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Team-Based Pay: What It Is — Why It Works

My Hair Trip Salon is changing the game and once again finding a better way with Team-based Pay!

The pay method a salon chooses is one of the most important decisions made for a business, as it has a HUGE impact on everyone’s financial well-being, culture and more.

In this blog post, we’re going to breakdown one of the powerful (yet occasionally misunderstood) salon/spa compensation systems: Team-Based Pay!

And who better to explain it to you than the person who literally invented Team-Based Pay for the beauty industry, Strategies Founder & CEO, Neil Ducoff.

Let’s dig in!

Team-Based Pay (TBP) is not just a pay method

To understand the true power of Team-Based Pay, it’s important to understand that it is much more than just a pay method. It’s a comprehensive business model based on proven systems, best business practices and applied leadership. The Team-Based Pay method creates the foundation that supports all the systems that make Team-Based Pay such an effective business model.

The Team-Based Pay Business Model is designed to create a profitable, sustainable business for the owner(s), while providing career growth opportunities for employees, and delivering consistent quality service experiences for its customers.

What is Team-Based Pay??

In its simplest form,Team-Based Pay is an Hourly Rate + Team Bonus compensation method. It is pay based on an employee’s overall performance that extends far beyond “individual revenue” to include skill level, behaviors and strengths.

What truly differentiates Team-Based Pay from any other compensation method, especially commission and piece work, are the systems, culture and leadership that drive it. For this reason, we call it the Team-Based Pay Business Model.

What Team-Based Pay is not

Just paying an hourly rate does not equate to being on Team-Based Pay. Without the Team-Based Pay systems, hourly rate pay is simply being on “not commission.”

There are four key areas that drive Team-Based Pay

Team-Based Culture
Financial Disciplines
Operational Systems
Employee Growth Paths
Let’s dive into each in a little more detail…

1. The Cultural Shift to Team-Based Pay is dramatic

Where the majority of salons and spas focus on growing “columns of the appointment” (individual request rates), The Team-Based Pay Business Model is about all team members driving the company’s productivity rate — not just their own.

This is a major shift from the inefficiency of growing columns on the appointment. It is the ultimate culture shift away from column vision and I/me/mine.

The inherent challenge of commission is that its primary focus is for individuals to build their own clientele. Once a service provider has a “full book” of requests, the salon/spa is vulnerable to significant lost revenue should one or more busy service providers leave.

In stark contrast to the dangers of individual clientele building (lost revenue from turnover and walkouts), Strategies Team-Based Pay Business Model creates an impressive team-based culture. The following statements are embedded into the performance and culture of every Team-Based Pay salon/spa:

Everyone is responsible for every hour available for sale, in every column, on the company’s appointment book.
The skills of the entire company are available to each and every client.
At first glance, these two statements may not appear profound, but think what your salon/spa business would look like if every one of your employees took ownership in filling the hours that are still available on your appointment book. Think about smaller or no waiting lists because clients are excited to experience other service providers.

KEY: The Team-Based Pay Business Model objective is fewer, busier, service providers functioning at an ideal productivity rate of +/- 80%.

< SEE ALL POSTS Team-Based Pay: What It Is — Why It Works May 13, 2019 | By Neil Ducoff | 1 Comment 0 0 0 Total Shares The pay method you choose for your salon, spa, medspa or barbershop is one of the most important decisions you can make for your business, as it has a HUGE impact on everyone’s financial well-being, your culture and more. In this blog post, we’re going to breakdown one of the powerful (yet occasionally misunderstood) salon/spa compensation systems: Team-Based Pay. And who better to explain it to you than the person who literally invented Team-Based Pay for the beauty industry, Strategies Founder & CEO, Neil Ducoff. Let’s dig in! Team-Based Pay (TBP) is not just a pay method To understand the true power of Team-Based Pay, it’s important to understand that it is much more than just a pay method. It’s a comprehensive business model based on proven systems, best business practices and applied leadership. The Team-Based Pay method creates the foundation that supports all the systems that make Team-Based Pay such an effective business model. The Team-Based Pay Business Model is designed to create a profitable, sustainable business for the owner(s), while providing career growth opportunities for employees, and delivering consistent quality service experiences for its customers. What is Team-Based Pay?? In its simplest form,Team-Based Pay is an Hourly Rate + Team Bonus compensation method. It is pay based on an employee’s overall performance that extends far beyond “individual revenue” to include skill level, behaviors and strengths. What truly differentiates Team-Based Pay from any other compensation method, especially commission and piece work, are the systems, culture and leadership that drive it. For this reason, we call it the Team-Based Pay Business Model. What Team-Based Pay is not Just paying an hourly rate does not equate to being on Team-Based Pay. Without the Team-Based Pay systems, hourly rate pay is simply being on “not commission.” There are four key areas that drive Team-Based Pay Team-Based Culture Financial Disciplines Operational Systems Employee Growth Paths Let’s dive into each in a little more detail… 1. The Cultural Shift to Team-Based Pay is dramatic Where the majority of salons and spas focus on growing “columns of the appointment” (individual request rates), The Team-Based Pay Business Model is about all team members driving the company’s productivity rate — not just their own. This is a major shift from the inefficiency of growing columns on the appointment. It is the ultimate culture shift away from column vision and I/me/mine. The inherent challenge of commission is that its primary focus is for individuals to build their own clientele. Once a service provider has a “full book” of requests, the salon/spa is vulnerable to significant lost revenue should one or more busy service providers leave. In stark contrast to the dangers of individual clientele building (lost revenue from turnover and walkouts), Strategies Team-Based Pay Business Model creates an impressive team-based culture. The following statements are embedded into the performance and culture of every Team-Based Pay salon/spa: Everyone is responsible for every hour available for sale, in every column, on the company’s appointment book. The skills of the entire company are available to each and every client. At first glance, these two statements may not appear profound, but think what your salon/spa business would look like if every one of your employees took ownership in filling the hours that are still available on your appointment book. Think about smaller or no waiting lists because clients are excited to experience other service providers. KEY: The Team-Based Pay Business Model objective is fewer, busier, service providers functioning at an ideal productivity rate of +/- 80%. 2. FINANCIAL Disciplines and Control Over Payroll If you pay commission, straight or sliding scale, you are committing a fixed percentage of service to your service payroll. Increases in revenue automatically increase service payroll. Once commission rates are set, it is massively difficult to adjust for increases in operating expenses. If you increase prices to cover increased operating costs — all commission employees get an immediate raise. That’s the reality of commission pay. NOTE: Product cost deductions from service revenue before commission is nothing more than a “smoke and mirrors” tactic to lower commission a few points. In reality, implementing a product cost deduction is a form of a pay conversion. On Team-Based Pay, service payroll costs are fixed and do not increase in tandem with increases in revenue. This factor alone gives salon/spa owners and leaders significant control over payroll costs. Payroll costs will not change without leadership approval. This also allows for adjustments to increases in operating costs. KEY: Rather than the automatic payroll increases on commission, pay raises and new hires are planned and budgeted. Building and living a Cash-Flow Plan and financial oversight is are part of the Team-Based Pay Business Model. On Team-Based Pay, profit and cash reserves are planned outcomes. 3. Operational Systems It is the operational systems that drive Team-Based Pay that truly sets it apart from other pay methods. For example, at first exposure to the Team-Based Pay Business Model, many owners assume that service providers being paid an hourly rate will be unmotivated to produce at the same level as on commission. The thinking is, “I’m getting paid whether I produce or not.” For that to occur on Team-Based Pay, systems would have to be ignored and leadership not paying attention. Team-Based Pay is systems driven. Critical numbers including, productivity rate, new and existing client retention rates, prebook rates, frequency of visit and others are constantly monitored. Daily huddles, monthly company service + retail goals and scoreboards are dialed in. KEY: Team-Based Pay pays for individual and team performance — not hanging out in the back room. When monthly goals are achieved, all employees, including front desk/guest services, earn a fair share of a budgeted team bonus. Unlike the “I/me/mine” commission culture, on Team-Based Pay, the entire team pushes in the same direction. Commission is based solely on an individual brings in with his or her two hands. Because it’s not based on overall performance, essential performance behaviors, such as lateness, low productivity, low client retention, low retail sales and more, have no bearing commission earned. Simply put, commission often pays for the wrong performance and behaviors —Team-Based Pay does not. 4. Employee Growth Paths Team-Based Pay is designed to create growth opportunities for employees. To communicate these growth paths, Team-Based Pay utilizes a Strategies’ tool called a Broadband to communicated expectations by pay rate. Broadbands do not focus on how much a service provider should be bringing in to earn more pay. That’s commission thinking. Broadbands focus on and communicate the Skill Requirements, Team Behaviors and Individual Strengths and Behaviors to advance their earning potential and responsibilities. Broadbands are about maintaining transparency and trust. Broadbands show the starting and top end pay in both hourly rate and annual value. Broadband includes the specific company performance and growth targets that all team members strive to achieve. KEY: Broadbands are an essential tool used in Performance Reviews. Conversion to Team-Based Pay Facts: The conversion process to Team-Based Pay does not, in any way, cut a service provider’s pay. In fact, the new hourly rate, depending on the individual and financial reality of the company, is typically slightly better than the “hourly rate on commission” it was based on. On Team-Based Pay, service providers are not all paid the same hourly rate. It can take four to six months to prepare for a Team-Based Pay conversion. Systems must be implemented and functioning prior to conversion. Changing pay methods is a process that cannot be rushed. If all that changes is “the pay,” you didn’t convert to Team-Based Pay, the “I/me/mine” commission mentality will persist, and the financial condition of the company will not improve. The higher the trust factor and the more structured the company is at the time of the Team-Based Pay Conversion, the smoother the conversion. Each service provider’s new hourly rate on Team-Based Pay is based on the average gross pay earned over the previous six months, then divided by schedule hours per pay period. A minor increase (based on a number of factors) is added to arrive at the new Team-Based Pay hourly rate. That rate is then multiplied by that employee’s scheduled hours to arrive at a projected new paycheck. Retail commissions are not typically part of the Team-Based Pay Business Model. Retail commissions earned are included in the calculation of the employee’s new hourly rate. If the employee did well selling retail, it gave them a higher hourly rate. If the employee avoided retail sales, their new hourly rate will reflect it. Consistent retail recommendations become an expectation on Team-Based Pay. Monthly Team Bonus is budgeted into the Cash-Flow Plan based on service and retail revenue goals. When goal is achieved, Team Bonus is paid. Strategies provides a Team-Bonus Calculator to determine what full- and part-time employee share of the bonus pool. Higher Productivity Rates have a profound impact on controlling Service Payroll percentage of Total Revenues. Higher Productivity Rates mean efficient use of service time and payroll dollars. Depending on the company’s commission rates and service payroll percent at the time of conversion, it is possible to achieve a 10% or more reduction in total service payroll percent in one to six months. This reduction is based on increasing revenues and controlling payroll costs. It does not represent a reduction in actual service payroll dollars. Converting to Team-Based Pay will not trigger a walkout. It is possible that one or more employees may decide to leave. These are typically employees that were not onboard prior to the conversion. KEY: Departures typically increase the company’s productivity rate while reducing service payroll dollars and payroll percent. As revenues increase, raises can be budgeted and rewarded based on the employee’s overall performance. For example: For every $100,000 gain in revenues, there will be approximately $30,000 to $35,000 available for pay increases and possible new hires. Top producing, fully booked, service providers gain most. When fully booked, commission service providers can hit a pay ceiling. (Yes, individual price increases can help, but ceiling still exists.) KEY: On Team-Based Pay, the increased income potential of fully booked service providers is in the hours available for sale on other columns on the appointment book. CONCLUSION Today, growing an employee-based service business is more complex than ever. Suites, booth rental and the “independent” factor feed on employee-based salons. To succeed, employee-based service businesses must become everything that booth rental and suites are not, and by design, cannot be. The industry needs to recognize that commission is what drives individual clientele building, because it rewards “I/me/mine” thinking and behavior. The brand and reputation of the company is what attracts and retains clients, not the popularity of specific individuals. This in no way means paying hard working employees less. It means paying for the right overall performance and to stop paying for the wrong performance and behaviors commission automatically rewards. It’s about building a company and brand. It’s about growing a company that grows in value. It’s about creating that “team-based” culture all owners dream about. It’s about building careers. It’s about creating profit and reinvesting in your business and employees. It’s about creating income security for your and your employees. It’s about “Our client” replacing “my client” thinking. Our industry is rapidly changing. Employee-based salons and spas must be leading change — not reacting to it. What you just read is an ultra-condensed overview of Team-Based Pay. Want to learn more about Team-Based Pay? We highly encourage you to attend the Team-Based Pay Conference, the Strategies Incubator Seminar, or download our FREE Team-Based Pay White Paper. Want hands-on help implementing Team-Based Pay in your salon, spa or medspa? There’s no better way than working one-on-one with a Certified Strategies Coach as part of a Strategies Membership.

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    Colorado’s #1 rated organic / eco-friendly salon

    My Hair Trip Salon Denver is so happy and proud to be Colorado’s #1 rated organic salon and Colorado’s #1 rated eco-friendly salon. A lot of hard work and dedication have gone into My Hair Trip’s climb to success. The key has always been love, love for our clients, love for each other, love for the earth and love for Colorado!

    My Hair Trip Salon in Denver is also the only salon and the only business from the beauty industry in the state of Colorado to be recognized as members of the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program. The Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) is our statewide environmental recognition and reward program which offers benefits and incentives to members that voluntarily go beyond compliance with state and federal regulations and are committed to continual environmental improvement.

    My Hair Trip Organic Salon Denver is also a certified green business through the Certifiably Green Denver office who offers free sustainability advising services to Denver’s business community. Expert advisors help businesses achieve their sustainability goals and find opportunities to conserve resources while reducing costs in five areas: energy, water, waste, transportation and business management practices. Businesses may elect to receive help with specific initiatives or gain recognition for their achievements by becoming a Certified Green Business.

    If you ever take a minute to check out some of My Hair Trip’s customer reviews and ratings you will notice a difference in reviews left for My Hair Trip in comparison to most other salons. Our customer’s reviews are usually much longer and much more in depth than reviews of other salons in Denver and in Colorado. We believe this is because we are unique in the magnitude of our service. We have built our team of highly trained, highly skilled, highly talented stylists and customer service professionals who are not only incredible craftsmen but also have a natural, innate ability to listen, understand and to care for our clients and for each other.

    Come check out My Hair Trip, The Organic Salon in Denver, and feel the difference.
    Look Good. Feel Good. Be Good. My Hair Trip Salon Denver.

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      Top 5 reasons My Hair Trip Organic Salon Denver is Top-rated.

      Why does My Hair Trip Salon in the Denver Arts District have more 5-star reviews than any other organic or eco-friendly salon in the state? Well, there are a lot of variables to consider when examining this question. We do have some ideas…

      Here are the top 5 reasons why My Hair Trip Salon Denver has more 5-star ratings across Google, Yelp, Bing, Facebook, Yahoo, and Vagaro than any other organic or eco-friendly salon in the state.

      #5. My Hair Trip Salon is designed unlike any other salon open today. Typically, salons today are designed one of two ways. There is the traditional design, which is rows of chairs and mirrors next to each other or on top of each other throughout an open space or a space with multiple rooms. The other design, a newer fad in the last decade, is suites. In this design the building is large and is filled with small rooms with either one or two chairs in the room with the mirrors and shelves and shampoo bowl all packed into each little suite.
      – At My Hair Trip they took the good parts of each of these designs and created a new unique design. Instead of the traditional rows of chairs, My Hair Trip has a row of suites, and instead of closing the suite off, each of the suites is open to the main room. This way they have achieved the intimacy a suite provides for stylists and clients while still being part of the salon space with the other stylists and clients sharing the music and atmosphere and the energy together.

      #4. My Hair Trip the Organic Salon is the only salon with a team of stylists that offers Organic Colour Systems in Denver, CO. Now this is a big deal because OCS is the only color line on the market that is 100% ammonia-free. It is the most effective, organic, non-gmo, vegan, ammonia-free, cruelty-free, sulfate-free professional color line on planet earth. There are several independent stylists in Colorado who use OCS, they either rent chairs in salons or rent suites that they’ve named like salons, but there is only one place where you have a whole team using OCS and serving you together, and thats at My Hair Trip the #1 Organic Salon in Denver. One day all color lines will look and work like OCS and there are even salons and stylists in Denver who have been claiming that their color lines are ammonia free or carry very little ammonia, but here’s the deal y’all. There is only one ammonia-free organic professional color line in the world and there is only one salon team in Colorado who works with it.

      #3. My Hair Trip Salon in Denver, Colorado is different than most other salons and stands out from its competition in Denver for several reasons, one of the biggest of those being that My Hair Trip is a team-based salon. The team at My Hair Trip works on salary rather than commission or booth-rent. This enables the team at My Hair Trip to serve the salon’s clients together, rather than competing for clients against each other. The team all works the same schedule too, its the hours the salon is open. Everyone on the team starts at the same time, works the same days and finishes together too. All of the stylists also offer services off of the same menu with the same prices so it doesn’t matter who a client sees. Clients don’t have to be locked into one stylist,its easy for them to see multiple team members with confidence that they are going to get the same My Hair Trip service no matter who they see. It becomes more about when is it best for the client to come in and not when can the stylist fit them into their schedule. The difference for a client being served by a whole team rather than one person or one or two people is amazing and clients of My Hair Trip go online to leave reviews and talk about it everyday. My Hair Trip holds team meetings at the beginning of every month and team members all contribute to what the culture of the business is and what each team member’s role is in that culture. Everyone on the team at My Hair Trip is personally invested in the core values of the salon and in its mission and vision.

      #2. My Hair Trip Salon, The #1 Organic salon in Colorado has built its team with top talent. One of the salon’s mottos is “any cut, any color, anytime.” To be a stylist at My Hair Trip this is the attitude that you have to have and you need the skills and the talent to be able to achieve this as well. My Hair Trip’s team of stylists are all experienced, they are extremely creative, they are highly skilled, very professional and most of all each member of the team at My Hair Trip has an intrinsic quality of genuinly caring for other people. When these character traits are all brought together and nutured in a team, thats when the magic happens and thats when great hair happens.

      #1. The #1 reason that My Hair Trip Salon has more 5-star reviews than any other organic or eco-friendly salon in Colorado is because of the way everyone on their team listens. That’s it. That’s the secret to this fast-growing, bustling little salon’s success. The team at My Hair Trip takes listening to another level. They listen to clients, customers and to each other in a different way. When true caring comes into the picture real listening happens and its effects can be felt in two seconds. This is how the team at My Hair Trip is able to again and again get its clients what they are asking for, because they are listening in a way that enables them to really hear what is being said to them.

      So that’s it. The top five reasons My Hair Trip Organic Salon and Gallery has more 5-star reviews than any organic or eco friendly beauty shop in the state. This list could have been a top 20 for sure but if this top 5 isnt enough to get you in the door at My Hair Trip, the top 20 wouldn’t be either. Check them out and see for yourself.

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        THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX: HAIRSTYLING IS ART!

        BEING AN ARTIST IS ABOUT CRAFTING YOUR CREATIVE INSPIRATION INTO MATERIAL, AND THIS IS WHAT A HAIRSTYLIST SHOULD DO
        FRESH FROM WINNING THE PRESTIGIOUS 2015 BEST AVANT GARDE AIPP AWARD FOR HIS FASCINATING CREATIVITY, DAVINES ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, ANGELO SEMINARA, TELLS US MORE ABOUT HIS ARTISTIC DEVOTION TO THE HAIRSTYLING PROFESSION.
        Angelo, what does inspire you most?
        “Inspiration can come from so many different places, but the essence of the natural world is surely what inspires me most. Mother Nature surrounds us and permeates every aspect of our life with boundless beauty that will never stop to fill with wonder the eyes of those who want to see it. I am indeed very curious and I think that inspiration is basically all about curiosity and passion for what you do: if you don’t have that hunger for knowledge, then you are just missing so many chances of discovering and inventing something new, both in hairstyling and in life.”
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        Where does creativity meet hairstyling?
        “I think that creativity is a recipe made of many different ingredients: inspiration sources, individual sensitivity and, last but not least, the love and dedication to your profession, hairstyling in my case.
        One of my objectives in hairstyling is to step outside the box, to create something that seems impossible and unexpected, that pleases my eyes, mind and soul, but nevertheless my philosophy is always to make a woman look beautiful and modern. Originality often means eclecticism, a mix of elements coming from different forms of art, that’s why to work with hair I also search for inspiration from other fields that are not necessarily the hairdressing one, such as fashion industry, photography, architecture, design and contemporary art. I like to collect, combine and experiment, translating all the ideas and re-elaborating all influences in various ways: besides my salon work, my creative collection productions and magazine shooting works, I design hair for art curators for fashion exhibitions.
        I love hairdressing and if you love something in life you automatically become loyal and truthful to it. Hairdressing is my passion, through good and bad times and I always stick with it. Every day I look forward to my job. I definitely believe creative hairdressing is an art form in itself, a vital visual force to complement other arts.”

        If we ask you to tell us the name of a hairstylist who represented a turning point for your career…
        “The first name that comes into my mind is for sure that of Trevor Sorbie, a real hairdressing icon, who has inspired the whole sector at a worldwide level, becoming a mentor for many of today’s top hairdressers, thanks to his ability of always combining perfectly the highest quality standards with the most excellent hairdressing. Working with him for 15 years was a very meaningful and enriching life experience, he became like a father to me and I feel very grateful for what he gave me from both a professional and a human point of view.”

        What is new, in your opinion, in the latest hairstyling trends?
        “While rushing through the professional day by day routine, a hairdresser, like all the other artisans, sometimes runs the risk of forgetting to focus on some basic aspects of his craft, missing some great chances of adding value to his work.
        I think that this is the moment to rediscover the creative potential of blow-drying that, in my opinion, is precious like an accessory to be worn, the final expert touch that enhances the beauty of a style. I’m working with Davines on something new, an homage to this special craft, to give it back its artistic dignity. I perceive the blow-drying as an art, and I want to invite all the hairdressers to realize their own masterpiece with hair. You’ll discover soon what I am talking about, I hope that you’ll enjoy it and that you’ll have fun!”
        Follow us on Davines Official Facebook fan page to discover what’s new… coming soon!

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          Non-toxic Hair Color in Denver?

          Naturally Better Colour
          Organic Colour Systems is the first-ever range of permanent colours made from the maximum amount of certified organic ingredients and the minimum amount of chemicals… to colour hair as naturally as possible.

          Our unique approach is gentle but effective and easily colours even resistant grey hair.

          And because hair responds better to natural ingredients it looks naturally healthier and glossier with radiant, longer-lasting colour.

          Naturally Healthier Hair
          Most hair colour products use harsh chemicals like ammonia that damage hair in the colouring process, stripping hair’s natural health and shine.

          Organic Colour Systems is different. We’re kind to hair and it shows.

          By using fewer chemicals and no ammonia, Organic Colour Systems maintains hair’s essential protein and moisture balance.

          And it doesn’t damage hair in the colouring process.

          Our unique colour and care system restores even damaged hair, giving it healthier body, suppleness and shine.

          Colour without limits
          Versatile, with easy colour correction, Organic Colour Systems takes the limits off creativity imposed by inflexible, harsh chemical products.

          It’s easy to create fiery reds, intense coppers, rich golds, auburn browns, frosty platinums and an incredible range of natural tones.

          What’s more, with Organic Colour Systems colours are true to the colour chart and stay locked-in for longer.

          The Full Range
          The full range is made up of 64 fully intermixable colours and concentrates; plus a selection of Activators, 2 Lightening powders and oil.

          What color line does your salon use? Alfaparf Milano? Redkin? Matrix? Schwarzkopf? keune? Goldwell? Box color? You are causing real harm to, not only your hair, but to your overall health as well! your salon or stylist might be telling you their line is “ammonia free” or that it has minimal amounts of ammonia or that it is healthy for you and your hair, or that it is healthier than it once was, or that organic color doesn’t work… Do your research, they are not being honest with you. It’s your health and your body. if you are wondering about organic beauty or have questions about the brands being used on you, give us a ring, we’ve done the research and would be happy to help!

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            Denver’s Organic Hair Salon

            WooWeee! We are just having a ball down here at Denver’s Organic Hair Salon. The salon is full, all of our salon suites are occupied. We are loving our team. This crew is truly one of the most talented salon teams in the city, top to bottom. What’s cool about our salon, as opposed to all of the others in Denver is that we can do it all. Most salons have a specialty or a “flavor” or they take a certain type of client or hair type. At My Hair Trip Salon Denver we achieve balance through diversity. We all are different and each of our stylists and colorists are capable of doing any cut any color anytime and for anybody. We pride ourselves on being able to make any client happy with their hair, and we guarantee all of our services.

            The art gallery is really rolling now, and we are so lucky to have so many great local artists in Denver, we never get board with new art on our walls. Fresh artwork on a rotation gives a constantly changing creative atmosphere throughout the salon and the galleries every month. We believe in creating a place where inspiration can flourish uninhibited to create the most beautiful hair possible all the time.

            We have artists renting studios in the basement now, and it is so cool to see how that creative space is developing into something really special in addition to the salon, gallery, and boutique.

            We are really excited about the clothing and jewelry designers we are carrying in the boutique right now and our clients and the citizens of the Denver Art District are really showing their love for the awesome local products we got going on right now.

            We have starting carrying several new organic product lines in the salon as well as making some of our own products now such as organic chap stick, body butter, skin creams, and much more to come.

            We also have a new color enhancement line that is super fun and makes it easy to go from cool fantasy colors back and forth to other colors without the huge process and time and energy and patience it used to have to take to do changes and corrections, and WITHOUT the DAMAGE! This new line is also totally free of any ammonia or PPDS! One of our clients with an allergy to the PPDS found in most hair colors, just gave us the word that 3 days after her color appointment she is reaction-free!!! Hooray!! Now we really can offer color services to all of the people who never could before, because of allergies or medications or any number of reasons. Everyone deserves beautiful hair and now everyone can get it at My Hair Trip Salon Denver, Colorado’s Organic Hair Salon.

            All of our stylists have been training hard and working consistently to get better at creating the best, most beautiful looks with organic hair color and now we are really seeing it pay off. We are rocking organic color right now and we love how happy all of our clients are as they leave our salon and go out into the world looking good, feeling good, and being good, with gorgeous, healthy hair.

            In the works we have
            – our annual party / fashion show coming up in August,
            – All of our stylists are getting their masters certification in organic color next month from Organic Color Systems and we are all super thrilled about it!

            We will always do all that we can to get better at our craft because we love it and we will never rest, because we will always get better for ourselves and for our clients.

            My Hair Trip Salon Denver is becoming all of the things we have imagined it could be and we can’t stop smiling. Come on down, because in the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.

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              Meet our newest stylist / makeup artist: Brittany Chavez

              Brittany Chavez graduated from Empire Beauty in September of 2009. She has wanted to be a stylist since she was 16 years old. She has always loved how fun and artistic the beauty industry can be, and she can’t imagine doing anything else in life. Helping others feel amazing about themselves is Brittany’s favorite part of her job.
              Brittany feels strongly convicted to always proceed in continuing her education as a stylist and in staying on top of current trends, so she can make sure she’s able to give her clients the look and feel they desire every time.

              Brittany had the amazing opportunity of working on the Noveau team at Intercouiffure in NYC, which is one of the most prestigious major events a hair stylists can participate in. She was able to work backstage and onstage at the event. She has also been a helping hand at Denver Fashion Week assisting with hair as well as Second Home Spring fashion show applying makeup, another passion of hers. If its fun and challenging you can bet she will be there!

              Brittany started her career at Antoine Du Chez. She began as an assistant going through their advanced training program, as a cutting specialist. After spending time there, she decided to take on a new challenge, learning the ins and outs of coloring hair. Brittany has always picked up on things quickly and is a fast learner.

              Brittany, her two young boys and husband have all been making the organic , green transition over the past 6 months. This lifestyle became important to her after she had her children. When she found out about My Hair Trip, she was determined to become apart of the team! Brittany is excited for this experience, and happy to have finally found a salon home.

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                Meet our Massage Therapist: Gail “Magic Hands” Clare

                Gail “magic hands” Clare has been a massage therapist for almost nine years. She is very passionate regarding her profession. Her personal code of ethics is to always be theraputic. Gail feels that as each person is different, so is massage – no two are alike.

                Gail’s unique approach to massage delivers a personal touch to each client in a wholesome manner leaving the client complete.
                Whether it’s a chair massage or table massage, you’ll experience pure magic. Try her on for size.

                Gail graduated from one of two accredited schools in Colorado. The Colorado School of Healing Arts instilled personal value, pride, confidence and superb knowledge of the body, making the art of healing, a humbling experience.

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                  Top Ten Foods for Healthy Hair

                  The Nutrients Your Hair Needs

                  Written or reviewed by a board-certified physician

                  Healthy hair relies on certain essential nutrients, including protein, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, zinc, calcium, biotin and vitamins A, C, E and D. Eating a healthy balanced diet should provide you with all these nutrients, especially if you include these top ten foods for healthy hair.

                  Salmon and tuna are rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D, but even though they’re rich in omega-3 fats they’re not high in total fats or calories. Add salmon or tuna to a fresh green salad or enjoy them as sushi. Canned tuna and salmon can be kept on hand and used in a number of recipes. Herring, sardines and trout are also rich in omega-3s.

                  Spinach, Swiss chard and kale are excellent sources of vitamin A, iron, calcium and vitamin C. They’re also low in calories so they’ll also help you keep a trim waistline. Use raw green as a base for your salads or sauté them with a little olive oil and garlic and serve as a healthy side.

                  Almonds, pecans and walnuts are rich in plant proteins, biotin, minerals and vitamin E. Walnuts are also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Eat raw walnuts as a snack or top your salads with toasted pecans. Sprinkle some almonds on green beans or other cooked veggies.

                  Sweet potatoes and yams are packed with vitamin A, plus they contain vitamin C, iron and calcium. Serve whipped sweet potatoes as a tasty side dish or bake sweet potatoes and top them with a little molasses, which adds even more calcium.

                  Eggs are an excellent source of protein and biotin, and they contain vitamins A and E iron and calcium. Eggs produced by hens fed special diets, called ‘omega eggs’ are also good sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

                  Dry beans, lentils and soy are rich in protein, zinc, iron and biotin. Baked beans can be used as a topping for baked white or sweet potatoes. Or serve lentil soup with a fresh green salad.

                  Oysters are extremely high in zinc plus they’re a rich source of protein. Enjoy raw oysters on the half shell, prepared as Oysters Rockefeller, or make oyster stew for dinner.

                  Dairy products are high in protein, vitamin D and calcium. Go with low or non-fat milk and cheese to cut back on some of the calories. Serve Greek yogurt with honey, berries and nuts for a delicious breakfast or healthy dessert. Alternatively, milk made from almonds, soy or rice is also a good choice.

                  Red bell peppers are high in vitamins A and C, plus they’re super low in calories. Top a salad with raw red pepper slices. Roast them with an assortment of veggies or add them to a stir-fry.

                  Beef is an excellent source of protein and zinc. It can be high in fats and calories, so choose a leaner cut like a filet mignon. Grass-fed beef has a better fatty acid profile. Add thin slices of steak to a salad or use lean cuts of beef in a stir-fry.

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