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10 Easy Ways to Turn Remote Office Challenges Into an Opportunity to Stand Out.

Posted: September 22, 2020

How you are perceived on your video conference becomes the new “you” at the office.

Just because where we work is now a lot closer to where we lounge, doesn’t mean we don’t still need to be office-ready. Whether you’re in a leadership role or working your way up, how you present yourself says a lot about your work ethic, productiveness and ultimately your potential. While some of your colleagues are taking this time to get comfortable and “get by,” why not turn this time into an easy opportunity to stand out? Now that the honeymoon period of working from home is over, and we all begin to adjust our “new normal,” the time for forgivable WFH learning curves is over. How you are perceived over your video conference becomes the new “you” at the office. So we’ve compiled a quick “how-to” with the best tips to make sure you look and feel your best, and stand out at the (new) office.

Dress the Part

1. Keep It Business Casual Cozy.
While your boss may not mind your new relaxed dress code, there is a lot to be said for maintaining your normal in-office look. Foregoing the pajama bottoms for your pre-COVID work wear often helps to switch your head space into work mode.

Pro-Tip:
If you can’t see yourself in slacks while you office from the sofa all day, a stylish jogger pant in a synthetic fabrication can easily elevate your lounge look from “lazy” to “luxe.”

2. Avoid Patterns
Avoid patterns such as stripes and plaids. Intricate or busy patterns are not picked up well by most cameras and can leave you looking like an optical illusion. Unless your goal is to become the next David Blaine, stick with solid or bold colors.

3. Minimize Accessories
Avoid jewelry such as metal watches that create noise when dangled on the desk or throw distracting reflections on the wall.

Environment

4. Utilize Natural Lighting
When it comes to being in front of the webcam, lighting is everything. Overhead lighting can cause unflattering shadows and add years to your appearance. Avoid fluorescent lights and try facing a window to make the most of natural light whenever possible. Natural lighting is an easy way to add warmth, clarity and energy to our appearance. If your work space is lacking windows, try setting up a desk lamp behind your camera to keep your shot well exposed.

Pro-Tip
Invest in a small, dimmable LED light attachment for your laptop. Having the perfect lighting every time can set you apart from your coworkers as they constantly work through their virtual meeting challenges.

5. Optimize Camera Placement
Keep your camera at eye level. When the camera is too high, it tends to accentuate forehead wrinkles. When the camera is too low, you are forcing our audience to look straight up your nose. Cameras that are too low also expose neck lines and make you appear as though you are slouching on the sofa with your laptop in your lap. Positioning the camera at eye level helps us maintain the most natural interaction reminiscent of a face-to-face conversation. After-all, communication is most effective in-person, so the better we can imitate this, the more personal, convincing and overall effective you can be.

6. Eliminate Unintended Interruptions
Working from home for a lot of us can be a huge adjustment. Your coworkers understand that your children may make an unexpected cameo from time to time, and often in these instances, it’s a refreshing, personal, real-life perk in an otherwise boring meeting. Just take into account the climate of the meeting, and try to plan ahead when distractions could be detrimental to the call. Yes, you may send the meeting into “ooohs” and “awwws” when your cats trots across the desk, but overall, it may be distracting from whomever is speaking, and will become less cute when it becomes a daily appearance.

Grooming

7. Don’t Skimp on Hair Maintenance
Unkempt hair makes you look like you woke up 15 minutes before your meeting. For those of us who keep the sides of our hair tight, lengthening the time between trips to the barber can result in permanent bedhead until the hair grows long enough to lay down. Maintaining your pre-quarantine grooming routine will keep you looking “virtual boardroom” ready, and keep the professionalism bar set high. If you’ve been using quarantine to explore alternate hair styles, or add considerable length to your hair, check out our article about maintaining your luscious locks during quarantine here, or talk to your barber about how to stay looking intentional while you transition your style.

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8. Use Camera Friendly Hair Products
If you’re accustomed to using hairspray or pomade, try shifting to matte products to avoid a glossy sheen that commonly gives a greasy look on camera. Aveda Men Pure-Formance Grooming Clay can help you achieve almost any look with a strong hold, and lightweight, matte finish. Ask your barber for additional advice on what alternate products can best achieve your existing look.

Put Your Best Face Forward

9. Create a Skin Care Routine
Let’s face it. Webcams are not flattering, and often leave you looking like you just rolled out of bed. It doesn’t help that your in-person “glow” is at the mercy of which directions the windows are facing in your home work space. A good routine should include cleansing, toning, and moisturizing and can have a high impact on looking well rested and energetic. Radiating healthy skin presents you as engaged and present. You want your audience to be focusing on your topics and ideas, not distracted by the bags under your eyes.

10.Reduce Shine
Did we mention moisturizing? Not only does your skin lose elasticity over time, but shaving is also a form of exfoliation. Using a light, water-based daily moisturizer is the easiest way to keep you looking young and shine-free throughout the day. Jack Black’s Double-Duty Face Moisturizer with SPF 20 is a great way to moisturize and protect your skin from the aging effects of the sun. Ask your Barber if this product could be right for you.

Pro-Tip
If you’re prone to oily skin, have blotting papers tucked away in your desk for a quick way to get rid of that excess oil before your next meeting.

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All Locations Receive Green Light to Re-Open.

Welcome back! Online booking through the website and our mobile app will be available at 5:00pm on Friday, June 5th. As we re-open, Please take note of these temporary modifications of our check-in process below prior to arriving at your appointment.

Updated June 25, 11:30AM

Shop Status’

Spokane North – Open as of May, 25th at 50% Occupancy
Spokane South Hill – Open as of May, 25th at 50% Occupancy
Spokane Valley – Open as of May, 25th at 50% Occupancy
Mill Creek – Open as of June 6th at 50% Occupancy
Bellevue – Approved for Phase 2 at 50% capacity since June 19th
Downtown Seattle – Approved for Phase 2 at 50% capacity since June 19th
Issaquah – Approved for Phase 2 at 50% capacity since June 19th
Kirkland – Approved for Phase 2 at 50% capacity since June 19th
Redmond – Approved for Phase 2 at 50% capacity since June 19th
Sammamish – Approved for Phase 2 at 50% capacity since June 19th

Live Updates

November 16th, 2020
From midnight on Monday, November 16 through Monday, December 14, personal services (including hairstylists, barbers, esthetician) are limited to 25 percent of indoor occupancy limits.

September 18th, 2020
Beard trims are back! Per the office of the Governor’s latest release, we are able to perform beard trims, face shaves, waxes, and all other services where a customer must temporarily remove their face covering effective immediately. In order to perform any service where a customer’s face covering must temporarily be removed, employees will wear either an N95 mask, or a combination of a disposable surgical mask and a face shield.

June 25th, 2020
As of Friday, face masks will be required across the entire state of Washington.

June 19th, 2020
King County shops (Bellevue, Downtown Seattle, Issaquah, Kirkland, Redmond, Sammamish) have been approved for Phase 2, operating at 50% capacity effective June 19th, 2020

Appointment process modifications

Mobile Check-in
1. Please call the location to inform us of your arrival as our lobbies remain closed.
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2. When your Barber is ready, they will call you to conduct a short verbal screening to ensure you are not experiencing symptoms related Covid-19 prior to entering the location. Until then, please kindly wait in your car to assist minimizing front-door-traffic.

Masks are Strongly Recommended
To protect our guests, all team members will be wearing a mask. King County is directing everyone to wear a mask when in public, and in private spaces where social distancing can not be maintained.

Payments
Due to increased operational requirements during phase 2, Credit, Debit and Gift Card payments are preferred. Submission of card information will be required to complete online or mobile booking. If an appointment is booked via the telephone, card information will be taken over the phone. Clients will be called after they have left the shop to confirm the details and total of their transaction, and to include any tip.

Retail Sales
Clients will be instructed to indicate their desire to purchase retail products in the “Notes” section when booking appointments via the website or mobile app. If no retail product is indicated, it will be offered during the In-Vehicle Check-In or during their service. A selection of our most popular products will be kept at each barber station. If a client chooses to purchase a product, their service-provider will inform the receptionist after the service has concluded, and it will be added to the transaction prior to the post-service transaction confirmation call.

What you can do to help

Wear a mask. As of Friday, June 26th, face masks will be required across the entire state of Washington.

Sanitize hands upon entering the building.

Please be aware that appointment times may be temporarily extended to account for thorough sanitation of each barber station between clients.

Please do not bring other guests with you unless you are a parent or guardian accompanying one child under 16 for an appointment.

Pro Tip: If you’ve attempted to cut your own hair, or experienced substantial growth, booking additional time can really help us deliver that extra TLC your hair deserves.

Extra precautions we’re taking to ensure our guests safety.

Minimizing Physical Contact
During Phase 2, some of our our amazing customer service you know and love will be temporarily suspended including:

Handshakes, Fist Bumps, and Elbow Bumps

Beverage Service

Mint Service

Appointments Required
Appointments will be required for all services so we can ensure proper physical distancing and sanitation standards are met. Signs on all our front doors will direct Walk-in clients to call the front desk to check for availability while kindly being asked to wait outside the shop or inside their vehicles, as our lobbies will be temporarily closed.

Face Masks & Other Protective Equipment
A face mask will be required of a client if they are accompanying a child under 16, and observing the service. All Barbers will be wearing face masks at all times. Dependent on the service rendered, you may notice your barber may be wearing additional protective equipment including a cape, goggles, and/or face shields.

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Spokane Locations to Re-open on Memorial Day!

Weldon Barber Spokane Approved for Phase 2.

Updated May 24, 11:30AM

Welcome Back!

We are excited to announce that our Spokane locations will resume operations starting Monday May 25th 2020 (Memorial Day). Please take note of these temporary modifications of our check-in process below prior to arriving at your appointment. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Appointment process modifications

Mobile Check-in

1. Please call the location to inform us of your arrival as our lobbies remain closed.
View Shop Phone Directory

2. When your Barber is ready, they will call you to let you know you may enter the building. Until then, please kindly wait in your car to assist minimizing front-door-traffic.

Masks are Strongly Recommended
To protect our guests, all team members will be wearing a mask. Disposable, single-use face masks are available to our guests upon request.

Payments
Due to increased operational requirements during phase 2, Credit, Debit and Gift Card payments are preferred. Submission of card information will be required to complete online or mobile booking. If an appointment is booked via the telephone, card information will be taken over the phone. Clients will be called after they have left the shop to confirm the details and total of their transaction, and to include any tip.

Retail Sales
Clients will be instructed to indicate their desire to purchase retail products in the “Notes” section when booking appointments via the website or mobile app. If no retail product is indicated, it will be offered during the In-Vehicle Check-In or during their service. A selection of our most popular products will be kept at each barber station. If a client chooses to purchase a product, their service-provider will inform the receptionist after the service has concluded, and it will be added to the transaction prior to the post-service transaction confirmation call.

What you can do to help

Wear a mask. Disposable, single-use face masks are available to our guests upon request.

Sanitize hands upon entering the building.

Please be aware that appointment times may be temporarily extended to account for thorough sanitation of each barber station between clients.

Please do not bring other guests with you unless you are a parent or guardian accompanying one child under 16 for an appointment.

Pro Tip: If you’ve attempted to cut your own hair, or experienced substantial growth, booking additional time can really help us deliver that extra TLC your hair deserves.

Extra precautions we’re taking to ensure our guests safety.

Minimizing Physical Contact
During Phase 2, some of our our amazing customer service you know and love will be temporarily suspended including:

Handshakes, Fist Bumps, and Elbow Bumps

Beverage Service

Mint Service

Appointments Required
Appointments will be required for all services so we can ensure proper physical distancing and sanitation standards are met. Signs on all our front doors will direct Walk-in clients to call the front desk to check for availability while kindly being asked to wait outside the shop or inside their vehicles, as our lobbies will be temporarily closed.

Face Masks & Other Protective Equipment
A face mask will be required of a client if they are accompanying a child under 16, and observing the service. All Barbers will be wearing face masks at all times. Dependent on the service rendered, you may notice your barber may be wearing additional protective equipment including a cape, goggles, and/or face shields.

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Grooming tips

Your Questions Answered

19 Grooming Tips to get you Through Quarantine.

Wednesday, April 15th, 2019

Although our chairs may be be temporarily empty as we all do our part to socially distance, your Barbers are still here to support you with guidance and insights to keep you looking and feeling great. As many of our clients are wondering how to maintain hair that is much overdue for Weldon TLC, we’ve sat down with our some of our very own in-house experts to provide a cohesive quarantine consult.

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At Home Styling Tips

I have thinning hair. As it’s getting longer, it looks thinner. How do I hide this?

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Kayla:
I would recommend putting a little bit of product in your hair while it’s wet. Then blow dry. This will make it look thicker and fuller. Once it’s dry, you can add more product to style and get the desired look.

My beard is growing out and is becoming very itchy. What can I do for that?

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Kayla:
I would recommend a using a beard oil. One of the main reasons your beard gets itchy is due to dryness. Using a beard oil will not only moisturize the skin underneath your beard, but also help to tame and style it.

How do I keep my hair from getting so curly while it grows out?

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Kayla:
You should apply a small amount of product to your hair before you blow dry. Then use your fingers to pull it straight as you dry it. This will really help to reduce that curl.

Can I color my hair at home? Will it cause damage or slow down the growth?

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Kayla:
Yes, you can color your hair at home. No, it will not slow down the growth. There is always a risk of damaging your hair with at-home color products. Other risks include using the wrong color or tone. Some of these risks can be mitigated by using the correct color product.

What kind of color should I use in my hair?

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Kayla:
If you feel the need to color your own hair at home, I’d recommend using a demi-permanent color that’s specifically designed for men, and/or grey coverage. Demi-permanent color will wash out over time, and this prevents the appearance a bold line of demarcation.

How often should I be shampooing it as my hair gets longer?

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Kayla:
You do not need to change your morning routine for your hair as it grows longer. Just keep up the same shampoo schedule you used for your shorter cut. But as a general rule, less is better.

Should I cut my own hair at home?

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Kayla:
We know that it is very frustrating, but if at all possible you should avoid cutting your own hair at home, no matter how much it’s bothering you. Most short haircuts are very technical. The shorter your hair is, the more obvious a bad haircut becomes. It’s also much more difficult for your barber to fix a haircut when there isn’t a lot of length to work with.

The product I usually use in my hair isn’t working anymore. What should I do?

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Sam:
Most likely you will find that as your hair gets longer, the product you use that was designed for a shorter cut will become less pliable and take more work to style. There are a couple options for making your current product work for you as your hair grows out. A quick fix is to water your product down a bit to make it more moldable. You can do this by either putting it in your hair while it’s still wet, or by taking a pea size amount of the product, spreading it through your hands, and running your hands under water for a quick second before applying to your hair.

As my hair grows out, certain sections have become increasingly unruly. How can I control it?

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Sam:
Everyone has a unique whirl or growth pattern. This is also referred to as a “cowlick.” What you want to do here is make sure that while your hair is drying, the root of the problem area is directed the way you want it to go. If you want it to lay down, don’t towel or blow dry your hair in all directions. Comb it down and leave it alone until it is fully dry. This area will need a stronger hold. This means you do not want to water your product down for these areas, and make sure you apply the product to this area once it’s totally dry. Pro tip- take a look at the direction of this growth pattern with an extra mirror. It will most likely lay down best if you comb it in the direction it naturally grows. So if it is growing clockwise, lay it down that way.

Now that my hair is longer, it seems to have lost all body and volume. How can I style it so it looks more full again?

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Sam:
If you need some extra volume in certain areas, dry that area in the opposite direction of how you plan on combing and styling it. For example, if you wear the front of your hair to the right, dry it to the left, and visa versa. That way once you style your hair, it will maintain a strong resistant foundation and give you that extra lift you need to support that extra length as it gets a little heavier.

How can I make this grow-out process less painful?

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Sam:
A quick and easy way to clean up your current haircut is to trim your neckline. Often times this is the part of the haircut that when grown out, bothers guys the most. When shaving your neckline, it is best to have a partner to help you line it up and make sure it’s level. Generally, you should only be shaving the hair where it starts to become sparse.

I can’t stand it any longer and I’m going to cut it myself. Any tips?

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Sam:
My first tip would be to google “at home haircuts gone wrong!” I’d only recommend attempting to cut your own hair at home if you’re planning to buzz it using the same guard all over. In that case, you should make sure you’re using a professional pair of clippers. And always remember, go over the same areas multiple times, and always go against the growth pattern of the hair.


Shop Questions

When will you be open?

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Michelle:
The latest information from the office of the Governor of Washington, Jay Inslee, indicates that non-essential businesses (including Weldon) will be able to reopen on May 5th.

When can I make an appointment?

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Michelle:
You can go online at any time to book an appointment at any one of our 10 locations. Currently, the earliest appointments available will be May 5th.

Are you sure you are going to be open on May 5th?

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Michelle:
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that we will be open on May 5th. We are committed to doing our part to fight the spread of COVID-19 and will continue to follow the state mandated shelter-in-place orders. We are constantly watching for any changes to the current orders, and will continue to update you as new information is released.

What happens if I make an appointment and the stay-home order is extended again?

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Michelle:
If you make an appointment online at one of our locations, and the WA stay-home order is extended, you will receive a phone call from us confirming the cancellation of your appointment. We will work with you to reschedule based on your availability and any updated orders from the Governor.

Should I even bother making an appointment online if it might just get canceled again?

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Michelle:
When we are able to reopen our shops, we anticipate an initial period of very high traffic as everyone tries to get a well over-due haircut! We do suggest that you go online and reserve your spot today to ensure you are able to get in when you want to, with the barber of your choice.

Product Questions

I am out of product. How can I get more?

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Morgan:
You can reach out to our product manager Morgan (morgan@weldonbarber.com) and she will do her best to work with you to get all your product needs!

Barber Support

I’d like to support my barber during this shut down. How can I help?

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Angela
We are so grateful for the outpouring of support we have been blessed to receive during this quarantine. Our barbers are the heart and soul of Weldon and we’re so glad you think so, too. If you would like to support your barber in some way, please reach out via email to contact@weldonbarber.com! We would be happy to facilitate.



Weldon Barber

Covid-19 Status Report
Our team at Weldon Barber is committed to keeping our clients looking good, but also safe. As we are a direct contact business, it is our responsibility to take all precautions for the safety of our community, clients and team members.

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We Take your Wellbeing Seriously.

COVID-19 Status Update

Updated May 3, 6:23PM

To our loyal guests.

Our team at Weldon Barber is committed to keeping our clients looking good, but also safe. As we are a direct contact business, it is our responsibility to take all precautions for the safety of our community, clients and team members. Due to the unprecedented events surrounding the spread of COVID-19, and the lack of confirmed date for our reopening, we will not be accepting new appointments at this time. Once we have a confirmed date for reopening, we will be contacting all remaining appointments scheduled during the shutdown to rebook. We will be continuing to update this thread to deliver the latest operational status updates. We are currently reaching out via phone and email to all existing appointment holders during this time to reschedule appointments. We are thankful for your understanding during this time and look forward to seeing you soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make new appointments?
Unfortunately, we will no longer be accepting new appointments at this time. Once we have a confirmed date for reopening, we will be contacting all remaining appointments scheduled during the shutdown to rebook.

What if the shutdown is extended?
Although we can’t foresee what will happen, we will continue to follow state guidance, provide updates and contact appointment holders as we receive developments.

Resources


“Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Address – March 24th
“Our hearts ache for all of the Washingtonians and their families affected by this virus. As we move forward, we cannot forget the losses they have suffered. This is a human tragedy, on a scale we cannot project”.

Read the Transcript


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Facts about novel coronavirus and how to prevent COVID-19
Globally, 3.4% of reported COVID-19 patients had died as of March 3, leading experts to say it may be 34 times more fatal than the seasonal flu. However, with many mild cases not reported, the percentage may be lower.”

Learn More


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Center for Disease Control & Prevention
CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

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Gov. Jay Inslee Announces today Emergency Proclamation
“If we are living a normal life, we are not doing our jobs as Washingtonians,” Inslee said. “We cannot do that anymore. We need to make changes, regardless of size. All of us need to do more. We must limit the number of people we come in contact with. This is the new normal.”

Learn More

Have questions? We’re here to help.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to your nearest Weldon Barber location with any questions. Our friendly and knowledgeable team members will gladly assist you with any additional inquiries.
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Help us make a difference.

Join us this holiday season in helping those who need it most.

Getting Started

We have teamed up with Ronald McDonald House Charities® to provide temporary lodging, comfort, and support for families with critically ill or injured children accessing medical services. We will be accepting non-perishable food items, un-used toys, and monetary donations of $5, $10 and $20 from December 1st – 23rd.

Much of Ronald McDonald House Charities’® resources are derived from people such as yourself making donations of household items to help families in challenging situations feel as if they’re home. These donations help provide a space where families can focus on the health and well being of their child without being encumbered or overwhelmed wondering how they’ll be able to afford too. Wish lists have been created and posted below for the Seattle and Spokane chapters of Ronald McDonald House Charities®. Join us this holiday season in helping those who need it most.

View the Seattle Wishlist

View the Spokane Wishlist

About Ronald McDonald House Charities®


RMHC Care Mobile

RMHC Care Mobile
The RMHC Care Mobile takes focus on three things; Prevention, Treatment, and Referrals. The Care Mobiles are also furnished with two exam rooms, a lab, medical record storage, and reception area. Each of the 50 Care Mobiles is equipped to serve its individual community in need, such as immunizations, ophthalmology, even school physicals.

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About Ronald McDonald House Charities®
Ronald McDonald House Charities® has family rooms, an oasis typically steps away from where their child is being treated within the hospital. The Family Rooms often contain kitchen areas, shower/laundry facilities, sleeping accommodations, internet access, reference books, and quiet rooms to escape.

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Have questions? We’re here to help.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to your nearest Weldon Barber location with any questions. Our friendly and knowledgeable team members will gladly assist you with any additional inquiries.
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Movember –
Join the Movement.

Help us raise awareness surrounding prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Donate Today

What is Movemeber?

The Movember Foundation is a charity that is changing the face of mens health. Weldon Barber has joined forces with the Movember Foundation to help raise awareness about prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. The Movember foundation distributes funds to a broad range of men’s health projects and men’s health partners including but not limited to; The Prostate Cancer Foundation and Prevention Institute. Throughout the month of November, Weldon Barber will be accepting donations both, online, and in-shop on behalf of the Movember Foundation in support of the men in our community and to raise awareness to men’s health.
Pro-Tip: When you donate online you will receive a digital receipt for your tax records.

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Other Ways to Get Involved.


Movember

Grow a Mo, Save a Bro.
Never under estimate the power of a conversation. Supporters from around the world are growing epic mustaches and beards that demand the spotlight – kickstarting meaningful interactions surrounding men’s health.

Sign Up – It’s Free


Host a Moment

Host a Mo-ment.
Cook up a dinner, put on the game and tap that new kegerator. Hosting an event is always a win-win and as easy as entering a few details. Hosting a Mo-ment is the easiest way to stop men from dying too young.

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Meet Samantha Weldon Barber

Barber Spotlight

Meet Your Barber: Samantha

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Often times, when we take our seat in a barber chair, it becomes a place of comfort and confidence. In addition to casual conversation, it’s easy to forget how closely acquainted our Barber become with our lives. Today we trade places, welcoming one of our own in the barber chair to get a little insight about her life and passion for barbering. Meet our Barber Sam.

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Weldon Barber:
Are you originally from the Pacific Northwest?

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Sam:
I was born in Los Angeles but was raised mostly in Spokane. I’ve traveled enough to really appreciate Washington’s beauty and am stoked to raise my own here.

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Weldon Barber:
Outside of Barbering, what are some of your extra curricular passions?

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Sam:
Right now while my kids are young I’m focused mostly on my family, we all enjoy getting out in nature and exploring. I love to travel and be out of my element, that always puts things in perspective. My husband and I have done a bit of woodworking, molding concrete and painting together. I’ve always had to be creative somehow with music or photography but barbering is my main creative outlet currently.

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Weldon Barber:
How long have you been a barber and what inspired you to become one?

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Sam:
I’ve been barbering for 8 years and in the hair industry for 11. Before that I had always loved messing with hair. What began as a creative endeavor, became a lucrative career. I hopped around here and there (hairdressers are a flaky breed) until I found Weldon. Barbering has been the right amount of challenging. It’s always evolving into something else and right when I have it all figured out, something new presents itself. I’m passionate about what I do and if I’m not growing, what’s the point. I’m humbled and proud to be apart of this community.

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Weldon Barber:
Is there common stylistic challenge your clients often request your consult on? What is your advice to them?

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Sam:
The majority of people who have challenges with their hair would be my curly haired clientele. Growing up with it, I have a respect and understanding of it. I’m incredibly honored when I can help a client appreciate their natural texture, especially since most grow up loathing it instead of embracing it.

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Weldon Barber:
Is there a particular men’s haircut you like the look of or enjoy executing?

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Sam:
I do a lot of fades and French crops because that’s what’s in style right now, I enjoy them but not as much as I do executing a cut with more length. I like to see how the hair moves and play around with shapes that compliment each person. Much like a tattoo artist that won’t do the same design over and over again, each cut needs to be uniquely fitted to who it’s on.

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Weldon Barber:
Do you ever get the opportunity to experiment styles on your kid(s)/husband?

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Sam:
Oh yes indeed. Since I’ve been barbering for 8 years, I’ve started to miss fashion color. My husbands hair is currently a pastel blue and his cut is something straight out of the 90’s. He rocks it, though he could get away with anything. Our oldest prefers a short crop so I oblige. Our middle has a euro shag with lots of texture and length, his hair is my favorite to play with. Our youngest (and last) is just working on growing hers, she’s one.

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Weldon Barber:
What has been your most memorable (good or bad) experience barbering?

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Sam:
Oh man, there are so many rewarding and memorable things about barbering. Its funny, 90% of it is human connection. I truly adore all of my clients and I make sure they know it. Lately it has been a lot of watching kids turn into young men and young men turn into strapping lads. Through big life changes, advice or if they just need someone to listen. Then there are my guys who have had tremendous tragedy, we’ve cried and grown together. I cherish these relationships and am eternally grateful to have their trust.

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If you could choose an artist for your background/soundtrack who would it be?

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Sam:
The question of my favorite band has always been one of the hardest to answer, but I like how you worded this one. Right now I’m listening to a lot of female hip hop artists, Little Simz is my favorite right now. I’m always in the mood for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin or other psych rock bands. I’ll take the middle ground and say Radiohead or anything by Thom Yorke, he has more than one genre nailed. I wouldn’t mind hearing an array of his stuff in the background.


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Barber Spotlight:
Chris Meiers – A Different Kind of Service.

Friday May 24th, 2019

Many times throughout life we stop to appreciate others, whether it be a thank you, a smile, a nod, or simply holding the door open for a stranger. This Memorial Day we’d like to express our deepest appreciation to one of our Barbers Chris Meiers. Chris made the ultimate decision, the choice, to dedicate himself to all of us by joining the Navy to defend us all.

When sitting down at your local Barber shop, it is often a time to share stories, life experiences, and from time to time, receive a little bit of advice. Today we were able to chat with Chris and learned about his time spent in the Navy and what Memorial Day means to him.

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Weldon Barber:
Outside of the Military, what interests or relationships have most influenced who you are today?

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Chris Meiers:
I would say that first, my family and particularly my wife have been the biggest influence to who I am today. They’ve all given me encouragement and support in everything I do. I think music has played a huge roll in who I am, and it’s always been part of my life. I either obsessively listen to or play music every day.

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Weldon Barber:
Do you remember when or where you were when you decided to enlist?

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Chris Meiers:
I was working night crew at a grocery store, which was the first job I worked. I worked there for almost four years and still had that childhood dream of being in the military. Finally made the decision to just go for it.

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Weldon Barber:
What motivated you to join the Navy?

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Chris Meiers:
I actually tried joining the Marines first, because one of my good friends had join the Marines out of high school. Fortunately for me they didn’t like the placement of my tattoos, and I went over to the Navy office and asked them about being a Corpsman and once a contract opened up I took it.

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Weldon Barber:
Could you give some background on the duties and responsibilities of a Corpsman for our readers that may not be familiar?

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Chris Meiers:
Navy Corpsmen are enlisted Sailors with a job in medical, and they perform a lot of the preliminary exams on patients in various settings like ships, hospitals, anywhere there’s a need for medical. Corpsmen also get attached to Marine units of all kinds, and get to play with those guys for a few years.

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Weldon Barber:
Could you share with us some of the places you’ve been stationed/deployed and if any of those particular locations stand out and why?

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Chris Meiers:
I was stationed in Camp Lejeune, NC, and deployed to Afghanistan with my unit. I loved Camp Lejeune for the most part. It was really easy to complain about, but there was a bunch of awesome stuff to do if you wanted to. There were multiple beaches on the ocean within a 20-minute drive, one of which I proposed to my wife on and is an awesome memory.

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Weldon Barber:
Do you feel serving in the Military changed certain perceptions, habits, core elements of who you are, or how you approach certain situations?

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Chris Meiers:
Very much so. I’d say one of the changes standing out to me is that I realized it’s okay to be uncomfortable, and to ‘keep your head up’, which is very cliche, but sometimes things are rough and you just need to keep going.

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Weldon Barber:
How do you celebrate or remember your Brothers and Sisters in the Armed forces on Memorial Day? Do you have any traditions or recurring reflections?

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Chris Meiers:
A few exercise programs have named workouts of the day (WOD) after service members who have passed away. I like to pick one of these dedicated WOD’s and complete it on Memorial Day.

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Weldon Barber:
While serving, were there any particular individual(s) who specifically contributed to your military experience?

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Chris Meiers:
Definitely. One of my best friends is still in the Marines and he’s always pushing me to do better, very actively, in everything I do. I love all the Marines and Corpsmen I worked with, but the Corpsmen in my company are awesome. We have a multiple-year-long group chat going still, and are in touch with each other every day.

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Weldon Barber:
You will have been married to your wife Liz for 7 years this September, how did you meet?

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Chris Meiers:
We met through friends of friends, started hanging out and never stopped! She’s been through a lot not only with me, but for me, and I couldn’t ask for more.

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Weldon Barber:
What challenges did being deployed present on your relationship and how did you overcome them?

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Chris Meiers:
It was definitely something new to us and it was stressful, especially with such a sharp time-zone difference. I would call as often as I could and we would both ask about each other’s day. I admire her and how she handled deployment!

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Weldon Barber:
After returning home, were there significant adjustments you had to make? What were they and how did you navigate them?

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Chris Meiers:
One of the main adjustments which is easy to overlook until happens, is we had to learn how to get our own personal routines aligned with each other again. It took little while and just being patient but it all smoothed out. This is a pretty common thing, but I had to learn to deal with stress in a more healthy way. I owe Liz a lot for her patience.

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Weldon Barber:
After returning home you took an interest in Barbering, what inspired you to pursue this career path?

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Chris Meiers:
Barbering wasn’t something I ever imagined I’d be doing originally. I began going to barber shops while in North Carolina, which I had never gone to before I lived over there. I love music, art/tattoos, and had started liking to pay attention to my hair, and barbering seemed like something that fit really easily into the all of the things I enjoy. Once I thought of it I was enrolled in barber school within a week, and I love it.

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Weldon Barber:
Are there skills sets that have carried over from your Military experience into being a Barber?

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Chris Meiers:
Probably, but it’s very generic. I’d say that the whole ‘attention to detail’ concept is really helpful. It’s definitely something that, to me, is task specific, and anyone can get lazy. But, I love getting the haircut just right, and paying attention to all the little things.

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Weldon Barber:
How would you describe to the American people your personal interpretation of Memorial Day?

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Chris Meiers:
It’s a day to remind us of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. I think it’s a good opportunity to to set aside political views, preconceived ideas on the conflict itself, and the general hate and anger that is so overwhelming these days. Take this opportunity to remember, and be grateful that someone just like you and me died doing something that terrifies most everyone. Be thankful, and be kind.

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Weldon Barber:
What does patriotism mean to you?

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Chris Meiers:
Patriotism, to me, is probably not really what patriotism is. To me being patriotic is being excited to live in a world that is so diverse, and contributing within your means to make this world better. Patriotism is about celebrating the people around you that make this place so interesting.

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Weldon Barber Baxter Workshop

2019 Spring Barber Workshop

Sunday April 28th, 2019 at Weldon Barber HQ

The Pursuit of Perfection.

Here at Weldon Barber we strive for perfection. Not only in the sense of creating exceptional experiences for our clients, but also, to be a resource for continued education and a launchpad for career growth to our Barbers. We provide comprehensive and contemporary workshops to further develop our Barber’s techniques and product knowledge from some of the best educators in the industry.

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Our Guest Artists.

We are thrilled to announce our guest artists Katie Lopez and Mikey Denton of Baxter of California. They will be joining our team this weekend to further our pursuit of perfection by conducting an interactive demo sharing their technics and product knowledge.

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Katie is 2014’s Readers Choice for 5280 Magazine Best Barber. The men’s department at Matthew Morris was awarded 2015’s Readers Choice for Denver’s Best Barbershop by 5280 Magazine. Most recently, she has become a master barber for Baxter of California. She has also been awarded the honor of being a 2015 NAHA finalist for Men’s Hairstylist of the Year.

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Mikey Denton
Mikey has taught as a Baxter educator all over the United States and also in Australia. He continues to cut hair at his salon in Portland, Oregon and enjoys spending time with his wife and three boys. His interests are scissor techniques, clipper techniques and styling. He loves explaining the “why” and “how” to achieve what you want.

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