Biolage, Balagee, Bulioge or Balayage?!

Is it pronounced biolage, balage, bulioge.. it’s balayage! Not to be confused with Matrix’s “more natural” line Biolage, Balayage is french in the language of origin and it means to sweep or to paint. Now Balayage is much different than Ombre, even if you google the word Balayage, thousands of Ombres will pop up. So lets stabilize this first and foremost. Ombre is a look, like saying a pixie cut, an Ombre within haircolor has a fade or gradient to the color itself. Balayage is a technique used to achieve a desired look, like doing a razor cut. So to be technical you can very much achieve an Ombre using a balayage highlighting technique, but you can also achieve an Ombre using foils.

With that said, where does balayage differ from foils? Balayage is usually left in the open air to process versus being in a foil. The hair being isolated in a foil creates more contrast alone, but the metal foil is also a catalyst for heat, so you get an even bigger lift, and more intense contrast. Now we all know there is a fine line bewteen “high contrast” and zebra stripes.. In addition balayage also equates to “surface painting” the hair, versus hair in a foil will be fully saturated with the lightening product and also coming very close to the scalp. In this scenario balayage would create a much softer highlight that has a slight gradient from the scalp to the mid lenghts of the hair, whereas the foil would be a higher contrast and the same brightness from scalp to ends. Some adjectives we like to use when referring to the look balayage creates are: sun kissed, organic, beach hair, dimensional, soft, subtle, like teenage girl highlights from nature. Now I did say usually left in the open air to process, you do see a lot of times that people are using saran wrap. In my opinion this hurts the blending that you’ve already created but hey that’s just my opinion, and that is one of the beauties of our industry there is no “right” when is comes to creating art. I also must express my love for the REDKEN free-hand lightener. This lightener was created just for balayage specifically, so what it does is it actually forms a hard shell over the piece of hair you just painted. This keeps the moisture locked in underneath the shell, on the hair, and the longer lightener can stay moist, the longer it can lift, thus eliminating my need to use saran wrap.

We also call balayage an “emotional” technique meaning that is goes more off of feel than structure. Again this could be compared to razor cutting. In razor cutting there often isn’t a hard line of a guide to follow, you more go by feel and visual analysis of the hair and shape. It requires a much more flowy arm and wrist action to cut with the razor properly, and in addition there are various ways to angle the razors blade to create unique looks and texture. Same goes with balayage, your not following a structured foil pattern to create a look, your going off of feel and visuals to create an organic look. And the application method is much more flowy with a wrist and forearm sweeping motion. That is why at TSPA Ft. Myers we are so passionate about teaching the body mechanics of balayage to our students. From proper alignment, to elevation, to brush saturation and blending we got you covered! And it is from this foundation that we believe you will be able to create any look you desire using balayage and getting away from the 1000 foil marathon dance.

– Richie Wermüth – Co-Owner, TSPA Ft. Myers

Color Gels Gets a Makeover!

Redken just recently released the renovated Color Gels Permanent Haircolor line. I got to work with it on a mannequin in January at the last Redken Artist Connection in Austin and was very pleased. There is a slightly bit more creamier consistency with the change of developers that’s really nice. Before we start talking about the new technology, lets tell a little bit about the history of Color Gels and where they fit in a colorists pallet. Just for some clarity permanent haircolor in the Redken world means the color can lighten hair, and deposit color in one process. It also means that color is going to cover gray hair like a champ.

So Gels was Redken’s very first permanent haircolor line. It was designed to have a European finish; which means rich, saturated and opaque compared to multidimensional. Now some may think that means lack of shine but its actually very shiny. It has a nice surface to bounce light off of, think like a bar of dark chocolate. Gels is also known for its superior gray coverage. It’s a liquid based color so it can really saturate the hair in crucial areas. Now I’ll be honest it also used to be quite high in ammonia, if you really needed a morning pick me up in the salon you could just crack open a bottle of gels. Now with the new formula the chemists at Redken have significantly lowered the ammonia content while maintaining the superior gray coverage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ammonia is very common in permanent haircolor, you always have to have some sort of alkalizing agent to lighten or “lift” the hair. With this little bit of ammonia, Color Gels does really well with fine or oily hair. It will actually help to stiffen the hair cuticle a little bit for more volume. With the new Gels formula Redken has also added and intesified their reds, coppers, and red violets. Gels offers a wide selection of ash shades to choose from when cooling down those warm blonde tones.

– Richie Wermüth – Co-Owner, TSPA Ft. Myers

 

 

Our Baby on the East Coast. Tops Hair Salon’s Evolution: from the 80s to present day.

Nancy could not believe it, she now lives walking distance from the beach, her dreams had become a reality. Her husband just accepted an offer to work as an engineer for NASA for the new space shuttle program. Nancy is officially a resident of the Space Coast! She did have one worry  on her mind and that was,

“will she ever be able to find a hair salon that felt like back home?”

So how do you find the best hair salon in town in the 80s? Word of mouth of course, forget the newspaper. Her friend did tell her about this new salon in Rockledge, Florida called Tops Hair Salon. It already had a good reputation amongst the community because the owners’ oldest sister, Jung-Hi, already owned a salon in the Mall. But this was the fresh new spot to be, twin sisters, Min Wermuth and Mae Choss were fired up and passionate, and ready to make a name for themselves. Min had recently stepped away from the corporate grind and Mae had graduated at the University of South Florida and was ready to rumble. Tops was set up to be the salon of the 80s where people came to feel great about themselves, emotions were elevated, and where business was done ethically with integrity.

Nancy soon came in for her appointment, Madonna was jamming out in the background, the walls were decorated with jet black hard geometric shapes with splashes of electric turquoise and magenta with a gold tinsel accent. The air was clean with a slight hint of permanent wave and the service she received was thorough and genuine. It felt like home, Nancy Loiselle became a lifelong client with Tops Hair Salon.

This was my moms goal of her first business when she opened in 1985. To own a place where she could be herself, create a culture that fit with her belief system and make others feel genuinely appreciated and accepted. The marketing back then really was straight forward. You had newspaper, yellow pages, radio and to this day the best form of marketing still, word of mouth. The business established a fantastic reputation and it grew steady and organically. Min quotes “the marketing was to serve my guest so well that they could not stop talking about me.”

As time went on more stylists were added to the team and eventually the business became too big for the current location they were at, so it was time to start looking for a new location. The building that really stood out was actually an orthodontist selling his free standing building. So we had the option to purchase the property that we would work from instead of paying rent. After really looking into the pros and cons, and crunching some numbers, Min believed that what fit her business philosophy the best was to purchase the building. This ended up being one of the best decisions for us. I love that in our industry you have the opportunity to work as a very creative stylist, but also a savvy small business owner. At this new property, lets call it the “Eyster building” we had so much more freedom with what we could do with the space. For many years the salon carried a full Brighton retail line which did so well and the guests loved it. Again I love the versatility of our industry that we can own a salon, own the property, and have a retail store within the salon. Tops had many great seasons and flourished all through the 90s.

Now fast forward to the Y2K and the 2000s this is when I got to really become part of the Tops team. Sure I grew up in the salon as a little kid eating Little Caesars crazy bread in the breakroom, playing with perm rods and sweeping up hair. But now I actually had something to bring to the table. As I was a TSPA student myself my mom had me working the front desk and shampooing guests. This is where everyone of our teammates begin, at the shampoo bowl, no exceptions. And I just have to take the time to say that a good shampoo can make or break a stylist. It can go overlooked and it is such a crucial and intimate part of the guest experience. With me now in the building often, and mom seeing some fresh blood coming up from the next generation, mom was ready to take the salon to the next level. The first change that I actually made was to get us a credit card machine, we stayed on a cash only basis for as long as we possibly could. The next big leap we made was to get away from using a paper and pencil appointment book and switch to POS and scheduling software system. I got to say it was a little sad when we had to throw away our foot long eraser, that thing always made me chuckle, but the new Mac desktop was a pretty sweet swap. The client rolladex got imported into the new system one by one, along with our client history book and formula notes. Retail and inventory was next to get that as automated as possible for the time being. Then came the webpage, the social media plan, the review based websites, and also our referral program, new guest packets, loyalty program etc. The corner stone to personal growth in our industry was also cemented into the foundation of the business and that is a consistent continuing education program/calendar.

After these key elements of running a small business in the 21st century were laid, it was time to focus on creating an associate training program. This is when the true flame to our next chapter of growth and giving back was ignited. How we define an associate program is, it is a “masters degree” to your cosmetology school degree/license. As a new graduate, it is where you first learn the salon’s pace, expectations (from guests and co-workers), and culture. You can only take in so much when you are in school and this gives the recent graduate the opportunity to be connected to a seasoned veteran stylist and learn how the flow, juggle, and operate as they do. Once an associate graduates the program, they then earn a spot as a level 1 stylist with an actual station assigned to them. A stylist is then coached on a growth plan referred to as the level system to go from a level 1 stylist to eventually a level 4AA. In this growth a stylist can literally more than quadruple their income, and receive their own associate to grow, encourage, and pour into. The next post I will go into the intricacies of what it takes to jump levels, this also will portray the beauty of the system because if you want a promotion all the numbers are laid out for you, you just have to to have the moxy to hit them. I will also cover, from a salon owners perspective, why it is so much better to have a handful of level 1 and 2 stylists versus a couple level 4+ stylists. Signing off for now.

-Richie Wermüth – Co-Owner, TSPA Ft. Myers

 

 

 

 

TSPA Ft Myers: New Owners “Enthusiastic and Excited”

We would like to use this platform to introduce ourselves, the new owners of TSPA Ft Myers. I am Richie Wermuth and my “partner in crime” is my mom, Min Wermuth.
Min is originally from South Korea, but we would say home to us is Cocoa Beach, Florida. We certainly consider ourselves “water people,” so making the transition to Ft. Myers was quite a breeze. We are also servants to humanity. A belief that we live by is: that to make a dollar in this world you either have to be serving someone or tricking someone; and we don’t ever want to make a single dollar without serving someone, some way.

My mom’s history runs deep in the beauty/cosmetology industry. With a very traditional and Korean upbringing, it was very important to her parents that she go to college and get a degree. So, to afford and put herself through college, my mom did hair on campus, ultimately paying for her full tuition. She majored in fashion and merchandising at FSU. After graduating, she went to work as a stylist for Moss Brothers and joined the “corporate world.” It didn’t take long for her to realize she could make way more money behind the chair as a hairstylist, while having more free time and a flexible schedule. She also saw an opportunity to be a small business owner; thus Tops Hair Salon was opened in Rockledge, FL in 1985. Min opened her own business and went to work as an owner and a stylist, which she did until the purchasing of The Salon Professional Academy – Ft. Myers. Tops Hair Salon today in 2018 is a well-oiled machine of a salon, which she continues to own while managing TSPA Ft. Myers. I will write more about her salon’s stages of evolution soon, as well as what that growth has looked like.

My history in the industry doesn’t run quite as deep as my mother’s, but it is very vast. Before cosmetology school, I was a student at UCF, community colleges, and even Bible College which brought me to live in Hawaii for a time. That whole journey is another post down the road because it sure was perspective altering. So, after Hawaii I knew that I wanted to become a hair stylist and follow mom’s footsteps into the beauty industry. I attended a sister TSPA in Melbourne, FL. It was an amazing learning experience. I was already working in our salon at the time, but upon graduation I immediately became my mom’s associate. With my TSPA training, I went through the associate program at an accelerated rate, and then became a level 1 stylist. It didn’t take long to become a level 3 stylist following the proper systems and metrics. I also realized my talent was in haircolor, so I continued my education and became Redken Haircolor Certified. After a couple years behind the chair it was time for me to make the step towards working to be an artist for a major brand. I was of course drawn to Redken, the leader in professional hair education. As I was going through the audition and training process to become a Redken Artist, L’Oréal USA (who owns Redken) offered me a corporate position and I accepted. My first title was “Redken Artistic Educator” for the state of Florida. In the Artistic Educator role I traveled four days a week to teach in multiple salons and then had one day a week to work behind the chair in my home salon. The Artistic Educator will work very closely with the Salon Sales Consultants and their District Managers to grow a territory from a sales projection perspective. I give all this info not to boast, but to just begin to paint how vast this industry is when you really dig into it. Just as above, I plan to dive deeper in future blog posts into all the avenues this industry offers and how they work.

Now to present day being the new owners of TSPA Ft Myers. We are so excited, grateful and humbled for this opportunity. Like I said, we see ourselves as servants to others and it was always a dream of my mom and I to own a school; but we never really thought it was possible until SPEC (our franchisor) showed us the light. Aside from our passion to teach the craft of hairdressing and the science behind hair coloring, what runs even deeper into our heart is that we truly see this school as a “sanctuary,” if you will; a sanctuary for women (mostly) who are at pivotal moments in their lives (men too, I am one of them gents but we are the minority here). People who need a true career or a fresh start can come to a place where they become part of a team that shares a common belief system and vision. A place where you feel trusted, encouraged, empowered, stretched, and always creative. Not forced into a box created by a system from past generations. A place where they can become professionals in their craft, but also lights amongst the world that will shine so bright for others to see. Signing off for now, if you are considering cosmetology school and this resonated with you, please come in and chat, or schedule a tour. Either way, we would love to see you.

Richie Wermüth – Co-Owner, TSPA Ft. Myers

1st Photo: Mother’s Day 2015

2nd Photo: Redken Symposium 2013 with Ty Isobe

Learn to Balance Beauty School and Regular Life With These Tips!

Ever wondered how aspiring cosmetologists balance a normal life with their schooling while somehow managing to still look beautiful each day? All you need to become one of those beauty school unicorns is some time management tricks. When you train with The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), Ft. Myers, we strive to help you learn these basics so you can make the most of your educational experience.

We know that you’re likely a very busy person. You’ve got a job, a family, a social life, perhaps a second job or a personal passion project. Even with all that “busy,” pursuing your dreams in cosmetology is possible no matter what may stand in your way. At TSPA, Ft. Myers, we offer half-time or full-time enrollment to help you find a schedule that fits your needs. That means you can figure out the scheduling part of the unicorn life pretty easily, but what about after you enroll?

Here are our Tips for Balancing Beauty School and Regular Life

Create a Schedule

Beautiful woman who is contemplating her life

Knowing what you are facing for the next few months while you are enrolled in your cosmetology program is the most important step to balancing life and school. This isn’t as overwhelming as you would think, however, it simply means that you should think about any upcoming vacations, job changes, moves, or life events you can think of like weddings or childbirth. We know it’s not always possible to plan for some of these things but looking at what’s coming can help you know if a full time or half time schedule will work better for your lifestyle. You and your admissions coordinator can look at what’s coming and create a plan together to better prepare you for your cosmetology school experience!

Are you ready to talk now? Contact our admissions coordinator to schedule a sit-down to look at what works for you.

Plan Ahead

Now that you have an idea of what you could face during your educational experience, it’s time to make a plan! So in addition to finding a schedule that works for you, make sure you’re planning each day the night before.

Some of the things that you should include when making your plan include the following.

  • Fueling your body. Eating is important! Make sure you plan ahead and bring food for lunch or snacks.
  • Check off your list. If you have errands you need to complete, make note of which ones need to be completed at a specific time to stay on top of your responsibilities.
  • Master your skill. Spending time in the student salon training area is what many students look forward to, make sure you know your hours and are prepared to showcase your skill!
  • Fuel yourself. It is extremely important that you plan for time to just relax. Taking care of yourself in this way can better prepare you for a day of training with us!

It might seem weird at first to plan your day in such detail but knowing what’s coming can help your productivity to increase greatly. Plus, you can be satisfied at the end of the day knowing you got so much done.

Do Your Homework

Woman looking at computer screen with a smile

At TSPA Ft. Myers we encourage our students to stay on top of trends and popular styles. One way to do this is to follow popular beauty blogs or Instagram accounts. This can help you come up with ideas while you’re learning in class and keep you informed on what is going on in the beauty world.

If you see something you are dying to try, ask an educator for assistance. We are always ready to help you master complex tasks – and stay on top of your game! Taking chances and trying new things can help you grow, plus you will build creative ideas that can help build your personal brand.

Be Prepared to Conquer Speed Bumps

You’re not a perfect person, and speed bumps in both your training and in your regular life are bound to come up. These bumps can come in the form of an unexpected illness or family needs. These types of things can easily derail you, but they don’t need to!

Here are some tips to help you face any challenge that comes your way.

  • Be financially ready. When you begin your training, the first step is sitting down with our financial aid administrator. We want to help you make your dreams a reality, and our financial aid administrator is ready to help talk you through options. With financial aid available to those who qualify, your dreams may be closer than you think.
  • Seek support. You classmates are going through the same training with you. They may be facing similar roadblocks, so it’s likely that they can be the support and the listening ear that you are looking for.
  • Be aware of your habits. Be sure that you are getting enough sleep, nutrition, and relaxation so that you don’t burn yourself out. Did you get invited to a wild party the night before an important class? Perhaps it’s better to skip it this time. Prioritizing your time can help you reach the success you dream of.
  • Work hard. Create beauty. Set realistic expectations of yourself and you can create magic! You can’t expect to walk into beauty school and immediately become a top designer. Take yourself seriously, work hard, and you can make brilliantly colored waves!

With the support of your educators and fellow students you can defeat them and continue on your journey!

Now Be Free, You Beautiful Unicorn

Are you ready to begin your training with The Salon Professional Academy, Ft. Myers? We hope you feel prepared to take on the exciting and rewarding challenge of cosmetology school.

During your time with us you can feel empowered knowing that we will work with you to help you reach your goals, and you can enjoy your time learning with our trained educators. We would love you to begin your cosmetology journey with us, schedule a tour today with one of our admission coordinators.