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Posts made in September, 2014

Why Hair? In fact…..why work?

By on September 23, 2014 in Community |

About 6 months after starting Halo, I realized I had picked the loneliest job in the world.  Leader.  When you are the Leader (President, Bossypants, CEO, Chief of Household), unless you have other Leaders to talk to, I’m convinced one of two things happen; a) you go stark raving mad b) you shrivel up into a….dried little shriveled ball So I was well on my way to both of these alternatives when I found a group of BoFs (birds of a feather) called Savor the Success.  StS is a group of women entrepreneurs who agree that, in general, women get things done differently and that we all benefit when we are not crazy or shriveled into a ball, but rather sharing our experiences, our triumphs, our failures and learning together how to build strong, amazing companies by agreeing to best practices.  The founder, Angela Jia Kim did, in fact, change my life — but it wasn’t without a fair amount of screaming and kicking on my part.  (yes, becoming an entrepreneur is not always pretty). The most important thing I have learned in my 3 years as a member of StS is this question:  Why am I in business?  I mean, I don’t come from the hair business and neither do any of my family members.  I was an accidental success in the Technology Industry which graciously agreed to pay me for my ideas about Marketing and PR for 20+ years.  But most of that knowledge did not apply to my new project – Halo Blow Dry Bars.  And by now, I have come to realize there are many, many, many easier ways to have a job than to start your own company — (not to mention many other more financially lucrative ways)! In my first round of a process Angela calls the Raison d’etre, we explored why we do something as crazy as start a business.  The first time around it was clear that my passion was for women’s issues, and the enormous need we have in this country for jobs that provide an entry into the workforce; for young women who will ultimately need to support a family. The root of what I discovered?  I am a feminist!...

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Halo and Value and Values

By on September 5, 2014 in Community |

Women think about their hair every day. They have done historically and no doubt will continue to do so into the future. It frames their face, enhances their eyes, and is a symbol to all of health and confidence. A good hair day can play a role in how great a woman feels and therefore how she interacts and affects the people and the environment around her. And a bad hair day? Well, that’s like an angel missing her halo – something’s just not right.   Halo A Blow Dry Bar is all about valuing that good hair day. Extending it. Letting its power enhance a woman’s spirit. A fabulous blow out is our core value. It’s why we use the very best products, and why we continually train our stylists in techniques that bring out the best in hair while preventing damage from heat or styling tools by skillfully using high-end equipment. We add value by including an amazing shampoo and head massage, and passing on tips and our Life of the Perfect Blow Out Kit so that an appointment at Halo leads to several good hair days in a row.   Each day as we style women, we see the value in that fabulous blow out. We hope to see each client leave Halo with a little extra bounce in her step. We turn our core value into something that has a value of spirit, confidence, and ease to our clients.   As we have grown and learned since we first started to build a business around a Fabulous Blow Out, we have developed more values, and expanded upon those things which are important to us.   There’s no way to measure the value we place in the women who support us. We see how busy you are caring for the needs of your family, your communities, your health, and your job. We acknowledge your value to us by doing all we can to create a stress-free place to rejuvenate and to provide you with services which keep you looking and feeling good for as long as possible – all while helping you manage your schedule with early opening hours, easy appointment booking by phone, computer, or...

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