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Carlos Valenzuela

How to Boost Your Daily Creativity

How do you motivate yourself to stay present? And do your best? I mean, it’s too easy to wander off, isn’t it? Here’s how I’ve learned to be up for whatever the salon day throws at me.

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Lies We Tell Our Clients

We fudge the truth if it hurts. The truth is often an insult. Reality often will do nothing for a client’s confidence.

The Three-Minute Consultation

The number one reason a client moves to another salon goes like this: “I always walked out looking the same.”  How did this happen? You stopped doing a consultation for returning clients because familiarity fooled you into thinking you knew the client so well it wasn’t necessary. Wrong.

Three Things to Never Share with Clients

It’s easy to forget that the real reason a client is in your chair is to get their hair, nails, or skin done. There are three items I would never share with someone I see every six weeks for a paid service—no matter how cool they are.

How New Government Proposals May Impact Salon Professionals

Washington's too crazy for me—that's what I always thought, until Covid hit me. And that's when I started paying more attention. Read on for some of the proposed budget plans that could offer some relief to salon pros.

8 Ways to Create a Bright, Happy Salon

Check out the list of proven salon happiness enhancers to add to your motivational arsenal.

This Financial Advice is Geared to Salon Professionals

“Salon professionals can misunderstand making money with building wealth, and without a timely heads up, leave the salon with little to show for a lifetime of salon work. I’ve seen this happen too many times.”

Until Things Get Better, Concentrate on You Feeling Better

Personally, I’ve moved on to learning to live with the virus, its guidelines, restrictions and precautions instead of waiting around or ignoring the pandemic. I just try to sensibly take care of myself.

Why You Should Pay It Forward and Be Someone's Beauty Mentor

The real value of mentoring is sharing you’ve been there, you know how it feels, and you made it, —so, go for it.

Want to Be Better About Managing Your Money?

Money may not bring happiness, but a salon shutdown proved that no money is a bummer and totally stresses you out. We salon professionals excel at our skills, creativity, and ability to make money, but often lack the discipline to keep it. Yes, this is officially a tough love blog. Take a seat.