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challenges and change in the hair industry .


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              Is there need for change in our industry? 

                                  ‘If so’

                How can this change happen?

Sadly although it can happen by itself when this happens it’s not normally good and positive change. It’s a change that happens slowly over time normally caused by neglect and complacency.

Rather than point out areas that need to change or be addressed i think it better to look at the big picture and how positive on going change can and will impact our industry. Not every one is open to change some might even be dead against it but it happens with or without some guidance and direction when this happens it can become quiet chaotic and seem very random and uncoordinated.

The hair industry has so many facets that it becomes quite hard to think about it as a whole I think of it more as many smaller units that are all linked under one umbrella ‘our industry’.

From Salon ownership.To Distributor.To Manufacturing. These might be considered the three main arms with other avenues leading off and yet connected within the industry.

This might be Stylists. Training education. Product knowledge. Product education. Platform work Product promotion. This would then break down again into others area. Colleges.Academy. Salon training. Product educator Sales person. Artistic team member and so on. Many avenues to many to split them up.

What has changed over the years? Certainly government involvement in standards and levels of training by the setting up of training standard bodies creating over legislation has this been for the better good of the industry? For both the standards and indeed for the types attracted into the profession? Are the right people steering controlling and setting mandates for our industry?

The number of colleges and academy’s. The standards they teach  the number of students they produce qualified each year. Is it now just a business and  way to control unemployment numbers? Should they work more closely with the industry at grass roots levels the salon and business owner the end consumer of the trainee’s.The industry expected to employ these constantly growing number of newly qualified professionals.

Manufacturers the products they produce, they way they market them. Do they respect our industry or dictate to it? Should they be more transparent about the products they expect us to use and promote. The salon business. Is on longer seasonal. The demands from stylist are different. The way we can connect with our clients is different. what clients demand is constantly changing. The age of expected discounting is consuming many salon and spa owners.

I do not have al the answers to the points raised but i do know that over the years we have allowed these changes to influence our industry. These changes some good some not so good now effect and influence our profession greatly. Judging by the number of industry professional voicing opinion globally on various professional group forums the need and want for change is growing. Build up a Linkedin professional profile join a some groups become active.One such group ‘professional hairdresser knowledge networking group’

There are many passionate motivated professional who work tirelessly to try and raise awareness and have a voice. Every salon every spa has the power to make change happen. How. By starting in your own salon with staff and owner collaboration with innovative thinking. By taking action start to think about and discuss the things your ant to change have a vision and work towards it salon owners stop competing with each other by our discounting each other you are hurting your selves some time competition is not healthy it’s distractive and negative.

Start in salon training develop your team have high standards start hold the manufactures accountable for the products they expect us to use. Join discussion groups share your voice have opinion.When things are not acceptable say so communicate openly with staff. learn and understand how to use social net working and multi media to your advantage. Encourage personal development as well as salon and team development. Take back control of your business and so a little bit of our industry by being educated skilled and professional. Being informed having knowledge is power having opinion and sharing views is powerful.

Finally the internet and the information available we cannot trust everything that is posted to be totally true we owe it to our sleeves and those we work with or influence to do a great deal of research to make sure the facts that we are presented with are correct. To be willing and open for change and challenges to embrace all the new possibilities available to us.

The internet is a marketing tool as well as an information high way so we have to all learn to navigate it and stay current and up to date!

I hope that this starts up some discussion and gives me some feed back.

Mike B2MR.

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Hairdressing education and sales:


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                                       Sales or sharing?

A place to share thoughts review hair colour and products.

This topic is worthy of both discussion thought  and comment for it effects each and every one involved in the Hairdressing Industry.

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! 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.

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  in some cases resent them 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.product knowledge classes or in house training vents can make such a difference to a salon.

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. 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.Building  passionate committed team that works together an want education is key to success.

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? How they look! How professional 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? so many skills to learn so many tools to understand?

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.We have to raise question sot find answers.

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. This is possible by net working sharing reaching out. We have so many mediums available to us  this is such a huge multifaceted Industry. It’s exciting vibrant. It’s constantly growing, changing evolving, whilst at the same time standing still.

The Linked in professional hairdressing net working group is established in the hopes of attracting like minded people to join share and debate.

Many thanks Mike B2MR

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Success as a hair stylist it’s in your hands!


Welcome to BACK2MYROOTS B2MR: Regular postings of fresh new topic’s.

A place to share thoughts post comments and idea’s.

As a stylist we strive to become a success to be fully booked to get new recommendation to earn a great salary to be the best we can. But sadly in so many cases somewhere along the way this changes or never happens why?  What went wrong?  Why do some get so disillusioned even resentful.Why do so many quit the industry! Why do some get by but are full of anger and resentment about both their employer and indeed fellow staff members Why? Time to be honest! It’s time to seek some help? Get re focused and remember why you started on this journey of self discovery looking for creative success. You had a vision a gaol what went wrong?

If this is you!

It’s time for some honest reflection to ask your self some soul searching questions starting with the big one Why? Did you become a stylist? Followed by. Do you enjoy being a stylist? what do you want from being a stylist? What were the goals? What were the aspirations that brought you into this industry? What are you prepared to do to reach your goals and dreams!

There are so many avenues to explore so many skills to gain. There is so much to give and yet so much to gain. Yes you have to give things away to get them back it’s the way of the universe. But all of this comes at a cost nothing in life is easy or free it takes hard work commitment! It takes constant training and updates of all the skills we have. All that we know and all we have yet to learn try and discover. These are challenging times for everyone.Those challenges and demands being day to day running and managing of the salon and staff team members. As stylists working in a salon being part of the team we should be involved in the salons success.

How can we do this? By being and staying positive and upbeat. With so much global uncertainty so much negativity in the news you must think and be positive and up beat both in your out look and in what you project. I have little time for negative attitude or thinking it’s destructive on so many levels both in personal and  work life. These skills cover every aspect of our industry. From those key things that are at the very heart of our daily routine and business success .

Service skills. Communication .Consultation. The experience we offer and create.

We have so many tools available to us to research and study our craft.The Internet the world wide web books. These are really good for learning about service and consultation skills after all Service and clients are our business. We must not forget the other aspects of our trade  the practical hands on creative side this need to be fed and stimulated sharing idea’s with team mates work colleges. We must also make sure we are up to date with product knowledge and technical knowledge.

Just being a busy salon stylist can and will get to be quite routine if you don’t push and challenge your self. It is very easy to get complacent take what we do and indeed out clients and the very fact of being busy as a given ! not always the case. Real success is to challenge your self and continually grow. Fear can hold us back as stepping out side ones comfort zone pushing the envelope is not a comfortable place to be for many of us. Get involved in the salon training nights. Maybe become a platform artist or educator. for major colour company. consider entering some competitions, photographic work .These can be good for both individual stylist and  the whole salon it moral and image.

Remember that the more you give out through sharing skills and experience the more that will come back to you. This career is for you to manage and steer. It’s a journey and adventure you have no idea of what opportunities lie ahead for you. All yours to grasp all you have to do is aim high and challenge your self and those around you. Dont settle for second best. Have high standards. Stay up beat focused. Constantly challenge your self and those around you.

If the above is you if you want to move forward step up the ladder to success then lets connect for an informal chat maybe we can move forward together. Learning and sharing experience.

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All contact information is on my web site I very much look forward to hearing from you

MikeB2MR

 

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The hair salon and the stylist.


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The key role of the Stylist /Hairdresser in the salon:

We have in recent topic’s talked about. How important the role of the receptionist is and how the reception area is the hub of the salon  what a key role they plays in the smooth running of the salon. We have looked at the hard work that all trainee’s and apprentices put in. The commitment and loyalty in so many cases for very low wages minimum  wage is so out of touch with the cost of living fro these young up coming stylists. They work really hard in the hope of getting well trained we should all make sure that they get the very best.

Now lets look at the roll of the stylist.

As important as both of the positions above are what about. the stylist. The hairdresser. The colour technician and huge role they playe. Without a professional team the salon would not exist or function. Let’s stake a look at the role of the stylist. From the time the stylist get to the salon to start their day they must have their game face on. That image of being a true professional. Highly skilled. Creative. With excellent communication skills and technical ability. In-fact their day should start before they ever get to work getting ready for the day. Clothes, make up image all so key for that first impression. The way you dress and the way your hair looks is representative of who you are what you do. We have to leave our personal issues and baggage at home it’s show time.

 As a stylist’s you have to be a team players. We have to be multi be able to multi task! This can be anything from helping to keep the salon running on occasion. Sweeping the floor, washing colour bowls, towel duty. Yes all in a days work! Manage your day your appointment list be organised. This involves working with team and staff members. The receptionist can help you to keep your day running smoothly and  keep you fully booked!. Apprentices and trainee’s again they help you keep your day running on time and with out a hitch offering client support and assistance and service.

As a stylist apart from ongoing skill and training. Communication and consultation skills are really so important. Being a good listener helps. Keeping good up to date client records is also very key to ongoing success and good client retention. It shows the client that you care makes them feel special. As a stylist we are in the business of making recommendation and problem solving. To do this we have to make sure our skills are always up to date. This can be hands on technical ability and indeed product knowledge both in the area of the products we use are constantly changing and evolving  as indeed with retail products knowledge.

As stylists although we don’t like to think of our selves as being sales people and in the service industry we are. You sell through recommendation either by offering a new service or treatment or by recommending retail products to complement and maintain both condition and looks created in the salon. Every thing you do is related to service the experience you offer. That is what you do that is why clients come back great service and consultation.

As a team or staff member although it’s not generally insisted upon getting and being involved in ongoing personal skill up dates and training should be part of your routine. As should skill sharing by giving of your time to share your skill and knowledge with the apprentices and trainees you owe it to them.Yes they help you make you day work it’s time to give back !! you were like them once never forget that. This can be done on a rotation depending on size of the salon and policy.

 Getting busy, being established in the salon both as a staff and team member takes time. But as you develop both as a personality and accomplished stylist so trust and respect develop. At the same time communication and sharing of views and opinions with those around you should be developed become a true team member. Building relationships with Salon owner. Manager. Fellow stylists. Reception and yes trainees.  This is all part of  helping to create an environment for creative thinking. Collaboration on projects and idea’s for improvements be an innovator. Don’t become done of those negative seen it all done it all types that can be so negative to moral in a salon.

Got an idea share it! make it happen!

Challenge your self and those around you be inspiring mentor those young trainees. Be actively involved in promoting the salon. Look for ways to improve your skills courses and training events. Suggest the salon get involved in competition. These have been and are challenging times in our industry it’s my belief that by staying current being professional offering great service being excited and passionate about what you do sharing that excitement with your clients thats a key to being a success.

We wear many hats and great deal is expected of us. Focus on what you are good at and passionate about don’t try and spread your self to thin as i have said the salon is a team so if your great at women’s hair love colouring and putting hair up stick to that.  Specialise in that let others do mens hair or kids for example. Everyone should find their niche in the salon this makes the salon whole. Remember you multi task you have to look great. you are highly skilled. You offer great service and what you charge or the salon charges is reflective of that. Valued added is not discounting to stay busy it’s giving exceptional value for money.

Look at all the skills you have? the tools you use! the power you have to make change happen!

Remember as a stylist you are the product it’s all the clients you do and retain that keeps the salon going and pays all those running costs. The receptionist. The trainee pays your wages. But it’s a team event you are a big part of that team. How ever busy you are how ever good you are don’t let EGO get the better of you don’t start thinking you are better than those around you .Very dangerous no one is indispensable.

The stylist. The Hairdressers. The true professional hard working committed passionate. key to the successor every salon and business.

Remember you. We are all part of that machine that is the hair industry. The part we all play as team members makes the salon run and work for us all.  Keep your standards high challenge your self be and inspiration to those around you.

Mike B2MR:

 

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Salon Spa hair beauty.


Found this quite interesting so thought as a link i would pass it on.
http://www.squidoo.com/salon-and-spa-employment-outlook

 

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Salon support staff.Young workers your trainee’s apprentices.


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The salon would not function without assistance without that team who work so hard to support the stylist from. Shampooing to mixing hair dye or colour to sweeping the floor. making coffee helping clients.

Working behind the scene to maintain.

Every salon has and needs these the young enthusiastic trainee and assistants often underpaid over worked and in some case taken advantage of. Not every assistant is training or doing an apprenticeship. For some the role they have is just to keep the salon running support the stylist and team. They work relentlessly shampooing, doing towels,washing and drying. sweeping, making coffee, filling up and replacing products.

They are the unsung heroes in the salon. Often taken for gratitude sometimes ignored. A salon could not work with out them. Stylist and salon owners should not treat these young people or indeed ask or expect them to do anything they would not be willing to do themselves. Respect  your fellow work mates team members. Never forget we were once just like them! did you ever resent a stylist? I did.

In many cases it’s the apprentice that is used for these roles doing many of the salon support chores. This can only be acceptable if the salon has in place a proper structured training programs of both in salon training, model nights and day release for college to attain the necessary level of qualification. Sadly in to many cases young trainee’s and brought into the salon paid minimum wage promised a good training that never materialises.

Both salon owners and indeed stylists who benefit for all the help and support these young people give.  You owe it to them to give time to make sure that get full and proper training. You should embrace this it can be so rewarding don’t look at it as chore  think of it as a challenge with huge rewards. Remember the day will come when you will need some help or wish the trainee was better trained!  Any stylist however busy cannot expect to use these these young trainees and not give back of their time and knowledge, skill to not mentor and train will only lead to the apprentice trainee getting disillusioned  and eventually leaving. the drop out rate in out industry is so high.

We all need to think back to our own journey and training was it a good experience? What would you like to have had more of? Make your apprentices experience better! This raises standards and encourage them to carry this on into their career. Think about the many aspects and skills one has to learn! As an owner be part of this encourage it. lead by example.

We can all make a difference sharing and giving off ourselves and our time is one such way.What is the point of having skill and knowledge and not sharing it? Look for the best in these young people an help them to develop into amazing creative salon team members. Also make them accountable for their actions and attitude for this is a two way street of giving sharing mutual respect commitment and trust.

Invest in your team and your salon will flourish. Collaborate, encourage creativity, investing both time and money into training is investing in your business now and in the future to abuse and neglect staff training issues is to fail in the long run it’s leads to decent and can be very disruptive to business.

Invest your time get to know these young trainee’s and apprentices share with then your communication skills your people skills your passion. What you will get back is far more support loyalty trust respect. In the salon and in life we have to unconditionally give out to get back sharing mentoring those skills that wisdom and knowledge are no different. Support your trainee’s and apprentices. Invest in your self by investing time in others!

Mike B2MR

 

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Hairstylists our career our vision our journey or?


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

How did we get into hairdressing? What drew you to it as a career? Was it a calling your true vocation? Are some of us really doing what we have known we always would do. Is it our destiny!

How often as stylist do we take the time to look in the mirror?  Do a personal inventory on ourselves. This is the time to honestly reflect on where we are at. Where we want to get to. Are we reaching our full potential? Are we challenging ourselves are we growing? Are we offering the best service possible? Do we need a refresher a little update maybe learn or improve on a skill or technique, maybe a course in management and or staff relations. Maybe your involved in education and training. How current are your skills? Are you in touch with the industry and all the changes that happen at grass roots level? In the salon on the high street?

Hairdressing has changed so much over the years and i would say for the most part these changes have been good and very warranted. From training to health and safety issues. The way a salon or spa is run and the  services it offers. The hours of business. the certification the qualification all changed. We no longer have those seasonal high, That pre Christmas frenzy,Of course it’s still busy but not the way it might have been in the 80’s or 90’s.

Products available to us have changed we have so much more choice. With these choices comes the need for. Education and vigilance and knowledge. We have to ask questions to get the answers.The only silly question is the one that is never asked!

Tools techniques constantly change and so must we. Staying in the safety of zone of what we know never pushing the envelope can and will lead to stagnation boredom! we need to communicate with our work and team mates share visions with owners and managers, be innovative have and share creative thoughts we all benefit from this type of thinking and collaboration.

 We all need to remind our selves from time to time of our dreams our goals. What was it we really wanted to do?  What were the heights we wanted to reach? All easy to forget pushed to the side as other things come into our lives and take president. As we settle for easy street. we stop questioning we stop challenging our selves an those around us.The skills we have to have for success in our industry are many and constantly need up dating to maintain our profession integrity and image.

We are in the service industry first and foremost make no mistake about this one. Service. our communication skills. Our listening skills. Our attention to detail. How we project and represent our selves. Honesty. with humility. Style all key assets to success.

Skills: Product knowledge. Hands on techniques .Creative vision. Innovative Thinking.

All of these skills and talents are a part of who we are! What we do! From time to time we forget, that to stay at the top of our game we need to invest in our selves. To have closer look at what we want an then decide on what we need to do to make change happen. We are in the business of solving problems are we not?

A little self maintenance:

*Are we offering the highest standard of service possible?

*Are we getting a little complacent? {it takes a big person to say yes!}

*Are our skills up to date?

*How is our product knowledge!

*Is it time to seek a little professional help.

We are all stronger together. We all benefit from sharing. From taking the same journey!

Maybe a colour refresher class. Maybe learn a new razor cutting technique. Want to improve on those up do looks. Maybe just talk about ways to improve the salon day to day running the client experience sales!

How can you find help?  Reach out and ask? Days can be structured to suit what ever you want to cover. A fresh set of eyes and new perspective on things can open up a whole new exciting era of change. If reading this you think hey this is me then send that e-mail pick up the phone lets chat let take a journey together. If i cannot help you i will point you in the right direction resources are at hand always.

My web site has all my contact information and full bio on me anything is possible all you have to be is willing to work towards making change happen. ours is such an exciting positive industry full of so many amazing motivated passionated professionals. All working to try and raise standards.Innovate and share a wealth of experience. All any of us has to do is raise a hand and ask for help and guidance.

Mike B2MR

 

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