Newsletter

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Keep an eye out in your email (possibly junk mail) in the next day or 2 for the Spring edition of our Cameron Salon Newsletter if you have signed up for it previously! Once you receive it, make sure to comment under this Facebook post or mention it to your stylist that you saw it. We would love to know how many of our clients are reading our letter as we continue forward with this form of communication in the future! Thanks for your help!  If you haven’t signed up for it and would like to receive the newsletter in the future, make sure to comment in the facebook post or sign up at your next appointment at the front desk at the salon. We plan for the newsletter to come out quarterly.

 

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downloadDo you currently follow the salon on Instagram?? If not, look up cameronsalon and Follow us on Instagram! We’d love to have you follow us and see what we are up to at the salon!

Want to follow the talented stylists who make Cameron Salon run!? Here are a few of our stylists who have a professional Instagram page. We love what we do and we would love to share that with you!

Andrea Hancock- salonstyles.by.andrea

Desirae Henry- beauty_bydes

Abra Gardner- hairbyabrachanelle

Alysa Lichtenfels- alysa.lichtenfels

 

 

Vacation Ready!!

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As we hope and pray that the end of winter is getting near, we all start to get the “vacation bug”.  Warm weather, beach and sun here we come!! Every time I head out on vacation I find myself venturing onto Pinterest to find out what other people pack for that destination and look for ways to condense my packing. I’ll let you in on a secret, I have a packing problem. It’s Legit. I way over pack everywhere I go. Ask anyone who knows me well, they will confirm this and probably laugh and maybe even share a story about traveling somewhere with me and my 50 bags;)  Anyway, I thought since I love to read and hear about what other people pack for their trips that I would do a post about what our stylists here at the salon say are their MUST HAVE beach and vacation products when packing for a trip.

We will start with my “MUST HAVE” list- I’ll condense it to the ones I couldn’t live without and spare you the 57 other things I throw in my bags at the last min “just in case”;).

  1. Loreal Nutrifer Conditioning Masque– This conditioner has been my go to product for the last 15 years. I am not lying. They reformulated it a few years back when it was called Intense Repair and changed it slightly and when I heard about it I thought Id have a heart attack. Good thing it came back bigger and better than ever and It’s still my favorite product ever. This conditioner is amazing for restoring moisture and shine to your hair and keeping it healthy while you punish it with hours of fun in the sun.
  2. Bed Head Urban Antidotes Recovery Shampoo– This shampoo showed up on quite a few of our “Must Have” lists, and for good reason. Not only does it smell amazing, It helps restore moisture to hair that has seen its fair share of sun, wind and ocean and pool water. It also is nice for colored hair and protects the color without stripping it out.
  3. Shaper Hairspray–  This has been my go to hairspray for years. I love the light hold on the hair and that it is still brushable and soft after using it. The smell isn’t one everyone loves- to each their own;)
  4. Dermalogica Eye Makeup Remover and Sunscreen–  You will never find me on vacation without these 2 Dermalogica products. The eye makeup remover is a gel and it instantly removes waterproof eyeliner and waterproof mascara, both of which I never leave the house without wearing. The Sunscreen is Spf 50 and the ONLY sunscreen I can use due to an allergy to sunscreen. This one works great, isn’t greasy and is water resistant.
  5. Glop and Glam Creamsicle Spray– this one is a more recent favorite but very quickly became a must have product for both me and my daughter. It works as a leave in conditioner and detangler as well as static guard and a moisture spray when the hair is curly and feeling dry.

So there is my list of Must Have products for packing. Here are some of our other stylists lists.

Lori– Loreal Vitamino Shampoo – Amazing color protecting shampoo that smells so good! Undone texture spray, Spray wax, Texturizing Paste ( you can tell she likes texture in her hair). Masterpiece Hairspray from Bedhead. Dermalogica tinted Moisturizer (this one is awesome to get your spf, moisture and a little bit of color if you don’t want to put on full blown makeup on vacation!)

Hannah– Frizz Dismiss Shampoo, Conditioner and Serum- This whole line is great for helping smooth and tame hair with its anti humidity properties. Dream Coat- one of our top selling products that is the PERFECT travel companion. Spray on wet hair and dry it in as it is heat activated. This product lasts in the hair for 3 shampoos. It helps add shine, moisture and smoothness to the hair.  Chi Hairspray- our top selling hairspray. Smells amazing, great hold but not crunchy . Leaves the hair touchable and shiney.

Alysa– Bedhead Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner as mentioned above. It’s a 10 leave in spray, Super skinny serum (both these products are great for smoothing down wild, humidity wrecked hair.) Sculpting foam- adds some volume to your hair if you are someone whose hair tends to get limp in humidity. It helps hold and tame scrunched curls if you have naturally curly hair.

Last product packing tip- Look for travel sizes and stock up on them for vacation when they are available. They seem to only be in stock about twice a year, so if you see them, snatch them up! If you cant find your favorite products in travel size, all drug stores and walmart sell empty travel size bottles that you can easily pour your products into and still keep them under the 3oz. approved carry on size for planes. Another tip, put your bag of products into a few plastic bags before putting it into your suitcase. Trust me on this one, your clothes and everything else in your suitcase will thank you when that bottle of face wash bursts open at 36,000 feet!;) What are some of your must have products for traveling and vacation?? Feel free to comment, we’d love to hear from you!

 

Glop and Glam favorites

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A few weeks back I posted about our newest product line Glop and Glam. The entire line is Vegan and Cruely Free,  Free of Parabens, sulfates, gluten and phthalates. They contain Neem and Melaleuca Oils (Keeps lice at bay!!). Best part about these products- they SMELL AMAZING!!! After using the products for a while and seeing what our clients are loving, here are the Top 5 Sellers, in no particular order.

  1. Candy Apple Moisturizing Shampoo– This shampoo is great for adding moisture to the hair, but without weighing it down. In fact it gives the hair some volume while making it soft,shiny and manageable.
  2. Cake Batter Hydrating Conditioner-  This lightweight conditioner is awesome to combat tangles and makes the hair silky and soft without being heavy. This conditioner smells AWESOME, it is addictive.
  3. Vanilla Cream Styling Paste– This light hold styling paste adds shine and controls frizz. It is a great product to put on your hair dry and smooth down flyaways.
  4. Coconut Dream leave in Conditioner– This product is nice as a leave in conditioner to hydrate and nourish the hair, but it is also great for detangling, defrizzing and smoothing while you blow dry.
  5. Creamsicle Mist Detangler– This is our #1 Top Selling Glop and Glam product so far. This spray in, leave in conditioner can be used on wet or dry hair. It works great for taming down static and flyaways on dry hair. Its perfect for scrunching into curls and letting it air dry. Both my daughter and I are using the product this way and loving it!! It works well as a leave in conditioner when sprayed into the hair and blown dry. This is a very versatile product. It’s lightweight and best of all Smells Like Creamsicles!!! Yum!!  It is currently out of stock again due to be being so popular and has a waiting list.

Stop in the salon and try some of these great products for yourself if you haven’t already!! Need an apppointment? Call the salon at 724-349-5444 or schedule online at http://www.cameronsalon.com

It’s never just a root touch up……

I read an article on Instagram this week from a beauty industry site I follow called behindthechair.com. I wanted to just copy and paste the link, but wasn’t having much luck bringing up WordPress at home on our insanely old desktop and we don’t have Wifi to be able to take it from my phone and post it at work- So, instead I am going to just retype and share some of the article. I thought it was very well written and possibly something our clients/readers have never given thought to before. You can read it here below-

” I had someone call the salon the other day asking for a price on a root touch up. When I told her they start at $100 she laughed and said ” no thank you”. I explained to her that it was much more than “just a root touch up”. She laughed again and asked what we do differently. I told her it’s a completely customized service and rather than just pulling a tube of color off the shelf and slapping it on your head, we use multiple tones to create formulas suited just for you. It was like talking to a wall. Needless to say we ended our conversation and I was left wondering if people prefer a cheaper service over quality results? Gray coverage is one of the most completly misunderstood services. It sounds so simple and yet it isn’t. Sometime’s we use up to 4 tubes of color, sometimes just 1- it just depends on the client and the situation. Let me break it down…..

Client comes in and you talk for 10-15 min about your hair while the stylist assesses the situation. Your stylist goes to the back, comes up with your color formula and mixes it up. Comes back out and applies it which can take 15-20 min depending on thickness and how fast your stylist applies color. You process anywhere from 35-45 min. You get shampooed and offered a conditioning treatment. You are then styled which can take 30plus min. depending on the length and thickness of your hair. At this point you’ve just been in the chair for almost 2 hours and had a custom color done using multiple tubes of color at 12plus dollars a tube. I get it though, time and cost of product shouldn’t determine the increase of service prices, But. They. Do. Time is money and products are money.” Here are your Cameron Salon blogger’s thoughts to add to this- remember, you get what you pay for. You may be able to get a box of color off the grocery store shelf for $10 or less to touch up your roots, but does it truly look and feel the same as it does when you walk out of the salon after a retouch!?Does it cover the gray hair the same, hold as well, fade more quickly!? You are paying for a service,our expertise and an experience! Hope this makes sense. We are so thankful for each and every one of our clients!! Need an appointment? Call the salon at 724 349 5444 or schedule online at http://www.cameronsalon.com

New Cameron Salon FB group!!

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The salon has a new Group Page we are trying on Facebook currently. Due to changes within Facebook and the way things show up in your newsfeeds, a lot of times the salon news, pictures and specials get lost in Facebook land;) Our new group page will help you not only see those things, but get a notification when something new is posted to the page. If you would like to be added to the group page, either request to be added through the link below, or ask your stylist to have you added at your next appointment!!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/589363264754867/

Question and Answer Time

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Today I thought I would share some questions we get asked frequently in the salon as well as the answers that we give our clients to help them out with these questions or issues they face. Maybe some of these are things you have thought or questioned yourself?! Hopefully you find these helpful!

Client Question 1)-” What is the best cut/ style I can get to not have to do anything to my hair in the mornings? I like easy and low maintenance, but I also want it to look just like this picture” (showing a picture from pinterest on their phone).

Answer This is a really hard question to answer. 97% of people do not have what we call “wash and wear” hair. Most clients have to do some form of styling to their hair to get a desired result. Most photos you see on Pinterest are styles- hair that has been styled and effort has been put into the style. So we usually try to tell clients no matter what style or photo they choose, they are most likely going to have some maintenance involved in their styling. Exceptions to this are curly hair- where you can a lot of times wash and scrunch for styling. Clients with silky smooth hair that desire a straight style can also typically get away with just shampoo and drying. These are really the only exceptions. Some styles can be easily styled WHILE blow drying, shaping the hair with a round brush to get the desired look. This saves time and keeps you from having to do extra styling with a flat iron or curling iron once the hair is dried.

Client Question 2)- “I found the product I use on Amazon or at CVS, TJMax, etc. Is it ok that I just pick them up there when I need them?”

Answer– NO! This is never ok. Salon products are sold only in professional salons. If you look at the back of any bottle,can or tube of salon product you will see it says “sold only in professional salons”. When these products show up in other places like drug stores or online, it is because of something called Product Diversion. Diversion occurs when products are sold in “unauthorized” places. Genuine products are sold only in authorized salons, spas or authorized salon related websites. WHY DIVERSION IS BAD? Diverted products can be counterfeit, diluted formulas, or old, expired formulas that may not be safe to use. This could not only potentially affect your hair and scalp health, but it is also taking away business from the salon industry, which is where the products are made for and how you get a professional recommendation to be able get the product your hair needs.

Client Question 3…This one is a personal favorite;) )- “Every time I get my hair colored or highlighted, a few weeks later, I have roots. What can I put on my hair to stop that from happening and not get roots anymore.” Yep. This has actually been asked….on more then one occasion.

Answer– There is nothing you can do to stop your hair from eventually growing and showing a regrowth line or “roots”. Everyone’s hair grows at least a 1/2 inch a month. This is the natural growing pattern for hair. Some hair grows even faster which would result in even more regrowth. You want your hair to be healthy and continue to grow. This does however mean you will start to see “roots” at the 3 to 4 week mark after getting color. Nothing you do will stop this from happening. You can purchase shampoo and conditioner made to help seal your color in so that it doesn’t fade off the rest of the hair strand. You can also have different color techniques done to help lengthen the time in between colors such as a balyage- This technique allows highlights to be more natural looking and start further down on the hair strand which hides the regrowth line some as it grows. The closer the base color is to your natural color it also hides the regrowth line better.

Client Question 4)- “How often should I shampoo my hair?”

Answer- This answer varies from client to client. A lot of it is personal preference. If you have colored hair, not shampooing every day could extend the life of your color. Not shampooing your hair daily leaves some of your natural oils on the hair, so if you are someone with dry hair, this could help relieve that some. Even if you are someone who has oily hair, you don’t have to shampoo daily. You can use dry shampoo which comes in spray and sprinkle form and helps to absorb extra oils on the hair and give the hair needed volume. Some people (including myself) prefer to shampoo daily, and there is nothing wrong with that. Just know that color washes/fades out with every shampoo, so if you shampoo daily it will fade your color faster.

Client Question 5)- “Why can’t I ever get my hair to look like it does when you style it?”

Answer– First off, all of our stylists have been through at least a year or more of beauty school and extensive training and continuing ed classes since graduating. On top of that education, they are daily in the salon building and practicing all areas of the trade. They love what they do and it shows!! However, this does not mean you can’t learn to style your hair like we do. A few tricks that we use that will help you are- sectioning your hair off with a clip when you dry, flat iron or curl. This helps ensure you get all of your hair dried or styled. It keeps you from taking too big of sections to smooth or curl giving you a more done, professional look to your style. Start your curls from the middle of your hair strand. Starting from the end and curling up gives you a large section of the hair that never gets in the iron and get heat, therefore not getting curled. By starting in the middle of the hair strand and pulling and clicking the hair through the iron, all of the hair gets curled and it gives volume at the root area. It also helps the hair hold curl better. Another thing we as stylists do to help your curls or style take and hold better is to spray each section with hairspray as you curl or style. Feel free to ask your stylist to show you the best way to dry, curl or flat iron your hair at your next appointment.

Do you have a question you would love for us to answer?? Feel free to ask or comment in the post!!

You Get What You Pay For

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I know you have all heard the statement before, that you “get what you pay for”. Well, in the “salon world”, I feel like this is especially true. Here are a few reasons why and some facts you may not have known.

Did you know that in the state of Pennsylvania, stylists are not required to take continuing education after they have received their license? So you could have a 40 year old stylist who got her cosmetology license from the vo-tech right out of high school, and never once attended another class to keep up with current trends and techniques that are constantly changing in the industry. It happens all the time. Even in this day and age where you can look up and watch pretty much anything on YouTube, it still isn’t a replacement for what can be learned by trained, professional educators, some of which are on the the forefront of the development of these trends when they are launched.

At our salon, continuing education is very important to us. We attend classes both in and out of work, we travel to at least 1 weekend out of state hairshow a year, and we constantly try new things we see on social media and in magazines as they come out. This is where you will find the added value in our salon- the education that then translates into you getting the cut or color you wanted (you know- the one you showed us from Pinterest;)).  Without recent education on current trends, we wouldn’t be able to recreate that beautiful balayage highlight you showed us a photo of. This trend isn’t something most of us, especially more veteran stylists, learned in school. So education is key in being able to offer you these current trends and to execute them correctly and professionally.  Again, anyone can watch a “how to balayage your hair ” tutorial on  YouTube, but I promise you, the results will not be the same as getting it done by a professionally trained stylist.

We charge accordingly in our salon. Our girls are educated, you’re paying for that expertise.We also have a Tier system in our salon. This means the stylists charge based on a 4 Tier system, 4 different price brackets depending what Tier they are. For example, If you come into the salon with me as your stylist (remember me, Abra, your salon blogger!?:)),  I am a Tier 4 stylist so you will be paying top Tier price. What does this mean? I am a veteran stylist at our salon,  I’ve been there over 13 years now. I have taken more classes then I can count through the years, received numerous certifications, and have attended 10 or more out of state hairshows. When you sit in my chair, you are paying to receive my knowledge,  education and expertise. Make sense??  Now this doesn’t discredit our Tier 1 girls at all though. Even though they may be newer stylists,  take comfort knowing all of our girls are extremely educated and constantly learning more daily.  We only hire the best. They also are mentored by our veteran stylists and never afraid to ask for help or a 2nd opinion.  We reach these different tiers by putting in time at the salon, as well as how many clients we service and by meeting a certain goal amount for service totals. You should  view your stylist moving up a Tier as a great thing! It shows she’s doing well in the salon and essentially just gave herself a raise!

Another way you will find value in our salon is in our products, both our retail and the products we use in the salon. We are a Loreal Professional Elite salon. That means we have been allowed by Loreal to carry their retail products to sell, to use them on our backbar, and most importantly to use their color line.  In order to do this, our stylists have to be educated on the products and color lines and must continue to stay up to date with the company.  Their color line turns into a conditioner the last 10 min. its on the hair. Their powerdose services allow us to add extra condition to the hair by putting the product on and massaging it into the scalp for 5 min. at our shampoo bowls. Not only is it extremely relaxing, it will take what is negative about your hair and make it positive. It is a deep conditioning treatment that helps repair damage after coloring and highlighting. It goes down inside the hair strand and helps seal in the color, adds shine and lasts in the hair up to 3 weeks. This treatment sets our salon apart from others who offer conditioning treatments as it has high end ingredients in it that do what they say they will, technology and development to back it and it doesn’t weigh the hair down.

Along with the Loreal line, our salon carries a large selection of professional products, all of which we have had classes to educate ourselves on, learning their ingredients, what they do for the hair and which client they are best for.

Our nail tech and nail services and products also fall into all these catagories. Our nail tech Jill has a specialized degree in nails. She has learned the best techniques and is also staying updated with education and classes about what’s trending in the nail industry, as well as current safety and sanitary regulations. She can be found on any down time she has looking up nail art designs on Pinterest or Youtube and practicing them for whatever the next upcoming season is.

So, as I’ve state earlier, you truly do get what you pay for in a salon. In the case of our salon, our girls are educated and continue to build upon that knowledge of this industry, so never be afraid to come to them with any question you may have about a product, your hair or nails or a service you are interested in. I hope you see the value you will receive in our salon and with our excellent team of stylists.

Need an appointmet? Call the salon at 724-349-5444 or schedule online at www.cameronsalon.com

We are adding to our team!!

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The salon is currently looking to add a new member to our team. We have had a busy summer and our newest stylists and nail tech have been gaining clienteles and getting busier by the day. We are looking for someone who can be a part time stylist/ nail tech but also is willing to work the front desk as our receptionist during slow times and while building a clientele. We are looking for motivated individuals who love the beauty industry and would like to further their career and grow as part of our team. We offer paid vacations and holidays as well as discounts on products and services received in the salon. We offer classes and attend hair shows to continue your knowledge and gain more skills and keep up with current trends in the industry. Know someone that would be interested?? Share this post with them or encourage them to stop in the salon and pick up a application to fill out. Call us at 724-349-5444 if you would like more information.

How to get the best experience for you and your wedding party on your big day!!

I read recently on a photographers blog that hair dressers are almost ALWAYS the reason that weddings run late. This statement has really bothered me ever since I read it, As I feel it is unfair and not true. So, I decided to write a post talking about reasons this could be a possibility, and the best ways to avoid it. We as a salon try our best to be a special, helpful part our your big day. We try to let you know ahead of time everything that will happen that day and everything that is required of you as a bride or wedding party to make things go as smooth as possible.

Here are the things we tell every bride when they call into our our salon to book their appointment or appointments for a bridal party.

  1. We schedule appointments 30 to 60 min apart. We currently have 6 stylists, meaning we can take 6 to 12 hair appointments in a hour to 2 hour time slot. If you are someone who has extra long, extra thick hair, you will require extra time. If we do not know that ahead of time, we are instantly going to be running behind in our schedule. If you were our 1st appointment of the day, we are now running behind for the next client and it just continues a domino effect through the rest of the day. All it takes is one client not scheduled properly. This leads me to my next point….
  2. Let the receptionist know if anyone in the wedding party has extra long/ extra thick hair so they can be scheduled accordingly.  This is SO SO important to keep your day on track!
  3. We recommend taking the 1st appointment of the day (8am) regardless of what time your wedding is. This allows you plenty of time to get in and out of the salon, go back, do your makeup ( if you didn’t get it done at the salon), get dressed,eat,and take photos before the wedding.  If the wedding is later in the day it allows you time to relax and enjoy your day stress free and without rushing.
  4. Make sure everyone in the wedding party arrives on time or early for their appointment. Once again, this will keep everything on schedule and keep your party on time getting out of the salon. We can not wave a magic wand and instantly your hair is done, so if you show up late, we run late. Once again- then we deal with the domino effect. If the wedding party is late for the scheduled appointment time, and calls to notify us of a new arrival time, stylists may or may not be able to accommodate the new arrival time. If the scope of the original party appointments can’t be fulfilled, all the services previously scheduled may be reduced. Clients will forfeit all deposits and payments if they are a no show or show up later then 15 min without any notification to the salon.
  5.  Make sure everyone in the party comes with DRY, ready to style hair. If they want it curled, do NOT flat iron it before hand as this makes it difficult to curl sometimes and some hair WILL NOT curl at all or hold curl after it has been flat ironed. If we have to take time to blow dry the hair, this time is not scheduled into the appointment slot, so once again, domino effect.
  6.  Everyone must receive all the services they are scheduled for and can not add on services that day.  Special circumstances may occur where this is possible, but for the most part, our schedule is packed and we depend on you getting the services you scheduled for that day to keep the day running smoothly and on time. If you show up with a wedding party of 6, and 3 of them were scheduled for makeup and 3 were not- the other 3 can not decide once they arrive they are getting makeup as well, unless there happens to be extra time in the schedule that day.  Best thing to do, when scheduling your party is to ask EVERYONE exactly what they’d like to have done that day. Then schedule each individual once you have that information. We love to offer extra services when we can, but that is not always a possibility the day of.
  7. Know what you want to have done when you show up. This helps the consultation between you and your stylist and helps keep the appointment on time. Pinterest is a great tool to find styles and easily show them to your stylist once you get to the salon. Having a picture ahead of time makes things go so much faster.
  8. A $55 deposit is required of all bridal parties. You can use this toward your hair the day of the wedding or get the deposit back as long as all the bridal party contract requirements have been fulfilled.
  9. Feel free to bring food, drinks and snacks with you to the salon. We have extra stations in the salon that you can set up these things and enjoy your morning with your wedding party. We also have coffee available for anyone to drink.

If you follow these tips and bridal party regulations, your big day will go off without a hitch! We enjoy working with many bridal parties each year and look forward to being a part of your big day!!