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Practical Tips for your Hair Salon (4)

Shampooing a salon client's hair

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The client is seated in the latest adjustable chair with her legs up and out to enjoy this pleasurable service while you massage her head. I’ve had many a client tell me that having a good shampoo was the best part of the whole service. A good shampoo is a massage and relaxes your client from the stresses of their day.
 
There are things you can pinch on while beginning a salon but a shampoo bowl and chair shouldn’t be one of them. To sum it up, you are to consider the comfort of your client and your feet/legs and back. If you are hurting, how much enjoyment can you extend to your client?
 
A Rubber Mat
 
Always have rubber mats around every chair where you work, it will help you with your legs, feet and back. Have the rubber mat around the shampoo bowl, tinting area and around your stationary chairs of your employees. If you are working for someone else, buy your own if they do not have one and when you leave; take it with you, you paid for it.
 
If you are going to have a three to five station hair salon, make sure all of your stylist’s have rubber mats so they can stay in good health and not have problems later on. What you do early on at your job will affect you later on in life, so make sure you take care of yourself and those who will be working for you.
 
Shoes
 
This may seem irrelevant but, don’t be silly and insist on working in stilettos; they are for Hollywood and Hollywood only! It is true that some hair salons still insist on having the glamour of their stylist working in 7 inch heels but be real! How much good can they accomplish when their backs are hunched over trying to give their precision haircut? This is not to say what these heels will do for them long term. Think long term, and think about you!
 
Dispensary
 
When you take your client back to the dispensary, it is vital to have everything at your finger tips without any stretching on your part. Everything needs to be within an easy reach. If you need a special shampoo for dandruff, it is important that you can make eye contact with the location and know ahead of time of its easy reach.
 
This means that every type of shampoo and conditioner that you have must be filled up at the end of the day before anyone goes home. All moisturizing shampoos and conditioners should all be an easy access for you and convenient for those who work for you.
 
Styling Chairs
 
Styling Chairs should be accommodating to the stylist and comfortable for your client. There are some hair salon chairs that are actually dangerous and will tip too easily, with this in mind, always look at the base of them and consider safety an important factor. Look for those who have a heavy sturdy base.
 
There are write ups about the safety issues of the individual hair salon chair. If you are not looking online but talking to a company, be sure to ask them about the safety features in each chair you are looking at, this could mean less liability insurance for you to pay for in the long run.
 
There will always be clients who will climb down upon the foot rest to get off of the chair, when this happens be sure to hold on to the back of their chair while they do get off and make sure they are out of their chair safely before you ever walk away. Go for the practical instead of the glitz because you want your name and your chair to last a long time.
 
A good idea is to purchase plastic covers for the tops and arm rests to extend the life of your chairs. The ideal chair is one that can be adjustable and tilted back if the client requests a brow wax if there isn’t a separate room for this service. Don’t be in a hurry. Do your homework and research and ask a lot of questions! Above all, do not allow children to play on the chairs.
 
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