Practical Tips for your Hair Salon (3)

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If you have the type of hair salon where you will be doing the coloring at your station, this is all the more reason why you will want to have the type of station that will be able to store towels as well as the other needful items. When it comes to towels, it is always better to have more than less. It can be very aggravating to you and your client when you have to run in the back of the hair salon because you ran out of towels.
Another place to have an abundance of towels is at the dispensary where all of the shampoos and conditioners are located. More is never enough and accidents happen all of the time. If there is a water spill under the shampoo bowl, the first thing you will want to do is throw some towels on the floor to soak the puddle up before it spreads. If your client is sitting there because she is waiting for her perm to be rinsed and she starts dripping from the tint or perm, the access of fresh towels can save your life! Be sure to have plenty strings of cotton on hand too.
Mixing Room
This is the place you go to mix your client's customized hair color formula. You can keep her secret formula at your station or locked up in your cabinet. She cannot see what you are putting in where or with what, but she is trusting in you completely. Once again, accidents happen, and you will want to mop it up very quickly. Use the towels to soak up the excess and always wipe around the mixing bowls and bottles. So make sure you have a ready supply. Towels are used for everything except to mop the floors. The mops and brooms should be in a closet not too far away.
As you learn about ordering supplies and for your steady clients, you will know that you will have to have a regular inventory of the more popular colors then those that seem outrageous or trendy. It is best to have a few of them, but a larger supply of those you are using. Always order more things before it is needed, at least a week or two ahead of time.
The worst-case scenario is when a lady comes in your salon wanting a particular color, and you do not have it because you are waiting for your order to be delivered. This is when you become the mad chemist and are mixing colors in the back to achieve the color your client is used to having. Or have a friend in the salon down the street that you can send someone to borrow the hair colors. These things happen and if you do have to borrow or buy the color from another hair salon, chances are they will borrow from you in the future. One break deserves another.
Sometimes, you will have an ideal trustworthy worker who will be able to keep track of the tints and items used for you and your employees and either order for you or hand the list to you. In fact, she can give the order to you, to initial before it is ordered. If you do end up having such a person, it is wise to check the inventory from time to time yourself and also think about supplementing your worker with a little extra pay.
Shampoo Bowls and Chairs
Although you may be watching your finances, it would be best to try to get the best shampoo bowls and chairs you can possibly afford. The reasoning is because of your back and your client's comfort.
The standard shampoo bowl and chair is normally very uncomfortable for your client while you stand on the side stretching your body to twist around to adjust the chair to shampoo her hair. Not good. The client isn’t really very comfortable because she is not able to put her legs up and she is trying to adjust the chair and bowl as well.
Some clients have short necks, and this contributes to a special problem for her and the shampooer. It can be almost impossible to wash and rinse a head of hair with a short neck without getting water all over the place, on the floor or on her back. And with the twisting and stretching on both sides, there can be back problems that arise.
The latest equipment is designed for you to be able to shampoo your client’s hair from the back of the bowl with less back problems. In this way, the client's head is right there in front of you and usually at the height of your stomach. Most important is when you are having your bowls installed to make sure the shampoo bowls are up at a reasonable height to accommodate your height and your back.
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