Practical Tips for Your Hair Salon (7)

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Set the rules straight right from the start. There will be no gossiping allowed about any client or about 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 someone else's name. If we aren't saying something nice about the person, then we are defaming their name and destroying their character through the process.
Be forewarned: nothing has ever succeeded through gossip except for destroying the talebearers, and in the end, the salon gets a tarnished reputation. With this in mind, remember everything always comes back to the one you just talked about. Gossip can put your career on the line and in the end it isn't worth the trouble it causes.
As a potential employer, it is important that you set an example and lead the way in dressing professionally in front of your employees. As stated previously, this doesn't mean wearing stiletto-high heels and two-inch fingernails to convince someone that you know what you are doing. However, it does mean no cleavage. Leave that to the parties and bars.
Depending on your hair salon depends on whether you would wear denim. If you do, don't wear any low-cut tops. No one wants to see your belly button except your boyfriend, and that should be at home or at your private party. First impressions mean a lot and remember you don't get a second chance. Think conservatively. You can have color, but be professionally conservative about it. You can wear denim, as long as it covers everything.
Please don't 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 unprofessional and denotes a poor standard.
No smoking at all inside of the hair salon, as the smell will permeate throughout the whole place. If you must smoke, do it outside or in your car. Besides, those around you can smell the smoke in your clothes.
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Do not swear or use inappropriate language in front of the clients or other colleagues. Do not discuss your personal issues with the clients. They have their own issues and didn't come to hear about your issues, but to be pampered and to receive a professional service.
No pets. If you make an exception for one, this will mean others will follow. Additionally, it is against the law in some places to bring a pet into the hair salon.
As a salon owner, do not talk to your employees about your other employees. This lacks leadership, is a double standard, and is in poor taste, and it will get back to them.
Beginning a hair salon requires a lot of consideration and one of the best ways to start is to write it all down, beginning with your priorities. Identify your favorite colors and the preferred area of town where you would like to start. Make sure you have enough capital to sustain you for at least one year. Emergencies can arise and you will want to address them promptly.
If you are considering a small in-house salon, make sure you have a private entrance along with a restroom. Be faithful to keep regular hours so your clients can depend upon those days to come. Taking the time to attend to details will ensure you have a successful and happy hair business in the years ahead.
See also:
Hair salons
On becoming a hairdresser
How to choose a new hair salon
Hair salon wear
Why do most hairdressers wear black?