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Practical Tips for your Hair Salon (7)

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      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 shouldnít 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 ďher wayĒ 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.
 
Gossip
 
      Set the rules straight right from the start, that there will be no gossiping allowed about any client or each other. Hair salons are noted for their gossip and even joked about, but in the end; none of it is funny because we are talking about anotherís name. If we arenít saying something nice about the person, then we are defaming his name and destroying his character through the process. Be forewarned nothing has ever succeeded through gossip except destroying the talebearers and in the end the salon gets a blackened name. With this in mind, remember everything always gets back to the one you just talked about. Gossip can put your career on the line and in the end it isnít worth the punch it is made of.
 
Dress
 
      As a potential employer, it is important that you be an example and lead the way to dressing professionally in front of your employees. As stated previously, this doesnít mean wearing stiletto high heels and 2 inched finger nails to convince someone that you know what you are doing. However, it does mean, no cleavage; leave that to the parties and bar scene. Depending upon your hair salon depends on whether you would wear denim, if you do; donít wear any low cuts. No one wants to see your belly button except your boyfriend and that should be at home or at your party. First impressions mean a lot and remember, you do not get a second chance. Think conservative. You can have color, but be professionally conservative about it. You can wear denim, as long as it covering everything.
 
Ethics
 
Please donít wear cologne to work. Many are allergic to it and will break out or start sneezing.
Do not chew gum while you work, it is unethical and denotes a poor standard.
No smoking at all inside of the hair salon, as the smell will gravitate throughout the whole place.
If you must smoke, do it in your car. Besides, those around you smell the smoke in your clothes.
 
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