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You’ve decided 2016 is going to be your year to really shine, and you’re ready to launch your own salon with Sola’s help. But, now what? “There are many individuals who hang their shingle without having a plan in place,” says Cindy Dudden, a partner CPA with Gracey & Dudden, PC. But, it’s important to start with a plan in place. Developing a solid, actionable plan for your new business might sound intimidating. But, it doesn’t have to be. Here, Cindy shares the steps salon owners – and all small business owners, for that matter – can to follow when preparing to launch. Grab your laptop or pen and paper, and get ready to make your New Year’s resolution a reality.  Read More

Yay…2016 is here! Another year of promise, of possibilities, and of purpose. I know you have great ideas for the upcoming year. I have a goal that I’m very excited about too. My goal is to provide you with real, proven strategies, information, tools, and resources that will help you elevate your salon business, achieve all the success you want in your career, and live your dreams.  Read More

When 34-year-old Fernando Adame left corporate America to launch Final Cut Hair Studio, he knew success would depend on how – and if! – his previous retail experience translated to the hair industry. Fernando – it’s Fernie for short – didn’t have a single client when he opened his salon in September of 2014. “When somebody knows you’re fresh out of beauty school, they really don’t trust you at first,” Fernie says. He knew, then, that he had his work cut out for him. “In a nutshell,” Fernie continues, “My clientele has been built by being online 100 percent, and by backing up my brand.”  Read More

Meet the 10 Sola professionals who have been selected as the 2016 Faces of Sola!  Read More

With a New Year comes a fresh start, along with an exciting opportunity to change your life for the better by creating positive, attainable resolutions. Are you ready to take your salon studio to new levels in 2016? Or maybe your business is exactly where you want it to be, and your goals for the New Year are to focus on your family and personal growth. Either way, sometimes the New Year sneaks up on us and our resolutions quickly fall to the wayside. That's why we've gathered 100 resolutions from current and future Sola professionals to inspire one another to start 2016 right! Set your goals high, and ask yourself: Is what you're doing today getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow? Cheers to a fabulous and very happy New Year!  Read More

Now, having a website is great, but what’s the point if no one visits it, right? You may have heard about search engine optimization, or SEO. SEO means doing everything you can with content, keywords, and links to bring your website to the top of the search engine results – which leads to more site traffic. SEO can seem daunting if you aren’t familiar with it, but luckily, there are several other ways you can drive traffic to your website without diving headfirst into the world of SEO. Here are five easy ways to drive traffic to your website.  Read More

“Working for someone else, you lose your passion for the career,” says Brittany Alford, co-founder of The Hair Bar, located at Sola Salons Downtown Eugene. She and business partner Hollie Haaby were both feeling drained by the day-to-day humdrum; when they couldn’t find a studio that met their needs, they created one — and, the benefits associated with being the boss have far exceeded these stylists’ expectations.  Read More

Tis the season for pampering your guests to make sure they feel beautiful and full of holiday cheer! Throughout December, you’ll most likely see all of your regulars as well as those who visit your salon less frequently – it’s important to provide the best possible experience to ensure you are top of mind as they enter the New Year! Just think, with a few extra special touches, you might even be able to get your more sporadic clients to pre-book their next few appointments!  Read More

Strong relationships are a core component to success— and, that’s true in all aspects of life, particularly business. Building rock-solid bonds with clients usually takes time, energy and commitment. Trust us, it’s worth all of the effort: a personal connection with a client, studies show, leads to increased business, positive word-of-mouth and, ultimately, greater job satisfaction. We’ve got the lowdown on how to make good relationships great.  Read More

Here’s a look at how some Sola Salons stylists are giving back. We hope this list inspires you to get involved with your local community, too — And, if you do, we want to hear about it: Share your story or post a picture, and don’t forget to tag #solasalons.  Read More

It’s crazy how quickly summer has turned into fall. The leaves are falling, the decorations are going up, and thoughts are turning to fun holiday gatherings with friends and family. The holidays can be a great time to build your salon’s business, too. Here are seven marketing ideas to help your salon get a bump in business this holiday.  Read More

“From a young age, I’ve always had an eye for artistry,” says Sola Salons Middletown’s Kristyl Bell, owner of Brows by Kristyl Bell. Business is booming; but, Kristyl’s still found time to offer master brow training classes for other professionals at her salon, and she even gets folks from other states, too. “Chicago, Pennsylvania, Tennessee: That’s absolutely humbling that they would travel so far to take a class with me,” Kristyl says. We aren’t surprised, given this guru’s natural talent, expertise and passion.  Read More

“Bookkeeping,” explains Cindy Dudden, Partner CPA with Gracey & Dudden, PC, “is necessary for any small business because it is the way to gauge the health of your company.” Compiling and consolidating financial data – that’s bookkeeping in a nutshell! – tells you about your total expenses, which, in turn, will help you discern your business trends and determine your bottom line: Are you making or losing money? Boost your business with these bookkeeping practices.  Read More

Instagram has had a meteoric rise in popularity since it was founded in 2010. More than 300 million people use the social media app every month! Maintaining an Instagram account for your salon is a great way to showcase your talent, and even drum up some new business. It’s a visual platform, which makes it perfect for the salon industry. While the majority of content shared on the app is photos, videos are becoming more and more popular.  Read More

For many salon owners, there’s nothing more perplexing than how to price their salon services. In fact, many of us fear “getting it wrong” so much that we underprice our services, leaving money on the table and jeopardizing the very health of our business. Well, don’t fret. The truth is there’s no such thing as the “RIGHT” price. So, don’t worry about getting it perfect. Perfect doesn’t exist. Strive to reach a healthy balance with optimal pricing. Optimal pricing is getting the highest price possible for your services and your clients leave feeling as though they’ve still received great value.  Read More

“In Indian, Yeshe’ means ‘wise one,’ and that was my mother’s nickname,” says Monique Je' Muhammad, owner of The Yeshe' Salon at Sola Salons Preston Park Village in Plano, Texas. Monique’s wise about all things hair, and she isn’t afraid to admit it. When she was ready to open her second salon, Monique needed a name that really stood for something; she also wanted to honor the woman who had helped her distinguish herself as a stylist and business owner.  Read More

At Sola Salon Studios, our goal is to make it easy for beauty professionals to own and manage their own businesses. From our onboarding process and ongoing educational offerings to our superior social media prowess, here are a few lesser-known tidbits to help you take full advantage of all of the benefits associated with salon ownership through Sola.  Read More

From subtle, natural tones to can’t-miss-‘em bursts of color, there’s a color trend for every client, and a few of Sola’s distinguished colorists are offering up a preview of the season’s hottest hues. Go ahead: Try something new on your (willing) clients this week!  Read More

Starting your own salon business is probably one of the main reasons you came to Sola Salon Studios. It’s a great feeling to be in control of your own destiny, but sometimes there’s just no substitute for teamwork. Strategic partnerships are certainly nothing new in business and marketing.  Read More

Born into a family of stylists, Sue Scott followed her passion – and her legacy – when she entered cosmetology school to pursue a career in hair. “In this industry,” Sue continues, “You can be whatever you want to be.” — especially with Sola around to help.  Read More

One of the greatest benefits for owning your own boutique salon is the opportunity to increase your revenue through retail sales. At Sola Salon Studios, the possibilities are endless—from handpicking the professional brands of your choice to deciding how to market your products to clients. The intimate atmosphere provides a comfortable place to discuss your clients’ needs, allowing a level of ease for making product recommendations throughout each area of the salon.  Read More

A day in the life of a salon professional is busy and social. You jump from client to client, throwing energy into your craft and relationships alike, rarely taking time to rest and recuperate. This lifestyle can lead to fatigue and exhaustion; but the next time you go to reach for that 3rd cup of coffee, try these energy boosters to rejuvenate naturally! These 5 simple tricks can work with your body and mind to build and maintain vitality:  Read More

Every month, Jenni Bailey, Natalie Palmer and Alissa Vallee pool together 10 percent of the profits they’ve made on services, and they donate that sum to a charity or cause of their choosing. The three young, energetic and passionate stylists at Sola Salons Carlsbad near San Diego are making a big impact in a relatively small space.  Read More

Since coming over to Sola and opening her salon, BAB & Rojo, Rona has brought over four more stylists, including those two friends who joined in on the initial meeting with Miller. “I love it at Sola,” Rona says. It’s a sentiment her friends obviously share, too.  Read More

When it comes to education and inspiration, John Paul Mitchell Systems has undoubtedly become an industry leader. With a focus on leadership, business building and finding one’s own path to success, the Business rEvolution 2-day event featured speakers from all aspects of the professional beauty industry. The Sola team feels incredibly fortunate that we had the opportunity to attend this event and wanted to share a few of our favorite takeaways with you:  Read More

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