I’ve never known a hair trend to be called “The Same”, and as a hair artist, and an artist at heart…the words “the same”, are like nails on a chalkboard.
1999 was the year I rebelled, as a hairstylist.
Please watch my video to find out more!
Makeovers are my hearts passion.
Makeovers are my expertise.
Makeovers are about change.
“The Same” has since been discontinued and is not on my salon’s menu.
100% ABOUT DESIGNING your hair
17 years ago I designed a customized hair consultation process that has help yield the results shown on my site.
No two makeovers have ever been “then same”.
Each clients “story” have been as unique as the amount of time that has been necessary to remove them from “the same” thing they were previously experiencing…..and that’s why they had reached out to my business.
And This questions…..”Do you do JUST…..XYZ?”
The word “Just”, or “Regular” and is very similar to “the same”.
In my opinion, “Regular” is for when you get gas, and not about when you speak about your appearance.
Don’t you want to feel SPECTACULAR?
When is the last time someone walked up to you and said, “Wow, you look really regular today, and I noticed you look the same.’?
AGAIN, PLEASE WATCH MY VIDEO!
Change can be scary, but you sticking with “the same”……
WELL, I can professionally share with you that as I cannot see what you look like right now while you are taking the time to read this…..I have the professional abilities to change the way you look, AND that usually can lead to a boat load of compliments, because…………you had the courage not to STAY THE SAME.
I AM NOT THE HAIR ARTIST FOR EVERYONE, BUT I AM FOR THOSE THAT ARE READY TO BE A BUTTERFLY, AND READY TO BUST OUT OF THEIR COCOON.
So, no I don’t do:
“The Same” or
It’s MORE LIKE….if you want or need to be a butterfly, chameleon, want to get noticed, and your appearance helps you to feel fantastic, then I just may be the right fit for you.
My own professional journey into the industry to become a hairstylist began when I went to hairdressing school in 1992. It has been quite a ride since then.
My career led me to work for a large well-known hair color manufacturer, as a hair color educator. That had kept me extremely busy traveling all over the country teaching.
One Chair…since 1999
As it was my childhood burning desire to “do hair” and to become a hairstylist, I quickly realized that I did not like or agree with my own industry’s “norm” of double-booking appointments.
So, I did something really crazy, 21 years ago! I STOPPED DOUBLE BOOKING.
Reopening Massachusetts and A-One Chair Salon
My own experience, and account of the “impact”
My business, like any business, has it’s ups and downs….like the first time my business’s livelihood was threatened…that business test lasted for 3.5 years!! Oh, my!
Now Enter Covid19 for the next business challenge!
Now when Covid19 came to our area, and how it has impacted the whole entire world…well that really has created things to change, for many.
It already seems like March was 5 years ago. Yet it was only 2 months ago, when I was sitting at my desk, and I was realizing that my business was most likely going to be forced to close.
What would that look like?
I am self-employed. My “job” and “passion” were just about to be abruptly interrupted, and I really did not have a say, because the larger picture of “Flattening The Curve” would soon become every day “Normal”, and without a timeline or an expiration date.
Now…Reopening Massachusetts for Salons
Limit service to hair services only (haircuts, color, blow-drying, and treatments). Non-hair services are not permitted (eyebrows, beard trimming, lip waxing, manicures, etc.)
• Provide training to workers on safety standards, up-to-date safety information and precautions including hygiene and other measures aimed at reducing disease transmission
• Adjust workplace hours and shifts (working teams with different schedules or staggered arrival/departure) to minimize contact across workers and reduce congestion
• Close waiting areas and ask customers to wait outside or in cars until it is time for their appointment • Require customers to make an appointment in advance to receive service
Reopening Massachusetts and A One Chair Salon
• Maintain a log of workers and customers to support contact tracing (name, date, time, contact information) if needed • Remove non-essential amenities (magazines, customer-facing water or coffee, coat rooms, etc.)
• All workers must stay home if feeling ill • Workers who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control (e.g., due to age or underlying conditions) are encouraged to stay home
• Encourage workers to self-identify symptoms or any close contact to a known or suspected COVID-19 case to the employer
• Encourage workers who test positive for COVID-19 to disclose to the workplace employer for purposes of cleaning / disinfecting and contact tracing.
If the employer is notified of a positive case at the workplace, the employer shall notify the local Board of Health (LBOH) in the city or town where the workplace is located and work with them to trace likely contacts in the workplace and advise workers to isolate and self-quarantine. Testing of other workers may be recommended consistent with guidance and/or at the request of the LBOH • Post notice to workers and customers of important health information and relevant safety
What the Loft Salon Studio DID NOT have to change?
Well, like I mentioned at the beginning of this article, back in 1999….I stopped double booking, AND began to offer private appointments! For over 2 decades
You can rest assured that you will no be in an overcrowded environment with lots of people, because of a creative business choice that I made decades ago.
So, what is “old”…is the “new” way….and I am happy to be part of the Reopening Massachusetts. Over the years, there were many days that I had questioned whether I had made the right choice about giving up double-booking, and yet many clients have shared their experiences with working with me.
As a fellow Barber had stated on Facebook….“Mom and Pop shops are the backbone of our communities”, and I couldn’t agree with him more!
So, in closing….I have no intention of going anywhere and am truly grateful for my community, family, and my creative stubbornness not to have thrown in the towel. In fact, all of the time I have had off…helped me to dive into growing my online Motives Cosmetics business. 🙂
Life must go on, and you may need a new salon/stylist!
The beauty about highlighting or adding splashes of colorwith hair extensions is that choosing to have it done this way…..will thicken your hair!
Maybe you have wanted to trytape hair extensions, or some extensions but are a little undecided or shy about it.
The hair is 100% real human hair, and it is reusable up to 1 time (With proper care)
*Please keep in mind that if you are trying to grow out your hair, then you may need to brand new extensions, because the original set will be at the length that we installed them, when we remove them.
Your Service will include:
Choice of one beautiful shade of Tape Hair Extensions
There are different levels of knowledge of understanding, when it comes to “coloring hair”. My professionally expertise, involved formerly teaching for Redken; as a colorist.
Is there really a difference between working with a corrective color specialist, trying an online formulation company or a salon that “offers” hair color?
Coloring hair versus color correcting hair, are two very different things. In my professional experience, my ability to “see color”is grounded by the color wheel versus simply pulling a pretty color off of the shelf, after picking a shade out of a “color” book, and hoping for the best.
Elementary School….but not so elementary!
Color is very much like paint…it is just in a different form. Do you remember being in elementary school?
How do you make orange? Do you remember?
If you came up with:
Red & Yellow = Orange………then give yourself a pat on the back!
When you have a great hair day, you will tend to feel great. We believe that a makeover, also, begins with a great haircut! As much as we provide hair extensions, we are just as grounded in education for providing a great haircut!
As an enthusiastic eclectic makeover artist, hairstylist, hair extension expert and professional photographer….Ann Marie Walts loves creativity! She enjoys helping others look and feel their best. She also loves technology, marketing, and creative writing.
Would it not be great to wake up not needing to wear makeup? Eyelash Extensions are a great way to have you waking up looking refreshed.
It is so very important to do your homework when you are seeking out a certified eyelash stylist. Maybe you have stumbled on my blog, here, and my professional recommendation is seek out a certified salon.
Professionally, I have been advanced certified by 2 of the top leading eyelash companies, in the country. My models’ featured in the segment are wearing the brand Bella Lashes
It is understandable that you may be “shopping” when is comes to making a big decision about getting hair extensions.
I imagine you may be trying to decide the following:
Where should I go to get my extensions done?
What type of extensions do I want or need?
How much will they be?
“Where should I go to get my extensions done?”
Let me talk to you a moment about this question.
If the purpose of a website is to convince you to do business with a business, then if would probably be odd for me to talk directly to you in this post, but I have a reason for doing so, and will.
WHY Choose me/ Loft Salon Studio?
You will consult with me (“the owner”)
You will get your service with me (“the owner”)
You will not get double booked.
You will get truly personalized service from ONE PERSON and not experience multiple salon staff working on you.
DID YOU KNOW?
If a salon is promoting Great Lengths, that ONE CERTIFICATE DOES NOT COVER the WHOLE SALON…it only covers the stylist that attended the Great Lengths training.
Meaning, if I did have an “assistant” working with me; and they “started” or providing your extensions to you, and were not certified that Great Lengths could ultimately pull my salon’s certification. Great Lengths frowns on and does not permit the attending stylist or salon owner, to go back to work and train others.
Why do I share this?
You should get what you pay for.
You work hard for you money, and I am proud to be certified by Great Lengths 3 times.
WATCH VIDEO “You are getting what you are paying for”…..Anna’s words; not mine.
Deciding to get hair extensions costs money. As I had written, in a previous post……”the most expensive hair extensions are the ones not done right”.
What type of hair extensions are right for you?
I offer a variety of applications that are tied to what you may need for your lifestyle.
Clip- Ins : Great for everyday use
Tape Extensions : Great step up from clip ins, and ideal for wearing for 6 weeks.
Fusion Extensions: Ultimate customization for style options, colors & lasts for up to 4 to 5 months
The “How Much” ???
The answer for this question, is not as straight forward as you may expect or want. This is because I have so many options, and need to see your hair because I will need to match or change your hair’s:
Natural Hair Color
Determine if you will need multiple colors
Determine if you are a candidate for hair extensions.
When is the last time you loved your hair? I mean really loved your hair.
Experiencing frustrations with either the style, texture or thinness can be very emotional, however there are many solutions to stop “the bad hair day” in its tracks.
Wigs, Hairpieces & Hair Extensions
Adding more hair can really be the solution to take you hair from good to great. This solution is good for any reason or any age.
Inspiration From Clients
In a conversation with a client, I had expressed wondering if hair extensions were just a fad?
Now you have to imagine, that this particular service I have been providing for 10 years, and am extremely passionate about; but often I have wondered will the trends change to the point that there will not be a need for hair extensions?
Clients Answer: “Fine hair is never going away”…….
My inspiration: Some of the best education that I receive is from working with my clients. That was a “wow” moment.
Enters Wigs & Hairpieces
Over the last decade, professionally I have had brief professional encounters with working with some wigs and gone to some specialized trainings.
More focused on offering a variety of wigs & hairpieces.
Due to client inspirations:
As clients have shares their personal thoughts about how the way their hair looks, and how that effects the way they feel….it moves me as a hairstylist & makeover artist to learn more to be able to say “yes, I can help you.”
Not everyone can get hair extensions. It saddens me to have to decline a client’s wish to have hair added by way of extensions, but their is not enough of natural hair to provide the service.
Wigs & Hair Pieces
With today’s current “trends in fashion”, wigs & hair pieces are a staple for the celebrities. Not all of them are born with the hair that they have……..shhhh it’s a secret.
My studio’s goal is to be able to help you with whatever struggles you have with your hair or lack off, in a very private & fun environment.
My next educational trip will be to Miami to attend a HairUWear class to learn about a whole portfolio or what I like to call an “arsenal of solutions”.
Adding More Hair Is The Answer!
The beauty of considering adding more hair or thinking of it as an “accessory” is that whether your need is a necessity or one that is just for the sake of “accessorizing”, then you will experiencing not having a bad hair day.
Ready to wear wigs
Clip On hair additions
Tape Hair Extensions
Fusion Hair Extensions
Many of my clients that are currently wearing additional hair, have expressed to me that their self confidence is boosted and they simply just feel good about not having to worry about their hair anymore.
Over the last 29 years, of consulting with clients; I have found that most of the time women wish their hair was thicker. When you come in for a consultation, you will be given options and those are at varying price points based on your hair needs and thickness.
Ask yourself….what do I need?
Hair extensions are not just for adding length.
Many times they are for just adding thickness, or to compliment a short hairstyle.
I have been providing hair extensions for 11 years, and it has been for all sorts of situations.
Do you need to “Fix A Poor Haircut”?
Several times, I have had to fix a poor haircut.When it comes to fixing a botched haircut, this solution is a great option to correct just a section.
Maybe you hair was layered too much on one side? Do be frustrated a day longer.
Do you need to add “Non-Chemical” Color?
Using hair extensions to add a splash of “hair color” has a dual purpose. The color will be colorfast & quick but the best benefit is that it will thicken your hair.
Our new, revolutionary 3D Brow Building will allow you to re-construct your eyebrows completely. Furthermore, you can create fullness and definition that cannot be achieved with regular eyebrow grooming.
The result is a waterproof and smudge-proof eyebrow, which is created by building on the client’s natural shape to create fuller, thicker, luscious brows that have perfect definition and lasts for approx. 2-3 weeks.
The achieved high definition result is similar to permanent make-up except it’s 3-dimensional and non-invasive.
The look is tailor-made for each person and suitable for those who have naturally good eyebrows as well as those who suffer from partial or complete eyebrow loss.
Treatment as intricate as ours is not available from any other company.
Should you not be chosen this time, we would like to add you to our potential “model role call’ , in the future.
Eyebrow sculpting and extensions are more about adding versus taking away.
My friend Melissa is going to be my model and she was a bit nervous because she had had a poor waxing experience. Once I explained to her that is was about building the brow back up.
I am beyond excited to attend the training over the next couple of days. This technique truly intrigues me. Sleek Brows technique can be utilized for eyebrow corrections caused by over plucking, medical conditions and or a bad wax job.
Additionally, it will round out my extension offerings for:
Non-chemical highlights are fantastic way to accessorize your hair. Unlike traditional highlights that are done with foils, having your hair color done this way will thicken your hair.
It is very common to automatically associate “hair extensions” with only long hair, however there are so many other uses than the obvious.
Over the last 10 years, I have experienced being a hair color educator and working with “coloring the hair with extensions”.
I have to be honest with you that when I went to a hair extension training that had introduced the idea of hair extensions being less “damaging” than chemical hair color I was put off a bit first, but very intrigued. Partially due to the fact that I was still educating for Redken.
It was my job, at the time, to “eat, breath and sleep hair color”….ha ha. Now, it is a great thing to be offer both types of “hair color”.
Beautiful & Colorfast Hair Color
The hair color trends have really been bold, lately, and just about anything goes. However…….”anything goes” is sometimes the “chemical hair color” right down the drain, sometimes.
Why is it that hair color fades, and especially the bolder hair colors?
It is because of the chemical composition and the sizes of the dye molecules. Red dye molecules are the largest to fit into the hair strand. The “why” could lend itself to a whole science based post of how hair color works, and that will be saved for another time.
Colorfastness of Hair Extensions
In the case of Great Lengths Hair Extensions,I had the opportunity to actual go to the factory in Nepi, Italy to see how the hair is processed and handled.
The handcrafted way that they “hand dye” the hair is absolutely incredible. They use a dyeing process that is much like how cashmere sweaters are dyed. Textile dye colorants are very durable.
Bold hair color?
If you like very bold hair color or a stronger contrast, then I professionally would recommend that you opt for hair extensions over traditional hair color.
Accenting Blond Hair with darker or vivid hair colors
Do you get “highlights” because it give your hair more volume?
Do you get “highlights” because it makes your hair less flat?
Do you get your “highlights” every 6 to 8 weeks?
When you get your “non-chemical highlights” they will last up to 5 months.
They are colorfast
You hair color will be “spot on”
Your hair will be thicker
Opting to trying this hair color technique can be just as affordable as “chemical hair color” if you average out the amount of salon visits that it takes to maintain your “traditional highlight foiling”
Protecting eyelash extensions is very important to understand how and why to properly take care of them.
Are They “Lashes” Or Extensions?
It has been my professional experience that you can quickly forget that your are actual wearing extensions. Extension for both eyelashes and or hair extensions require a little bit of aftercare to ensure the longevity of the service(s).
3D Volume Extensions
Classic 1:1 Extensions
What do I do after I my eyelash extensions?
The single most important aftercare responsibility that you will have will be to properly cleanse your lash line with only the recommended Xtreme Lashes® products.
Why Xtreme’s® Makeup Remover Is A Must
It is sometimes misunderstood……
As a serious professional lash extensionist , most recently I called Xtreme Lashes® and asked that they add “lash extension cleanser” to their fantastic product that is their “Eye Makeup Remover”.
Client says, “I do not wear makeup…..& I do not need it…”
It has been my experience that some clients do not wear makeup and do not see the value or need to purchase this item that is truly meant to clean your lash line.
Properly Cleaning Eyelash Extensions
Protecting and caring for your extensions will save you money in the long run because premature extension loss is usually caused by improper aftercare.
Close Up Look At Extension Attachment & Why Cleansing Is A Must
Avoid Oil Buildup or Blepharitis
Your eye lash extensions are adhered with surgical grade adhesive to your natural eyelash hair.
Your natural eyelash hair is attached to a hair follicle and there are glands that secret oils. To much oil build up from not cleaning your eyelash extensions, can result in blepharitis.
“Meibomian glands are glands that are arranged vertically within the eyelid near the lashes. The force of an eyelid blink causes oil to be excreted onto the posterior lid margin. The oil is the “staying power” of the tears that helps prevent rapid tear evaporation. In a patient with Meibomian gland dysfunction MGD), vision is affected because there is too much or too little oil in the tear film.”
Are Eyelash Extensions Safe To Wear?
Yes, with a precise & professional application and followed up with responsible at home aftercare. You can experience wearing Xtreme Lashes® Extensions for a very long time.
Our online booking is easy to use, and I recommend that you bookmark the link. This way you can add it to your home screen on your phone, if you like.
*One recommendation to mobile device users— If you have some troubles using the mobile version, then look at the bottom of your screen and click the “Desktop or Full Version” link. My booking company is always improving their stuff, however, it has been my experience that I prefer to suggest the “desktop version” because I find that it will show you everything.
Call me with any questions, and please know that if you get my voicemail that I do respond promptly. I just may be in the middle of a private appointment makeover or corrective service.
Last minute appointments?
Sometimes I may have an opening due to a cancellation. Feel free to check here.