In FUSION Dallas news - both Joel and Stephanie became certified by Hairdreams in the Volume + System. What does that mean for you? This intense weekend class allows us to know offer you multiple options from Hairdreams - a name that means high quality in hair extensions. We have now added to our menu:
Quickkies by Hairdreams - Tape Extensions
Volume + System including: Top Hair, Microlines, Highlines and Custom.
What are these?
Basically, if you can imagine, hair extensions - instead of being placed in straight sections and only from under existing hair - These are done on-the-round.
These are custom measured, colored, and hand made for you. They rest on the head and fused - to cover areas of a thin or balding nature.
The fusing is gentle and the bonds are small.
It's NOT a wig as it is woven through with your own existing hair.
Check out the videos and photos below to see what Hairdreams and 7 Star Quality Hair can do for you.
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Nearly 40% of women deal with hair loss. You are not alone. Fusion stylist, Stephanie, has been in your shoes when she went through breast cancer 5 years ago. Every appointment is at least semi-private . Should you need a private appointment, we can accommodate. Just add an appointment note when you book online or give us a call 24/7 (toll free) and our friendly receptionist will gladly take your information.
How Microlines help - and how they're made for you:
If you've ever wanted extensions but dealt with issues, such as fine, thin and areas of loss above the ears, then we may be able to help. The top hair and Microlines systems of extensions can do so much more.
What are your hair dreams?
Just over 5 years ago, I received a phone call that would forever change my life.
"It is cancer..." is what I last remember hearing that day - right before the wind was taken from me. It was as if someone had punched me square in the sternum and I couldn't breathe. The physician had read my biopsy results and had the unfortunate task of having to tell me that I had cancer. Breast Cancer, actually.
It took nearly a year of my life to fight it and many years after to get back to feeling like "me" again.
I was fortunate.
Many are not as fortunate and cancer truly affects most everyone in some way.
This is why I love organizations like the American Cancer Society.
It is also why I am very excited to announce that I will be one of two speakers at the Real Men Wear Pink kick off event coming up on September 13 at AT&T Stadium (Home of the Dallas Cowboys) in Arlington, Texas.
If you're interested in signing up through their website or app, more info can be found on their website HERE
With millions walking around with some form or fashion of permanent ink on their skin, it is only safe to assume that this trend will continue to grow.
I am not only heavily tattooed but I’m married to a tattoo artist who has been working in his career for 20 years. He has now been tattooing in life for longer than he’s not been tattooing. Over the years, Jake and I have had many conversations about the business of tattooing because our industries are often similar in the situations or questions we encounter. Not only that, but I’m surrounded by tattoo artists in his shop family and their sister shop. All that to say: I have had many conversations with people about tattoos, tattoo artistry, the process and even lifestyle questions - so much so that I figured it was worthy of a blog post.
Here are some tips and some of the most common things I have answered or explained over the years - Maybe it answers your question, too.
(all photos of tattoos are his work)
While that may not help you cure your need for immediate satisfaction, it will be done right and you’ll have something to be proud of. Not just in execution, either. There’s also time that should be spent in planning the tattoo. Unless you’re coming in with the heart, arrow, infinity symbol idea from the internet, be prepared to plan.
Planning is welcomed - remember, these are artists and the bulk of those that I’ve met over the years welcome collaboration. They want to create something with you and you should want that, too. You should want your piece to be something unique and one that you will love forever.
Speaking of Photos – if you have photos of an original tattoo on skin from another artist, be aware that artists often ask you to accept their version of it. Copying original tattoo work is a subject to ask about. If you want a specific style (as all tattoo artists have different ones) that you see already applied, go to that artist who did it, or be willing to compromise.
If you come in and say “I don’t know - what do you think?”, be prepared for a witty or sarcastic answer. As good as they are, they don’t read minds so come with some input. You’re commissioning this artist - be a part of the process.
I cannot tell you how many times my husband repeats the same advice about common misconceptions. Trust me - he’s not being honest with you because he “doesn’t want to do it”, he is being honest because he is wanting you to be happy with your results. The misconceptions of what can or cannot be accomplished are floating around on the internet without abandon. He lives it every day so his answers do have merit. I promise.
When it comes to trends, they know them. They’re more than aware of what’s hot because they’re doing them all the time. If you’re coming in with the rib script, infinity, heart, anchor, feather, feather-to-birds or any other popular idea, they’ve done it and a lot of it. You’re not unique. If you want something truly you, put time and effort into making a custom piece (read above) to make it so. While they’re glad to do the hot trends - if that’s truly what you want - don’t be afraid to think outside of “The Miley” or “The Rhianna”.
Also, fingers and feet can be tough places to get and keep a tattoo. That photo on Instagram of the tattoo on the bottom of the foot is not going to be the same photo in a couple of weeks. They often have a difficult healing and the fade rate is often higher.
Come by the shop: Meet artists and look at portfolios - talk business and the process - and be a contributing portion of your final piece. Every artist has their own style and vision so you’re not hurting their feelings if you feel another artist has the style more to your liking.
Make appointments - many weekends are crammed with walk-ins so secure your consultation time or your tattoo time with an appointment.
Speaking of communication - No, I’m not giving you his phone number - or relaying a message to him for you. I’m not his secretary and our couple time is few and far between so I don’t want that muddied with a billion texts about work - and he doesn’t either. The shop is where he works. The best place to see an artist at work is where they do their work.
Not only will you be asked to come back when you’re sober (they really don’t like having to kick people out for these shenanigans) but it’s not healthy to get tattooed while drunk. You’re likely to bleed more, pass out or get sick - or just be a pain in the butt - if you’re drunk. Just don’t. A reputable artist won’t work with you in this condition.
It does NOT take a village to make a tattoo appointment happen
While we can all appreciate the desire to have some supporters during this time, be respectful of the space needed to make it happen. You may have all of the sorority sisters with you, or your immediate family members - and that’s great - but keep them at a distance. Do not hover over the artist’s shoulders to take photos of the tattoo happening. They have medically sanitized the area and there are barriers that can’t be touched by you. You wouldn’t want something to happen that affects the art or the healing. Let the artist do their job and take photos afterwards.
Please leave your child / children at home
They may be the most precious, sweet, kind, patient child in the world but this is a different environment and your tattoo needs to be done well and without a lot of getting up and chasing of babies. Also, the medical barriers (as previously stated) are compromised by sticky fingers and would require an entire breakdown, sanitation and re-set. It’s time consuming and completely frustrating for everyone involved. By then, your skin has changed and is already swollen and a bevy of breaks would - honestly - make the rest hurt much worse.
Be honest about medical conditions, allergies, medications that you take, and do this at the consultation. During the appointment, be quick to let them know if you’re feeling “off”, “funny”, “queasy” or any variation of it. They’ve experienced this before and can help you through it.
Did you shower? No? Do that first.
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “Good tattoos aren’t cheap and cheap tattoos aren’t good” - and that’s absolute truth. Google search for “tattoo fails” and then see them against the successes. You’re paying these guys to give you great work so don’t be cheap on something so permanent.
No tattoo artist I’ve ever met has ever earned a salary or hourly wage. They live in a world of straight commission so, unless you’re sitting in their chair and paying them, they’re not making money. The 60+ hours per week they’re working is not an easy life so don’t be disrespectful to them, their tenure and skill by trying to haggle with them. If "Jim down the street" will do it for less, there’s no need to say that - just go to Jim.
Deals - This is something that I get asked about a lot. I will get the “oh, so you’re husband’s a tattoo artist! Do you think he’d give me a deal if I mention you?” - I always answer with “No - because I like eating.”
If you’re hungry for a deal, then you can ask the shop if there is an apprentice that’s practicing their craft, or, you can talk to the artist. Talk budget and ask if they have any suggestions on ways to make the piece work within a budget. No matter what, though - be respectful and remember that if you want a pro piece, pay a pro price.
I hope this helps you in your tattoo adventures!
Follow Jake on Instagram @Jake_Jonesin
When out and about, and searching for new tweezers, do you get overwhelmed? Are you ever wondering why there are multiple types and shapes and styles? Much like everything else in our wonderful industry, a lot of toys can also cause a lot of confusion.
Here is the low-down on the main types of tweezers...
Product Review: Simply Essentials Tweezer Set with Case
"Upon open, I note that the point / needle-nose tweezers come very sharp," said Gad. Remember those steady hands? Well, he confirms that these do "allow you to get as close to the skin without pinching."
"The chisel tip is a great size allowing for precise tweezing and max hair removal. They are lightweight and fit nicely in the hand. One of the tweezers is a glittery purple - who doesn't love glitter?!? - and the set comes with a matching purple case with built in mirror! Over all very impressed and enjoyed using them!"
Our favorite note from Gad:
"You can just feel that the steel used is high quality!"
You can follow Gad on Instagram:@Hairbender_Gad
In current times, the modern consumer shops more online and has many expectations as to when and how their goods will arrive to them. This expectation – and how a business can meet it – is made through a comprehensive understanding of logistics. E-commerce spending continues to rise and that growth is what has made logistics a $2.1 Trillion industry.
Materials, Handling and Logistics magazine describes logistics as a “monolith growing at a faster rate than in-store retail” showing a nearly 80% increase from 5 years ago. Meanwhile, brick-and-mortar retail sales have stayed relatively flat (1).
To manage this part of your business, you must first locate and identify your distributors and determine how accessible and effective they are. These relationships are paramount to being able to have long term, cost-effective solutions for your business. Business is not just about making money, but also saving money. Understanding the flow between the point of origin to the point of consumption is key, as, “The success of an e-commerce business is defined by how well they serve and retain their consumers, which is the major function of logistics” (4).
Successful logistics and E-commerce must have a managed and well-functioning relationship. To sell online means that those goods must be delivered efficiently and without too much time. Faster delivery can lead to growth – as evidenced by the history of Amazon.com. That growth comes at a cost. For Amazon, that means a $7 Million loss annually.
To be able to host an e-commerce solution means to have an understanding of competition in the market and how they manage their flow of goods.
When reviewing and analyzing the current trends in e-commerce logistics, two major factors seem to breed successful online sales. The first being free and low-cost shipping options for the consumer. In 2015, 60% of online transactions included free shipping. How can that be?
Many companies use buying minimums to help offset their shipping costs – stating free shipping after a certain spending threshold was reached. This is a rather successful tactic as “90% of shoppers will take actions to qualify” to get that benefit (5). Meaning: most will purchase more to get them to that free shipping marker. Retailers will often offset their cost out as a promotional cost since it gets the buyer to spend more. Over half of the online shoppers out there will trade cheaper shipping if it means it takes a few days longer to receive it.
The second tactic to help offset shipping costs is to save money spent. WalMart online offers free shipping over $35 in purchases but will have a flat rate of $5.99 to ship if the sales are below $35. The $5.99 cost, for example, is a way for WalMart to cover their shipping charges.
To offset costs onto the consumer is one way to save the shipping costs. Another way is to ship shorter distances. Many retail stores are taking advantage of their existing real estate in this way. Since it costs more to ship across the country than it does to ship over one or two states, retail shops are now becoming regional shipping centers. Kohl’s, for example, found it was saving money and time by sending goods from the shops closest to the end consumer. Amazon has taken this idea one step further and, in cities where they offer Prime Now delivery (within the day), Amazon has built their own fleet of couriers versus hiring out.
Retail entities are also finding success in creating “Omnichannel fulfillment” options (4). By making the retail center a place to be able to pick up the order, retail shops are finding consumers buy additional goods when they come to pick up at the store. They (the consumer) will often couple errands this way so they can alleviate any of their fears of packages being left at home addresses.
For home retailers or small and beginning businesses, understanding logistics and how one will execute this part of their business, is vital to their success. While it may seem like a massive task and that it is too big to accomplish successfully when one’s business is small, understanding creative ways to get goods to consumers can be what bridges the gap between an entity working from home and one who can hire a fleet.
1) Materials, Handling & Logistics. 5 May 2017: “Is Logistics Next Billion Dollar Source for e-Commerce Companies?”
2) BigCommerce.com. Undated. “What is Logistics and how does it apply to ECommerce?”
3) Rheude, Jake, MultiChannelMerchant.com. 31 Jan 2017: “5 Predictions for E-Commerce Logistics in 2017”
4) Gupta, Ishita Sanghal, Entrepreneur.com (India). 27 March 2017: “E-Commerce businesses can improve their logistics”
5) Kaplan, Deborah Abrams. 6 June 2017: “The Real Cost of Ecommerce Logistics”. SupplyChainDrive.com
For thousands of years, castor oil has been a staple in beauty cabinets everywhere. Extracted from the seeds of the Castor plant, Castor oil has many great applications in beauty routines.
Beauty Benefits of Castor Oil:
Shiny Leaf's castor oil is mild, well packaged and easy to use with no harsh scent.
Cold -pressed leaves more nutrients intact!
If you fight dandruff, castor oil can be a great benefit to you!
Remember: Dandruff is a common scalp disorder and it affects almost 50% of the population.
For either recipe, mix and apply to new growth (roots) of hair 20 - 30 minutes before you shampoo & condition as usual.
"I love Castor Oil as a scalp treatment," says Tiffany Grimes of Deep Ellum Hair Studio. "I put it on my scalp at night before bed and it really helps thicken my hair. When I do it every night, after a couple of weeks, I feel a difference."
No matter what your beauty need, there are many natural oils out there that can be of help. Be sure to talk with your stylist on natural solutions that you may be looking for.