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Practical Tips for your Hair Salon (5)

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Cutting Children’s Hair
 
      The way to the mother’s heart will always be through her child, but are you really ready and do you have the patience? Many a child’s first haircut ends up being a horrid experience for the hairstylist and the child because the child refuses to sit still. I’ve even seen mother’s hold their child on their lap, while holding the child’s head forcing him to have his hair cut; instead of making them sit still; while the hairstylist breaks her back to try to give a good haircut in this most unprofessional and uncouth way. Meanwhile, the child is screaming and waving his arms and legs to get out of the stranglehold. What a dilemma a child’s first haircut can be.
 
      In time, I refused to cut any misbehaved child’s hair in fear of poking their cheeks or nipping their ears with my scissors. Ironically, when you tell the mother to take a walk around the block or go shopping while you have the little tyke in your chair; you can talk to him about the seriousness of the procedure and the majority of time they will straighten up and be still and love coming back to you.
 
Children’s Corner
 
      There are whole salon’s built around children with fantasy chairs for them to sit on while you cut their hair, but unless you have a well behaved child, none of the accessories will work. If you are gifted with dealing with children and their demanding ways, you might consider having a Children’s Corner in your hair salon. The children’s corner would be a special place filled with bright poka dotted colors on the walls and maybe a television to keep them occupied while you do their hair. The whole idea is to keep their minds busy while both of you chat so you can cut.
 
Your Own Station
 
Styling the hair of a salon client       The location of your hairdressing station usually depends upon how your hair salon is laid out, you might not want it too far away from the reception desk, just so you can oversee what is going on and it is important that it not be too far away from the wet stations so your client won’t have to walk three rooms away or in front of a bunch of other women or men while her hair is in foils or tint. In some hair salons, there are separate rooms for the colorist to apply the color, along with a shampoo bowl and chair and the restroom is usually a step away.
 
      While deciding how you would like to design your salon, another decision is to ask yourself if you want these separate rooms. More always means more financially. There are ways you can cut corners and add on as you grow. If you have a colorist who will be doing all of your colors and do not have the means or plans for a separate room at the time, why not consider a folding portable petition? They have some very attractive ones that are sure to go with your color theme and is a good way to begin. Women do not necessarily want to be seen with their hair in curlers, with tint on, foils or with perm rods in their hair. Women like their privacy going through their beautifying process.
 
Things You Should Have
 
      Besides the comb out stations and wet stations, there are always dryers to consider to speed up the process of perming, tinting, bleaching or foiling. You could always begin with two and increase your amount as you increase your productivity.
 
      Items to sell: There is money to be made in beauty products and when you give a decent percentage to your employees they will freely want to sell the shampoos and other things that are on your shelves. Keep them dusted! A dusty shelf of products speaks to the consumer as a place that is unkempt and unused. Most important, know your product and believe in what you are selling.
 
      Would you consider a manicure table and if so, how many and where? Would you want them to be able to apply the silk nails and acrylic or what? Think about the smell, ideally that would require a separate room, ionic air filters and lots of ventilation.
 
Cleanliness
 
      It shouldn’t take a cosmetology inspector to tell you that your curling irons need to be cleaned and that you have hair in your brushes and combs. Just like when you first learned in school, you take the hair out of your brushes and combs first and wash them with soap and water before you place them into the sanitizer. This should not change when you get a job. Caked on setting lotions and spray on your curling irons are not conducive to good hygiene or a good hair salon reputation. Clients see these things and then later talk about them. When you take the time to interview a potential employee, also take the time to ask her about how and when she sanitizes her tools. She may have done it “her way” for so long she may have forgotten the right way. With the onset of so many transmitted diseases today it is vital that you take the time to hire only those who care enough to keep their station and tools clean. Should you do this; a good reputation will go before you.
 
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