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Try thinking differently this Spring - as if every appointment is welcoming a good friend into your home. What impression was created? Are the little details contributing to your big picture the way the should be? Similar to a posh resort spa, where every sense is immersed and each object has its proper place, your studio serves as a showcase for your personal style and warm hospitality…and it all starts with a clean, organized space.  Read More

The Sola Sessions is a full day of inspiration, education, community - and so much more! Join us in West Palm Beach for an event unlike any other in the beauty industry.  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

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

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 Kim Bennett moved to Sola Salon Studios 15 years ago as the first-ever Sola salon owner she had no idea that she was about to fall head over heels in love, with not only her career, but every aspect of her life. In a nutshell, here's a look at the things that make Sola's culture ambassador cherish her life at Sola.  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

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

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

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

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

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

As a small business owner, now is your chance to capitalize on the holiday cheer. By now, most of your guests have already made Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s plans, and you know they are going to want a haircut, color, eyebrow wax, facial, manicure and spray tan before they go home and potentially run the risk of bumping into any old exes unprepared. And in addition to the fact that everyone hits the salon before their slew of holiday parties, you have an awesome opportunity as a salon owner to kick up your retail sales, too. So read on for a checklist chalk full of ideas…’cause it’s time to SLEIGH.  Read More

Kenya Kirk is one of our 2017 Faces of Sola who is quite savvy when it comes to creating events and services in her salon that help her book stay full and keep clients consistent with pre-brooking. In addition to thinking outside the client retention box, she is giving back to her community in a beautiful way with a nonprofit dedicated to making wigs for kids with cancer. In this Q&A, she shares some wisdom that will help you grow your heart and your own businesses.  Read More

 
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