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challenges and change in the hair industry .


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

              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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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 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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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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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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Challenging times in the hair salon.


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These days knowing how to cut hair. Colour or dye hair is not enough to succeed!

The hair salon for so long classed as a safe little to no risk business. Everyone will always need a haircut. low overheads and good profit margins. But not any more to owning a salon, being good with people being a good all rounder is not enough. These are challenging times and more and more we hear about struggles. We hear stylist and owners questioning what used to work does not any more. Clients have the ability to look for the best deals and discounts.This questions customer loyalty and client retention. Stylist want more than just a basic wage.Young stylist leave college with such high wage expectation newly qualified they think they know everything and world is their oyster!!!!

Product’s many have improved some are misleading and dangerous. As professional we have to make and hold some of the manufactures to account. They have to be more transparent about product content and any possible health implications. Insurance, liability, health safety. tax, licenses. Is it all worth it?

 http://www.ewg.org/hair-straighteners/our-report/hair-straighteners-that-hide-formaldehyde/ 

The global shift  in economies has touched every one for many created fear and a longing for the good old days. I feel that although things are tuff and everyone is sailing in unchartered waters, the true professionals the ones who can embrace change will come through these hard time stronger and better equipped for the future. Change is scary but it’s also positive. Innovative thinking staff collaboration, creativity. These are the future.

These  standards and etching have to start at grass roots in the college and academy with the young apprentice encourage that wanting to question and lean that need for answers. That passion this will only come when standards are raised by those running and teaching in these institutions. The future is training up the stylists of tomorrow and making sure they have product awareness and are ready to question and demand answers. Salons teams have to be on the right and the same tracks to succeed.

Salon owners have to realise that discounting is very short sighted it’s a game when salons in any area start the discount game all business suffers. Service, skill, creativity, honest, communication, value for money these are the keys to success. Having a strong and focused team all working together. Work together share the rewards together.  

Working on line has taught me just how many industry passionate motivated professionals there are who really try to make a difference. Who are willing to share their views experience and opinions.To reach out and support others. Raise questions ,look deeper than the surface

How ever tuff things are for you and your business it will get better it can better. Reach out for help an support think out side the box. Challenges are how we grow and get stronger we are in the business after all of solving problems and correcting wrongs!

We have to embrace this changing world and all the issues that we face in our business. We have to communicate and net work We have to seek out others to share views with ask for professional help .Most importantly remember why you came into this industry what was your vision? Has it changed? Does it need to change? Change and the challenges it presents  are positive.

Mike B2MR


 

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