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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.


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

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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Professional groups representing the hairdressing industry


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

This is topic on our industry our future can we all make and accept change?

What is the way forward for our industry? How do we strike a balance one that represents businesses and Salon owners yet works with training bodies and institutions.One that fairly reflects every aspect of our industry from the trainee and or apprentices to stylists and salon owners one that collaborates and works in unison with further education colleges academies and institutions. Is it possible ? I like to think it is but change has to happen.Thinking has to change a new chapter need to be written!

Having just attended an industry discussion day by one of the many Training bodies / Institutions funded by government working to government guidelines. It came to my attention that this discussion had no representation by any one from the hairdressing industry in the private sector other than me ! Its was not a very well attended gathering all females and all representing colleges, further education, and private institutions. The big question is are these publicly funded groups and bodies out of touch with what’s going on at salon level should they try and remedy this? The challenges facing salon owners staff retention training and apprenticeship programs re gigged re named re vamped submerged in red tape and paper work. No mention of collaboration between salons and colleges no passion no vision lots of acronyms and abbreviated words. “ACE” “SASE” ‘ASCL” who cares do students trainee’s ? salon owners? No they want facts they want easy to understand easy to implement ! Shared within passion by motivated inspiring innovative speakers. Who are interesting and engaging!

A minimum wage for apprentices was discussed frankly so out of touch with reality and hardly surprising that so many young people drop out or fail to get qualified as stylists. When having open discussion about any aspects of the industry it’s not representative of feelings points of view much less needs and concerns if salon owners and indeed all bodies related to the industry are not consulted. Education and training is as we all know really important!  But if it’s not done listening to the wants needs and concerns of the salon owners the end consumer of these trained up young stylist whats it all for???

We in many cases have a system now with little or no collaboration between Further education colleges, training institutions and salons. More time needs to be put into understanding salon owners and the industry more hairdressers and industry professional need to be attracted into these bodies bring to the table hands on experience and skill knowledge about products. Bring to the fore front the dangers of some products.Working with manufacture to be more transparent about some products and how they work the chemistry they contain.

Goals and vision for collaboration with salons working with Further education colleges for work experience less red tape less bureaucracy less government intervention in an industry they do not understand at street level. I went to this meeting my mistake was not asking what the agenda was or the format was for discussion was it a forum or did it have an agenda that allowed for discussion and opinion and raising questions. I was also shocked that apart from myself  the representation of trainers and further education representatives were all female. In an industry that claims that only males make it to celebrity level. Something I dispute know ing some very talent female stylist and platform artists! But why do not more males get involved at college level an area dominated by women at all levels from senior management to in salon training levels.

I think these professional bodies all do a great job. But i also feel that they need to do much more to attract and get involved where it counts they need to strike up communication with salon owners listen to their concerns encourage collaboration innovative thinking that got beyond just training manuals and strict guide lines. Hairdressing is a passionate creative industry when events are staged they should reflect this not be bland and beige. When inspiring people, when doing presentation. we have so many tools available to us now, the day of power point and just standing talking in mono tone just does not work! It’s does not inspire nor does it attract a true cross section of the industry and all the talented successful business people who could contribute so much. Although this is a Uk example i would be interested to hear feed back from other  countries what works for you on this international issue . Is it any different for you?

Do you think that professional bodies should have more professional representation when it comes to direction and planing on education training and all aspects related to our industry. Should these bodies have to collaborate more with salons and stylist.

Should apprentices be asked for an opinion on the training they aregiven and the model they worked with? How was there experience? Salon owners institutions stylist businesses we have to work together to develop our industry secure it’s future stability and  make it work for all of our future an that of new stylist and trainee’s coming into our industry.

Mike B2MR

 

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Your Salon your dream your vision.Your challenge!


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

Thinking of starting that dream salon? It can be a huge challenge it could be a nightmare? These are very challenging times a global shift in the way all business is carried out has taken place and  is still taking place. The hair industry has not been immune to this. No exemption card clients demanding better deals many different brands of home hair dye. Professional colour is not the only option.

Is it the right time to open salon go it alone?

Lets assume that your a qualified successful stylist. One that has been in the industry to have a good idea of how things work. Lets assume that you have worked for a long enough period to establish your self as a stylist and have a strong following of loyal clients.

Now let’s assume that you have worked for other people for long enough. You want to start your own business you want to do things your way. You know you can do things better use your experience  and  knowledge to be a success and offer your clients some thing new and different.

Sounds great ha? I think this is the normal path of progress for most hairdressers. We reach appoint where we start to question the way things are done in the salon they are involved in. We think the owner is taking to much of the pie! We know we could do a better job we have a vision. We have a great following of clients. We know our business. We understand our clients, how hard can it be? I think much tufter than many think!

Without dwelling in the past a number of years ago I went through this very scenario. I had out grown the salon i was involved. I say involved in because I had work amy way up and was a director and share holder. Sound good ha. Well it was not enough! Why ? Because i felt i was the busiest in the salon and yet felt i did not have a voice! Was this the case or is the grass just always greener else where! Or is was this just Ego!! I don’t regrets ever but do some times reflect on what might have been if i had made other choices.

It was time to go it alone:

I sold my shares back to my partners used this money to buy a lease. I purchased an existing salon old fashioned shampoo and set joint. I closed it for 2 weeks gutted it with the help of family and friends re opened as trendy up market salon. [not one pictured] My clients all followed the location was great and this is key. In this instance i chose a location that was where all my clients were moving to. Easy parking great location they were happy to pay the same prices that i charged in Chelsea. I had a vision and a goal i was very motivated, I had something to prove to my self and others i could be a success. It worked really well .Why? Because i was in the right place at the right time. This salon attracted other start up salons they tried to do the same thing as more and more sprang up as the area developed. I noticed the odd one failing within a short time. Why? Any market can only sustain so much. What they were creating was on longer new or different, saturation point! I sold this salon within 2 years and made a huge profit the guy who bought went bust with 1 year. What you don’t need is an empty salon!

Why am I telling you this? As a warning think things through. Do your home work. The world we live in has made a huge global shift in the way business is done. Clients needs and wants have changed old business models no longer work. These are challenging times. Would i do it again now . No i would not to much risk i would find a different way of making my dream my vision work! Having a vision and a goal knowing how you might want you salon to run and look is so exciting. But really take the time to think it through. ASK YOUR SELF  what is it you really want? What is it you really want to achieve? My advise would be before leaving the salon you are established in, talk with the owner see if you can buy in. Invest in what already exists share your vision share your concerns discuss change. There is little or no risk in putting out feelers and it could save a great deal of headache in this very fragile economy.  Collaboration and innovative thinking. Having a vision and goals we should all have making them a reality takes a lot of planning forward thinking and soul searching honesty about commitment and risk. You need to work with talented motivated vision sharing stylist’s a team. Think your already part of a team why not just adjust the balance of things.

I decided to write this because not to put any one off but as a warning that it takes huge amount of work and commitment with no guarantees. I read so many comments by people struggling to make end meet trying to attract business. Thinking that discounting is the only way forward disillusioned by the industry and what it takes to get ahead. you might end up on your own struggling with being alone!

I exchange e-mails with people who have started businesses and know find themselves struggling to succeed asking what will it take.  Vision, commitment, willingness to change and adapt, loyal clientele, a team that shares your vision, Capital to support you through the challenges that lie ahead. For it’s not all smooth sailing.

To succeed you need to. Specialise stand out be different. Be highly skilled and knowledgeable in all aspects of our industry or make sure you have a good team of skilled adviser around you. do your home work be honest with your self about what you really want! What risks are you prepared to take ?????? need help contact me.

Mike B2MR

http://www.karendavidintl.com/ and salon success.

 

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Challenging times in the hair salon.


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

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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