February Newsletter: Valentines Day Specials and more!

Posted by Matthew S on Mon, Feb 2, 2015 @ 10:02 AM

Coupons and February Special Sales! 

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Valentine's Day Specials! If you're looking for a unique way to show your love this Valentine's Day, a Daddy Daughter Makeover or Mother Son Fun Valentine's Package might be just the gift! This special package is only $29.95! This includes one Diva Day, a 4x6 photo, a sweetheart ring and a membership to the Diva Club! There's also an option of adding a haircut for Dad for a total of $39.95. But hurry - this offer ends February 28th (specials may vary by store)!

albBOC14smallDiva Day & Mad Manes Gift Certificates! A great Valentines gift idea, our Diva Day and Mad Manes (for the boys) gift certificates are a perfect surprise for this special holiday! These certificates include $10 of purchases from our Toy & Bow Boutique, as well as a mini makeover (or haircut & colored stripes for the boys). So if you'd like to treat your kids to an experience they will long remember, click on Diva Day Gift Certificates

 A Bug-free Valentine's Day!

locksoflovelogoHaving Lice isn't Nice! Tabby Bibbs, manager at the Lee's Summit Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids notes that, "Head lice can happen to anyone at anytime, no matter the socioeconomic status." So if you'd like a little extra insurance in keeping the creepy-crawlies away, be sure to pick up either Circle of Friends Lice Defense products or our Organic Original Sprout products at our stores. Bibbs says that, "The Miracle Detangler and Leave in Conditioner from Original Sprout helps to repel and prevent head lice - and they smell absolutely wonderful!" Read our blog post about putting a stop to head lice!

Fall in Love with a Shear Madness Franchise!

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Right now, we're looking for qualified franchisees who might like to open a Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Cedar Rapids, Lincoln Nebraska and more! Interested? Check out some of our new resources available through our franchise website. From a great blog discussing the many aspects of franchising, to free downloads and more, we invite you to check out our franchise website by clicking: Franchise Opportunities 

Social Media and Coupons!

socialmediaShear Madness Fun all month long! We've got free Haircut Fridays, funny jokes, awesome customer feedback and more - and it's all happening right now at our rockin' Facebook page! And if you want more Shear Madness, why not check out our constantly updated Franchise Blog, InstagramGoogle+ and Twitter? And of course, don't miss out on some of our favorite Shear Madness pins this month on Pinterest! 

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Great Coupons! Do you love saving money? If so, then you're sure to appreciate some of the great offers available on our coupon page! Whether it's shopping for your Valentine, an upcoming birthday, or other special occasion - you're sure to find that Madtastic deal you’ve been waiting for at Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids!

Valentine's Crafts for Kids

poppersValentine's Day Crafts for Kids: Celebrate Valentine's Day with those you love by making some Valentine-themed crafts! Check out our cool Crafts for Kids section on Pinterest, and learn how to make Valentine candle holders, heart-shaped animal Valentines, paper heart garland and more! Have fun, and have a great Valentine's Day!

 

We're having a great day at Shear Madness, you have one too!

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Lice Prevention: Putting a Stop to Head Lice!

Posted by Matthew S on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 @ 14:01 PM

licepreventionYikes! Just hearing the word lice can make your skin crawl. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), around 6-12 million people are treated for head lice in the United States each year! Why are so many families having to RID themselves of those tiny insects? The answer is all around us: gymnastics mats, football helmets, the cute scarf you tried on at the store, and maybe even those headphones you shared on the airplane. But perhaps the most common transmission of these bugs is through head-to-head touching, which is why it is no surprise that most cases are in children between the ages of 4 and 14 (as children enjoy being in close proximity with one another).

Luckily, because our salons have a lot of experience working with children and hair, we have a pretty good idea of how lice can be prevented from entering your home. Tabby Bibbs, manager at the Lee's Summit Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids notes that, "Head lice can happen to anyone at anytime, no matter the socioeconomic status. It is more prevalent 3 times a year - the beginning of the school year, winter coat time, and when pools open for the season. It's a never ending cycle."

Head lice are small - about the size of a sesame seed. They are wingless, and as such can't fly or even hop. But with feet that are especially designed for hanging onto hair follicles, these annoying little parasites can live up to a month on the head. However, they will die within 2 days of falling off - which is why sealing infested items in plastic containers or bags for around 2 weeks will make sure there are no surviving lice. Lice will also lay tear-drop shaped eggs (nits) that are attached to hair follicles near the scalp. 

So what should you do if you find lice in your home? The first and most important thing is not to panic! As stated by the CDC, "head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice." As for treatment, it's totally up to the parents. We suggest getting it professionally done, because you have follow up visits. And as always, remember not to share hairbrushes, caps, beanies or any other head covering with others. If your child is in school or daycare put their coat, hat and gloves in their book bag. Also, be sure to ask their teacher if there have been any cases of lice every few weeks. Keep boys hair cut shorter, and girls hair in a high ponytail or braid. 

Furthermore, if you'd like a little extra insurance in keeping the creepy-crawlies away, be sure to pick up either Circle of Friends Lice Defense products or our Organic Original Sprout products at our stores. They are both very effective without being full of harsh chemicals. Lice Defense from Circle of friends includes a hairspray, leave in conditioner, and hair gel. Organic Original Sprout carry several products as well. Bibbs says that, "The Miracle Detangler and Leave in Conditioner from Original Sprout helps to repel and prevent head lice - and they smell absolutely wonderful!" Read more about Lice treatment and Hair care products here

Here at Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids Franchising, we work hard to share our many great resources and business experiences so that our franchisees will have the tools to succeed! If you're interested in learning how to become a successful owner of your own franchise business, please click below!

The Franchise Buyer's Toolkit

Topics: product, kids, children, kids salon franchise, kids hair products, lice prevention, kids salons

Savings, Parties & September News!

Posted by Matthew S on Fri, Oct 3, 2014 @ 11:10 AM

Coupons and September Special Sales! 

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Great Coupons: Want to save a little cash on that must-have item you’ve had your eye on at your local Shear Madness? Or maybe you'd like to do a little shopping for an upcoming birthday, holiday or other special event? Check out our coupon page and find that great deal you’ve been waiting for! 

  • Baby's First Special: Get a Free Grandparent's Before & After Picture Page with a Baby's First Haircut Package (you already get a frameable certificate with Before & After Pictures, the lock of hair, and a matching scrapbook page!)  Make sure and call for an appointment as these take twice as long as a regular haircut - $34.95 Value for $29.95 - All Month Long! 
  • Pull Back Cars: Buy 3 pull back cars and get the 4th One FREE  

Birthday Parties! Where Good Girls Go GLAM! 

partyGLAMOUR! GLITZ! And Giggles of Glee, is what you'll get when you plan your next La De Da SPA Birthday Party at Shear Madness! Have your BEST Birthday Ever with    the ultimate make-over and pampering by our one and only Pink Starlets. You'll get a  Fabby Up-do, Polished nails with a splash of Bling and Princess Perfect Make-Up all while sporting a lush robe for that perfect day with all your friends. The Birthday  girl even gets to take home a 8x10 certificate with a group photo of her and her besties all dolled up and looking great!

NEW!!  SUPER HERO Parties for that little guy with a SUPER Personality!! Check your local store for more information. (Only at select locations) 

appleSeptember News at Shear Madness!

Your Defense Against Lice! Each year, 6-12 million people are treated for head lice in the United States alone. Luckily, our salons have been working with children for over 17 years and have a pretty good idea of how they can be prevented from entering your home. Shear Madness carries LICE PREVENTION hair care products from the Circle of Friends line that are pH-balanced for children. Read more here.

socialmediaSocial Media: We’ve been having a great time on our rapidly growing Facebook site with Free Haircut Friday events and much more! We’re also sharing the good times through Instagram and Twitter too. And of course, you’ll also want to check out some of our favorite Shear Madness pins this month on Pinterest!

McAllen, Texas Shear Madness Now Open! Shear Madness is proud to announce the recent grand opening of a new location in McAllen, Texas. Find out more here.

Franchising Opportunities

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Are you or someone you know interested in opening a Shear Madness? Or maybe you have a few questions about what a franchise is, and what makes owning Shear Madness Franchise so special? Well, now is the time to find out more information. Check out the many helpful resources on our franchise website by clicking: Franchise Opportunities

We're having a great day at Shear Madness, you have one too!

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Lice Prevention & Treatment - The Lowdown on LICE!

Posted by Jesse Lockard on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 @ 12:03 PM

Head Lice - Help & Info for the Harried!

Just hearing the word lice can make your skin crawl. As a mother, the thought of them out there circulating the school systems – can make a girl paranoid! But why are so many families having to RID themselves of those tiny insects? The answer is all around us: Gymnastics mats; Football helmets; That cute scarf you tried on at the store; Headphones on an airplane; Perhaps the most common transmission of these bugs is through head-to-head touching, which is why it is no surprise that most cases are in children between the ages of 4 and 14. We are a communal people. Children, especially, feel a sense of relating the closer proximity they are to those they are interacting with. Each year, 6-12 million people are treated for head lice in the United States alone. Luckily, our salons have been working with children for over 15 years and now have a pretty good idea of how they can be prevented from entering your home.

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Humans attract a very specific form of lice that feeds only on the blood of people, without which they can barely survive. You see, lice use glue-like saliva to attach their eggs to the hair shafts of their host, and then once the eggs hatch, those babies grow and shed skin over the period of ONE MONTH before reaching their own adulthood and repeating the process. What's more is that any time in their development, they can mate with adults and lay more eggs.

The key to getting rid of them once you have been exposed is to wash your hair and scalp with a special shampoo that will kill any live bugs or eggs, as well as un-glue the eggs that have been attached. For those of you who have been through this process, we are talking hours (if not days) of combing through every one of the 250,000+ hairs on a human head for our own peace of mind! Often, the process has to be repeated after 10 days, and sometimes again another 10 days after that. Not exactly a fun month for anyone involved.

mayoThere are websites out there that recommend using mayonnaise in lieu of “harsh chemicals” to kill any lice on your little one. The idea being that the bugs have developed immunity to the pesticides in the killing-agent, so why expose your child to those chemicals? That, and the belief that the mayonnaise will suffocate the bugs, seems to have inspired a community of individuals who advocate for this method. The one truth to this is the fact that these insects go back in our history as a species as far as we can track, and they have evolved with us. Coincidentally, studies have shown that exposure to head lice in youth may actually be a positive part of our evolution, as it prevents infestation of body lice later in life (which are attributed to many illnesses, notably the bubonic plague). Our stylists still recommend using the products that can be purchased at any drug store for treating yourself and your kids. The mayonnaise trick may very well work, but why risk them coming back?

Plus, treating your head is not enough. The life-cycle is 3-5 weeks, so it is common practice to bag up plush, stuffed animals and throw pillows for a good 30 days to assure yourself that no live bugs or eggs are circulating your cuddlies. When you buy the shampoo/conditioner treatment at the drugstore, be sure to also grab several cans of the spray treatment for bedding and carpets, as well. You can be as liberal as you want with that aerosol, so spray all mattresses, pillows, upholstery, carpets, rugs, bath mats… We honestly think the best policy is to launder as much as you can in HOT water, then dry for as long as possible on HIGH. Pillows, for instance, should be sprayed, then placed in the dryer on the highest setting for a minimum of one hour. Bag up as many clothes as you can for the same month-long gestational period. Wash all clothes you anticipate needing to wear sooner, using these same high-heat settings.

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Sound like a workout? There is a silver lining. Lice CAN be prevented! Have you ever heard about using marigolds to surround your precious flowers to keep rodents at bay? Much like a citronella candle does for a back patio, tea tree oil does for your and your kids’ heads! Since lice cannot survive very long without a host, in theory we can nip this epidemic in the bud (or nit) by simply getting them off our heads long enough to wipe out their parasitic little race!

The great news is Shear Madness actually carries LICE PREVENTION hair care products from the Circle of Friends line that are pH-balanced for children. They are gentle enough for daily use, but have those key bug-repelling ingredients in them to also be strong enough to keep your child’s head safe! We recommend the shampoo and conditioner for anyone who has children in elementary school – and specifically if they have heard of a lice outbreak in their area. The styling products are a great way for that extra protection for children in sports, too. By using the hairspray to hold a little girl’s bun, or the gel for a boy who wears a ball cap, the repellents will keep your children active AND bug-free. So give your kids that added security, and you’ll be able to sleep tight–and NOT let those bad bugs bite!

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Topics: kids hair products, lice prevention