Online Booking and Our App

I can’t tell you how many times a week I hear, “I just love your online booking.” I hear it almost as much as, “So, I had an issue with booking my appointment online.”

Technology is the way of the future, and in the salon world, our front desk is transitioning more and more to apps, automative, and digital communications. Our industry is rapidly changing, and not only in trends and hair styles, but the business itself is shifting and preparing for not only technological changes, but economic and environmental factors as well.

Are you familiar with what a salon suit is? No? Well, NJ, get used to it. Monmouth County will soon be home to ‘sola suits,’ which are essentially micro salons for one or two stylist to run. They are in buildings with ten to fifty other mini salons, and all are individually operated.

I’m sure you are thinking ‘What does this mean for me when booking an appointment?’ Basically, everything. Due to changes in our industry’s standard buisness model, the approach to salon functions must also change in order to maintain the culture that currently exists. But how do us ‘traditional salons’ keep momentum in the shifting tides? By keeping up with the Jones via the tech world.

Private suits are small, and require less furniture. Due to size and functionality, most suits don’t have receptionist, often don’t take walk-ins, and are only open when the stylist is there. Being that most suits are a one woman show, the need for software to manage bookings is vital. Due to the popularity of salon suits nationwide, the salon culture has shifted away form having receptions, and more and more auto booking platforms have been developed. The booking culture has changed, becoming more direct, and cutting out the middle man.

We are are trying to be ahead of these curves, and slowly introduce this new wave of innovation in our industry to our guests. Over the the next two years, the majority of salons will be heading in this direction, establishing practices like we are beginning to see, by allowing clients to book on demand via email, DM’s, text, and app based platforms.

SalonBiz app is our booking platform, and one of the best and most sophisticated. Capable of A.I. and multi tasking for our needs. Additionally, ebbing out the need for a receptionist or a physical front desk, for that matter. The app is moving towards allowing more communications directly with your stylist, and 24/7 concierge-like service.

The app is also capable of doing a bit more for you personally, like keeping records of your past services, product history, and allowing for you to see all of our social media and keep up with CHS events. You can even check out from the chair, and send us messages for us to connect with you. BONUS!! The app has allowed for us to go paperless with receipts.

We are here for any questions you might have, and would love to help you with the app!

All the best and Happy Hair,

Mallory Z

Summer sleep Hair for the win

I am constantly being complimented on my hair. At least five times a day, people tell me how much they love my “styling.” Truth is, I do very little, and when I share this with people, I always get the same response: “I wish my hair could do that.” When I tell women I wash my hair once a week, use two products, and never use heat on my hair, I get puzzled looks. Listen, I’m a walking example of living-in, natural texture. I relying on great haircuts, especially straight razor cuts that bring out my wave even more.

Lived-in hair takes a little bit of letting go of the perfect, embracing natural texture, and being ok with a little fluff and frizz. You will have to accept that your hair won’t be the same day-to-day. If you are looking for perfection and 100% frizz free hair, stop reading now. This look wont be for you.

The proper product is what it is all about. Everyone will have a different setting product that will work for them. You may not find it on the first try, and you might initially struggle with the end result. If you stick with it and listen to your stylist’s suggestions, you will get to your goal quicker.

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Lastly, and this is important, you need to understand that your wave, curl, or lack either, is what it is. You can’t expect your perfect curls to relax into beach waves, or the reverse.

Check out a little clip of me applying the new Cult & King Balm we will be carrying this week. This is the best lived-in air drying product line I have found, and I’m so excited to be carrying it soon.

xo,

MalloryZ

Color Talk with Rachel


Chocolate on Chocolate — The Color Trend EVERYONE Loves.

Chocolate on chocolate. Sounds delicious, right? Calm your taste buds. Im talking about hair! Balayage is a big hit, but if you have had the blonde look for a while and are craving a change, this might be for you. A milk chocolate glaze on those worn out blonde locks is just what Winter ordered. Bonus, it is not a forever commitment, for when spring calls for your blonde back! Low maintenance, still on trend, and 100% YUM.  

Thinking about making the change? Color gloss lasts about 4-6 weeks depending on hair porosity, and how much you wash and condition (bring on the dry shampoo!). Consultation is key if you’re a super pale blond. You may have to take an extra step to get there. All in all, if you don’t need to freshen up your balayage, you can receive a big change for not a lot of dough (see what I did there).

What to expect? If your pre existing balayage is A-Ok we would have you shampooed by one of our top-notch apprentices. The gloss is applied with a formulation to the chocolate that is meant for you. Your hair color will process for 10-25 minuets depending on your needs. Finally, your hair is rinsed, conditioned, and styled.

If It has been a while, and you are a tad too grown out for a solo glaze, that’s OK too. A re-fresh of your balayage will add dimension and brightness in all the right places. Then, after processing, the same glossing approach is taken.

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We do suggest if it’s been a while since your last trim, that it’s a great time to get the shape back in order. A gloss and a great cut will have you feeling so very, very ready for the Holidays.  

The chocolate on chocolate look is suitable for everyone. Still maintaining your dimension, but bringing life and shine back, along with a new look. Depending on skin tone, you can dip into caramel on chocolate, slather some warm peanut butter tones into the mix, or keep it cool with that milk chocolate — my personal fave. 

What are you waiting for? Indulge! 

XOXO

Rachel