What is the hair salon? It’s a place that is so much to so many.

15 Aug

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What is a hair dressing salon?:

Is it just a place to do business? Is it a hub a hive of activity? A place where like minded talented stylist get together to share there talents to gain and share experience.

A place to train and be trained! A place to work your craft build a reputation be a success. It is so much more consider for a client. It’s a place of relaxation. A place to socialise palace to trust, in many cases as stylist we can and do build strong bonds of trust even friendships with our clients,  hey you can go to extreme and marry one I did!!

For a salon to succeed be a successful Business so many factors have to come together.

So many things to consider Location a key component. Image the very essence of the business. Goals. Vision. Staff. Products. Marketing.

All of the above are key component’s for success is any one more important than another:

A point for discussion what do you think? For me it’s the team, Management and all the staff.

The Team:                    


          right to left: Avantgarde Vancouver:Ted Mckinnon. Mike Vallance  Jon PaulHolt. owner 

Here is an example on the above. Who owns the salon? Who are Staff hard to tell also look at the window interesting! two salon names one space!

Two Salon names. Yes! They share the space it brings the concept of competition being a good thing right to your door.

The owner of this salon is on the right hand side of the shot. He is Internationally acclaimed top stylist from Vancouver British Columbia Canada

Mr Jon Paul Holt holder of so many awards and titles. On the left Mr Ted Mckinnon he has worked with Jon Paul since the mid 9o’s that say’s a great deal.

Ted is amazing at up do work he and Jon Paul have done and do many shows and photo shoots together.  The salon runs and is as a place for like minded stylist to work share and be successful.

How do I know this I’m the guy in the middle. At this time no longer working with Jon Paul but re visiting to catch up spend some time together.

I had the fortune to work with these guys for a number of years it was an honor a place to learn share have fun be creative everything thing a successful salon should be.

I have been writing quite a few of these Blogs mainly for me a way to share and reflect As I write it seems come back to the same underlining key themes.

Education. Knowledge. Honesty and Service. We should never stop learning or wanting too! Never think we know it all! { Sometimes!  Us hairdressers have big ego’s and it can get in the way} 

Success and learning service are our profession. If you don’t like people don’t like communicating why be a hairdresser! Being honest with your self about who you are being honest with your clients really important if you want to succeed.

I read a recent article

One person had written in raising a question about his partners in a salon being more interested in platform work self promotion than being committed to the business:

                                                                                        {back to ego issues }

Having worked for a number of years as both an educator and platform Artist I know how much fun it can be. The rush of walking out on a stage introducing yourself your models you have and own the stage your centre of attention.

                                                                                     {For that brief moment}

Being an educator and platform artist can help you promote both your self and your business. This should be the reason for doing it yes to further your career to gain knowledge to share but don’t get sucked into thinking your really that special.

The big Colour Companies need us to sell promote educate their products but at the end of the the day your Salon is yours.  Yours to build to grow without the constrains dictated to you when representing a large corporate concern.

Use the education experience you gain to share with your staff use your skills knowledge on your clients use the fact that you are an industry expert to your advantage.

Another interesting topic stylist with poor client retention key to business a stylist who is unable to build a client base is questionable. A stylist who gets no returns or recommendations from clients the salon gives them is costing the business money.  {what would you do in this situation?}

This is time for open honest discussion with owner manager staff member: Time for honesty and truth ask the key question why do you think we are in this situation. make them take responsibility set out a plan together to improve set out a time frame for change set a date for review.

Communication is key having said that the individual has to take responsibility for their actions or lack their of, suggest in salon training nights a time to share thoughts idea’s courses education, maybe a course in service handling clients, a little attitude adjustment.

Finally as an owner i would set a dead line for giving them clients, suggesting that after an agreed period a new stylist is being brought in and it will be their turn to be promoted.

harsh maybe but it’s but it’s how to move your business forward.

Choose the best products you can stay on top  of new products:

As new Colour lines come out try them have in salon training and Demo days.

Educate your self and your staff on the products you use then you can  share and educate your clients.

Clients love know that your a true professional share you knowledge that Consultation your time to shine.

These shots are close up’s of hair i have coloured highlights all over colour multi shade highlights permanent semi permanent learn it all

So my view for success surround yourself choose to work with people you like respect and can learn from Motivated talented creative honest stylist, who are also willing to learn to share to help grow the business, develop your team,  work with problem solvers not makers! be the salon for training and education share and reward success with your team be that salon of solutions!

Encourage personal growth and education. stay on top of new products have in salon education events strive to be the best have the best reputation this will create a place people will want to work in clients will want to be a part of.

I hope that this article will be of interest to both stylist owners managers educators and platform artist’s we are all part of a team.


Coloured with Red Copper tone her natural hair level is a 6 dark Blonde.

Colour used was for deposit only when going tone on tone unless we want to bring the clients own pigment out lift is not required.

Using say 10 vol may have made this even brighter but would create roots issues down the road.

This up do was created to get as much height as possible without it falling down or over.

In this instance two scouring pads were used like doughnuts on top of each other some hair pulled through the hole in the middle this creates the cascading hair from the top the rest is wrapped around allowing free fall providing texture and movement.

Finally from the front view a very loose sexy look  with lots of height but still keeping lots of softness

As the hair falls down.

Putting hair up in this manner with a firm base as a structure will not fall down.



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Hello Mike – nice blog. Way too “expert” for me the layperson/ consumer but nonetheless interesting and educational. kirsten:


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