I tend to blog almost exclusively about hair, but when I am actually working at my salon behind the chair with my beloved clients I am also a bit of a concierge. I help my guests to move through the fluff and find the services and experiences that will enrich their lives, and help them to function on a higher level. A large part of my focus is to help with all aspects of beauty as well as fitness, but I also believe that social time with family and friends is of the utmost importance.
Sorellina Boston is a lovely restaurant located just past the Public Library on a small side street. The food is the most delicious that I have had since my trip to Italy years ago, and the atmosphere has just the right mixture of energy. It’s elegant, while somehow remaining welcoming. As a business owner myself I try to observe and learn from the details of every business that I visit, and it’s clear that a great deal of thought and planning went into Sorellina Boston to make it such a lovely place to dine and socialize.
My favorite place to sit at Sorellina is at the bar. Jeremy is the resident bartender and his genuine friendliness and love of what he does makes it the best seat in the house. He somehow manages all the details, delivers the most delicious drinks and generally makes you feel completely at home and taken care of. He also always asks about my mom, and how can anyone that looks out for my mom not be a great person?:) I’ve never actually been one to sit at the bar, but it’s my favorite seat here. It’s beautiful and I truly think that it’s the best seat in the house.
One of my favorite things about Sorellina is that they divide food for you, and they do it so beautifully. For those of you that don’t know, I am also a fitness model. I enjoy my time out with family and friends, but also value finding places that have wonderful food that is available in different portions. I am small and intend to stay this way:) It’s so nice to find a place to dine that had food so delicious and flavorful that it doesn’t have to be served in a trough to satisfy you!
My favorite things on the menu? Romaine salad, Tuna Tar-Tar, Filet Mignon, Salmon, Lobster Gnocchi, Fettuccini, and whatever tequila Jeremy serves on the rocks with lime or as a skinny Margeurita. To follow dinner? The doughnuts that are served while they are still warm are out of this world. They are also a small portion so there is no need to feel guilty. Have you tried Sorellina Boston? If you haven’t please do….I promise I won’t lead you astray. XOXO, Megan
One thing that I never considered when I decided to open my own hair salon was how difficult it is to find amazing people to be on my team at the salon. Right now I am hiring hair salon assistant and over the years I have learned to be extremely picky and selective because the people inside of a business truly are what decide the quality of a business.
When hiring hair salon assistant I look for a person that has higher standards than those around them. I look for someone that is responsible, reliable, fashion forward, honest, positive and is looking for a career in the hair industry instead of just looking for a job. I believe that every step of the process of hair is very important and if our assistant at the salon does not have a passion for making people beautiful, the end result will not be as amazing as it could be.
When I first started the salon and hiring hair salon assistant I was not quite as careful and I trusted people right off the bat when I interviewed them. One thing that I have learned about hiring is that it’s very much like dating. You need to have a trial. Where you get to know someone and you either find out that they were exactly what they presented themselves to be, or that they have certain flaws that make them a poor fit for your goals.
I truly love what we do at the salon and we have a very high standard for what we do professionally. I’m looking for someone amazing that has lofty career goals and is willing to put in the work along the way to being successful. If you know someone in the Boston area that is looking for a hair salon assistant job, please have them stop in at 115 Newbury St. To fill out an application, or email us at: Megan Graham Beauty @ gmail.com
2016 has been an amazing year in the cosmetic industry, with all types of new breakthroughs and fabulous trends. One of the categories I have been the most impressed with this year has been in the realm of foundations. Here are a few of my favorite foundation that made their debut this year.
2016 Best Foundations #1: The Two Faced Born This Way Foundation has been a complete stand out. It’s a medium to full coverage foundation and is completely buildable. What I love most about it, other than it being pretty much untraceable on the skin, is that it is suitable for basically any skin type (dry, oily, combo) and any age.
2016 Best Foundations #2: Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is exactly that, it stays on all day, it feels light on the skin and your skin can breathe. This foundation makes your skin look like your skin and I love that. This foundation works well on anybody, it worked exceptionally well on my combo skin compared to Nars’ other cult favorite foundation – the Nars Sheer Glow. Sheer Glow was too dewy for my skin – it would be perfect for someone on the drier to normal skin spectrum! (This is my personal favorite as well as Megan’s!!)
2016 Best Foundations #3: The Marc Jacobs re(Marc)able Foundation became an instant fan favorite when it was released. For being one of the fullest coverage foundations I have ever tried, it does not cake up as much as you would think. You need a very small amount distributed evenly around your face and it blends like a dream. On a daily basis you can use a damp beauty blender for flawless coverage, or for special occasions use a brush for a full porcelain-like finish. One of my favorite things about this foundation is the packaging – the bottle is so chic and pretty and the applicator has a dot on the end that you can apply directly to the face, mess free.
I love all three of these brands and their products and the best part is, all of these brands are cruelty free! You can’t get more fabulous than that! So depending on your skin type and what you’re looking for in your makeup – any one of these awesome products should work perfectly for you! They are definitely three of my go-to foundations when I’m getting ready in the mornings. What are some of your favorite foundations? Please feel free to comment below to list your favorites, or ask any questions about mine:)
I’m so happy to announce that my longtime friend and talented mentor will be joining the team at Megan Graham Beauty. I worked for Omar and his lovely wife Joanna at the age of 22 and have been fortunate enough to remain close friends with this amazing duo. Stylist Omar Giraud has talent and personality that make every appointment delightful while providing beautiful an consistent results. We are thrilled to be able to spend time with this creative genius, and can’t wait for everyone to meet him.
We are happy to welcome a new member to the Megan Graham Beauty team: Stylist Omar Giraud has owned a successful salon with his wife Joanna for over a decade. Omar has a busy and discerning clientele. His Spanish heritage may be the inspiration for his popular mens and women’s precision haircuts, which are clean and modern. Beginning this week Omar will split his time between the North shore and Megan Graham Beauty. Omar will work his magic every Wednesday with lovely styling and hair cutting. We are very excited to have such a talented and experienced member on our team. We hope you will have the pleasure of meeting Omar soon. To book an appointment to consultation with stylist Omar Giraud please call: 617.236.8100
Almost every day at the salon we get a phone call asking what’s the cost of extensions? I know that when we say that the best thing to do is to come in for a consultation, people often think that it’s like when you want to sign up for a membership at the gym and they won’t give you the cost of the monthly fee.
Several different things go into answering the question what is the cost of extensions. How much hair you have on your head, how long you want your hair to be, and whether you were looking to achieve volume or fullness.
Basically, there is no way to give a price range over the phone for how much extensions will cost as they can start as low as $700 and go as high as $4000. For some clients we may only need a bundle of hair, while for others it would take 7 or 8 to achieve the desired result.
Most of the clients in the salon that wear extensions wear them for volume and tend to wear one to two bundles which is on the lower side of the price range. I love the look of adding volume with extensions and think that this is the way that they are the most manageable, as well as cost effective.
The thicker your hair is, and the more that you are looking for length, the more extensions cost. Extensions are beautiful and can be great for a wedding or special occasion where you want longer hair. Wearing extensions for volume can make your hair look longer simply because they fill out the baseline and bring more hair to the bottom.
We love to chat about extensions and welcome you to come in to the salon to learn more. There’s no pressure, and if we don’t think that extensions will be great for you and your hair, we’ll be the first to tell you. To book a complimentary extension consultation at Megan Graham Beauty, please call: 617.236.8100.
I think we’ve all seen it everywhere, everybody talks about gratitude, but sometimes it’s not focused on and visited in a way that we can truly reap
the benefits. I’m done exercises before in my business class where I start out my morning listing 10 things for which I am grateful. Although I think this is a great idea and it does start your morning off in a better way and you might otherwise, I think it’s actually necessary to think about the things that you’re grateful more deeply if you’d like to bring more joy and peace into your life.
Recently, I traveled to Dallas, Texas to see Tony Robbins, who has been one of my greatest mentors in my life. For those of you who don’t know the name Tony Robbins, he is difficult to describe. Some people call him a motivational speaker, and I will say he is very motivating and inspiring ,but I think he is so much more than that. he calls himself “the why guy” and teaches you why you do what you do and gives you fast, workable strategies for how to change things.
Tony gave everyone at the seminar a new way to start our morning, a way to crowd out the fear, anxiety, and negativity that can creep into mornings (and days) during our busy lives. He told us that gratitude is the antidote and led us through an exercise where we thought of three things for which we were grateful, but we thought of those things deeply, completely and as if we were reliving the moment we had experienced. It’s amazing how when you truly focus on something and think about it as if it is happening to you again, it becomes a completely different experience and can bring so much joy into your heart and into your body.
Gratitude is the opposite of entitlement, it’s the opposite of feeling that everything should come your way and thinking of the things that you don’t have. Gratitude is waking up and smelling the roses of your life.
Gratitude is the antidote to healing your unhappiness and resentment. It crowds out the hurt and disappointment and if given the opportunity can literally transform something that you would think was a negative experience into a positive.
As we all know, the summer can be a rough time of year for our hair. So, here are a few tips to help you and your luscious locks make it through the season.
summer haircare routine
Summer haircare routine 1. First off- dry shampoo, the number one secret weapon everyone needs to have. There is no reason to wash your hair every day- it is actually good to let your natural oils nourish your hair strands. It’s also a great way to get some volume and texture- clean or dirty. Not to mention a time/ damage saver from having to wash, dry and use whatever hot tools you use on your hair every time you style. I have a high-end favorite- the Oscar Blandi powder form- and a drug store favorite from Batiste!
Summer hair hair routine 2. As many of you know, thanks to social media, beachy waves are all the rage right now. Not only is it a great way to hide second day hair, but it’s such an easy look to create. Whether you take big sections for a wavier, glam look, or smaller sections for a messier, “mermaid” look, anyone can achieve this style. Just take your sections, wrap it around any size curling wand, let them cool and then hit them with any salt spray, or hairspray and you are good to go!
Summer haircare routine 3. Now if all else fails and you cannot seem to get your hair under control, look into getting a smoothing treatment. I get the vegan smoothing treatment from Thermafuse and I am beyond obsessed- it has changed the way I do my hair for the better. Not only does my hair feel and look softer, shinier and all around healthier, but it has taken the hassle and time away from styling my hair, which means less time in the bathroom and more time enjoying the summer!! The frizz is almost obsolete, which was my biggest issue with this time of year.
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One question that I answer frequently at the salon is: what’s the best maintenance schedule for my hair? Although it varies from person to person, the average maintenance schedule is between six and eight weeks. There are exceptions, such as someone that wishes to frequently cover their gray and may visit the salon every 2 to 3 weeks. For other clients who either have extremely busy travel schedules or a newborn baby at home, or something of that nature….. occasionally, we work together to choose a lower maintenance hair color that can be touched up every 3 to 5 months. The more that the hair grows in between appointments, the more difficult the work becomes to blend the haircolor.
On occasion, I have a day at the salon where every single client comes in overdue for their maintenance and it makes for a day where I’m running behind the entire day, and I’m also less satisfied with the end result than I could be. There’s a reason for maintenance, and it’s not just so that you feel good it’s actually so that the product turns out the best that it could possibly be. Although I can always make hair look more beautiful than when the client came in, for it to be properly blended and exactly the way I want it to be the maintenance schedule needs to be adhered to.
When the client comes in and they have haircolor that should be touched up every 7 to 9 weeks and an additional 3 to 4 weeks has passed the level of difficulty is actually much greater than if they had stuck to the original maintenance schedule. Although I’m not always aware of how long it’s been since I’ve colored someone’s hair last, when I do realize that it’s been a fair amount of time outside of our regular schedule, I usually book the appointment as a correction so that I will have the time to catch up on their hair, and I also charge accordingly for this appointment as it takes more time, product, and work for me to make the hair reach the desired result. I always try to educate people so that they aren’t surprised that more time equals more expensive hair color. Most of us are paid for our time in the jobs that we do, and mine is no different, the more complex the work that I do, the more of my day it takes up.
To book an appointment at the salon please call 617-236-8100.
We are constantly recruiting new team members for the salon, and looking for salon assistants. Duties include washing hair, stocking color and supplies, keeping the salon clean and neat, assisting stylists amongst other things. Please be fashion forward, professional, kind, honest and have a MA Cosmetology license.
Working as an assistant at a high end salon is your opportunity to learn from the best, and to get a firm grasp of technique so that you have solid confidence and a strong foundation so that as a stylist you can build your creativity based upon consistent knowledge. There truly are no shortcuts to being the best.
Being willing to learn, and do your very best are the most important parts of the job. We are very lucky to be able to come to work every day and help people look and feel their best. Please send your resume to MeganGrahamBeauty at Gmail.com with a cover letter explaining what you can bring to the salon, we look forward to hearing from you! If you know someone that may be interested, please let them know that we are recruiting new team members.
Many times I’ve noticed that clients come in, and talk about why they came to their first hair appointment a certain way, and I’ll be honest…many of the things that they do are well intentioned, but some of them actually work against getting the best hair color, and here’s why:
I washed my hair right before I got here so you wouldn’t have to touch dirty hair (and now it’s wet).
In order for me to color hair, it needs to be dry, so if the hair needs to be dried at the salon it’s going to take time away from the actual appointment, and the scalp has been freshly exfoliated while washing the hair, so irritation from the color products used is more likely.
2. I haven’t washed my hair in 5 days to protect my hair from damage.
This is too long to go without washing hair, and the color will appear darker from the natural oils. On top of it, if hair is really dirty, even hair colorists aren’t happy to touch the hair. It’s preferable to wash your hair the day before. This is an important tip for how to show up for your first hair coloring appointment.
3. I didn’t wear makeup so you could see what I “really look like” to color my hair.
If you usually wear makeup please show up the way that you would on a daily basis. I think seeing how someone actually looks and grooms themselves on a daily basis is much more useful than seeing how they look at night after removing their makeup.
These are the the most common things that come to mind when I think about how to show up for your first hair coloring appointment, if you have any questions please write them in the comments below. To book an appointment at the salon please call 617.236.8100