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Hair Salons Tax Credits, SEO and The Habits of Football Stars

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If you work in a hair salon, either as an employee or an independent contractor, your taxes can get quite messy at the end of tax season. Depending on the agreement, you have with your employer, you may be able to deduct some of your expenses as tax credits. However, knowing which expenses you are allowed to deduct from your taxes can be tricky. If you file it wrong, the least of your worries will be the loss of your license. This article is designed to help you figure out what you can legally deduct from your taxes.

For starters, you will need to figure out whether you fall into the category of employee or independent contractor. If you are hired by the establishment and don’t pay rent or floor space fees then you are classified as an employee. The salon you work for will probably give you a pay check at the end of the month and they are responsible for calculating and deducting your tax payments. However, in your own interest, you should keep proper records of all finances and tax deductions. If on the other hand, you are not employed by the establishment and instead pay for floor space to work in the place, you are regarded as an independent contractor. Most hair experts fall into this category. In some states, you need to have a license to be allowed to work as an independent contractor but even if you don’t have one, for tax reasons, you will be regarded as a contractor.

It pays to keep really good records of all your expenses. You may want to keep copies of all your receipts for purchases made in the line of your job in order to show proof of payment. If you are not good at keeping receipts, another alternative is to make all payments by cheque or a credit card. This way your bank statement will show a record of the transaction and you can use it as evidence when filing for tax deductions.

Any money you get paid whether in cash or check should be added up. The total is your gross income. You will fill in your gross income on the schedule C part of your tax forms if you are a contractor or on Schedule A if you are an employee. You will need to subtract your expenses from your gross income to determine how much of your income you’re supposed to pay tax on. You can subtract floor space or rent, the cost of equipment like scissors and combs (unless your employer reimburses you for them), the cost of licenses, the cost of chemicals like hair dyes and shampoo that you use and a few other expenses necessary for you to carry out your job. After you deducted all these from your gross income, you now arrive at your taxable income. It is important to be able to show proof of payment for all your deductions. Tax authorities can demand to see them. Hence the need for receipts and annotated bank statements. Your tax is calculated based on your taxable income and not your gross income. If you are uncertain about how much tax you owe the Government or have trouble calculating your taxable income, please contact a financial expert as soon as possible. They will charge you for sorting out your tax but the peace of mind you will gain knowing the IRS is not about to come knocking on your door asking why the government is being shortchanged by you is worth it.

Hair Salon SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

If your salon does not, show up on the first page of google, no one will be able to find you online. When customers do a search, they tend to focus on the top 3 results on the first page. If your hair salon is not in that region, you might as well not exist online. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to improve your search ranking on google:

1. Make sure your website looks good on mobile. Most customers own a smartphone these days and about 80% of searches are from mobile. If your site is not optimized for mobile, they are not going to stick around long enough to find out what makes you great.

2. Think about the words or phrases your customers are likely to look for and write good articles about them on your site and blog. The more relevant terms your site has, the more likely it is to have a higher ranking.

3. Make sure your salon’s location is registered on google so customers can easily find it using google maps. Nobody wants to spend two hours looking for a salon in an unfamiliar neighborhood. If they can’t get directions to it, they will find another one.

4. Write a very good meta description with relevant terms. A meta is a short description of about 160 characters that tells what your website is all about. It also shows up on google searches so use as many relevant terms as possible. Make sure it contains words like hairdresser, hairstylist’ and services you offer.

Football Player Hair Routines

Many sports fans tend to have a fixation with football players. At the end of the game, when they take off their helmets and are about to give an interview, one thing people notice is their hair. Whether stylistically waxed or spiked to stand at an odd angle, there is no denying that hair has seen its fair share of beauty care products. However, if there is a standard product that is being used by Football players around the world, they are yet to share it with us. The truth is most football players don’t know what hair care product they use anyway. It’s a non-issue for them but you don’t have to take our word for it. Elle.com cornered three football players to ask them about their grooming practices, you can find out what they said below:

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Mark Schlereth, Former NFL player recently turned football commentator has great hair. However, when asked if he uses a specific product. He replied that he changes brands every so often that he couldn’t say what he was currently using. Pressed for further details, he admitted he only washed his hair with soap but didn’t add anything else to it.

Kirk Cousins, a quarterback was just as much help. He admitted to not knowing anything about hair products but rather relied on his fiancee’s expertise in that area to help him select an appropriate product. If you are looking to duplicate his clean-shaven look, you better have a fiancée that knows a lot about hair care because Cousins does not. He did admit he pays more attention to his hair as a professional than he did while playing college football. The reason: people noticed.

Jamal Charles, a running back is the one who admitted to using many products to take care of his straight long hair. He has a stylist who he trusts to treat his hair with lots of products, all natural. He also keeps hairspray in his bag and is also big on cologne.

Perhaps just like the rest of us, football players also fall into the category of those who pay attention to their hair and those who do not. Yet, they will continue to get plenty of attention for what they do to their hair. Maybe if you got famous too people would notice your hair regardless whether you take care of it or not.

Black Beauty Hair Care that attracts!

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Caring for African American hair properly can be a bit of a challenge. Thankfully, Black Beauty hair care is available for help. Black hair is naturally drier, so weekly washings are adequate. Adding more washes will only dry your hair out further. Plus, the natural curl of the hair rarely allows oil to travel to the ends, so it won’t appear to be oily.

If you must blow dry your hair, a comb attachment is mandatory. Black hair is fragile and dragging on it with a brush is discouraged. Try to either sit under a hair dryer if you can or consider letting your hair air dry to keep it healthier as far as it is well known.

Because of your dry, fragile hair, some may think it impossible to allow it to grow. Totally untrue! Black hair grows at the same rate all hair grows, which is about one-half inch per month. The reason it seems to take longer for black hair is that the breakage rate is significantly higher and can counteract the growth. Overcoming that obstacle is easy if you keep your hair properly moisturized to make it softer and more bendable. Don’t worry; you can’t over-moisturize!

Other tips for caring for your African American hair include:
• Bi-monthly hot oil treatments,
• Use ceramic combs to minimize hair damage,
• If you use braids, weaves or cornrows, be sure they aren’t too tight. If they hurt, ask your stylist to redo them. If you feel pain, you are damaging your hair,
• Relaxers are known to have a low moisture content, so be careful when you use those and be sure to add moisture back to your hair.

As hair grows, it goes through three phases: growth, which lasts from three to seven years. Then there is a resting period that can last up to one month and is followed by a shedding process that can last a full quarter or more. That is why you may notice your hair growing to a certain length and then it seems to plateau. Most of us have about 100,000 hairs on our head, and it’s perfectly normal to lose 50 to 80 hairs a day as this is the most important hairstyle ever for a number of people who are involved in it!.

Black Beauty offers a line of hair care products that includes:
• Shampoo and conditioner
• Shampoo and conditioner in one
• Hot oil with vitamin E
• Hair Cuticle Coat in Fix, Shine and Protect

No matter the condition of your hair, Black Beauty, which is available in all major department stores nationwide, has a product that will help you correct your challenging situation, even if you have thinning hair. By the way, if you have lost hair to the point that you have invested in wigs to help maintain your appearance, you may qualify for a tax deduction under the terms of IRS Publication 502 as this is important ever.

Hair styling and hair care are no longer just for the ladies either. As a matter of fact, women may find themselves taking a back seat to their man in the hot hair department! If you’re into the National Football League (NFL), you have certainly noticed a trend towards longer hair, whether it flies free under helmets or is in braids or cornrows. You can’t refer to hair and the NFL without first thinking of now retired Troy Polamalu, who once had a $1 million dollar Lloyd’s of London insurance policy on his hair. Troy had not cut his hair for 12 years before November 2013 when he cut his mane to benefit the Veterans of Foreign Wars. There is no shortage of football player hair products in the locker rooms! We found this out when researching the Ohio State Buckeye Football team for the website BrutusReport.com in addition to other notable athletes.

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• The handsome Jamaal Charles has his looks professionally done on a weekly basis and has a stylist in Kansas City, where he performed incredible wide receiving acts (he is currently a free agent) and another at his home in Texas.
• Then there’s the man with golden hands, receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Larry has a personal mini-salon in his master bathroom, black leather pump chair, wash bowl, television, and a cone-of-silence hair dryer. During football season, that is where you will find Larry on Friday nights. He is indeed, a man who cares about his dreads!
• If you are Antonio Garay, nose tackle for the Chargers, you don’t have to worry so much about hair; you just paint your head! He also shaved and died the well-known pink ribbon into his head for breast cancer awareness. And you just have to love a big guy who drives a Hello Kitty smart car.
• Pride of Detroit, De’Andre Levy, worries less about his hair and styles his beard.
• And we will only mention one of the ladies attached to those hunky NFL arms. That would have to be the gorgeous wife of Emmet Smith, Pat. Former Miss Virginia and first runner-up for Miss USA Pat is indeed an attractive woman who has beautiful, well cared for hair.

Since we mentioned tax credits earlier, if you’re a hair stylist, several things may be allowable deductions for you:

• Uniform costs and maintenance,
• Fees,
• Medical exams (if required but not paid by employer),
• Educational classes that apply to your work,
• Subscriptions bought to trade and professional journals,
• Supplies,
• Services and
• Liability insurance.

Wondering about the hottest trends for African American hair these days? Nothing too surprising, but certainly some absolutely gorgeous hair!

• Get out of your rut and tie on a wig.
• Men in hair wraps.
• Awesome technicolor hair, multiple colors versus multiple shades of one color.
• Space buns.
• Mohawks.
• Fat curls.
• Accessorize with hats and headdresses.

If you’re shopping for a new salon, we have some tips to check out. Look for:
• Consistent quality care and service,
• Up to date décor and systems,
• Cleanliness, and
• Professionalism.

And in your personal stylist, consider:
• Fairness and honesty,
• Compassion,
• Promptness and reliability,
• Patience and accommodation,
• Knowledge and politeness.

Male, female, female, shemale, whatever makes you happy, bring out the bling, look and feel as special as you are. Make your own hair fashion statement. We deserve the best, so let’s go get Back Beauty products and look our best!

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