step one till next month.

Note the gray at Julie's temple after the low light.

Stay tuned as we transition Julie from all over color to gray with low lights.


Finally, don't forget to let me know what you would like to read about in my blog, please!




Runs Businesses with Scissors


In business sometimes changes occur unexpectedly and often they occur all at once.


Since the release of the SF Chronicle article:
  • I’ve had a flurry of new hair clients. 
  • It was around this time that my new marketing person had a family emergency and was not available to work for me. 
  • Then after 20 months one of my tenants took a new position. 

At first, I was tempted to panic, but as I wrote in my April client newsletter,

“If you panic with every change that comes along it will add stress and unnecessary strain. So stay calm, ready, willing and able to adapt to changes”.

In short order the changes that transpired in my business at Swans Studios are: the barber is moving into the front studio and two stylists will occupy the open studio, phew. I put the word out in my networks and I hired a new marketing assistant, (I am relying on her for some fresh ideas).

I guess I have learned something about the ebb and flow of business from all my years in the trenches.

If you need to check-in about the state of your business, or changes you suspect are around the corner, or changes you want to make, call me soon and lets take your business to the next level!



I will be in England from August 3 to August 24, my appointments before I leave are filling up fast.

If you would like to meet before I leave, give me a call at 510-444-6700, or email me at suzanne@suzannevanhouten.com.



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