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In the Hair salon. Dress code or self expression?

28 Feb

Back2myroots: A place to share thoughts and grow idea’s. B2MR

As a follow on to team building education up dates and product knowledge classes. I though I would touch on what can be quite a contentious subject. As a salon owner should you weld the big stick and dictate uniform or dress code. What are it’s advantages. What does it do for morale? Does it suggest a more professional approach? Does it create salon image and identity. We are all different in how we work and so will settle or comply with different rules and regulations.

Many stylist will say they think that dress code are a good thing. Many salon owners insist on it with an attitude of. ‘My sand box my rules’ Rather draconian I think!  It could be seen as controlling. For uniforms to work it has to have the consent of all staff ! A collaboration. Who pay’s for or supplies the uniform, what happens when they get stained and worn? Maybe not uniform  but an instance of a stipulated dress code. How does that work for you? Having owned a couple of salons and having tried both uniforms for trainee’s and suggested dress code for stylist’s it is my view that it’s quite restrictive and rather out dated to dictate dress but guide lines are quite acceptable.

Here are some thoughts:

Are we not in the fashion business? Creative, innovative, free thinking professionals? Some times temperamental. But is that not part of being artistic and creative.  Is not how we dress a projection of who we are and what we do what we represent ? I also think that every salon owner has the right as we all do to a vision, but if that vision impacts on others they either have to be willing to accept this or as an owner you have to be willing to bend. Compromise. Can some sort of code be in place for example’ No jeans’ Sets a tone but leaves room for artistic license and dress sense. Or for example ‘No flesh’

As professionals.

As mature responsible people should we not know that we are, what we project. How we look Say’s. Who we are. What we do. It says. This is me. How can i help you? Trainee’s in college or apprentice’s often get to wear a uniform. It’s thought that it teaches self respect and the importance of professional image. If this is the case completion of training should be the coming of age and taking back of the responsibility of appearance and self expression and marketing the product that is you that is us!! For me when training as an apprentice being given the Leonard’s T-shirt with the big brown L logo on the front was an honour you were part of an elite few being taken on as an apprentice at what was one of London’s best salon’s and places ot train!

Should dress code not be.

The standard suggested might be. Dress professionally. Dress to impress. After all we are the product. Represent your self.  Take control of your appearance remember we are the product! I think that salon owners should encourage stylists to take responsibility for themselves in all aspects of their life. Appearance, attitude, commitment. If they don’t want to comply. Then of course like  everything in life make a decision live with the consequences. Or if you cannot be bothered stay home! most importantly. Salon harmony professional and welcoming.

Where does this thinking come from.

Experience yes, just an opinion yes. But I beleive that as salon owner we  provide an environment for creativity to flourish . In life we can lead by example. We provide the tools the backing and support for out stylists to  flourish and succeed. Looking unprofessional. Being unprofessional. Taking short cuts leads to losing clients. This will all follow why because all these flaws suggest lack of self-respect and lack of respect for both the salon and ones work mates.I don’t think a return to the shot below is called for !!!!!

Choice consequences choices made or inaction will cause reaction for that is the way the universe works. The re action will be failure to succeed. The salon is the theatre we are the players we should aim to be the star’s of the play that is a day in the salon.

Mike B2MR




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2 responses to “In the Hair salon. Dress code or self expression?

  1. Julie Hyne

    March 4, 2012 at 1:22 am

    absolutely agree with your comments Michael, but I feel the problem lies in how the students are educated about how important first impressions are, and how they need to work on thier own image to be a true reflection of themselves and consider whether it is a good match for the salon they are working in. I too have seen students from beauty schools in their uniforms how professional they look and then when they leave and are looking for employment in a real salon, then it all goes pear shaped. Expressing personality is one thing, being appropriate is another. Its a grey area, one that is often exploited by individuals who never really stop to think about how other people perceive them and how they would like to be perceived to become successful in their profession.

     
  2. mikeb2mr

    March 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    thanks yes all we can do is lead by example,we only get to make a first impression once!

     
 
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