In the Now: Hottest Salon Trends

It’s time to get over the “New Year, New Me” tagline.

For salon owners and managers of hair styling establishments, it’s all about a new year and new trends. New trends mean newer equipment, contemporary fashion, Instagram influencers, and a healthy mix of multiple factors, which when combined with the right formula can make the right difference for your salon.

Social Media and the Digital World

The world has become so far digitized that it’s impossible to even imagine someone without a smartphone in their hand. The smartphone has taken over most essential devices (such as the TV, the computer, etc.) and social media has become the new source of tracking trends, knowing what’s going in various parts of the world, so on and so forth. As of 2019, some 2.77 billion people in the world use social media.

It would do you well to integrate both these elements into your basic business plan: have pages on social media that are regulated by moderators, engaging potential customers in the process. Enable a mobile app or an email newsletter, automated texts informing customers of alerts, etc. People scramble to mobile phones and social media because it makes life easier for them, and salon owners who realize how beneficial this can be for their business are on the right track.

Instagram Savvy

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Instagram is huge these days, perhaps even bigger than Facebook—especially when it comes to the beauty and fashion industry. Some of the most celebrated people, makeup artists, fashion designers, and others hail from Instagram, where they have millions of followers.

If you focus on transforming your salon to make it become Instagram savvy, you’ll see a visible change in your clientele—a positive change. If your salon has the right aesthetic, the right lighting, and the right perks, you’ll soon be going viral on social media platforms. But it’s not so easily done.

We advise you to introduce selfie stations to your establishment, specially designed for a niche that wished to flaunt their new haircut on Instagram. Once multiple people have taken photos and released them on social media, you’ll strike gold. Remember, selfie obsession is still a thing, so make the most of it.

Go Natural

The millennial generation is obsessed with all things natural. According to reports, millennials are gravitating around organic fare, and many brands are jumping on to the bandwagon to target this woke audience. Introducing a range of organic products in your skin and hair care products will definitely attract the audiences that wouldn’t mind paying up a bit extra just to make sure they’re getting the best of organic products out there.

Besides, it isn’t just good for your finances—it’s good for the environment.

Get the Best Salon Equipment in Town

Items as minimal as a fancy salon chair can make a difference. With furnishing and salon equipment that’s set to impress, you’ll soon notice hoards of customers flocking to your salon just to check out the ambiance and décor you offer, in addition to your services.

Get in touch with Empire Salon Equipment for the most avant-garde salon equipment and furniture and upgrade the aesthetic of your salon to great heights.

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5 Gifts for the Comfort Lover

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Buying a gift for someone who likes all things cozy and comfy should be a cinch. Get them some chocolates, maybe a throw-and-pillow set, and you’re good to go!

Only, now that you think about it, choosing something so obvious might not be the way to go. Not because they might not like your gift. But because as someone who’s a comfort connoisseur, your recipient might already have your chosen gift in their possession.

So how do you choose the perfect present? You pick from the following five choices we’ve listed below!

1. A Stylish Hoodie

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Probably one of the most essential elements of any comfort-lover’s attire, a hoodie is one clothing item you can never have enough of. They’re easy to put on, you can pair them with any type of jeans-and-t-shirt combo, and even just wear it as is with a pair of shorts. With its versatile fashion and added warmth, a hoodie will always be a welcome gift. Just remember to buy it from a good store though, like Hoodies Galore, which has a great collection of 3D graphics and printed hoodies online!

2. A Fleece Blanket

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Like a hug that you can wear, a fleece blanket is a favorite amongst comfort lovers. It’s warm, perfect for snuggling in, and available in a practically endless number of colors and designs. Not to mention that it’s affordable as well. As a special treat, add a fleece blanket in your friend’s gift pile and watch their face light up when they open up the package. And while you’re at it, buy yourself one too!

3. Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

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Yes, it’s a bit expensive when you consider that a robotic vacuum can cost upwards of $500. But this special piece of machinery can definitely be worth it if your friend works full-time and doesn’t have the energy to clean their home! With several models and types (many within a budget price range) available in the market, each with its own long list of features and add-ons, a robotic vacuum cleaner might just be what your giftee had been wishing for.

4. A Good Pair of Headphones

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This option is especially great if your friend likes to listen to music! A good pair of headphones can make all the difference when listening to your tunes. Pair that with wireless technology and some noise-canceling action and you’ll probably end up buying yourself the same pair as well, because you’ll be jealous of your friend having all that fun!

5. A Jumble of String Lights

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Hear us out! While string lights might not seem like the obvious option here, the reason why we recommend them is that they play a big role in creating a relaxed mood. We spend around 11 hours just staring at screens all day. So why would anyone want to subject themselves to glaring lights and bulbs?

Having some string lights draped here and there will not only add to the ambiance, but they’ll also help alleviate the stress of the day.

Are You Ready?

While simple, this list could be very useful and effective in helping you choose the best gift for your comfort-loving friend.

So pick up that credit card, order that 3D hoodie or those special pair of headphones online.

Whichever option you pick, we’re sure your friend will love it!

All In A Day’s Work—Foot Care Tips For Heel Lovers

Most of us have a love/hate relationship with high heels. You can live with them but you can’t live without them either; because really, what looks as good as a pair of absolutely gorgeous heels! And quite honestly, your wardrobe is pretty much incomplete without a couple of pairs of heels.

But it’s one of the worst feelings when you’ve prepared yourself to get through the day in heels, only to find yourself cursing the moment you took that decision. Like we said—it’s complicated.

For those of us who can’t deny how incredibly confident we feel in high heels, here are a few tips to ensure your feet are taken care of throughout the day.

If The Shoe Fits

Now, you may not be Cinderella but your heels need to fit you properly. A size too big and your feet will feel tired too soon and be in excruciating pain. A size too small and you just might be donning blisters for the rest of the day. Your shoe size will change over the years. For new mothers, your foot size can go up by one by the time you have kids.

Have your feet measured whenever you go out to buy shoes. Better safe than sorry, as they say!

 Know Your Foot Type

You probably don’t hear this one too often but it’s super important to know your foot type. While a podiatrist can guide you better to understanding your foot type more accurately, you can even try a hack at home.

An easy way to do this is by wetting your foot and blotting it on a piece of construction paper. From here you can assess how flat or arching your foot is to understand which soles might work for you better.

The Chunkier The Better

Thin heels and stilettos cause your feet to wobble around and put more pressure on them while walking. While it’s okay to wear stilettos occasionally, thicker heels make for a much suitable option for daily wear.

Take A Break

Take frequent breaks in the day to take your shoes off and stretch out your feet and ankles. You can do this while at your desk and even slip into more comfortable flats when there isn’t much walking around to do. Try out stretches that target the front of your foot; point your toes out and down to stretch out the calf muscles and tendons.

If you’re looking for a more stylish substitute for your heels, glam up your regular old flats with Rebel Jane Footbands! Available in multiple colors and 3 different widths, these detachable footwear straps are perfect for flats and high heels!

Get your hands on Rebel Jane’s stylish footwear straps here!

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Here’s Why Classic Watches Will Never Be Old

Everyone has a timepiece or two that have been passed down for generations. Your great-grandfather may have owned a watch that your family insists on keeping. Sentimental reasons aside, is there any real value to keeping pre owned luxury watches? Aren’t they outdated? Isn’t it better to sell them?

Vintage jewelry commonly triggers debates in families. Is it really worth holding on to?

When it comes to watches, the answer is yes!

Unlike old necklaces, rings, bracelets, etc., old watches never really go out of style. There really wouldn’t be much of a difference between your great grandad’s luxury watch and the watch you gifted your dad last Christmas.

Let’s take a look at why classic watches will never get old:

1. They Work With Everything

Let’s face it, we don’t really use watches to check the time anymore, we use them to make a fashion statement. Classic watches have traditional shapes and designs that work with all outfits. Their elegance and timeless appeal looks great under the cuffs of a business suit and when you’re out for your morning jog as well.

2. They Add to Our Style

Will James Bond have the same effect on-screen in a pair of jeans and an Apple Watch? Definitely not!

Classic watches have forever been ingrained in our brains by cultural icons like Bond and many others who are known for their impeccable fashion sense.

3. They Depict Class

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Back in the day, only the wealthy were able to afford a watches. Even with all the technological innovations in the market, we continue to be drawn to the elegant timepieces of Rolex, Patek Phillipe, Cartier, etc.

These watches may not offer the technological functions of an Apple Watch, but they do represent affluence, class, and good taste.

The reason some old watchmakers have lasted for centuries is that their watches and brands have always been treated as status symbols in society.

Tech giants can continue to churn out digital watches, but they won’t have the vintage appeal and history of renowned watchmakers.

4. They Don’t Need to be Changed

It all boils down to functionality and style. Typically, classic luxury watches do not need to be changed. They feature the best mechanical engineering which ensures they keep ticking; they’re also made of robust materials that do not wear out over time.

With that being said, even the best of watches require maintenance. If you own a luxury watch, make it a point to have it maintained so it continues to work and shine like it did when you first got it.

Have an old watch that requires repairs? Check out Vintage and Modern Watches. They do complete overhauling of pre-owned watches at reasonable prices.

Check out their collection online and contact them for their watch maintenance services.

Best Watch Movements Of Top Watchmakers

Luxury watchmakers have earned their reputations with superb craftsmanship and incorporating unique mechanisms into their watches that allow their watches to work flawlessly.

To truly understand what makes watch movements so great, we must delve into the ins and outs of engineering originality, precision instruments, tiny components that are used to make watches tick, and of course, a pair of VERY steady hands.

Watch Movements

Watch “movements” refer to the inner mechanics of a watch. Most people may not care for what the watch looks like on the inside, but watch connoisseurs definitely do. It helps them make more informed decisions about what watches are worth the money.

Here are a few basics you should know about:

Caliber—a mechanical movement made by the Swiss which does not need a battery to function. Unlike the Japanese quartz movement that requires a battery for energy, the Swiss caliber movement uses the energy created by a wound-up mainspring.

Quartz movement—The Japanese quartz movement makes for fantastically practical watches that are sold at affordable prices. Whereas the Swiss caliber movement has a more vintage appeal to it.

Now let’s take a look at the watch movements of celebrated watchmakers:

Rolex

Rolex has branded their caliber movement “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified”. What does this mean? Well, unlike most luxury watches that are only certified by COSC, Rolex watches undergo a line of in-house tests instead.

Rolex’s stringent in-house tests have made it one of the most celebrated names in the industry. The brand is known for its precision, reliability, and its style.

Omega

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Omega was founded in 1903. However, it got its name from a famous mechanical watch movement that was created in 1894. That should give you an idea of the importance that watchmakers place on mechanical movements.

For decades, Omega has launched one impressive collection of watches after the other. It’s built a reputation for building gorgeous, functional watches that consistently push technological boundaries.

Tag Heuer

Tag Heuer earned a name for itself in the world of luxury watches for making value-driven, deluxe watched. In the year 2013, Tag Heuer introduced Caliber 1969.

Caliber 1969 is an in-house movement that replaced an age-old oscillating pinion with a straight clutch for greater precision. The lines of Tag Heuer watches that followed all consisted of more advanced versions of Caliber 1969, enclosed in the luxurious casings the brand is known for.

Next time you decide to buy a watch, take a moment to research its movement so you know exactly what makes the timepiece so impressive.

Are you looking for a new watch to add to your collection? Does your watch require repairs? Check out Vintage and Modern Watches. They buy, sell, and repair pre-owned luxury watches at reasonable prices.

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Welcoming 2019—Beauty Trends To Lookout For

2018 has been quite exciting in terms of makeup looks. Many 90’s trends were revisited to varying reactions, but it’s time to look forward. Update your make up collection because it’s time to welcome the makeup trends of 2019!

A pop of neon!

The runway is known for its minimalist makeup looks, but Spring 2019 is going to inject some color back into it. Neon accents have been spotted on models showcasing pieces by Christian Siriano, Alex and Olivia, Chromat, and others. Slime green eyeliner, bright orange-red lipstick, hot-pink mascara, and orange eyeshadow have been incorporated into 2019’s spring look.

So how can you incorporate this into your makeup routine?

Runway looks don’t always work well for daily wear. There are ways in which you can use these trends to make them look subtle yet stylish. Makeup artists suggest that you choose one feature to play up. You could choose your cheeks, lips, eyes, or eyelashes. A bright but blended blush can be your feature for the day or a bright blue-green eyeliner. If you are looking for a more subdued look, brightly colored mascara on the bottom lashes does a fantastic job.

Canary yellow shadow

Yellow is a color we usually don’t associate with makeup. That’s all about to change! Models have been spotted wearing opaque yellow eyeshadow paired with a red lip.

If you are looking to try out this bold look, you can opt for a light wash of color across your lids and some mascara. If you want to go all out then, by all means, try the red lip.

Color blocking

Once a trend only used in fashion, color blocking has crept into makeup on the runway too! Makeup artist James Kallardos paired bright pink eyeshadow with an orangey-red lip. The eyeshadow way winged out for a “lifted-eye” effect.

If you are planning to sport this look off the runway, don’t forget some black mascara. It can help create a barrier, making the whites of your eyes look brighter.

Metallic lips

Metals have been a big part of makeup for a while now; whether it’s gold, bronze, silver, or copper. 2019 Spring trends are all set to incorporate metals into the lips too.

Foil-like lip shades give an edgy, futuristic look. The look can be created with some eyeshadow and loose glitters in metallic shades.

Rimmed eyes

This is one of those trends that everyone’s tried. Rimmed eyes were quite the craze before Instagram makeup came around. The runway look incorporated black eyeliner on the waterline and nothing else. If you happen to have freckles, it’ll look even better!

Glossy skin and pink lips

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Not all looks can be recreated every single day. This is an exception. Glossy bronzed skin and a pink lip are a classic and easy universal look.

Gloss on the skin can be achieved by using cream-based highlighters and bronzers. To ensure the skin-like effect isn’t lost, make sure you don’t powder over any areas. Pink lipstick can be smudged on with fingers to give that faded and edgy look.

Purple Highlighter

The highlighter revolution doesn’t look like it’s ending anytime soon. Just when you thought there was nothing else you could do with highlighter, another trend pops up!

Holographic purple-pink highlighter makes for the perfect pop of color for your makeup look. Brands like Jeffree Starr and Fenty Beauty stock amazing colors for you to try on your cheekbones. The deeper your skin, the better this trend will look on you!

Wondering where you can spruce up your makeup collection? Fragrance Frontier is the place for you! They carry the latest the beauty world has to offer for you to buy online. You can buy Glamglow makeup to Elizabeth Arden.

What is a Weave and Will It Look Good on Me?

With A-list celebrities like Zendaya, Rihanna, Kylie Jenner and Tyra Banks regularly switching up their looks with something they call weaves, you’re likely to have become curious about the term. While they have very recently become mainstream, extensions and weaves have long been a part of the entertainment industry as well as among regular people.

Let’s take a look into the world of weaves and discover everything they have to offer you!

The History of Weaves

The first instances of a weave installation actually come from more than 5000 years ago. Around 3400 BC, people started dyeing sheep wool or human hair as the earliest form of hair extensions. These were attached using beeswax or resin.

Since then, hair extensions have evolved to look extremely natural, and are attached by a number of different methods, including sew-in, tape-in, microbead extensions and more.

The Difference between a Weave and a Wig

While often confused as one and the same thing, weaves and wigs are two completely different things.

Unlike a wig, which is merely a net cap with hair sewed or glued on it, a weave is sewn directly into your natural hair. A full-cap wig may fully cover the hair, which can make the head feel hot and prevents your natural hair from breathing.

Wigs are usually taken off at the end of the day and allow you to completely change your hair color or length for a temporary amount of time. However, if you require something a little more permanent, a weave may be the right choice for you! A standard weave is meant to last at least a month.

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Different Types of Weaves

Considering the many types of weaves available today, making the right choice is no easy task. Here’s a little something to make it a little easier for you:

Strand-by-Strand:

Your natural hair is sectioned into tiny portions, braided up to an inch and extensions tied or sewed to the end with string.

Sewing:

The best kind of weave, sewed in weaves work well with most hair types and prevent traction alopecia. Your cosmetologist will tie a tiny bit of your hair into cornrows and then sew the hair extensions into your natural hair.

Fusion:

Using a keratin-protein bond matching your natural hair color, human hair extensions are attached to your hair.

Interlocking:

Unlike the sewing method, the interlocking method sews tiny amounts of hair into loose hair instead of into cornrows.

Bonding:

Your cosmetologist uses special glue to glue strands of hair to your scalp. This method is typically not recommended as it can cause traction alopecia or balding.

Why Do People Wear Weaves?

From aesthetic reasons to health issues, there are a number of reasons why women all over the world wear weaves! Weaves can protect your natural hair from heat damage, allowing it to grow out stronger and healthier. It can be used to cover up genetic baldness, or baldness due to cancer treatments.

On the other hand, weaves are also easier to manage, very versatile and can take short hair to long without having to wait for months to grow it out! There are so many reasons why you might want to opt for an installation too!

But when all is said and done, most women opt for hair extensions and weaves just because they want to, and we’re not going to be stopping them when they look so fabulous in them!

Hair Weaves and Extensions is one of the best hair salons in Maryland, offering a comprehensive range of services in hair styling, hair weaves and micro-link hair extensions.

With a 20-year experience in the cosmetology world, Lisa gives all her clients’ hair the individual attention it deserves! Reach out to Hair Weaves and Extensions at 410-744-4900 for details and appointments.

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