Practical Tips for your Hair Salon (5)
Restrooms in a hair salon should be immaculate because people judge a place by the cleanliness of their bathrooms. If possible, it would be good to have a his and hers because there are some women who would never go into a mixed bathroom. It would also be good to have a special third bathroom if possible, for your employees only.
Assign different hours to your workers to check the bathrooms continually and to see what is needed. When your salon builds up, you might consider hiring a cleaning girl to sweep up the hair and continually clean up the restrooms. Little by little and you will be a success.
Are you considering a playroom in your hair salon for the children that come? That would be a good idea as long as you have someone in there who is overseeing their playtime. Children will throw toys at each other, point, threaten and accuse the other child when something happens, fall and hurt themselves and always cry. They will bring their treats in there and the treats, such as gum or gooey cookies or candy that will stick to the toys and play chairs.
Ask yourself if this is what you would like. Putting them all in a room together doesn’t mean they are going to get along or be quiet. This is why if you decide to go this route, the ideal answer would be to have an overseer to prevent them from falling or throwing things.
The location of the children’s room should be as far away from the lobby as possible. You don’t want those waiting to have their hair done, hear the rumblings and mustering going on in the room. Another thing to consider if you have the playroom is to first get a quote from your insurance agent to find out how much the liability will cost you when Jr. falls and breaks his arm.
You could think to yourself, “how much could happen in only one hr?” Well if Jr. can fall in a minute we also know that little Gretchen can also slip on a toy truck and flip right over Jr. at the same time. In realizing this, we know that things can happen in a minute, and it doesn’t take a whole hour to achieve disaster. Be prepared way ahead of time.
Again, most important is to have an overseer that will be watching them continually to see if all is well. A good idea is to have your attorney draw up a contract for the parent to sign that will hold you not liable for what happens in the playroom while they are getting their hair done. You are not a babysitting service.
Another consideration about the children’s room is their toys. Anything with sharp edges or toxic insides to them are a no no. Children will fight with toys and also put them in their mouths. You can have a television set on with a children’s program and a few plastic chairs around.
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.