Karen Wright Hair Stylist/Color Expert

Karen Wright Hair Stylist/Color Expert

Creating Style With Attitude! I have been doing hair for over 35 yrs and still love doing it!. I am continuously on the look out for the latest & greatest, whether it's product, style, or technique.

I attend at least 2 or more classes each year to keep up and refine my skills. I have won multiple awards for cutting, design and color. I am always thinking of how I can improve to give my clients the best hair possible. My Clients are my walking billboards! Call to Book: 951-440-4412
I work 2 days a week, Tues & Thurs. AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS

Photos from Karen Wright Hair Stylist/Color Expert's post 07/23/2022

Here's a fun hair style I did awhile ago. Hope you like it.

Photos from Karen Wright Hair Stylist/Color Expert's post 01/05/2022

5 Ways Chocolate Can Help With Hair Loss

We normally think of chocolate as an indulgence, but did you know it packs in powerful nutritional benefits for your hair? It’s true! Enjoying dark chocolate (chocolate containing 70% cacao or higher) not only supports hair growth, it also combats some of the leading causes of hair loss.
Let’s take a look at the 5 ways chocolate can help you grow fuller, healthier hair!
1. High in Iron
Your hair follicles need a strong supply of oxygen, nutrients, and minerals in order to grow healthy hair.
You’ll also need good circulation and blood flow. That’s where iron comes into play. It helps form red blood cells to support blood flow to your scalp and is essential for transporting oxygen throughout your body.
If you are low in iron, the nutrient supply to your hair follicles is disrupted. This can affect your hair growth cycle and lead to shedding.
Additionally, one of the leading causes of hair loss in women is hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid. Iron powers an enzyme that helps your body produce thyroid hormones and it’s needed to convert your thyroid hormones to their active state.
One ounce of dark chocolate contains 3.4 mg of iron, which is 19% of the recommended daily value (DV)!
2. Rich in Copper
Like iron, copper is also key for the production of red blood cells supporting the circulation needed to nourish your hair follicles. Copper also plays a role in the production of collagen – a protein that supports healthy hair, smooth skin, and strong nails.
However, your body doesn’t produce copper naturally, so you’ll need to get it from your diet. Fortunately, you don’t need much, and dark chocolate contains 0.5 mg of copper per ounce, a whopping 25% of the DV!
3. Packed with Zinc
Did you know that low zinc levels can lead to hair loss and a dry, flaky scalp? No one wants that!
Plus, zinc is another nutrient needed to convert your thyroid hormones to an active state, powering your metabolism and fueling hair growth. It also helps regulate your levels of circulating thyroid hormones, so your body knows when you’re running low and need to ramp up production.
Your body doesn’t store zinc, so you’ll need to eat small amounts each day to maintain healthy levels. By enjoying one ounce of dark chocolate, you get 0.9 mg of zinc, which is 5% of the DV.
4. Contains Antioxidants
Scientists now understand that oxidative stress created by free radicals is what causes us to age. Oxidative stress plays a big role in hair aging, leading to hair loss and even graying.
Antioxidants, on the other hand, fight free radicals and prevent oxidative stress. It slows the aging process and the hair loss that goes along with it.
Dark chocolate, in particular, contains high levels of a type of antioxidant calls flavanols. In addition to fighting oxidative stress, flavanols have been shown to improve blood flow (getting essential nutrients to your hair follicles) and reduce blood pressure!
5. Improves Your Mood
Have you ever wondered why you get so much joy from indulging in rich, chocolatey treats? It turns out, it’s more than chocolate’s delicious taste!
Dark chocolate stimulates the production of endorphins, which are chemicals in your brain that create feelings of pleasure. Plus, dark chocolate contains serotonin, a natural antidepressant that improves your mood.
This is great news for your hair since stress is another common cause of hair loss! According to the Mayo Clinic, stress pushes hair follicles into a resting phase, essentially turning hair growth off. Stress also worsens alopecia areata, the autoimmune form of alopecia.
If you’re dealing with thinning hair or hair loss, try adding in a daily dose of dark chocolate

Photos from Karen Wright Hair Stylist/Color Expert's post 10/27/2021

This is a cool haircut I did a month ago. Let me know what you think.

Karen Wright Hair Stylist/Color Expert updated their information in their About section. 10/27/2021

Karen Wright Hair Stylist/Color Expert updated their information in their About section.

Karen Wright Hair Stylist/Color Expert updated their information in their About section.

Photos from Karen Wright Hair Stylist/Color Expert's post 07/03/2021

Balayage, always fun to do!

Photos from Karen Wright Hair Stylist/Color Expert's post 07/03/2021

Fixing the brassy color...adding blonde highlights and neutralize the brassiness...

UCLA scientists identify a new way to activate stem cells to make hair grow 08/31/2017

UCLA scientists identify a new way to activate stem cells to make hair grow

This could be awesome!

UCLA scientists identify a new way to activate stem cells to make hair grow The research may lead to new drugs that could promote hair growth for people with baldness or alopecia, which is hair loss linked to such factors such as hormonal imbalance, stress, aging or chemotherapy.


Color-changing hair dye

Scientists Discover Why Hair Turns Gray and Goes Bald 06/02/2017

Scientists Discover Why Hair Turns Gray and Goes Bald

Scientists Discover Why Hair Turns Gray and Goes Bald Scientists have pinpointed the cells that cause hair to turn gray and to go bald in mice, according to a new study published in the…


Thought this was cool!


Why a Haircut Costs So Much
and Why Your Hairstylist Isn't Making Millions



By Kendra Aarhus, Women's Hairstyles Expert
Updated August 15, 2016.
One of the most frustrating comments I hear about the hair industry is how expensive hair services are. I decided to break it down, and explain the costs involved in a haircut and also explain why the average stylist isn't ripping you off by charging $20 - $40 for a haircut. I'd be willing to bet that some of the expenses in a hair salon just might surprise you.

When I first decided to put this together I went back and forth on how to present the numbers. I thought about researching the "national average" and spending a lot of time with numbers and calculations, but then I faced reality and realized that I have no idea how to really do that. I do know how much it costs me to run my hair salon, however and I've decided to just share these figures with you. I live in city of around 200,000 people in the middle of the heartland. Obviously, hair salon expenses in other parts of the country will be higher than mine; others less than mine. I think I am about as average a stylist, in about as average a city as it gets. I lease a small studio salon and run my own business out of the studio. So, I split the difference between a stylist that is employed by a salon owner, and one that owns their business with their own physical building.

For the purpose of this article, I am only going to talk about haircuts. I will not get into vast and various expenses of chemical services, and everything involved with all that. Just haircuts.

Hair stylist cutting clients hair - Caiaimage/Gianni Diliberto Caiaimage/ Getty Images
Caiaimage/Gianni Diliberto Caiaimage/ Getty Images
Surprisingly, beauty school is not cheap. In Iowa, a licensed cosmetologist is required to complete 2,100 hours of instruction and clinical experience prior to graduation and completion of the Iowa State Board Cosmetology Examination. It takes approximately 15 months of full time cosmetology school to complete these requirements. My final school costs were around $18,000, which were funded with student loans that I repay monthly.

Monthly Expense: $295

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Rent and Utilities
Some hairstylist work for a company or person and are paid a commission or salary. Others work for themselves and pay a chair rental fee, studio rental fee, or they buy or rent their own property. At any rate, a building that is properly equipped and licensed by state regulation for hair services is required and is the biggest monthly expense. Some rental fees include utilities, products, or use of equipment. It all varies for each situation. I pay a studio rental fee, which includes my water, trash, heat, and electric utilities as well as the use of a two sinks, two hydraulic styling chairs, two styling stations, a storage cabinet, and hood hair dryer with chair.

Monthly Expense: $1,200

Licensing & Insurance
Maintaining a valid cosmetology license is very important and a required expense of every stylist and salon owner. A salon license ($80) and separate individual cosmetology license ($60) is required to be renewed every other year. In order to be eligible to renew your license in Iowa, you have to complete 8 hours of continuing education, and pay the associated fees with these hours. I typically attend more than the required 8 hours, but for the sake of this article, I will only include the expense of the required hours. In the last two years I have spent $250 on continuing education and license renewal.

In addition, insurance is important to cover liabilities in a salon. You never know what may happen when you're cutting hair and it's important to be covered in case of an accident, theft, fire, or natural disaster. My yearly insurance cost is $250.

Monthly Expense: $31.25

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Hair Cutting Tools
Hair stylist cutting someone's hair - Cavan Images/Iconica/Getty Images
Cavan Images/Iconica/Getty Images
One of the reasons people think haircuts are too expensive is because "all that's required is a comb and some scissors". It's actually a little more involved than that. I have several pair of shears that I require to do my job. They last any where from 2 to 5 or more years depending on the shear, how often it needs sharpened, and how often it's used. In my first four years as a stylist I have spent $1,200 on hair shears, and $600 on clippers and accessories (which reminds me that I need to buy a new set). I also go through at least a box of razor blade replacements every week. To get a monthly expense I divided $1,800 by 48 (the number of months I've been a stylist), plus $40 (per month) for razor blade replacements.

Monthly Expense: $77.50

See Also: 11 Things Your Hairstylist Won't Tell You

Backbar Supplies
Photo by George Doyle/Getty Images
Photo by George Doyle/Getty Images
If you are going to get a haircut, chances are you will want it washed and styled. This requires the use of "backbar" products and supplies. Backbar supplies are the products and tools used by a stylist to wash and style hair during a haircut service (shampoo, conditioner, styling products, towels, capes, etc.) as well as the necessary sanitizing agents required by the state. I think it's important that all of my clients leave my salon with a polished style to feel confident about their new cut. I've also included laundry expenses to wash the towels and capes regularly. I'm estimating my expense for monthly backbar supplies here.

Monthly Expense: $113.00

Hair Styling Tools

Styling hair can't happen without styling tools. Professional hair dryers, flat irons, curling irons, brushes and combs are not inexpensive. Professional quality products are important because they need to have the ability to stand up to hard repeated daily use. Of course, some last longer than others. I've estimated that in the past four years I have spent at least $1,000 on hot tools and hair styling equipment.

Monthly Expense: $20.83

Total Monthly Expenses
Let's add this up. Please keep in mind that the monthly expenses that I included in this list are minimal and apply only to hair cutting. If a stylist performs any other services like waxing, paraffin, coloring, perming, other chemical services or offers retail products for sale, the costs would increase. This monthly expense list also doesn't include the little extras in a salon like coffee, decor, magazine subscriptions, and other miscellaneous costs.

Total Monthly Expenses: $1,737.58

Breaking It Down: Why Haircuts Cost So Much
Now, let's break down this monthly cost of $1,737.58 so it makes sense on a haircut by haircut level. If I work 40 hours per week, and assuming 4 weeks in a month, that's 160 hours in one month. Dividing the monthly cost by 160 gives me the amount of money it costs to have basic hair cutting supplies and tools on hand each hour.

It costs $10.86 to cut hair in my salon for one hour.

In order to make a profit and take home money to make a living, I have to bring in more than $10.86 each hour. It takes me 20-30 minutes on each man's or child's haircut and 30-60 minutes on each women's haircut. This includes washing and styling time, discussing products, and ensuring my client's satisfaction.

To break it down further. Let's assume a men's haircut is $20 and a women's haircut is $30. in two hours time I can bring in approximately $70, or $35 per hour. $35 minus the $10.86 operating cost leaves me with $24.14 per hour "profit". However, keep in mind all the extras that I did not include in the figures above like decor, coffee, magazine subscriptions, online reservation system, website costs, telephone expenses, advertising costs, marketing materials (business cards, brochures, etc), and other miscellaneous expenses come out of that $24.14 profit. Not to mention income tax and sales taxes that need paid, and let's not forget the countless hours that I spend doing paperwork, updating my website, purchasing supplies, returning emails, setting appointments and other miscellanous tasks that I am not compensated.

Every year the costs go up, and every year your stylist gains 365 days of increased experience, talent, and skill. How do you place a price on that?

I hope this helps you understand all the costs involved with getting a haircut, and maybe you'll appreciate all that your stylist manages on a monthly basis to simply make an honest wage.

The world's first colour-changing hair dye reacts to the world around you 02/18/2017

The world's first colour-changing hair dye reacts to the world around you

Always something cool!

The world's first colour-changing hair dye reacts to the world around you WIRED talks to Lauren Bowker, founder of The Unseen, about her latest chemical creation

Mobile uploads 09/11/2015

In memory of all the innocent people who lost their lives and the brave souls that tried to help...not only on the ground but also those that fought in the air!

Photos from Karen Wright Hair Stylist/Color Expert's post 05/06/2015

I have NOT shampooed my hair for 3 weeks!! Let me explain....I read an article talking about Wen products. A person was wondering if there was something they could use that would be similar to Wen without the expense. The suggestion was to use inexpensive conditioner in place of Shampoo, suggesting The conditioner has enough properties in it to cleanse the hair. Soooo....I decided to try it...
I love it!
I have fine, but curly hair, plus my hair gets oily fast,,,I rarely can go a second day without shampooing.
My hair has been clean, not oily, shiny, not limp, and it has been soft and silky...
All I do is use the conditioner(No shampoo), use a scalp scrubber, and scrub my hair like I would with shampoo, rinse and finish my shower. If your ends are really dry you can try adding a good conditioner on the ends only.
Try it, you might like it!

Timeline photos 10/27/2014

The "Wright" Hair Tip...

The last post I talked about split ends and the difference between Fine, Medium, and coarse hair....
The one thing all hair has in common is the way it looks before it starts to split... Usually the hair will start to get a little puffy(ball) on the ends and the color will lighten... if you cut your hair right when this starts, then all you need to do is nip the ends, usually about 1/8th inch... If you let it go and wait, the ends will split and you will need to cut 1/2 to 1 inch depending how bad it splits... If you continue to wait the split ends will travel up the hair shaft which means more length will be cut...
Look at the pic, this will give you an idea what to look for when you're looking for the start of split ends... and what it looks like when the split ends travel up the hair shaft...



I am sorry there is no post today...there is a medical emergency in the family... I will get the post on split ends out tomorrow. Have a great day!

Timeline photos 10/13/2014

A "Wright Hair Tip"

At the end of the month I posted about split ends and needing to get hair trimmed sooner... Fine hair is the most fragile,then Medium and then coarse...Fine hair probably should be trimmed every 4 to 6 weeks, going no longer than 8 weeks. Coarse hair can usually go about 3 or 4 months and medium is some where in between... It all depends how you treat your hair...Conditioning, blowdrying, irons...
Next week I'll go over what to look for when the split ends start...


Timeline photos 10/11/2014

What's Up With My Hair?!

Heard a comment about hair not sure if its right or have a problem with your hair or a friends hair.....Just add the question to the comment box and I will get it answered for you...
I look forward to hearing from you!

Photos from Karen Wright Hair Stylist/Color Expert's post 10/11/2014

Friday Favorites...

Perms are coming back! They are much looser and softer than what we think of from the eighty's...You will recongnize the new term "Beach Waves". This "perm" doesn't last as long as the 80's perm because of it's looseness and softness but I like it much better than the old style perm.


Timeline photos 10/09/2014

Throw Back Thursday

Remember perms? They are much better now. Much softer and looser...back in the day though salons used big machines that fit over the perm rods. When it was all done there was no guarantee you would have hair or not! =)
How would you like your hair in one of these contraptions?!





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