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Well so many linked the link yesterday why not share the sight that is after all what we do share good information and links.
http://www.squidoo.com/topics/fashion-and-beauty

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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Beauty hair salon, Beauty hair style, Beauty tips, Hair and style, HAIR DRESSING INDUSTRY, TIPS TRICKS, THOUGHTS,

 

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New year new look ready for blonde


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regular postings of fresh new topic’s http://www.back2myroots.co.uk/

It is my goal to create a platform that over time will become a place to share thoughts review hair colour and products.

New year perfect time to think Blonde

With the start of the new year, why not consider stepping things up a colour change or just re vamp to brighten than colour !

The perfect time to consider going blonde, having that sun kissed look whilst wishing for those long hot summer days.That natural looking bright holiday hair colour we long for to match that fun summer tan for that feel good look.

If you feel the need have the desire to brighten up your hair style with a fun new blonde look? Some blondes can be subtle honey or golden others well just full on blonde.

What works for you? what shade do you like?

It doesn’t matter how dark or light your natural hair color is or if you have dark or pale skin tone, there is always a shade of blonde hair to suit you.

Blonde is still the most popular hair color choice for most women! Of course if you have already coloured your hair then you will have to take this into consideration when thinking about a shade or discuss with your stylist whats possible.

Here are some fun ideas if you want to let that inner blonde out to play for a while. How about from red head to honey blonde!

If you have shoulder length hair in a brunette tone. Skip going for over-all blonde color. Instead apply some rich caramel highlights throughout your style, focusing on the crown and where the part lands. Your textured waves combined with the rich highlights will reflect the sunlight and create an eye-catching look. This will start you on the road to blonde with out over processing.

Long hair

If your long hair is damaged or dull, purchase a good color protecting shampoo and conditioner to use before, during and after you color your hair. Treating your damaged hair from roots to ends is an important factor in maintaining colored styles. For very long hair highlights are a better form of colour than an all over application and help prevent root-re growth issues,

Finding the right shade

Before you decide on a shade of blonde. Take into consideration your skin tone and eye color. Also consider your current hair color for it certainly plays a part in choices and possible out come of the new colour you are working towards

If you currently have bleached blonde hair, you may want to opt for a deeper, richer shade of blonde.This might require putting some pigment back into your hair if bleached very light. If your skin tone is very pale, you may want to keep your blonde shade a bit lighter.

Dark brunettes. A deep honey highlight throughout your style might be best, you are then working with your hairs natural pigment rather than fighting it, try to avoid bleaching as this just damages your hair.

Choose your colour carefully consider all your options. You may need to seek professional advise. Remember combining a fun new blonde hair color with a new cut can completely change the way you look and feel about yourself and the way others look and see you!

Layering colors

Applying a variety of blonde hair colors throughout your hair on various areas of layering creates a very striking and unique look. If you have a light brown base then highlights to lighten the top sections keeping your layers underneath dark this gives dimension and a great two tones look . This type of coloring looks particularly good on straight, medium-length hair with short or long fringe or bangs!

Formal up do with lots of colour and tone to create dimension and texture .

A few Examples of Blonde looks:

These are just a few thoughts and ideas for those interested in creating a new blonde hair color try to do something different and new with your blonde hair this season.Blonde hair in small or large doses is a good way to update your appearance and help lift your mood!

In the fall, autumn with a demi application we can go darker with out any ill effects or possibility of damage.

Mike B2MR

 

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Creative business idea’s for creative people


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As Salon owner’s and Manager Stylist’s.

We all have one major things in Common. Do you know what that is ? We all work in the service Industry. It is our job to offer the highest standards of. Service and Consultation.

This is a team effort an experience that starts as the client walks through the door and is greeted by receptionist and salon assistance. As stylists to offer the best advise supported by knowledge and skill.

On going training product knowledge updates are all key factors to staying current and on the cutting edge of our industry.

We are in the business of making clients feel and look good,making them happier!

It is a know fact. That 50% of clients that visit a salon for the first time do not return! Why is this? What is going wrong? We all spend so much time money and energy trying to get new business. We forget about the existing business. We forget to live in the now! Striving and Trying to build up a strong clientele. But constantly driven to look for new clients new ways to attract clients. We use mediums such as Groupon It attracts new business potentially new clients.But can you keep them? There is no magic bullet.

We need to take an honest look at what is going wrong. This has to be done both as. A Salon as a team and as an individual.

 

Clients leave for many reason’s. Poor service. Bad job. Personality issues. Pricing. Oh and a friend telling them about the new wonder salon down the road. That being everything yours is not!

In all of the above instances the only one person who cannot be blamed is. The client. It is our job to cherish care and build up a trusting honest relationship. One that comes for giving the ultimate service.

Change improvements. Salon service. Image. Increased business all possible but it does take. Hard work, Humility, Honesty and caring.

 

Here is a little personal reflection. But it get’s a point home.

earlier this year my dear life friend my dog Zip very sad he is still much missed. He was almost 10 years old. 3 years ago we moved to the Uk from Canada leaving my clients and hair business behind. There is a reason a lesson in this tale

I have stayed in touch with many of my clients will still chat stay connected. It’s easy! How? With so many Media tools available to us. Well I learned a huge lesson in Zip’s passing sad as it was. How loved and how many clients remembered him. The salon. The service. So many postings with messages from people who’s hair I have not done for three years. But they still care they still remember the time we spent together.  They left message s reflecting on this time spent. Why? Because they wanted to. Because they cared. Because we had built up relationships still strong today.

Service Consultation the key.

We get so wrapped up in booking. Being busy. Fitting in as many clients as possible. That we forget that the person that client in the chair is the most important thing. Think less about the money more about the service for one takes care of the other.

Look after that client give the most attentive service make them feel special she will tell friend and so it builds.

Easy just repeat the same system over and over treat every client the same every time as if it were a first visit and they are really special. Fool proof!

Service .Consultation. Communication. Professional product advise. note not sales advise educate the product it will sell it self.

Trust,Respect,Honesty,Relationships,Commitment.Advise,Service,Consultation,

Communication,The keys.

Do you take the time to really listen and give honest advise?

Would you suggest a different look ? If what was being requested would not look good?

Would you suggest not doing a chemical process if you thought condition to poor?

Would you stay late working with a client until happy?

Have boundaries a 15 min rule for lateness no exception ! why it’s easy the knock on effect over the day creates you running late others being effected.

You see both clients and us as stylist have to be accountable for our actions. Make a decision live with the consequences. Mutual respect. Open lines of communication.

Give sound solid honest advise even if it’s not what the clients wants to hear. Do not take on work that is not represent your own high standards and explain why?

More to follow on this topic but enough to digest for now.

For further places to research on going help and advise some very useful links below online support program for you your salon and team. This is a great little read it reminds us what we know and forgot or what we need to know to move forward.

Some useful tools.

As always  hope this is useful and is useful food for thought and personal growth.Mike B2MR

 

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Sales and selling in the Hair salon


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                                           Sales or sharing?

A place to share thoughts review hair colour and products.

This topic is worthy of both discussion, sales and selling in the salon for it effects each and every one involved in the Hairdressing Industry. 

It’s also very topical at this time of year when retail sales in salon increase in the run up to Christmas. Many salons bring in extra retail stock and gift packs. From a client point of view some of these deals can be very good value. I think that offering these value packs to clients with out excessive mark up is a greta way of saying thank you for your custom.I worked in one salon  that gave free gift wrapped shampoo to every salon client as a thank you. A great idea.

Having Spent a number of years involved in Sales and education or is it? Education and sales:

It’s so hard to know for one supports the other. [ chicken and egg what comes first]

One side sales drives the education machine funding allowing technicians and educators into salons to share and demonstrate. On the other hand without the support of good education the sales go flat. Salons. Stylist lose interest, use products incorrectly getting bad results blaming the product!

If a client comes to the salon for advise consultation maybe a new look is it selling to suggest a change of look style or colour or any chemical service? No of course not.

But the advise given has to come from a platform of sharing and not from the motivation a bigger bill at the end!  Consultation and back wash time are great places to talk about retail products and hair care.In some cases an assistant can advise you of conversation had team work!

The same applies when they us for recommendation of products for home care and maintenance.YOU we are profession. Clients come to us trusting. Our advise and our skill. To me it is only wrong if your advise is sales motivated you after commission rather than the clients best interests!

It is my view. That if you really trust and have belief in a product it will sell it self. If your educated a product how and why it works. If you have a passion for it, it’s easy to talk about it sells it self.

So why so much pressure on sales why fear education?

In salons many stylist hate education up dates. They look at educators as know it all’s, they attempt to put then down show them up why?  FEAR!

Most salons change colour lines because of dissatisfaction with the product. If it does not perform well in reality the fault is with the stylist technician. But hey! It’s always easier to blame a product than take an honest look in the mirror!

Tuff harsh words but true. I don’t know how many salons I’ve visited that so need education support but the staff, the manager will not allow it.

I also think that many sales representatives have very little respect for what a good passionate educator can do. Why because they fear letting any one see that they don’t know everything! who does? The fact is Sales are Sales. Education is just educating. On how to correctly use and get the best out of the product that sharing knowledge giving support to the salon to the sales person to the staff this can only serve to improve. Standards. Skill. Knowledge.

I also think and in-fact the quotes attached below prove that our industry is full of dynamic passionate professionals and that our clients also care and want to be educated.  So why all the problems?

Ego, Insecurity, Fear? or just an un-daunting need for control!  All things that are rife in society but for some reason really run rampant in the Hair beauty industry.

We have salon managers and owners who fear educating there staff to much. We have staff who hate to admit they have an issues or don’t understand. Will not admit that they want or need more education, skill and knowledge.

We have professional Colour companies who market them selves with being professional. But flood the market with home colour kits. With little or no care for the effect on the high street salon, the stylist trying to make a living build up a clientele not to mention the damage long term use can do from use of home colour.

Colour Companies that offer education to some to degree but maybe not fully transparent when it comes to formulation ! Maybe not totally honest about all the chemistry of any given product need to know bases! misleading.

We have schools Colleges, Academy’s. All offering a level of training but! How qualified? How up to date are those trainers? How much do they really care? How skilled are they? How current are they?

We have young people coming into the industry with a false idea of how successful they can be. How much there is to learn. How long it takes to be a success.

We have Stylist who reach a level of qualification and then sit back knowing everything knowing nothing? why is this?

We have all these different governing bodies have you ever tried contacting them to ask for a meeting or some information? good luck with that one.

Am I out spoken? Well maybe but it’s done it’s said to create discussion, to open up debate, to see who really cares! Not to be politically correct.

I have over the years worked with  many like minded passionate industry professional and they are all of the mind that things could be better standards raised, knowledge shared. education improved so what can we do how can we make a difference?

How can we encourage an exchange of knowledge and information. disclosing of product information in an open transparent manner.  One with sales teams working with and supporting education. Stylist who constantly want to up-date. Teachers trainers. Who really care how to encourage the young stylist to have higher standards, skill, who pride themselves in levels of Service and consultation.

professional passionate creative who freely share experience and views give clients honest advise and help work with them to attain the look and condition they are wanting  the service they are paying us for.

Mike B2MR

 

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It’s almost party hair season!


Back2myroots : A place to share thoughts and grow idea’s B2MR.
Halloween a distant memory ! now the focus is on the festive season parties looking and feeling great!
Spare a thought for you hair stylist at this time. Juggling appointments trying to fit every one in,it can on occasion get a stressful!
Cocktail parties call for elegant sophistication Glam! Other events can be a little more fun and in some case over the top.
It is always possible to change ones hair for totally new look even just for an evening.
Straight hair can be easily be made to look full and fun! yes big party hair.
All it takes is a little time and thought a little time a little creativity.
Above shots both the same model. big hair for an 80’s theme party.
More formal look can also be had and played with again depending on the client and the event!
I am not suggesting these looks are for everyone. Far from it what i am trying to suggest is playing and both stylist and client having some fun. Being creative dressing up!
Sometime sit can be fun to make a statement stand out be talked about be it good or bad who cares!
of course one can always go a little further to extreme! lets see.
below from the back same model casual up do with some fun added!
Take that curly hair and put it up into a soft romantic up do.
What ever both client and stylists decide make sure that the client is comfortable with the look of course but remember it’s party it’s fun it’s dress up!
Just don’t over do it.
Above shot thanks to Jp Avant garde Vancouver, a shoot we did together.
Embrace the time of year and play hair is a wonderful medium to shape and be get with creative with what ever you taste. I do not expect everyone to like these looks. They are just posted encourage think a little differently about party season and fun.
Manage your time don’t get stressed have fun be creative. encourage your clients to be a little daring.
MikeB2MR
 

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Salon stylist seasonal pressure.


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 Seasonal salon pressures :

As we approach this very busy season for both salon owners and stylists. we should take a moment to make some choices regarding how we are going to deal with and approach the next few weeks of increased and demanding business. Sometimes short term gain can lead to long term pain! Oh and don’t over do the decorations!!

For the client it’s a very social time parties at work, family events. For us the stylist it’s that balance of trying to fit everyone one in keep everyone happy, I say balance because it’s so easy to get caught up in the busy rush and forget the service take short cuts over book to the extent of upsetting maybe even loosing clients.

Remember its all about time management and being organised  but also remembering you only have one pair of hands. It’s about team work! it’s trusting and relying on the receptionist to do a great front of house job in both booking but also time management.

You still need to offer the best service experience that consultation that recommendation for products and maintenance. Traditionally the next few weeks mid November into Mid December is technical work time so concentrate your time on this. As Christmas and shopping frenzy kicks in so does the need for social hair !! party fun stuff. The closer we get to Christmas the more chance of missed appointments and lateness as the pressure of the shopping the gifts lack parking,so be ready and prepared.

A quote I liked on a  group I manage:

As a consumer. I would really appreciate if a lot more hair salon would prescribe products / recommend / give advice to help maintain or improve the condition / styling of hair.  

This was posted in response to a topic i posted but it goes to show that clients do want advice help guidance it’s what they come to you the professional for.

If we get so wrapped up in the seasonal over booking something must suffer normally service!

Offering advice on products and how to maintain manage a style once home is part of the support and follow up service we should offer. At this time of year great deals can be had by clients on christmas offers share this with them.

Back to the busy season making appointments and sticking to them staying on time is key to staying in control. It is the job of the receptionist to run the front desk handle clients booking, and sometimes those late arrivals that can destroy a day, for you the stylist but also all clients booked because of this one lateness the knock on effect will impact everyone.

I suggest a 15minuite rule later than that it’s rebook for this to work you have to be consistent all year round about this policy don’t implement it the weeks running up to the Christmas season.

If you want to take advantage of all the extra season business extend your hours don’t over book your day beyond what is possible work harder in December take some time in January it’s all about balance your clients will respect you much more than if you keep them waiting short change on service or make a mess through rushing.

Remember you can only do what you can. those clients demanding last minute appointments well some may feel let down so make a point now of encouraging them to book.If they don’t then you cannot feel bad they let them selves down by not being organised.

Remember you still need clients in January!! Think about your day the way your booking appointment colour technical work at the start of the day allow some time at the end for up do and styling looks many want for the party season. It’s all about balance not stress. Concentrate on the client in your chair the service the rest will take care of it’s self if the salon and team are all working together

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enjoy the season embrace it stay positive have fun

Have fun but don’t over do the celebrations

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The hair salon challenges facing stylist’s owner’s


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What are the greatest challenges to stylist and salon owners and managers? Building up and retaining clients. Attracting new business. Being competitive with other local salons? Having that trusting relationship built on. Skill, honesty, creative talent with our clients and staff. ! Oh! And service.

As stylists we can so easily get caught up in being busy staying busy slightly over booking that we forget what is really important. The client. The service. The consultation. The after care advice and so  product sales advise.

Over the years I have come to realize that all of the above points are key to success. They are also the main things we as stylist’s forget, take for granted. These are the things we need to stay on top of, make part of our daily routine when working with our clients.

Salon owners and managers need to consider the location when setting up a new business. The image. What are your goals? How do you become part of the community you hope to serve?

Above: one of the two new salons this was formerly a salon existing business, so new ownership new appearance. new idea’s new vision

Below the salon well situated in between the two salons that opened recently but this one closed down as the two new one’s opened who has it right i wonder ?

I have recently watched two new salons open in the city where I live. They are a few streets apart for this to happen two salons closed. Is the progress or poor planning time will tell. A topic for another day. But worth a mention both these new salons have come into town expanding from smaller towns. Both have the same idea both looking for a piece of the pie! Hum!!! Battle of the newbies. Who will stand the test of time.Who will the paying public endorse in the hard economic times? Both have invested in a fancy up market look both very different. I did try and see if i could have an appointment to talk with one owner about vision concept goals. No response was forth coming ! fear is normally what holds owners back from talking openly.What do they have to fear ?

Above: Second shop newly opened the challenge is on. Can it, will it. Attract enough new clients will the local community embrace another salon in the city? it markets it’s self as 5star hotel treatment that might put some off! just a thought. Image and what we present to the public is so key.

Challenging our selves to make changes into how we work. Questioning what we do. How we interact with our clients is not as an easy thing. To take a long hard look in the mirror and being honest about what needs maybe a little help some adjustment. Is even a harder thing to do. Admitting we need some external help advise guidance. Even harder

I recently wrote a topic about Investing in ones self here is the link

http://mike-b2mr.blogspot.com/2011/09/investing-in-ones-self.html

This topic was one I very much enjoyed writing but i have to admit it was inspired by someone who I greatly admire. Author of Double your salon Sales.  Karen Lynch

http://www.doubleyoursalonsales.com/

This little book is a real Gem readily available in the USA and soon to be in the Uk it offers advise, asks questions, It challenges you to make changes and shows you step by step how to make them.

It covers everything we do, the daily situations that are presented to us daily.

In this book, Karen will cover all you need to do to make changes, she challenges you to follow her step by step to realise your full potential become truly successful.

My review of Karen’s book.

In writing Double Your Salon Success, Karen Lynch shows she has a true  understanding of the hairdressing world. She reveals the very essence of what makes for success by identifying the combination of service, consultation and sales that are needed to grow and be current. This book encapsulates so much of what we as stylists forget or take for granted. As Karen shares with us Pamela and Skye’s journey, she takes us on a roller coaster ride from start to finish. She reveals their struggle to make their dream a reality which is at times frustrating and emotionally upsetting and at other times exhilarating. As we read, we think “hey, that could be me; that is so right; what a great idea.” From start to finish, this book is a thought provoking and entertaining read that will leave you wanting to take the challenge to walk a new path to success.

The things we do define us. It’s these things that motivate, and inspire us. Question who you are, what you do, what really empowers you. The challenge is to ensure you have the right knowledge and tools to feel empowered. That feeling of positive affirmation will help you take charge and live your dream.

Courses be they. Technical. Hands on. Shows or demonstrations, are all very worth while.

However the real motivator is being creatively challenged, getting excited, having fun at work and in your life.

The real key to this is. The service we offer. Our communication and consultation skills. Honesty when giving advise on after care and sales.

Its this book that raises the questions, offers the answers, Karen has a finger on the pulse of our industry. It happens that with all my years of experience all that this industry has challenged me with given me, showed me, all this has proved that service, consultation, skill and communication are the key tools we all need to have.

Being able to put one’s Ego aside and having the right level of humility we can all challenge our selves constantly striving to grow and help others to attain higher levels.

For those of you in the USA another wonderful source of help and inspiration would be another lady whom I have a huge amount of respect for like Karen passionate and motivated industry professional

Kathy Jager based in Chicago Illinois  do take a look at both these links and sights so much helpful insightful information.

http://www.kathyjager.com/

As we head towards the end of the year start to think of a new and different approach to work to your clients your business for the new year make plans now set goals take action.

Mike B2MR

 
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