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The saying goes, “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” As some parts of the country approach what feels like a looming second wave, we have two options: we can ignore it, or we can prepare. Don’t wait until you’re in crisis mode to get prepared. Start now with these 6 ways to set yourself up for financial stability through financially unstable times.    Read More

Before becoming the successful owner of multiple salons and beauty academies, as well as one of the most celebrated and sought-after motivational speakers in the industry, Geno learned first-hand what it meant to be successful working behind the chair. Geno will tell you himself, he’s not the best hairdresser in the industry, but his inept ability to understand people is what has kept his career thriving for decades. We are thrilled to bring this vivacious industry expert, mentor and a true friend to the Sola family, onto the Sola Stories podcast.   Read More

On this Sola Stories Quick Tip, we're helping you get a jumpstart on your holiday marketing. Tune in to get all of our best holiday marketing tips and tricks for salon owners, because no matter what 2020 brought, you can still cross this year's finish line with a bang.   Read More

Whether we are all in need of a little extra holiday cheer or we just can't wait to leave this year in the've likely started to see the holiday season start creeping in earlier than ever this year. Like most things in 2020, the holidays are sure to have their own twist, so we're here to help you get a jumpstart on your holiday marketing and cross this year's finish line with a bang.  Read More

We are thrilled to bring our special guest and Breast Cancer Thriver, Barbara Violo, onto the Sola Stories podcast. Barbara owns a hair and wig studio in Sola in Long Island, New York. Barbara’s studio is a safe haven for women experiencing hair loss, primarily due to cancer as well as other causes. In her studio, she takes her clients on a journey - from shaving their heads to hair recovery and beyond. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we wanted to bring Barbara on the Sola Stories Podcast to share her journey as both a breast cancer survivor and tell us about the unique niche she has created in her Sola studio. Listen to hear Barbara share her beautiful, thoughtful process creating the perfect wig for each of her clients.   Read More

Emotional and financial wellness has unsurprisingly been a huge topic for our community this year. In these uncertain times, we at Sola are here to support you in any way we can -- which is why we hosted a wellness webinar with industry expert and financial guru, Michael Cole, and 2020 Faces of Sola, Bianca Margolis. Together they discussed ways to combat COVID crisis fatigue⁠, ways to adjust numbers to keep your business thriving⁠, and how to stay healthy, both emotionally and financially.   Read More

Our guest on this episode is one of our 2018 Faces of Sola, an educator, SolaGenius ambassador, and, most importantly, a new mom. Ashley Lantz has made her mark on the Sola community as a true trailblazer. She was the first person to sign a lease at her Sola location in Arizona, even before the building had walls, and was also one of the first to lean into Sola’s technology to supercharge her business. Listen as Ashley shares her journey to Sola and how she’s used technology to run a more efficient business and spend more time at home with her family.   Read More

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

We are thrilled to bring Houston-based hairstylist and one of our 2020 Faces of Sola, Cuyler Engram (@cuylerdidit), on the Sola Stories Podcast. Before owning his Sola salon, Cuyler honed his craft as a makeup artist for Mac Cosmetics. Listen, as Cuyler shares his journey into the beauty industry and how he’s overcome criticism and racism to harness his confidence in his craft and creativity. Tune in to get Cuyler’s number one tip for growing an Instagram following as well as a happy, fulfilling life.   Read More

Your salon should feel like a safe haven, for you and your guests. If you're finding yourself energetically drained at the end of each day and dreading to come to work in the mornings, you may be suffering from Covid Conversation Overload, which can affect your overall mental health and salon life satisfaction. We've put together some tips to help you navigate the tumultuous waters of our current COVID climate.  Read More

We are honored to bring John Mosley, aka Mr. Popular Nobody, on the Sola Stories Podcast! John is one of the most in-demand educators in the industry, who’s grown a massive following on social media (@popularnobody) and a clientele that includes celebrities like Kendrick Lamar and Eminem. John is not just an educator on stage but in every aspect of his life. Tune in to be inspired by John’s aspirational accomplishments. His success as an entrepreneur is sure to spark a fire in you to strive for more in your own business.   Read More

Love it or hate it, marketing is crucial for your business. Over the years, marketing has increasingly become an online game and made social media the most accessible marketing tool as a small business owner. No matter which platforms you are using, social media marketing is an ongoing conversation - an opportunity to tell your story and help potential customers get to know you, while also engaging with your current and future customers to get them excited for their salon experience even before sitting in your chair.  Read More

Like most things this year, the start of the school year has been looking a lot different for most families. Whether your child is required to go back to school fully in-person, a mix of virtual and in-person learning, or 100 percent remote learning, we know parents are struggling to navigate this new norm, specifically regarding how it affects their life as a salon owner.  In an effort to support you finding your groove as a working parent, we hosted a panel discussion with some of our parent Faces of Sola who, too, are balancing back-to-school with life in the salon. This panel was so valuable and chock-full of so much incredible advice, resources and overall support, we wanted to share this special discussion with you on the Sola Stories podcast, too.   Read More

Like most things this year, the start of the school year is shaping up to look quite different for many parents. Based on your child's school county, they may be required to go back fully in-person, some are doing a hybrid mix of virtual and in-person learning, while others are mandated to do 100 percent remote learning. We have heard the buzz around our Sola community that parents are struggling to navigate this new norm, specifically regarding how it affects their life as a salon owner. But the silver lining, like most curveballs you have been thrown this year, is that you are not in this alone. In an effort to support you in finding your groove as a working parent, we hosted a panel discussion with some of our parent Faces of Sola who, too, are balancing back-to-school with life in the salon.  Read More

On this episode of the Sola Stories Podcast, Jennie chats with the first beauty professional in Canada to take the leap of faith and join the Sola family. Roxanne has always been a go-getter, starting her career with an apprenticeship at age 15. Tune in to hear this feisty firecracker’s journey behind the chair and what's currently happening in Canada and her studio.  Read More

In April, during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, we hosted a webinar with Nina Kovner, industry thought-leader and founder of Passion Squared. She brought us a candid discussion around mental health and discussed ways to find a new rhythm, tap into creativity, take an honest inventory of your feelings without judgment, and how to move forward with hope. Check out these 8 important things we learned about mental health from Nina.  Read More

To support you through this time, we wanted to bring a mental health professional onto the podcast to help you sort through the fear, anxiety and overwhelming emotion you may be feeling, and help you take care of yourself, in addition to all the clients you serve behind the chair. Dr. Allan Ribbler is a neurobehavioral psychologist and chatted with Kim Bennett, Sola’s Culture Ambassador, about the emotional burden of COVID-19, as well as tools and strategies you can use to create boundaries for yourself both in and out of the salon.    Read More

It’s no secret that this year has been challenging for everyone - and the beauty industry has been hit particularly hard. Throughout hardships and uncertainties, wouldn’t you feel relieved knowing you had a community that had your back? At Sola, we don't just tell you, "We've got your back." Let us show you all the ways we've got you, no matter what curveballs life throws your way.    Read More

People in and out of the salon, multiple chairs in close proximities, and crowded waiting areas can make going back to the traditional salon feel unsafe and uncomfortable. The reality is, your clients likely still want their hair, nails, and other beauty services done. At the same time, they want to feel safe and protected while in the salon. Wouldn't it be cool if those appointments were one-on-one in a private room? That’s where Sola comes in!   Read More

Throughout the years, I’ve been so inspired by the amazing moms, dads, grandparents and pet parents within our Sola community. You all have shown me what being a working parent is all about. Recently, I posted to my Instagram asking for tips for a new parent and I got so many goodies to take into this new chapter with me.  Read More

On this Sola Stories episode, we talk with Jodi Snowden, who's had to close her salon not once, but twice, due to COVID-19. We brought Jodi on the podcast to chat with us about how the current closures in California.  Read More

As back-to-school time approaches, we know that much of our Sola community is struggling to readjust to yet another new norm. Balancing life as a salon owner and a full-time parent is hard enough. Add homeschooling into the mix and it's enough to make anyone want to hit the snooze button for the rest of 2020. But remember, you are never on your journey alone. Your Sola community is behind you to support you through this next hurdle.  Read More

On this episode of Sola Stories, Jennie is joined by 2017 Faces of Sola Kenya Kirk from Austin, TX, who truly stole our hearts because of the way she selflessly and regularly gives back. As a foster parent, she started a program called Mommy and Me, which has evolved into an organization called The Texture Lab, to teach parents and foster parents how to work with their child’s textured hair. Kenya also started a nonprofit called Dreams for Diamonds that makes wigs for kids with cancer. When she is not running these two wonderful organizations, she shares her passion for knowledge as a traveling educator for Keratin Complex.  Read More

If your child’s school has switched to remote learning, you’ll likely have to overcome some new hurdles while you learn to juggle work and homeschooling. We understand that navigating the world of distance learning can be a daunting experience, so we’ve put together a list of tips that might help!  Read More

Self-care is important all the time, but especially right now. As care givers and service providers, you spend so much of your day making others feel great that it's important to remember to take time out of your day to nourish and care for yourself, too. Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup!  Read More

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