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Respect trust vision. In the salon/Spa


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

 Respect Trust vision: “RTV”

Respect:

Do you respect your staff ? Do they respect you? Without respect it can be so very hard if not impossible to have a salon running smoothly without and hitches or staffing issues. How does one gain and retain respect in the work place? First and foremost it’s a two way street other wise known as mutual respect.  How does it work? It’s earned over time by actions, commitment, sharing of a vision. Making positive change happen. Being inspirational to those around you. Being a leader. Being a listener . None of this happens over night it takes time to develop. It can not be brought and yet it is invaluable. Respect encourages those around you to listen and or take action to embrace change. Lack of respect can and is very disruptive it creates many issues especially in a leadership or management situation. Once lost it’s very hard to regain.

In the salon or spa environment respect for each other open communication collaboration will enable the salon to function without distraction, without the disfunction that can be created when respect is lost and chaos per sues. In one of many forms from staffing issues and poor management decisions general morale. An openness with regard to salon /spa running and the big picture a sharing of a vision a willingness to listen and on occasion make changes is all part of being respected being a leader you also must give respect to those around you. Ultimately this contributes to better salon management a better working environment and so creating an atmosphere that works to the benefit of all concerned. Clients can and do pick up on this.

 Trust: 

Closely and many might say running side by side with respect is ‘Trust’ this we build. Without trust it’s really is very hard to function and get anything done. To not be trusted or have trust in some one or some thing creates negativity it will slowly bring you or your business down. If this is an issue you really do need to spend some time think it through. If it’s a person a team mate employee ask the question. Why? Don’t you trust them. Can it be addressed is it a situation that can be fixed. If not before making that tuff decisions seek advise from those around you, those you respect ! If it’s a thing then it’s much easier however good it might be if it’s not working for you and you cannot get past trusting it get rid of it! Don’t waste time and energy on things that don’t warrant it.

Without Trust in a salon between every member of the team decent can rapidly creep in negative energy can be and is so distractive. If this is the case council those team members work mates managers that you respect and make decisions on how to address and deal with any situation that might arise. Don’t be hasty consider the situation what created it. Decide on an informed course of action.

 Vision:

Finally that vision this is yours. In this case it’s of your business but it can relate to any aspect of your life for each and very one should have a vision. In this instance we are relating it to work. Once you have clear vision share it with those around you. Those you Respect and trust make sure they share this vision with you so that you are all working toward the same goal.

By sharing your vision with team members you are not only sharing your vision for the future you are also showing that you respect and trust them. There is a synergy between the three words. That synergy comes to fruition when put into action. When action starts to happen, things start to change, they start to progress. As this happens embark on constructive dialogue with team mates and staff members collaborate encourage  new thoughts and ideas innovative idea’s that might help your vision become a reality for all those sharing it with you.

The look the challenge the journey all working together to make it happen and share in the success. Having a vision a goal is what motivates and drives us sharing a vision with others helps it become a reality.

Have the right team wanting and willing to share your vision respecting your commitment trusting you to share thoughts views opinions trust a willingness to listen and collaborate.

Mike B2MR

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The hair salon survival plugging those leaks!


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Is your salon leaking are you struggling to stay afloat?

These are tuff times an economy that is slow challenges of competition. Clients looking for deals and discounts the hair industry and owning a salon have many more challenges these days. Are there ways to save money stop wastage plug those unnoticed leaks? Of course there are so many unforeseen running costs in the salons well as the inevitable ongoing expenses. Here are a few tips that might help you. So where can these leeks be van they be plugged? Yes it takes just a few changes in patterns and actions.

1/ We have all done it it constantly happens in the salon those off hand discounts you know the ones That client who is having a tuff time or that special regular you like that one who tips well! Her or his service was maybe full head highlights and cut. You take your client to the reception and say to the receptionist oh just charge for cut and a T section toady! or that cut and blow dry we will just call that a flat X today! this is discounting this is giving away money if your staff member it’s not yours to give! How often does this happen. Add it up it has to stop.The client does not expect it they come for the service and attention you give no need to try and buy loyalty it’s off hand discounting costing the salon £££$$$$ every month and the stylist as commission is less. Change number. One stop this practice across the board!

2/ Carrying to much retail stock.If it’s not moving it’s dead money go the shelf carry what you need and what you know sells. Don’t make up excessively sell more for less! The more you can retail the better the deals with your distributor. Pay invoice on 30 days products constantly change so over stocking on old packaging is dead money you end up either discounting it or using it in the salon.

3/ Products Salon stock. I don’t know how many salons i have been in that have boxes of half used tubes of colour ! Why is this staff are to lazy to look for the used tubes have a system where they must be used prior to new stock being released. This is a major cost to salons stock control.

4/ Product waste over mixing of product and general misuse of products not good for the environment by a gain it adds up a big expense to the salon.How much colour and bleach is left over after any given process! Weigh it measure it keep good records of formulation eye balling formulation is not professional and creates waste! Consider if you do not keep good formulation records how can you emulate the same colour! your sick how does your co worker cover for you !!

5/ A fair and structured commission and reward system one that works for the salon offers incentive but can be afforded. Many salons can be held to ransom by a busy stylist this can be costly it have to be fair for all. make sure appointment bookings and times allocated are managed by the reception. No more added time added extra time just because you enjoy the chat with a certain client!! over the week how many lost appointment does this make for the salon!

If you were to apply these five changes to your salon over a month you would sees noticeable increase in revenue and saving on costs. I’m not suggesting cut backs. I’m suggesting taking control not just as an owner but as stylist . Stop giving those 10 or 15% discount breaks think about product use. Manage your stock both retail and in salon. Think about making these changes it can be nothing but good for all concerned the salon the business the salon and index the staff team. If your giving the best service have great skills offer a wonderful experience that’s all you need to do!

I write this from experience having owned salons but also visited so many where this constantly happens.

Finally start keeping records of the new clients the walk in client see how many re book or come back a second time! Do this over a period then have a staff meeting to discuss retention and re booking. Over 25% of clients who visit a salon for the first time do not return! how much business are you losing!

Some easy steps to make some big changes that could make such a big difference to the salon the staff ad your profitability. Discuss this with your team it cost everyone it could be your survival collaboration not dictating make your team responsible for their part in this. Manage your salon wisely drop old habits remember why your in business. think about the vision you have for your salon your life.

Mike B2MR

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Salon Spa hair beauty.


Found this quite interesting so thought as a link i would pass it on.
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The salon reception. Front of house.


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 The Reception area. The hub of the salon. The retail centre:

We only get one chance to make a first impression both at the front reception or as being a stylists. but before that can interaction takes place the very first area that sets the scene is the reception. The design. the chairs, the reception has to look stunning professional welcoming.

The very first person who makes an impression is the receptionist. How much importance to you put on the key position. A position that takes so much skill to juggle. To organise. To solve problems. To be caring yet efficient.

They have to have a good phone manner. Amazing people skills patients. Good at selling with product knowledge. know how to mange an appointment book. Deal with the issues stylist have over booking keep good records balances the books. Deal with sales people. What is this worth to you to your business ?

The Image of the the salon, decor, cleanliness appeal. Just as important the appearance and the attitude of the receptionist.Their communication skills the service they offer all so very important for both salon success and client retention.They are the first and indeed last person a client has any interaction with in the salon. They have to make that experience that memory count. Make that client feel wanted and important using their skills to have the client re book that next appointment. Help them with and recommend retail products.

Does all of this happen in your salon? Do you listen to the receptionist about client and indeed staff issues?

The receptionist has a unique position in the salon she or he holds and controls power! Power of the booking they can make or break a stylist if they so chose. My advise to a stylist never upset your receptionist. Always accommodate them if there is an appointment issue or a late comer who needs help it will stand you in very good stead in the long run. They have to be committed and very trust worthy often the last to leave and in many cases open up.

They must be a team player and leader and have a great understanding of the dynamics that is the salon from working with a manger and or owner to communicating with clients and staff and innovator and collaborator. The one who keeps the machine that is the salon running smoothly. Does your receptionist have all these skills? How often do you think about the role they play? Are they well enough rewarded?

Service goes beyond just what we the stylists do offer and create. Service is what the whole salon offers from the moment a client becomes part of the salon. It does not stop after the service has been preformed it only stops when a client leaves never to return!!!

Listen to your receptionist when it comes to retail purchases. The amount of stock to carry, what product lines are selling well.What are clients asking for?  What clients might be saying about products or pricing.

All key information. Maybe even concerns that are being raised about staff members. Service ability. Those getting requested, those maybe being avoided. All need to know information.

Mike B2MR:

Above: To the right the chaos a receptionist over see’s!!

 

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Hair salon- Customer service


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

Service as stylist salon owners managers. We know we are in the service industry but how much time  do we give to thinking about the service that we offer and give. Is it real service value for money? Do we go that extra mile to make that experience so very un forgettable?
Think on this A client becomes a client a soon as she or he enters your world, Not just once she or he is front of you or once you’ve finished your service! cool ha? Has this got you thinking a little?
Thinking more on service as a topic.Imagine your next client arrives flustered maybe a tad late. How you respond to this will set the tone for this encounter this time spent together.
Maybe they are running late due to an external force Irritation from a last meeting a business matter, personal issue. How do we respond to this? Make sure that your client leaves happier than when they came in! Don’t give them cause to carry their frustration over on to you. Don’t allow them to leave in the same mood as they came in with.
Imagine the customer that you have in front of your right now is the only person in the world-pay attention welcome them be present be in the moment. We only ever get one chance to make  a first impression.That first impression on the salon it look it’s image it’s identity so make it work.

The same can be said for the the look of the staff as a whole but also that first impression we as a professional project. That Image that says this is me who can i help you!

Great customer service is. A chance to be a proud representative of the salon but more importantly you represent your self as a true caring professional. A positive influence an expert in your field. No matter what service you are performing. From giving consultation advise to shampooing or technical work.
What ever part you play it’s all a part of the service it’s team work and collaboration Food for thought. The term ‘Can i help you’ can cause antagonism! Why?  Because  that’s what they are here for,your help. Especially If you deliver it with the wrong tone. Try. Out a phrase that works for you feels natural and genuine.
A simple ‘Good Morning or Afternoon’ followed by what i can do for you today. This opens the door for discussion. be ready to offer suggestion/ guidance if they hesitate. remember your the professional they have come to see. that smiled professional consultation.
Always remember that time spent with a client is about the experience you offer the interaction and not about the transaction! It’s not just about the money the fee /bill. It’s not about doing the service and charing it’s about the reassurance on money well spent an investment in oneself the feel good factor. We are skilled professional we get charge a fair rate for the service we offer and the looks we create that is why we go to work. When busy and working at a study pace know your day. Asking ‘Who’s next’ Can be very off putting! keep track of how your day is unfolding, know who is arriving , who needs help, control your day. Your are the Star in the play ‘That is the salon’ .Your clients and the interaction you have is just one scene in the play of today. Your assistance are part of the cast make sure you all know the role you have to play. To make it run smoothly.

Live in the moment with your client,each appointment is the only one that matters at the end of the day you can review the financial reward for a job well done.
Treat every client with respect,regardless of appearance or spending power. You never know who is in the cycles of influence for future recommendation. A satisfied client may not tell everyone on about you but they will recommend you and service you gave the experience you shared. You will get recommended when your name come up in the circles they move in.People’s paths always cross.
Remember that engaging with client’s always pays off in one way or another you never no when. Even if there way no sale  on that extra service or product you get to share you got to practice your pitch you have opened the door for next time .
Offer great experience great service and there will always be a next time.
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Mike B2MR
 

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The dynamic’s of business. In the hair salon


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Owning a salon. 

Running a successful business has many challenges yet equally can be so rewarding. You get out what you put in. As a salon owner you have to wear so many hats. Think about all the jobs you do out side of hands on hair. How do you ever find time to service your clients. Like so many salon owners is it a juggling act. Do you wish you had another pair of hands or could delegate more? Are you a leader able to delegate or are you one who keeps a tight hand on the reins? If so could this tight rein be holding you back?

Why do I raise such questions?

The dynamic’s of a hair salon are quite complex for many reason’s it can run either like a well oiled machine or it can stumble along never really functioning to it’s full potential.Why is this? What turns function into dysfunction? When or how does it happen?

Vision goals communication:

As a salon owner or indeed as a stylist. When you started in the profession you must of had a vision of what you expected it to be like.

A vision for your salon your business that perfect salon. As a stylist maybe it was the path you had plotted for your career, your success. Take a moment are you still realising that vision or have you compromised got slightly derailed? Don’t be discourage it happens without even noticing! Why? Because we are to busy being busy.We lose focus we forget the plot.

Dysfunction creeps in due to. Loss of vision. Lack of strong leadership. Communication breaks down. Collaboration between team members breaks down. Negative competition creeps in. This leads to break down in morale and so effects the working environment and atmosphere. Client can and do pick up on this! This can be cause loss of client retention and so decline in business.

What is required is positive interaction and communication! as above maybe not!

Can this be avoided?

Yes of course it can. I’m not suggesting that this is the case in every salon.What i am suggesting is it can so easily happen.To avoid this sometime professional help is required an outside opinion on how things are looking and running. This takes courage. This takes a honest look in that mirror ask your self the questions. Is my vision a reality? It’s hard to be honest with yourself!!

Are you as the owner leader manager communicating with your team? Do you have the right team. Are they on board with your vision? Have you ever shared that vision with them? As a staff team member are you getting the support you would like? Is your vision of being a stylist on track? Are you a team player?

 Do you have? Regular meeting. Do you openly discuss CHANGE and IMPROVEMENT! Are you honest with each other.

Sit together have an open face to face discussion:

What is required for change:

What is required for change to happen. Honest constructive Dialogue. Collaboration. Want for change. Vision supported with Innovative thinking. Willingness to work together through the challenges to make change happen. ‘COMMITMENT’.

Working in a salon being a part of a team.

Maybe your renting a chair in a salon have your own business? The above still applies,Not all competition is healthy it can become negative and destructive for all parties! We have responsibility to. Our selves. Our work mates. Very importantly our clients. To have a full understanding of the salon our workplace our shared vision our goals .To help each other reach these goals.TEAM WORK!

Then there is finding time to reflect on.

The direction you and your business are going in. The service you offer the standard of work being done. What ever your business model. How often do you take the time to reflect on any of these topic’s in an honest reflective manner? We have to find time take the time to explore avenues to offer help advise guidance.Training up grades staying current with all aspects of our career and business. Seeking out and getting help and advise when required.

On top of all this. New products. New techniques. The challenges of running owning managing a business are is huge. Not to mention the managing of people staff issues it’s so much to deal with. How do you? Help is at hand. All you have to do is seek it out be ready and open for change! The challenges it can bring!

Help can be found in many forms, to help and guide you on a journey to reach your true business potential.It is a partnership in as much as you still have to work face challenges make some decisions. You are guided mentored and encouraged supported all the way. Online support both audio and visual downloadable material.weekly updates and check in. Such a worth while programme that will inspire you and your team onto bigger and better. How do i know I did it!

 Any questions please feel free to email me or post a question i will respond. Are you ready for. A new look at what you do, how and why. Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone? are you ready for a challenge?

Mike B2MR

 

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Salon products. Retail stock and sales


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How do you as a salon owner decide what products to carry: What will you staff embrace believe in enough to use and sell?

*Is it the Brand?

*Is it the packaging?

*Is it smell?

*Is it cost?

As a retail product when marked up will it be profitability? Is it an all natural earth and environment saving product? How do you decide. Do you trust the sales Rep?

This is big business: you have to get it right on so many levels!

*How much can you mark it up?

*Will it sell? Does it have appeal?

*Do the staff like and support this product?

*Is the support education good?

How much stock do you have to carry? It’s so easy to get sucked in remember many product lines change packaging to re invent it and increase future sales. If you carry to much stock you may get left with old product! Carry only enough stock for a month at a time.Try to pay on 30 days and this way your don’t have money sitting on the shelf. Get staff involved, pay fair commission or incentive. Don’t mark up so much that it cannot sell. Stay on top of stock at all times do not let your friendly sales rep do the ordering for you!!!

Do you need some help with this issues or other matters relating to your business and how to make it a bigger success. Check out the links below for some really useful tools designed to help you get your business growing. OnLine support structured to work with you and support you as you work though the challenges of running and growing your business. Are you ready for a challenge? In order to be able to share these links with you for the past Month i have taken the challenge and worked through the material provided by salon success both audio and PDF books downloads.

It does take allocating some time. it’s not a quick fix Magic pill that does all the work for you. It encourages you. To look at what your doing, why and how, It discuses how to change things look at things and issues in a positive light. Very easy to follow and listen to highly recommended . If it was not would it be here? if you require more info drop me a note or leave me a question.

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