THE LATEST APP FOR INDEPENDENT ARTISTS

As you know, I am always on the hunt for anything and everything that I can do to help make your life a little easier behind the chair. As an independent artist, chair renter, freelance artist, I understand what it takes to keep everything on point when it comes to your appointments, and beyond. I met the founders of Belbella and loved what they had to offer, so of course I wanted to share it with all of you.

Check out the latest app called BelBella!

I recently had the pleasure of meeting two of the cofounders of BelBella, Matie and Paul. They came to a workshop I was giving to see a bit of what I was all about, and then we got together afterwards. Matie is the CEO, the visionary behind the company, and leads the business operations. Her business partner, Paul, is the CTO of Belbella and is responsible for the technology side. The third co founder, Valeska, is a UX expert.

Here is the vision for the business from their perspective!
Matie’s vision for the company is that it focuses entirely on the needs of independent beauty professionals. She wants to offer in addition to the software solution an education solution. The educational part includes, career advice, sales tips, webinars, workshops and training—everything pros need to be more successful in business. To provide this education BelBella wants to partner, rather than developing it on their own.

They heard about 1N Agency and the work I do, and they reached out to me. The rest is history! Their team provides the software, and 1N Agency will complement that under an umbrella they’re calling “Career Academy." There are lots of software options for salons, but Matie saw an opportunity to focus on professionals that rent suites, rent chairs as well as those that are mobile. The team is a very savvy and experienced, and most of them have worked together in the past. They are focusing on the right things. Making it super easy for beauty professionals to manage their appointments on the one hand, and making it super convenient for clients to book with their favorite professional, all from one app. By automating the tedious manual steps, of responding to text and calls, sending reminders, marketing your services, etc. they allow the professional to focus on what they love and on making more money, in a more effective and efficient way!

I added their video for you guys below! This will give you more insight on what it is that the Belbella App can provide for you, your business, and your clients.  

I also recommend checking out their website and getting a feel for how it all works!
Click the red link below to check it out and enjoy! Nina xo

P.S.... You will start to see some of my blogs and education on their website under their academy section! 

 Future Salon clients click here to learn  more! 
 

Nina Tulio
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                                Meet Megan Pelon! 

                               Meet Megan Pelon! 

 

Megan Pelon- Hairstylist
Natalie Alana Salon
Fort Worth, TX
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Meet Megan! She has been in the industry for 3 years! Her passion and love for people in the industry truly shines through. You will see what I'm talking about when you read our interview below! Megan is Redken Certified and is also Brazilian Blow Out Certified! Something personal that Megan shared in our pre interview really stuck with me, and I think so many stylists can relate, myself included!
"I suffer from depression and anxiety. Even though I have very low/down days, I keep pushing because I know tomorrow is a new day. When I’m working on a client, I feel like all my worries go away. I feel like I’m at peace, even if it’s only for 30 mins. This career is like my antidepressant. I absolutely love it!"

I love her honesty and her realness. I think it is so incredibly important for us to talk about this, share our stories, and support eachother along the way! 
As always, we hope this interview will motivate you, inspire you, and encourage you, to continue to share your love and passion for the beauty industry. Be sure to follow her on Instagram and check out more of her beautiful work!  Enjoy! #stylistssupportingstylists

1. What advice would you give to a stylist coming out of school? What should they expect?
My advice would be to definitely take an associate program. 
I told myself I wouldn’t when I was in school. That I would just go out and start. 
I started my associates program 6 months before I graduated and I’m so glad I did! 
I learned so much working side by side with my boss. Probably things I would have never learned or would have learned the hard way. She’s still my mentor till today and pushes me to go past my boundaries. I wouldn’t be where i am today without her.

2. Besides giving a great cut and color what do you feel is also important in terms of providing a 5 star experience?
The whole experience. Making sure they have a refreshment and are comfortable. Make sure to talk about them! My boss currently came up with a shampoo experience which involve, essential oils and a hot towel.

3. What is your biggest accomplishment? What are you most proud of in your career?
All of the education I’ve taken! I am currently a redken specialist and a redken authority. I’m taking my color certification at the end of this year. If I wouldn’t have taken those classes, I don’t think I’d be as knowledgeable as I am now. Especially with color. 
I also was asked to do the raw artists showcase April 5th. It was an amazing feeling to have when they picked me! 

4. Using only 4 words. Describe the most important attributes of a successful stylist?
Humble

Driven
Creative
Passionate

5. What is the biggest misconception people have about hairstylists?
They don’t work real jobs. They don’t have a real career. 
I’ve been told this so many times. It gets frustrating. But at the end of the day I know this is a real career, making real money, and changing lives. 
I’ve never enjoyed going to work till now and am finally able to start paying off debt. 

6. What do you do to keep your clients coming back? How do continue to wow your clients year after year!
I always love to tell my clients, I learned this new technique at a class, we should try it! They are usually fine with it and love the change up!
I also give them the best salon experience from the greeting to the check out (and everything in between)
Get to know your clients. Keep up with what they are doing outside of the salon, so you can ask them about it when they come to their next appointment. They will love you for that! They won’t feel like just a number. 

7. Tell us the importance of offering retail to your clients? What are some tips you have to help other stylists feel more confident while talking retail?
Study, study, study! 
Get to know the product you are using, what’s in them, how they work. 
Show them how to use them. That a big thing when it comes to styling products. If they don’t know how to use it, why would they buy them. 
Tell them why they need them. 
Make sure to ask and listen to what their needs are. That will help you in the long run when it comes to offering products. 

8.  would you tell other stylists that feel like giving up? Have you ever felt like giving up? How did you work through that? What advice do you have for stylists feeling this way?
Yes! I still sometimes feel that way. 
Just keep pushing yourself! You will have good days and you will have bad days. The good always makes up for the bad. When you hear that client say, I absolutely loved my hair, you know you did something right. You will feel amazing when you can put a smile on that persons face. 
Keep your head up and don’t look back. 

It’s worth it, I promise! 

Nina Tulio