Giving Back for the Holidays

We just wrapped up our December giving campaign and it is no surprise, I am feeling extremely grateful for our community. Even though we have been doing this for families for 6 years now, I am always astonished at the goodwill that our salon guests and staff possess. We all stepped up again this year to provide a financially disadvantaged family gifts.

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Simplicity and the Holidays

The holiday season is fast approaching. I am really having a hard time believing that 2017 is wrapping up! This year I decided instead of making a resolution, to choose a theme. My annual theme has been simplicity. Gee Golly, have I simplified this year. I have eliminated clutter in work and at home, simplified my days off to spend more time doing the things that bring me joy, learned to say no to things that felt too stressful and stopped overpacking my schedule. I also learned to stop overpacking my bags for vacation and translated simplicity to many other areas of my life. Gift giving is one of the other ways I have really learned to be intentional this year. 

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The Best Day in Tri

We just wrapped up one of my favorite events of the year, Tour de Cove, and I am excited to have the blog as a platform to share my passion about the Challenged Athletes Foundation. This month marked my seventh year volunteering on behalf of John Paul Mitchell Systems, providing haircuts to raise money for one incredible organization. When Scisters Salon opened seven years ago, it was an important goal of ours to be recognized in the community as a business that does good. When we were invited to participate in the same month that Scisters opened, I had no idea what I was signing up for or how my life would be changed.

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Are you just Blowin' Hot Air?

A guest recently asked during her blow-dry, "What makes that dryer different?" 

  It reminded me of an earlier time when Scisters Salon arrived to style a wedding with every iron and hairspray we own, and the mother of the bride walked out with wet hair ready for a blowout. I immediately was set into panic, as I have a great fear of being unprepared for anything. 

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Once Upon a Time.... a Scisters Salon Collection

If you have been a guest for a number of years, you know that we do an annual creative collection. Some years we even manage to squeeze in two. Inspiration for these shoots has ranged the zodiac, goddesses and even aliens. It is a fun way to stretch our creativity as a team and produce a visual collection out of the scope of our everyday work. This year we decided to take on a theme that we have been aspiring to do for years, fairy tales. 

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Our Love Story

When I first met Easton, I was pretty sure she didn't like me. (She still claims I'm wrong about this). Either way, it wasn't long before we became friends and I realized she was unlike anyone I had met before. Her friendship taught me something about relationships, vulnerability, authenticity and womanhood. I am a better person for knowing her. 

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Where does your money go?

"Success unshared is failure" - John Paul Dejoria

Did you know that every time you choose to purchase hair care products from us, you are making a difference? John Paul Dejoria supports a wide range of organizations on our behalf. Watch this video that beautifully represents Paul Mitchell's global culture. Continue spreading the love ya'll.

 

Written by Melissa Parker, Owner of Scisters Salon                                                                      La Mesa, CA

Diversion Dissuasion

What on earth is diversion? Many different names are used throughout various industries relating to this ongoing issue. Recently the term "grey market" has been popularly used to label goods being sold by unauthorized dealers. In the beauty industry specifically, this has been happening for years, and in many cases can be a hazard to the consumer. 

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Core Values in Action

This year, we sat as a team and decided what our core values are. We looked at a long list of words and individually chose those that described the environment that we want to work in. We then, compared our choices and narrowed them down to five. Next step was to define what they meant to us. What were the rules or expectations that we have around these values? Here is the final list of our values at Scisters Salon:

  • Ambition- The hunger that comes from having goals, which drives you to relentless action
  • Service- Providing care and your full attention
  • Connection- Creating moments and trust through your words and work.
  • Productivity- Making the most efficient and profitable decisions that further promote the success of our business.
  • Continuous Improvement- Striving to always be developing into greatness
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This machine ain't messin' around

After receiving my first facial from Vanessa, I can’t help myself from sharing about her new machine. You see, I was in bad shape after not having proper time to groom. But now… this mama’s makin’ time!

She hooked me up with a Premium facial using her Hydra Skin Refiner, a breakthrough in aesthetic technology. It utilizes water and skin specific serums to effectively. yet gently remove layers of dead skin cells and congestion in the pores. Aqua tips exfoliate impurities while simultaneously vacuuming away dead cells. This dramatically improved my skin's hydration and texture, providing oxygenation and micro-circulation. In short, this machine ain't messin' around.

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Color Craft

Color Craft is the newest addition to our Color Bar here at Scisters, and we are so excited for it's arrival. What's Color Craft? Well the product can be used two ways; as a more potent, in salon treatment or as an at home treatment. Either way this rich treatment delivers customized color with conditioned, healthy-looking results. It intensifies, enhances or extends the life and vibrancy of your color service. The rich treatment delivers customized color while providing conditioning results for guests in the salon and at home.

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What Happened to Our Service Menu?

Some of you have asked this question on your recent visit to the salon. We've even had a guy schedule himself a bang trim online because he was unsure how to classify his haircut service. I defaulted to my normal smart ass nature of course, and told him he had to get the bang trim, nothing else. All joking aside, we'd like to take the time to clear up any confusion and explain our reasoning for this new pricing.

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Can you free yourself?

We, here at Scisters, are consistently striving (or obsessing) to be our best on a business and personal level. This year we were introduced to the Konmari Method and Minimalism. For those of you who aren't familiar, the Konmari Method is magical tidying and decluttering method in which surround yourself with only the things that spark joy in your life. The Minimalists teach their followers to live an intentional life with less, keeping only items that add value. After combining these concepts, we have begun to eliminate clutter, stress and unnecessary business.

And I honestly am feeling lighter and freer.

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Haircuts for Hope 2017 was a success!

Last weekend we celebrated a year's worth of ponytail donations at Helix Brewing Co, here in La Mesa, CA. Helix has a great industrial atmosphere with exposed brewing equipment and their patio is an inviting space to chill and play games with friends. I won't forget to mention their awesome beer. Our personal favorite is their Stoner Moment IPA.

Over the past twelve months we have collected 20 ponytails, a total of 212 inches of hair, to send to the Locks of Love Organization. Locks of Love is a non-profit that offers prosthetic hair pieces to underprivileged children with permanent hair loss, most often due to a condition called Alopecia. This event wrapped up our sixth annual fundraiser for the organization. Free haircuts have been offered since the salon's opening in 2010 to anyone willing to donate 10 inches of hair or more.

We raised a total of $980 between financial contributions and the silent auction. Winners of the silent auction took home great prizes such as; suite tickets to Padres games at Petco Park, brewery gift sets, hair product baskets and gift certificates to various other local businesses. Our biggest source of money earned was from those suite tickets to 2 separate Padres games, totaling over $400. We would like to send out a special thank you to Keith and Clara Justus over at Business Copier Solutions, for the generous donation.

The weather was perfect for sitting outside with a cold beer and listening to the sultry and funky sounds of our first band, Cori and the Music. This was the group's second year donating the gift of music to the event. We wrapped up the afternoon with The Last Minutes. These guys and their bad babe of a drummer have the most fun following in San Diego. The various members of this band have continually supported this cause over the years. Jared Montalvo, the front man, has organized our music for 5 of the 6 years, always lining up some great acts. He has been vital to our success and we are grateful to have a friend and patron like him. 

We want to make sure to thank everyone who helped us pull this event off and make it a success. We are very proud of the turn out. Now it's time to mail a big box of hair and send that $980 check.