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Can You Color Wet or Damp Hair?

We’re sure you have heard discrepancies among beauty gurus with the day-old question: Can I dye my hair wet? Odds are, you’ve seen the majority of stylists perform hair coloring on a client’s dry hair. It’s the best method, right? 


Beauty School Remix is here to tell you: It’s not. In the contemporary age, techniques develop, progress, and improve. It’s not always useful to stick to old roots (no pun intended). So, can you dye damp hair? And if you can, should you? It’s simple, the answer is YES!


It’s essential to maintain a solid understanding of the hair’s structure, its pH, and the effects the products we use to have on hair. If you don’t, you might want to brush up on the books. Don’t fret, because you can enroll in Beauty School Remix course Hair Structure and pH Scale and learn:


  • Defining important parts of the hair structure 
  • What role do the hair cuticle & hair cortex play in hair color 
  • Hair shaft structure 
  • Why the pH Scale is important to us 
  • What is the pH of the Scalp 
  • Why I don’t shampoo before toner 
  • Why hair color should be applied to damp hair 
  • Can hair actually “get used” to a shampoo
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How to Build Salon Clientele Fast

Let’s talk real. What is the actual foundation of any thriving salon?


You guessed it, the consumers. The clients. Your hard-earned customer base. Each pool of all new and recurring clientele that walk through your door. After all, they are your primary source of income


In the 21st century, all the information and knowledge in the world is at your fingertips. Perhaps you’ve tried a few methods in anticipation of increasing your clientele base. Maybe you’ve heard techniques through the grapevine, and maybe you’ve deep-dived into the swallows of the internet. 


Odds are, you’ve done the research, but the pay-off wasn’t exactly up to your standards. You emerge from your stubborn work feeling like perhaps, you could do better. If that’s the case, don’t worry, because Beauty School Remix tells us – you can. Meanwhile, you’re asking yourself, “how can I get more clients in my chair?” 

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Your Essential Guide to Mastering The Hair Color Wheel

We all know the ins and outs of a basic color wheel. ROY-G-BIV, we hollered, as it embeds into our brains by first-grade art teachers. But as all hair colorists know, the color wheel isn’t just for art class. 


There’s nothing more critical than the color wheel in the eyes of a hair colorist, as it is the backbone for any advantageous coloring methods. Heather Ward Kepshire, the owner of Beauty School Remix, informs us a color wheel determines where colors exist on the palette and becomes an invaluable time-saver in your salon. Successful stylists understand the importance of the color wheel, from client consultations to the color formulationsand so should you. 


In this blog, along with the Beauty School Remix Course Using the Hair Color Wheel, we provide an indispensable guide for colorists engrossed in the understanding of the hair color wheel and its invaluable function in the salon. Read on for tips and tricks to mastering the theory behind the hair color wheel, proudly brought to you by Beauty School Remix. 

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The New Cost of Doing Business: Summon the Courage to Raise Your Prices

If you were under a mandate to close your doors and stop working, I can guarantee with 100% certainty that you have been deeply missed by most (if not all) of your clients.  However, being missed and loved by clients doesn’t pay your bills and it doesn’t cover the new cost of doing business. As we re-open after our Covid-19 related closures, now just might be the perfect time to raise prices regardless of the client fallout.


Sometimes people feel like they can never really “get ahead” financially, and often times it can be attributed to not being mindful of little dollar amounts.  The classic example is when people actually add up how much money they spend on coffee per month (or lunches, or a killer handbag addiction, etc).  Well, this is the same as that.  Everything we use in the salon is becoming more expensive, a couple bucks here and a couple bucks there, if you ignore it and think your old business model is still relevant, I’m sorry to tell you, you’re wrong. 


We are in the middle of a global pandemic: Everything is different now. 

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The ABC’s of LLC’s

A few years ago I vividly remember starting a things-to-do list and  “Form a LLC” was at the top.  I have learned a lot since then.  If you are an independent salon owner like me  (or are planning to become one) you will need to figure out a few things about the type of business you are forming and operating.  I am not the person to guide you through all of the options, but I can share with you the options I chose, why I chose them, and how much they cost.  Here’s what I’m talking about:

  • LLCs
  • S Corps
  • Registered Agents


First I created a LLC

The very first step to starting my business was creating a LLC (Limited Liability Corporation) for it.  My LLC releases me from being personally liable for my business’s debts and obligations, and keeps me legally separate from my business.  How so?

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I Fought the Law

If you are remotely interested in opening a home-based business, you need to get educated on what (if any) zoning regulations are in place.  For example, the State of Virginia allows home-based businesses, and in 2016 I built a single chair salon in my basement. But a business in a residential area has to conform to pre-set “Standards” that a business in a commercial area would not have to.


Those “Standards” are the rules a business like mine needs to follow. I live in the Town of Herndon.  They have written their own standards, which supersede the State and County Standards. Meaning: Regardless of what the State of Virginia says about home-based businesses, I must adhere to what my town has written.  This is actually a very good thing because if you find yourself unable to follow a Standard, the appeal process should be relatively simple because everything can be done on the local government level (as opposed to the county or state level). 

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Color Formulation: The Lowdown on Lowlights

Lowlights are very handy when a client becomes too light, or too solid, but doesn’t necessarily need (or want) to do single process to darken their palette.  And since most clients become too light in Summer, Fall and Winter tend to be the official seasons of lowlighting. In my salon life, the majority of my clients are blondes, and I find myself lowlighting them for two reasons:

  1. Add Depth
  2. Add Dimension


A lowlight is the perfect way you can create depth since it acts as a backdrop to the highlight it is near.  And a general rule is that lowlights are either the same level as the base color or darker, but there are some lowlight formulation and lowlight application rules to follow so you can maximize your success. 

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Good Site. Bad Site.

Four years ago I had the best conversation of my professional life with someone who was an expert in website design.  It blew my mind, and it really helped me create some beautiful, and super functional salon websites.  Although hairstylists are experts at being creative, our obsession with aesthetics becomes our biggest weakness when we try to design a website.  We want our own website to be stunning, better than everyone else’s, in-fact we want THE BEST, MOST SPECTACULAR WEBSITE EVER CREATED, and you know what that usually leads to? Crap.

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Color Formulation: The Good Root

If you have been paying attention, roots are getting a whole lot of play time these days.  Most modern hair coloring techniques go hand-in-hand with creating depth.  In fact, depth is finally getting proper attention and it is as important (or more so) than highlights.  But let me tell you, there are a whole lot of phrases floating around about this: 


  • Root Smudge
  • Shadow Root
  • Root Melt
  • Reverse Balayage
  • Root Stretch


Spoiler alert! It’s all the same thing. 

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