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By signing your lease for your brand new Sola studio, you have just made an exciting and positive change for your life and career. Since becoming your own boss and opening up your own salon comes with new challenges and responsibilities, it’s not unexpected to take a break from being on cloud nine and ask, “Where do I even begin?” Here’s a quick-list of tasks and items you should spend the next few weeks focusing on.  Read More

Helping clients improve and maintain the integrity of their hair is always high on the priority list for a hairdresser, especially clients who come in with damage and breakage. LaShonda Banks had quite the task at hand when first-time client Kiesha Jones walked through her Sola studio door. Her hair was in need of a cut and some long overdue deep conditioning. “Kiesha prefers to wear her natural texture more often than not so I put her on a quarterly schedule for an Olaplex treatment and trim to maximize on growth retention while maintaining her curl pattern,” shared LaShonda. Take notes on her technique and what products she used to achieve a healthier hair condition for her now long-term client.  Read More

When I moved to Sola Salon Studios 14 years ago -- as the first-ever Sola salon owner -- I had no idea that I was about to fall head over heels in love with not just my career, but every aspect of my life, too! In a nutshell, here's a look at the things that make my life with Sola a life to truly cherish.  Read More

The month of February is Black History Month, and it got us thinking, "How has the professional beauty industry changed over the past 60+ years for the advancement of black beauty professionals? What kind of evolution has occurred since the Civil Rights Movement, and since iconic individuals like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Malcolm X had their voices heard? How has this movement and awareness paved the way for the African-American beauty professional?"  Read More

More than a professional objective, lifelong learning is a mindset - one that helps motivated professionals distinguish themselves in a dynamic, fast-paced industry. Ready to catapult your career in 2018? We've got good news! At Sola, there's no shortage of ways to stay educated.  Read More

After going lavender during her last appointment, Sharon Hinkle’s client Kornya wanted to become more of a peachy-pink rose gold. After viewing a number of inspiration photos on Instagram and a thorough color consultation, Sharon knew exactly the formulas and steps needed to transition Kornya’s color.  Read More

Let's face it - we live in a world where consumers rarely make decisions without first visiting the web. When was the last time you went to a restaurant or paid for a service without searching Google to find pictures and info? Whether we like it or not, the web has changed the way we find, interact with, and review businesses.  Read More

The day of love, romance, and little pink hearts is just around the corner, and – trust us – Cupid isn’t the only one capable of boosting business in February. Read on for easy Valentine’s Day marketing strategies that’ll have your clients falling head over heels for your services!  Read More

Chances are, your clients have heard about free radicals from magazines, blogs, or even on social media. But do they really know about the damage these common skin-agers can cause? Establish your skin care authority and educate your clients with these simple explanations.  Read More

Over the course of three appointments, Ashley Lewis, @the_blondologist, from Nest Hair Studio in Richmond, has been strategically transitioning her long-term client Kristina Wade’s color into this bright balayaged ombré. In this how-to, she shares her last stage color formulas along with an image of her placement to help you recreate this color service on your client.  Read More

When you work hard, you catch people’s attention, and when you make an impact and a lasting impression, you deserve some recognition for all your efforts. This is why we’ve created the Faces of Sola. Each year we select 10 salon professionals in the Sola community who have done just that; individuals who have earned the opportunity to be acknowledged for what they’ve done well. They are beauty pros that are excelling not only in the careers but also in their Sola studios.  Read More

Najla Keserovic, a brow artist from the House of Wax in Louisville, Kentucky, is running a successful beauty business. She’s mastered the art of offering an incredible client experience, and she’s using technology to play up her strong suit. With 67 glowing five-star reviews on her booking site, Najla always has a full book of appointments. A lot of her reviews are full of praise for their experience at her micro-blading salon but some provide detailed feedback on how she can make her clients experience better.  Read More

As they say, “Happy wife, happy life.” When Tammy Muniz’s client Sean came in with pictures of Ryan Gosling in hand, she knew she had to trim up his long hair and give him a bit more of a GQ-worthy look. The end result is a short-layered and chic new cut (to make that wife of his happy!).  Read More

With a new year upon us, there's no better time than now to set exciting, new intentions for your Sola business. And there's no better place to get inspiration than from our ambitious, thriving community of like-minded salon owners.  Read More

Well you did it. Another super successful holiday season for the books; and all of your clients are ready to take 2018 beautifully by storm. For salon owners, the holidays are often about everyone else: long days pampering your guests followed by gift wrapping, parties and people, oh my! Winding down from a stressful season doesn’t happen overnight. It’s important to give yourself a few days of rest and relaxation to gain back control of your life and find your much needed zen. So take a few tips from the below list and allow the madness to settle. And it wouldn’t hurt to cultivate a few of these habits to take with you into the New Year…  Read More

You know the drill: There’s a mad rush to book appointments between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and then – come January and February – business lags. What’s a salon owner to do? You can start by checking out these practical tips for keeping revenue flowing steady into the New Year.  Read More

Clients who know exactly what they want are a dream come true, right? But it’s nice every now and then when they like to switch things up and let you take the wheel. That is what happened for Sharon Hinkle of Blend Studio in Tacoma, Washington. Her client Kathy came equipped with ideas and let Sharon take the lead on this one.  Read More

Sadly, this most joyful time of year can also be a popular time for online criminals to defraud hardworking consumers. And if you think there’s no way you’d ever fall for an online scam, consider this: Phishing has been around almost as long as the Internet, and there’s a reason the technique continues to be successful! Here’s what you need to know to detect a phishing scam before it’s too late.  Read More

A self proclaimed control-freak, Sharon Hinkle, owner of Blend Studio in Tacoma, Washington, was fed up with working for salon managers and owners who were focused on quantity over quality. In this Q&A, Sharon shares a few time management strategies, in salon practices and social media tactics that have helped her create her own definition of success.  Read More

Kim Bennett Horvath loves working behind the chair. For her, making clients feel beautiful is a magical and powerful experience. Kim decided that it was time to tap the power of technology to manage her business and continue perfecting her clients’ experiences. However, she didn’t want just any business management solution. Here’s what Sola Stylist Kim Horvath’s business was missing for 20 years while using pen and paper.  Read More

You’ve been dreaming about owning your own salon, about the flexibility and autonomy of being your own boss. But, how do you know if you’re really ready?  Read More

Being grateful makes us feel happier. It really is that simple! Find ways to focus on the everyday things that fill you with joy, and you can turn what you already have into everything you could possibly want. No need to wait until Thanksgiving Day: Start unlocking the fullness of life right now with these practical tips from Sola stylists.  Read More

Fernie Adame is giving thanks on so many levels this Thanksgiving. He was diagnosed with skin cancer last year and can happily say he has beaten it and is cancer-free today. In addition to that, he has opened up his second Sola location and is successfully operating two salons in two different cities in two different states, New Mexico and Nevada. Business is booming thanks to a clever social media strategy he'd like to share with you all, today.  Read More

On Monday, November 6, 2017, 200 Sola professionals from across the nation gathered at the Juniper Hotel Cupertino for the Sola Sessions: San Jose. Wow. We at Sola are overwhelmed with gratitude for the #SolaFam and all the artists and educators who joined us for a one-of-a-kind day filled with new ideas, budding friendships, awesome stories, and more than a little magic.  Read More

Find out how Amber Lee, owner of Roots Hair Studio in Wilmington, North Carolina has built her business to having a 2-3 month wait list for new clients. Private salons like the ones offered at Sola are very conducive to building strong relationships with salon guests. “You’re alone in your studio, and you have that intimate, one-on-one time with your clients,” Amber says. “What I love about Sola is that you aren’t totally alone. You also have a family to empower you.”  Read More

 
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