Practical Tips for your Hair Salon (2)
Yellow is a happy color and considered very optimistic and bright. Yellow is mentally very up. When you decorate your walls with yellow, try not to go canary though. Go Mediterranean yellow. Something between mustard and gold or a pale light sheen. I walked into one hair salon who enriched the color pink, and everything was divinely pink. I must say, it was totally captivating, to say the least. I’m not too sure how many men walked in. But if the gents liked the haircut they were getting, I think the walls didn’t really matter to them.
When it comes to color, you don’t have to go with the flow. You can follow your heart’s desire to a limit. When I say limit, I’m talking about how artists can sometimes go crazy when it comes to color. Conservative people will walk through your salon door and see your red and turquoise walls trimmed in purple and turn right around and go out the door as quick as they came in because they fear what this crazy person might do with their hair. Therefore, when it comes to color, go for the gusto but skim off the foam. You can always go crazy at home, but not at your salon.
First impressions mean everything in the beauty business. You can have a pretty reception desk with a pretty receptionist but unless there is a vibrant, kind and patient personality behind the desk it won’t say a whole lot for your hairdressing business. If she has a dry personality, your hair salon will appear dry, cool and uncaring. However, if you have someone who has an outgoing, considerate and tenderhearted personality; this will give the right tone to your salon.
If she doesn’t know much about the business, but has the type of personality mentioned, you can always teach her the ropes. Avoid the too chatty or gossipy nature, because this will give your business an atmosphere of too much informality and mistrust. The ideal understanding right from the beginning is to state with a legal contract that there will be no gossiping about their employer, employees or clients at any given time and if found in such a manner will be dismissed immediately.
Your hair salon can be of a higher standard. There are professional tests that you can order and use to give to your potential employees that will give you a great deal of insight to how they are and what their priorities in life are. Having a people person is not discrimination of age. Someone who has a sunny smile at the front desk is an utmost importance because she/he is representing you and your salon. It is the first person people hear on the telephone and the first person they see when they walk into your business. You will want it to be the best.
Towels may seem like a small thing, but when they are needed they become a very large thing. Towels are a big thing when you are considering opening up a hair salon. If you buy your own towels, once again, color takes precedence because white towels show the stain of tints very easily and the stains are hard to get out. However, when you buy colored towels such as blue or dark green, the stains won’t be as noticeable when you wash them and they seem to last longer.
Draping your client on a tint-stained white towel can become a major topic of conversation that you really should avoid in the first place. If you don’t, you will find yourself giving all kinds of explanations of “this towel is really clean, but only looks dirty.” How professional does that really sound, and what does that say about your hair salon? If you decide to opt for towels, give the location of your washer and dryer good consideration, preferably in the back and work the laundry time out with your employees.
Everything should be washed and dried before you close down the shop every day. One suggestion is to have a towel service. This will be a tax deductable service and the company automatically knows their towels will be stained when they come and pick them up. You will never have to wash towels. However, keep a washer and dryer available, just in case.
Location of Towels
As if towels are not a major contribution to opening up a hair salon, so is the location of towels a major consideration because you will want to have a pile of them at your station. There will be times when you will be spritzing your client’s hair while giving a haircut and will have to dab her face from the droplets. You will need towels!