How to Create Your Dream Life as a Stylist

“Everything that we do, everything that we are, and everything that we will become, comes from manifestation.” -- Daniel Mason Jones

As stylists, we love our shears, our razors and our blow dryers. But the mind is the most powerful tool that we possess, according to stylist, business coach and branding guru Daniel Mason Jones.

Daniel is an Atlanta-based salon owner who is passionate about helping stylists reach six-figure incomes, crush their goals and create lives of abundance. He’s also a master of manifestation, the practice of intentionally attracting your desires via your thoughts and beliefs.

While there are lots of myths surrounding manifestation, the core concept is that your thoughts become your actions, and your actions become your results. Once you tap into the incredible power of your own mind, you can begin to manifest the life you want.

Whether you’re an experienced manifester or you’re just wondering what all the hype is about, Daniel Mason Jones will inspire you to grow yourself (and your salon business) like never before. Read on to discover his practical, powerful strategies for building your dream career and life!

Manifestation Basics

“The words you speak become the house you live in.” -- Hafiz

What if your dream career, body, relationship and lifestyle was already yours for the asking? How would this change the way you show up-- in the salon, in your education as a stylist, and in your day-to-day life?

Manifestation is based on the concept that there is an unlimited abundance of opportunity, money, success, health, relationships, connections and more in the Universe. This means that what you desire is already there for you.

In order to attract what you want into your life, you simply need to ask for it, believe that it’s yours and put yourself in the right energy to receive it. Here are Daniel’s easy, actionable strategies for manifesting your dreams and goals:

    1. Be mindful and intentional about setting up your day.

      On busy days, it’s easy to wake up feeling stressed, hit the snooze button a few times, and then scroll through social media before even getting out of bed! But starting your morning like this makes it tough to get in the right headspace for the day ahead.

      Creating a mindful morning routine can have a huge impact on your energy, mood and productivity all day long. Consider getting up 30 minutes earlier to do something that fills your cup, such as exercise, yoga, reading or journaling.

    2. Create time and space to journal.

      Journaling is a powerful technique for manifestation. Getting your thoughts out of your head and onto paper helps you clarify what you want to attract. Here are a few ways to journal for manifestation:

      • Keep a gratitude journal. Expressing gratitude is SO important and puts us in the right energy to keep receiving. It’s a good practice to write down several things that you’re grateful for each day. These can be big things (family, health, etc) or little things (a perfect cup of coffee). Don’t forget to express gratitude for the things you’re currently manifesting as well!
      • Get super-specific about what you want. What would a day in your ideal life look and feel like? Write it down in vivid detail. Daniel teaches that clarity is power-- the magic happens when you get specific!
      • Set your goals and intentions. Your goals are the long-term outcomes you want to create. Your intentions are the daily actions that will help you get there.
    3. Make a vision board (or a detailed mental picture).

      A vision board is a collage of images and words that represent your dream life. This helps you to visualize your goals and get clear on exactly what you want to manifest. While people often make vision boards around the New Year, you can do this exercise anytime you want! If vision boarding isn’t your thing, just create a mental image of what you want and let yourself experience the emotions of already having it.

    4. Protect your energy.

      It’s important to keep your thoughts, beliefs and energy aligned with what you want. A few ways to do this include meditation, positive affirmations, creating a space that brings you joy, surrounding yourself with positivity and avoiding toxic people where possible. You attract what you put out into the Universe!

    5. Believe that you can have what you want.

Simply wanting something may not be enough to receive it. You must believe that what you desire is already yours, and then take action to achieve it.

Manifestation for Stylists

“If you’re not getting what you want, the actions that you’re putting into play need to be changed.” -- Daniel Mason Jones

What does manifestation look like behind the chair? Most stylists have specific business goals, such as earning a six-figure income, staying fully booked, and building a dream clientele.

Daniel teaches that we are all six-figure stylists. A stylist earning $24K a year is probably performing similar services (cuts, color, finishing, etc.) as a stylist earning $100K.

Manifesting your desired level of income depends on levers such as:

  • How much time you choose to invest in your craft
  • How fast you can work
  • Your belief system about yourself and your art
  • How quickly and effectively you grow your clientele
  • How you position yourself in your local market
  • Your ability to communicate quickly and effectively with guests
  • Your business and sales skills
  • How you show up on social media and in-person

The good news is, ALL of these areas are within your control and can be improved upon! The first step is to see yourself as the stylist you want to become.

Try this: For one week, confidently say the affirmation “I am a six-figure stylist” at the start of every workday. Then do your best to conduct yourself like a six-figure stylist.

One way to achieve this? Set an intention for each day, such as total product sales, and challenge yourself to hit the target. Track your progress and watch yourself grow!

Manifestation Myths

“Be mindful that everything is yours if you just ask for it.” -- Daniel Mason Jones

Manifestation has gained widespread attention over the past 15 years, but this powerful science-backed tool is often shrouded in mystery. As a result, there are many misconceptions about manifestation.

If you’re unsure whether manifestation is for you, read on to learn what it’s REALLY all about:

MYTH: Manifestation is about getting more “stuff” and being materialistic.

TRUTH: Many people think about manifestation in the context of attracting high-end cars, houses, clothing, or other luxury items. While manifestation can be used to get material things, it’s really about becoming the person you’re meant to be.

Manifestation is a tool for attracting the feelings, emotions, relationships and experiences you want into your life. It can also work the opposite way by bringing you things you DON’T want-- so be mindful of what you choose to focus on!

MYTH: Manifestation is just wishful thinking.

TRUTH: There will still be plenty of effort involved-- it’s part of the process! Manifestation isn’t a get-out-of-work pass, but it does help you to align your thoughts, words and actions with your goals. Once you get fully aligned with your calling and find joy in the journey, the work no longer feels like a grind.

MYTH: Manifestation is only for those with “woo woo”, New Age spiritual beliefs.

TRUTH: Manifestation is open to everyone. No specific religious or spiritual beliefs are required to practice manifestation. It’s simply about tapping into the flow of energy and abundance the Universe has to offer.

If the spiritual side of manifestation doesn’t appeal to you, keep in mind that this practice also has a solid grounding in neuroscience. Your brain is hard-wired to prove your thoughts and beliefs correct. This means that if you shift your thoughts and beliefs, your brain will work hard to shift your external reality to match.

MYTH: Manifestation delivers instant gratification.

TRUTH: It could take time to get what you want, and that’s a GOOD thing! Maybe you aren’t yet ready for it, or maybe there is something even better out there for you. As Daniel says, “When you believe it and you’re ready for it, you will receive it always”.


“Just manifest, and know that there is enough. Get out of the scarcity mindset. Get out of the fixed mindset. Because you can have anything, you can be anything or do anything that you want to do.” -- Daniel Mason Jones

Whether you’re new to this concept or a manifestation pro, you’re already manifesting things every day!

Think back to the last time you thought about a specific friend or relative, only to have them reach out a moment later. Or how about when you’re in a positive mood and amazing things keep happening all day?

Conscious manifestation allows you to put the power of your mind to work FOR you! Once you get your thoughts, beliefs, energy and actions in alignment with what you want, there’s truly no limit to what you can achieve.

If you want to learn more about manifestation and growing your salon business, follow @DanielMasonJones on Instagram. And check back soon for more free education from Sam Villa to help you build your dream career!

Inspired by French style icon Brigitte Bardot, this timeless haircut is all about effortless, layered volume paired with long curtain fringes (also called “Bardot bangs”).

Sam Villa offers an updated take on the classic look by layering a bob shape on top of a shag. This chic-yet-carefree cut flatters all face shapes and delivers natural texture without sacrificing length.

Read on to discover how to achieve today’s light and playful volume with soft, lived-in layers that bring out your guests’ best facial features.

Sectioning for the Modern Bardot-Inspired Haircut

Correctly sectioning and prepping the hair makes it SO much easier to create natural, diffused texture in less time! Think maximum impact with minimal work.

For these Bardot-inspired layers, Sam recommends starting with wet hair and allowing it to dry naturally as you work. Prep the strands with Redken One United for better manageability and frizz control as the hair air-dries. Then divide the hair into the following sections:

  • A horseshoe-shaped section at the crown of the head
  • A vertical section behind the ear on each side (bring this section farther back behind the ear to support your face-framing layers)
  • A horizontal section at the back of the head, just beneath the horseshoe-shaped section (create an arc shape rather than a straight line across the bottom of this section for softer edges), divided in two parts along the midline
  • A half-moon section at the nape of the neck

Roll each section up into a barrel curl shape and secure it to the head with sectioning clips. This helps to encourage natural movement in the hair, even before you start cutting!

Cutting the Modern Bardot Shape

Step #1: Begin at the half-moon section in the nape area. Using a comb that contrasts with the color of the hair, elevate this section vertically and cut a guide diagonally from the top of the section.

Divide the nape section in half along the midline. Place the comb into one of the sections with the spine towards the ground and the teeth pointing up. Elevate the hair vertically and rotate the comb so that it tilts down towards the nape.

Cut the hair horizontally to the length of the guide, and repeat on the opposite side. The result is soft, flowing short-to-long layers with natural symmetry. Using the 7" Dry Cutting Swivel Shear allows you to easily maneuver into cutting positions while keeping your wrist straight.

Step #2: Now move on to the two center-back sections between the nape and the crown. Pick up the guide piece from the center-top of the nape section. Elevate one section of hair diagonally and over-direct towards the midline.

Place the comb vertically into the hair and bring it down the hair shaft until it reaches the guide. Then place your fingers under the comb, rotate so they are parallel to the floor, and cut the hair horizontally to the length of the guide. Repeat with the other center-back section.

Step #3: Face-framing layers are a non-negotiable for any Bardot cut. The challenge is to create lots of natural movement and texture while maintaining length and density around your client’s hairline. Remember, over-direction helps to preserve length when cutting layers.

Working with one of the side sections behind the ear, elevate the hair diagonally and over-direct towards the midline. Pick up a guide from the center-top of the section that you just cut, and place it underneath the hair.

Slide your two guide fingers down the hair shaft at a diagonal until you reach the guide. Then rotate your fingers so that they are parallel to the floor and cut the hair horizontally to the length of the guide.

Repeat with the behind-the-ear section on the opposite side. You should now have three detached sections or “tiers” that visually blend together with no hard lines.

Step #4: Isolate the hair that you’ve already cut with sectioning clips and unclip the horseshoe-shaped section at the crown. Comb the hair forward and use the sectioning tooth of your comb to weave out a ½” horizontal sub-section from the back of the crown area. The weave helps to create a softer, more blended edge in your layers.

Pick up a guide from the center-top of the section underneath the crown, and overlap it with the sub-section. Elevate the hair at a steep diagonal, over-direct it back and away from the head, and point cut into the ends.

Separate another horizontal sub-section in front of the last one. Again, use your comb to weave out the hair rather than drawing a hard line. Pick up a guide from the section that you just cut, overlap the guide with the new hair, elevate the hair diagonally back and point cut into the ends.

Repeat this process, working from back to front in small horizontal sub-sections and taking a guide piece from the last section that you cut. When you reach the ear level, elevate the hair vertically instead of over-directing towards the back. Continue until you finish cutting all the hair in the horseshoe-shaped section.

Step #5: Remove the clips and tickle the hair to bring out the bob shape. At this stage you can go back and enhance the face-framing texture if needed. The magic of the detached sections is that the soft, blended layers are already built into the shape of the haircut!

Finishing the Modern Bardot-Inspired Haircut

As you style the Bardot cut, think about defining the texture to make those layers POP! Begin by applying Redken Outshine 01 and Redken One United to nearly-dry hair after cutting.

Next, place your hand into a section of hair, wrapping the strands over and under your fingers to create a wave “mold”. Diffuse this section on low-medium heat and speed. Hold the diffuser and your hand still, and let the airflow do the work. Repeat with all remaining sections.

Viewing Classic Styles Through Fresh Eyes

Artists and stylists have always looked to the past as a source of inspiration, and the Bardot-inspired layered cuts of today are no exception.

As the trend toward natural movement and lived-in texture continues to grow, this re-imagining of Brigitte Bardot’s iconic haircut is the perfect blend of retro and modern. Elegance never goes out of style… or, as Sam Villa likes to say, “Simplicity is today’s brilliance!”

It’s all about using the latest tools and cutting techniques to elevate a classic shape. Grab your dry cutting shears and mannequin, and master these fresh layering techniques today!