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The Center for Disease Control has made several recommendations that can help prevent spreading the virus. One of the measures that the CDC has implemented is that people maintain at least a 6-foot distance from others. Not only is this 6-foot rule important now, but it will be equally important upon Sola locations re-opening their doors to the public.    Read More

The coronavirus COVID-19 has become the major focus on the news, in conversation, and on the brain. Amid the chaos, it is important to self soothe and protect your energy. During a challenging time, the best thing we can do is to ground ourselves with self-care and positive habits. This list is meant to inspire and not pressure, as we are all coping however we can with the shifting conditions of social distancing, cancellations and business closures. Above all, be good to yourself.  Read More

Salon doors may be closed right now, but that doesn’t mean you have to push pause on client relations. Now more than ever is the time to keep clients top of mind and strengthen brand loyalty. We partnered with one of our favorite industry luminaries and wise soul, Sam Villa, on a Facebook Live last week, where he shared tips and tricks for Sola professionals to nurture client relations – all from the comfort of their homes.  Read More

In changing tides, resilience and proactivity are key. Summit Salon Business Center founder, Michael Cole, teaches an inspiring webinar for Sola salon professionals to help strategize amidst the financial uncertainty of the times.   Read More

While there is no doubt that we are in an uncertain time, salon closures should not get in the way of continually building your business.  In fact, there is a silver lining. This situation is setting aside downtime for salon professionals, which presents a unique opportunity to refocus attention on your marketing efforts. While marketing tends to fall by the wayside amongst busy schedules and day-to-day hustle, you can take this step back as a chance to build a stronger foundation for your business.   Read More

Years ago, I was told of a salon interview process where the candidate was required to assist for an entire day with nothing to eat and only drinking coffee. The owner of the salon wanted to test their ability to handle the working conditions that were typical on a busy day, which often meant working non-stop with no breaks to eat. I believed they had the strength, skill and poise that would guarantee happy clients and a six-figure income. I also admired what I perceived as a strong work ethic and resilience; two main ingredients for success, as I was taught by those who came before me. What I didn’t understand at the time was that there was a key element missing from that equation: self-care.  Read More

As a Sola studio owner, it’s important to not only keep your studio disinfected and sanitized, but also to tell your clients that you are taking full precaution to prevent the spread of the virus. You have the advantage of not working in a high volume area, so you are poised to maintain a more isolated and sanitized zone. As long as you are continuing to service clients in your studio, you should let them know what you are doing to keep your space safe, clean and healthy.   Read More

It's no secret that COVID-19, the disease caused by the Coronavirus, is at top of everyone's minds. However, there are so many unknowns and things out of our control with the current situation, so we wanted to help you focus on everything you can do to ensure that you, your business and your clients stay safe and healthy. Here are some tips for operating your salon amidst a global health crisis.  Read More

We learned so much about the 2020 Faces of Sola... but we also learned so much from them. Throughout the experience, we learned about the value of education, the power of the Sola community (and the importance of leaning in!), the significance of believing in yourself and the beauty of being your authentic self. Check out some of our top takeaways from the 2020 Faces of Sola Experience!   Read More

Even when you absolutely love your job, certain workdays can be long and tiring. Being an independent salon owner, your hours likely vary from day to day. Depending on the needs of your clients, a particular day in the salon might start quite early in the morning or end much later at night. It’s important to take care of yourself in order to stay strong in mind, body, and spirit – all of which affect your salon business. We all need a bit of help sometimes to keep up our stamina, particularly for those of you on your feet all day. You need all the energy you can get to provide the best services possible to your guests. Here are 5 tips to keep you healthy and energized in the salon!  Read More

On Monday, April 27th, the Sola Sessions is heading to the beautiful pacific northwest! If you’ve never been to the Sessions – or if you have and are unsure what’s in store for you – read on. We’re bringing the magic to Portland, and we can hardly wait for you to experience what the Sessions is all about.  Read More

We know you love your studio, and during this season of love, we want to make sure your clients are falling in love with more than your amazing services. We want to make sure they're in love with your studio too! A great way to keep your clients comfortable, happy and coming back for more is to give them that highly coveted spa-like experience. The day-to-day grind leaves most of us feeling worn out and stressed, so coming in for a treatment should feel like a getaway, rather than just another errand on their to-do list.  Read More

While Valentine's Day is intended to celebrate love and romance, it's often that it can leave many who don't find themselves in a relationship to feel isolated while the rest of the world drowns in heart-shaped chocolates and oversized teddy bears. But at Sola, we prefer to use this time of the year to celebrate all kinds of love of, from romance to universal love; like the kind you feel for your clients! So we put together some great ways to make your studio feel festive for Valentine’s day and to show your clients the LOVE!  Read More

For many entrepreneurs, there's an instilled mentality to work hard. Hard work is likely how you've gotten where you are in your career. But working hard 24/7 can only last so long. Eventually, you'll start to feel run down, overwhelmed, and deprived of self-care. To stay on top of your game, it’s not always a matter of pushing harder. It’s about working smarter!   Read More

2020 started with a bang! For the past 20 days, we've celebrated the new decade with our #Sola2020 Challenge, and boy did we have fun seeing our #SolaFam celebrate with us! From studio shots to selfies to reasons why you love being your own boss, we've loved hearing from every single one of you from sharing your goals to learning about your studio name, to hearing why you love being your own #SolaBoss, and so much more.  Read More

When we set out to launch the Faces of Sola program back in 2015, we had a vision to bring together independent salon owners from across the country to share their personal stories and wisdom as beauty professionals, entrepreneurs, go-getters, givers, working parents, philanthropists, artists, educators, and people on a mission to change the world. From the minute we started to get to know the Faces of Sola, we realized we had so many different perspectives and representatives of what it means to live an inspired life as a salon owner at Sola.  Read More

The start of the new year marks a new beginning and an opportunity to change or start new habits. Whether you're a new Sola professional or you've been around the block a few times, take advantage of this fresh beginning by stepping up your salon game. At Sola, we have your back with educational resources, cutting-edge technology and ongoing business and marketing support. So get ready to kick off the new year by taking full advantage of all the Sola tools available at your fingertips. Here are just a few ways for you to get more out of Sola in 2020...  Read More

When a new year rolls around, people tend to use the excitement and momentum to inspire change for the purpose of growth in one or more areas of our lives. Whether it’s a short-lived resolution or a complete lifestyle change, a new year is an ideal time to evaluate where you currently are and where you want to be.  Read More

2019 was more than the end of a decade. For us at Sola, 2019 was a year of change, growth and endless possibilities. Before we leap into the next decade, we wanted to take some time to recap on all the milestones we reached in 2019.  Read More

The holidays bring light into the coldest and darkest days of the year with some festive cheer. There is something comforting about stepping into businesses and homes that have been given a holiday makeover, even something as simple as peppermint candies in a glass bowl or a poinsettia plant on the window sill. If you love to go all out for the holidays but haven’t had the budget to back you up, you can still bring your clients into a world of festive fun with these simple budget-friendly hack to get your studio into the holiday spirit.  Read More

Fall back into savings! The weather is cold, but these deals are hot! We know some of these lines sound super cheesy, but there’s a reason small business owners use them anyway. Seasonal marketing works! As the holidays approach, grab the attention of your clients with these simple seasonal marketing strategies.  Read More

"I'm telling you, every morning when I head into work I have to pinch myself. This is my life. I actually get to make a living doing something I’m truly passionate about! I am able to be creative while creating smiles, it’s one of the most incredible feelings.”  Read More

Living with an attitude of gratitude is a surefire way to have a better business and a better quality of life. Studies on the benefits of gratitude practices show that sharing gratitude via journaling and thank you notes can improve long-term happiness by more than 10% (Conscious Lifestyle Magazine). Both acts of kindness and feelings of gratitude stimulate the release of dopamine in our brains. Dopamine is a chemical linked to the way that we experience pleasure. When we allow ourselves to truly feel gratitude for something or someone, we feel a natural high from both internalizing the gratitude and expressing our feelings.    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

While many refer to the upcoming holiday season as " the most wonderful time of the year," in the salon world, it can be, by far, the craziest and most stressful time of the year. Suddenly, those clients who've been ignoring your text messages for months are practically banging down your door trying to squeeze in so they can feel fab before heading to their holiday celebrations. You can find yourself working earlier days and later nights all while wondering when you are going to have time to pick up those stocking stuffers or prep the Thanksgiving turkey.  Read More

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