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In salon training education product updates.


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

The question asked is: What are the benefits of education up dates and product knowledge sessions to the salon? Are they worth while or a waste of time?

How much time and energy should be put into staff training skill up dates product knowledge certification?Do you as salon  stay on top of this? Do you staff support and attend up dates. Does for staff request them? How do you decide if training and product knowledge classes are of benefit.

First and foremost you have to lead by example: That being suggest or plant the idea you will always have an element of staff that have heard it all before and know everything or at least think they do! I would suggest that you encourage and give good reason why this things are useful. What points could you give to justify.

*Products constantly changing.

*Dangers of not using products correctly or understanding chemistry.

*Wastage in the salon,.

*Product knowledge with regard to retail sales.

*Up dating re fresher of skills and techniques.

*Team building good exercise.

*Show’s a client you care.

When are these best organised in the salon well of course you want to cause as little disruption as possible but sometime’s they can be better for a few hours on an arranged quiet morning. Again clients wanting to book can be advised that we are closed for a few hours that day for training up date. for the most part they like an understand this it show commitment and investment in training all good PR!

Evening work well if all the staff are on board. The same as model nights or staff hair nights staff get to do each others hair or as group you practice and share thoughts views techniques sharing team building.

What role can your distributor or the manufacturer play in this. The answer should be a key one many of the bigger colour companies will have a team of educators who work for them going to salons for product classes and colour education up dates. They should be free but some times it’s dependant on the volume of product you buy. It might also be dependant on whether you buy direct or use a distributor, either way you should get education support. Building a good relationship with a colour educator is a great idea as a source of future knowledge and someone to be able to ask questions if an issues arrises the same applies to the  relationship with your sales person or colour rep.

These up dates are really important because colour chemistry does change and we stylist can develop bad habits short cuts. From a salon point of view it show’s the manufacturer that you care about the products and are truly professionals in how you work and what you produce.

Maybe you have  staff member who is an educator for a company.This involves evening classes at external salons doing preparation before hair shows and can lead to platform work all great for salon profile. Maybe as a salon or team you want to get into some competition work again this is a great way to start bonding team building. Having these up dates can also lead to invites to colour launches and show’s or maybe attendance at manufacturer training academy to gain certification and qualification at certain level or for certain techniques [such as colour correction]

This type of training and skill update is great for salon profile and is also great on a CV for stylists.

Those staff member who have attended all this before remind them that so have you. remind them it’s about sharing and giving being a team player giving back to the younger members of staff sharing experience! yes play to that ‘EGO’ chances are they are the ones who really need to attend the up date.

All of these type of event encourage team communication. Creative thinking and who know’s maybe some collaboration either on a model or just in the salon in general.  Always a challenge but always so worth while. Never forget the trade show’s competitions even fashion event that are always on. An evening or day out at an industry related event.

Written as someone who was the colour company educator and platform artist.The guy who comes in and shares. Yes written from experience. and a passion to educate and help raise standards. Mike B2MR

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The hair salon Control or collaboration.


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Management leadership and control Or Collaboration. In the Salon and training facilities:

Certainly not a normal topic for hair related blog but one worthy of discussion and one that may well be of interest to you and your team.

Why a topic an leadership management and collaboration ? Well i think that it’s a very relevant topic to look at. One that can and does get ignored.One that can play a role to successful team building encouraging  creative and innovative thinking and sharing of idea’s in the salon.

At this time I might suggest that the ‘Collaborative thinking’ suggested in this topic could so easily be employed by. Colleges. Academy’s and the Salon’s. To better the. Student. Apprentice and trainee experience of our industry. Creative innovative thinking!

The hair salon it’s our theatre:

What is the salon but a stage what are we but player’s in a play.The play being the unscripted play called ‘The salon today’. This scenario played out daily staring the staff and clients. These unscripted scene’s play out daily evolving as the interaction between client and stylist take place. Entertaining, challenging, rewarding, sometimes thought provoking. What ever the case always different. As the day progresses so does the play some of the cast change be that stylist or clients but the play must go on.

On occasion this this rhythm this natural flow can break down or be interrupted. By an out side force or influence. This can be very disturbing normally caused when some one is trying to hard to be the director and producer. In this instance maybe an over zealous manager maybe an owner who likes to have tight control over the salon and how it runs.

Leadership and management: I believe very important and do contribute to making a salon or spa run more efficiently but this power in the wrong hands can and will cause issue or problems. Good management and indeed leadership occurs when support is given to others providing them with the tools and or environment to do and indeed deliver great service. This becomes hindered when the motivation is not selfless.

Team or group meetings:

How often do you have team meetings? Idea’s are kicked around plans put in place for change and or improvement. How often is the right praise or recognition given to the right person? Appreciation, thanks, reward, incentive.

Some times as managers and owners we forget that it takes many small parts to make the big part work. Some times as manager and or department heads we can fail! How? Because we cannot let go we have to have control we have to be seen as the one holding everything together. We want and need constant approval and recognition for all that is achieved. This does not lend to a good working environment. It’s to ‘controlling’

Control or collaboration:

It takes a much braver person with a bigger vision to encourage collaboration for this means letting go of the rein’s! Collaboration creates ’empowerment’ improves problem solving increases creativity encourages innovation. Why are so many business’s afraid of it? The short answer is that collaborations dangerous! Collaboration relives one’s immediate control. scary ha! This may well sound quite threatening to some owners and managers. Maybe we can look at some reason as to why!

Collaboration to me is: 

A sharing of thoughts visions idea’s. It’s encourages us to step out side of our comfort zone look beyond our own expertise. For this to really work a certain level of ambiguity has to be accepted by all.

The letting go of ‘control’ comes in to play, because for collaboration to work hierarchy has to put to the side. An approach of ‘tribe of doing things’ needs to move in and ‘chief of all answers’ needs to step down ! This should open the doors for ‘thinking together’ problem solving taking action.Talk is not enough!!

Collaboration really only works. When there has to be a flow of all information dialogue and so progress between the group or team. This might be hard for some but it’s key to the team and so to the ‘collaborative thinking process’. Some times conflict can happen this has to be addressed it cannot be ignored. Avoiding it indicates that you don’t know how to fight or stand up effectively. Trade off and compromise skills to learn and employ.

Collaboration: Happens on top of or out side of normal work. It takes commitment it can at times seam  overwhelming and stressful. Sometimes we here the term ‘Oh things would be so much better if we could just collaborate a little more’  But really it’s not that easy. how often is it put into practice?

Collaboration is about friction debate forging of new idea’s and ways to work better together.Owners and managers need to do more than just tell others what to do they have to listen, team members have to have a voice and use it!  You cannot just point out. ‘hey that’s broken’ and walk away! It has to be fixed. The fear is by many. That an opinion will be asked for! When given this opinion must be listened to.

This thinking may well not be right for all. ‘Leadership’ Is to bring this change about. One of direction and focus supported by and with ‘Followership’. The supporting team.’Collaborating together to bring about change and innovation. These efforts should be judged on out come. They offer no reward for’ Individual merit for effort! letting go of preconceived idea’s. All working together for the common good.

Collaboration. Innovation. Creative thinking.All growing together  create solution get past the problem ask the question ‘How’ the rest follows.

It has been intentional to use the same pictures in some case twice it an example of how we can repeat. How easy it is to have the same discussion and little or no action.

If you as an owner and your team are ready for a challenge one that takes commitment and hard work but offers full support to you  and your team to grow your business and deal with the many issues that arise you might be ready to take a look at the passionate team at ‘Salon success’ and all the experience they can offer you. The  many way’s they can show and help you to get the very best from your business.

Mike B2MR

 

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