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Hair salon and the stylist. Whats next?

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Hair salon and the stylist. Whats next?



I have recently covered topic’s related to training apprenticeships and the college system how this impacts salons how more is needed with regard to collaboration to offer a better standard of training and delivering a better training experience to young stylists.

Training in house of college  and Training. College. Academy or Apprenticeship. 

All  of the above are very key factors in raising standards and indeed for the future of our businesses industry and profession. We need a constant good supply of well trained creative young stylists yet on the horizon a bigger threat is looming for our industry one that could effect the salon and how we do business. What could this threat be? Is it really threat or just progress?  The growing number of freelance/mobile stylists andy the business model that has grown experientially  in the USA booth rental. What effect is this having on the traditional salon and spa how might it effect the future of  businesses there is a demand for change for a different type of service different business model.11753661_482301831950599_4063578576408380102_n


We see so many topics and discussion on standards and the need for improvement. We read and hear  views and opinion in forums and discussion groups from many salon and business owners that the system is letting them down, standards are not good enough young people are not qualified to leave college and go straight onto the salon floor “not fit for purpose” is a term I have heard and don’t personally like.


Salon owners are very quick to point the finger of blame at the college system but very few are willing to engage in helping to change this through a more collaborative approach to training.


The big concern that salon owners need to be considering is can they afford not to start being more involved in training. For year after year an endless supply of young people are being certified as trained they have expectation of finding work earning wage only to turned by salons as needing more training and lacking any salon experience what are these young people doing? With know job prospects they turn to doing fiends hair being freelance going mobile.


They are setting up mobile businesses going free lance some offer very basic service. Some are really driven and motivated many after some time realise that they need more skills and are doing courses yet still staying mobile. The appeal to clients is growing its cheaper its convenient and its easy. With a mobile phone, text ,email appointment can be made a face book page and these young people are growing in numbers and being successful. IMG_4680

Unless the industry comes to grips with this young stylist are not going to want to work in salon they will have no need to the salons as we know it will run out of stylist willing to work long hours for low pay. This is a real threat its not case of it might happen its happening its just a question of how much will it grow and take hold in the coming years. Salon owners need to take heed of this slowly building tide of alternative ways to work unless they get more involved in training and engaging with both college and academies unless they start to pay attention to the wants and aspiration of young people it will be to late many salons will fail through lack of being able to find qualified staff who want to work in a salon. Clients will get used to an alternative way of getting services that they require.


Its not to late but as young stylist get trained and want security so they are adapting to the fact that they are not being given the opportunities they hoped for from certification and upon completion of there courses. They are learning how to run and have a small business, learning how to manage their own time,they are creating a service industry that is built around social networking and connection. Its really very interesting new business model but its also one that will if left change the face of our industry. These young people are willing to work they are wiling in many cases to go on courses for skills updates personal development they look for small business courses. Is this the future for the hair industry bespoke, niche, personalised and customised services?

Salon owners need to work with institutions and colleges to raise standards work towards a system that produces young stylists who are ready to integrate into the salon have realistic view of career expectation and possible earnings. This is not currently embraced by salons offering work experience working with colleges to enhance and improve the training experience this area is sadly neglected. Many salons who would rather just put the system down need to reflect on what the college system is doing an work towards helpping to improve it without engagement at all levels things cannot will not improve.


Young stylist wanting training research who you want to train with, there are many salons that call them selves Academy who will take your money sign you up and delver nothing or a very poor syllabus. research is essential.

long hair up/ do

Freelance home based business mobile service.

Change happens: when people are willing to talk get engaged have useful dialogue become involved and agree to a course of positive change by implementing an agreed agenda for training and work experience.

Whilst we know that salon owners are in business to make profit they need well qualified salon floor ready stylist able to communicate be creative and skilled in the services they deliver to our clients. No clients = No business! No need for stylists.

Again with more and more young people leaving college going mobile working from home unless salons owners start to look at the big picture they will find it harder and harder to find stylist. Clients will find it more and more appealing to use mobile and freelance stylist who offer an alternative to the salon in many cases at a cheaper rate !! all this is food for thought!
As in so professions and industries the strength of our industry is in its future its unity and collaboration at all levels with a goal to improve the experience whilst training, raise standards, keep our industry alive strong and forward thinking. This is what we should all think about and work towards. For business to thrive we need to see the future this is training standards for the youths coming in and CPD [career personal development] for us all. To build a stronger future for us all !

The ‘Three R’s’ 
”Reputation. Recommendation. Retention”. 
It’s not built on that constant looking for new clients it’s looking after what you have! It’s investing in your self and your business and those around you.


This journey, this career, is wonderful – challenging, inspiring, and yes, hard work.

Our industry is in constant change and is sometimes criticised. For lacking vision in some areas. However there is an ever growing body of professionals. That have a firm commitment to our industry, they have a passion for change, to raise standards through education and sharing. Leadership, education and team incentives.Will over time and with commitment give any individual that ability to do exceptional work and to be more creative. Leadership and management help create an amazing work environment for all concerned. So key for success for all concerned.
This journey. This career, is wonderful – Challenging. Inspiring and yes can and will be hard work. but the rewards are worth all the effort.
Thank you all for letting me share some thoughts with you today.These are inspirational, passionate, industry professionals.They have a vision. These are the people I want on my bus to learn from, share with, take a journey with. Get inspired. Connect with driven motivated industry professional. challenge your self. invest in ones /your self 

Are you driver or passenger !

 There are no guarantees in life and ones career and career choice is no different thing happen and its how we deal with them that defines us. Jobs change relationships come and go the one thing that remains after training is our skill both hands on creative and the ones we learn about people and communication about caring about being a team player. Constantly developing new skills staying current is so very important.


I also think that we need to always look at the Why. Ask the question Why are we in business whats it for? OrWhy do we want to go into to business what is success? Why do I suggest this I think by asking and exploring the why we get to the motive behind why we want to be in business what is true success. Why the will also help us to understand our true values this in turn helps us to follow the path to the success we want  and desire. It will help us to surround ourselves with the right team those who share our values and vision.


Remember. Salon success. Stylist success. Business success are all linked together it’s Team success. Its never about any destination only ever about a journey taking the right people on that journey makes it enjoyable maybe even fun!

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 The Salon & the ‘S’ Word

 Written by Mike Vallance

Essential for success: commitment, focus, drive, a willingness to make change keeping an open mind. planning. taking responsibility for ones choices making and taking hard decisions. Honesty and staying creatively challenged.

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