The salon: Style, standards, Image.

11 Oct

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The hair Salon and stylists. We all know that the hair industry has many different bodies watching over it supervising it. It has a standards of training that dictate reaching certain levels of government training standards  and qualification.NVQ. We have academies we have trained teaching professionals. Here in the Uk we have insightful bodies Such as HABIA working with government on industry and changes to training requirements and standards of qualification. These bodies exist in most countries. they protect have the industries best interests at heart they given the profession a voice and representation.

We have a wealth of young people attracted to our industry. They have high expectation. They are lead to believe that they can be very successful in some cases reach celebrity status. Sadly this is not always realistic, fee’s and standards of training can be questionable at time. Some apprenticeships scheme’s take advantage of these young people Minimum wage is not a living wage in most instances. This can and does lead to loss of interest and commitment and financial hard ship.

Whilst these days all business is finding it hard to make ends meet short changing training staff members expecting long hors for little reward is just wrong . A fair days pay for a fair days work a considerate boss will create something that is invaluable Loyalty!  Just be fair.when it comes training living wage.

Many of our colleges and academy’s work hard for these young people. Many of the trainers are passionate industry professionals the odd ones are far less motivated, Sadly this apathy can happen in all or any walk of life!

The motives and goals driving some of fee charing schools and academy’s artistic training centre’s does not always have the trainees best interests at heart. So as a trainee do some research ask question’s seek advise.see who is posting questions on groups such as this contact them!

My big question and one i hope to explore in the coming weeks is. Why do standards vary so much from salon to salon? Why is the skill level so varied? Why does so much badly done hair wonder the streets!

My goal is to go into some salons discuss and report on this. Share a true and real version of how stylist see their industry. what their expectations are. That is if i can get past the ego and the untrusting way so many salon’s respond to asking questions or trying to get an appointment to talk about our industry.

Two New salon’s have recently opened in canterbury.within a street of each other I would love to ask about their goal vision ect i have written asking for an appointment  explaining who i am, what i do, even my back ground as yet not reply! I have no hidden agenda

When wondering around my local area. I often take time to look into the salon’s I pass. It’s a habit caused from many years in our industry and a natural inquisitiveness. The questions i always ask my self are as follows:

Is it inviting? Does it say hey worth a look? Does it have kerb appeal?  You see it’s all about image and first impression you only get to make that once.

For me the big no no’s are. Staff standing in and around reception, chatting amongst themselves. Standing out side the front door smoking !!! A window so full of products you cannot see in. In many cases if you have a window work station make sure. The person using the chair is projecting everything that says who you are,what you can do.It’s a stage.

Maybe some young trainee’s practicing  or engaged chatting with stylists all god sign’s in my book!

Decor,Street appeal. Image to be totally honest, so many places look a little sad and little neglected. Sadly the staff look the same, Yes they go to work they do their job, But it’s just that a job.

It should be so much more it’s time for some honest reflection it’s time to make some changes are you ready?

These changes can be in Image. Appearance both salon and staff. Attitude. Service. Consultation. Clients get excited by change and improvements. This leadership from owners managers will lead to staff becoming more involved and committed it can and should be a exciting time.

                                                 It’s all about style Image

We work in fashion we create image. Project that when you get ready for work, You don’t go out partying on Friday night looking anything but your best, So why would you not apply the same attention to presentation of ones self when going to work?

It’s all about. Image that first impression.Be it salon or self

So to be followed up on in the coming weeks! Mike B2MR

whats being said out B2MR

quote  “Jacqueline Norman”

Hi Mike . Love your input- great technical point of view . We can get so blinkered sometimes  getting involved with staff and business issues, Thank You

Quote “Shelly”

Thanks….I really appreciated reading this. The three R’s are very important, love what you are saying…
useful tool to help make those changes. A real gem of a read!

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