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Changes challenges improvements. In the salon.


BACK2MYROOTS B2MR:

Created as a source of advise education knowledge skill experience a place to share thoughts post comments and idea’s on matters relating to hair colouring skill and techniques and anything industry related.

Yesterday: I had a nasty shock and maybe  a timely wake up call. My web site and blog were flagged and frozen by ‘word press’ they took my site down for violation of regulations. as it turn doug this was a error cause by a flagged spam auto cut off at ‘word press’. Very efficient but freak due out.Time to take some action. to this end in the coming days I will be switching form WordPress.com. to Word press.org account. This will allow more freedom for links and promotion with other professional bodies.

I have over the last year or so worked really hard on both the content material on my site, net working and connecting.With other passionate industry professional it has been a very interesting and rewarding journey.In the course of this learning adventure. I have had the good fortune to connect with Karen and David Lynch owners of Karen David International. ‘Salon success’  http://www.karendavidintl.com/.karen and David through Salon Success run and operate a salon business support program. Offering access to a great deal of support material in many forms PDF audio Cd download live webinar events and publications. All designed to challenge you to grow and develop  a bigger and better business. Addressing all the issues that can and do arise in the hair and beauty industry when running a salon or spa. From stock to staffing to client retention and consultation, service and so much more!

In the course of our relationship building developing trust a mutual respect Karen and David invited me to try out their material and take part in the program. For the past month I have put my self through the program. Taking part in the webinar, listening to the audio provided reading the pdf download material, and doing the wok suggested and required. Challenging very questioning but i can now say this program is put together out of passion and real life experience. All of it is presented in way that we as salon owner and stylists can understand It’s a real must to at lest explore if your wanting to grown develop and expand your salon and may address some of those issues that are holding you back.

I’m very please to announce that Karen and David have offered to me the opportunity to sure this for the first time in the UK and the links will soon be able to everyone to research the products and support material. I will also have links to the sight for purchase and ordering directly from them. My reason for taking up on this offer with Karen and David is simple they have the same commitment to standards of education and training. To sharing a message and helping salon owners and stylists reach to higher level. Most of what i produce is technical Karen and Davids material is hands on practical help for you and your business a perfect match.

                                        Who are Karen and David Lynch?

Karen and David the real people behind Salon success and it’s innovative support and education program.

Their Story:

Our first salon was in New Zealand – a town with a small population and a huge amount of competition all vying for the same few clients!  My husband David and I had thrown in our full time jobs and bought a salon. We had two young kids, it was our only form of income, it had to work! Over the next few years, I worked in the salons (Hair and Beauty Therapy) and David did all the office work. Well I can tell you we had some hard years, but with the right team in place we finally got some great results. So great in fact we were recognised by Wella and asked to go on the road to tell our ‘success story’.

That was almost 7 years ago now and we were amazed at how much help the industry needed to get what they truly deserved.  From that moment on – we’ve been on a mission! We’ve since been referred to as ‘The Dr Phil of Hair and Beauty’, as we’ve traveled the world inspiring, educating, and motivating hairstylists and therapists by delivering more than 210 seminars on Salon Management, Staff motivation, Growing profit, Increasing retail sales, Client service, the list goes on… But the real big thing we’ve done (and are still doing) to help the industry is this…

We’re creating a whole range of training products to help salon teams increase their sales and level of service and salon owners get more from their business. Having had our own successful award winning salons, we’ve ‘walked the talk’. We know the unique issues that confront salons every day – because we’ve been there! So we created state-of-the-art training DVD programs (that have found great success worldwide) plus CD programs, e-books, forms, systems.. and now my book! And in case you’re wondering…yes I’ve started the next book!!

Now with KarenDavid offices in New Zealand and Australia, our main focus is to create affordable products for salons worldwide… so you can achieve the salon and career you truly deserve! When Karen first sent me the book Double your salon sales.I had no idea what sort of a read it would be how useful what was it’s message? It pushes buttons it provokes thought it sets up challenges. having read it here is my review.

Before our relationship really started Karen offered to send me her book’ Double your salon sales’ she did not send one she sent me a box of them to distribute and get feed back on.I now feel very honoured to call both Karen and David friends. This is such an exciting opportunity to share and offer to any one in our profession and industry away forward not a quick fix a challenge a journey of self discovery. Covering every aspect of the salon and the relationship we have with our clients.

Testimonial re Double Your Salon Success:

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

Mike Vallance

Links to the material discussed wil be up very soon and i hope that it’s as rewarding and exciting and as challenging to you all as i have found it. A wise man once said ‘to promote a product you have to believe in it “this is one such product and tool and i look forward to string it with you all.

Mike B2MR

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Hairdressing learning the basic! Then what?


Learning the Basics and Building on Them

We assume that if a stylist is working in a salon they have satisfied the examination board and reached a professional NVQ standard of qualification or another recognised qualification depending the country you trained in if differs greatly.

In so many cases students leave college with a good solid basic knowledge of the industry and newly qualified – The world is their oyster. Challenges creative excited!

But after a couple of years they can become disillusioned. They blame the industry. The products.

The salon owner or other staff but never take a look in the mirror to see the real problem.

In so many cases we like to stay with the safe option, never step outside the box or push the envelope. A certain level ability is attained and then we sit back thinking we know it all [ego takes over]. You might think – The salon has education updates and product reviews. But you think you were at the last one two years ago so why go again since you have heard it all before.

It is very hard to improve without admitting that you have any weaknesses or a lack of knowledge in the first place. It’s like being at school and afraid to raise your hand  because you don’t understand. You worry that your question might be seen as silly but the only foolish question is the one you don’t ask.

To truly succeed in our industry we have to learn so many different skills related  to our job. These are not always in a manual. There are some life skills and some that are taught. The key is be honest with yourself. Education and knowledge is power. Know your limits and be honest about your ability and then keep learning.

A good example of this would be to do colour correction one has to have a solid knowledge of colour – both practical and theory.

Ask these questions. Can it be done? Should it be done? Can I do it? 9 times out of ten correction is colour that has been messed up at home or by another semi professional stylist.

So the question should be will the salon benefit from this being done? Will you as the stylist benefit from doing this? If the answer is yes then question, question question! Look, touch, consult other stylist team members and then decide how to proceed.

Whilst researching information on Wella colour, I came across this review of Koloston Colour on the website. The stylist said “I used the same colour on four different clients and never got the same colour twice. You cannot trust the swatch or the colour!”

For me this highlights perfectly all the issues raised. This stylist needs to look in that mirror to understand that the starting canvas was different in each case so the same results couldn’t be expected.

From time to time we all need to reflect on where we are at and maybe make some changes.Nothing is ever set in stone ad we have to be equipped to make changes as situation change  position open up opportunities arise .Choices consequences making a decision living with it. Become empowered by staying current taking update courses being a team player get involved don’t get involved in the negative stay and be positive. challenge your self and those around you.

much more to follow on this topic but for now i hope it pushes some buttons!

As Salon owners, managers ,mentors we owe it to new and aspiring stylist to encourage be positive create team spirt. Support with education updates competition work any and all aspects of training including have technical day sin the salon regular staff discussion and communication events!

Mike B2MR

 

 
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