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New Hair stylist’s

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New Hair stylist’s

When you employ a new hair stylist what are your requirements:

If so would you prefer college trained or rather bring on your own hair stylist talented and trained through apprenticeship and in house training?

How do you introduce new  hair stylist and talent to your salon. How do you keep the flow of new young creative stylists in your salon.  How do you know if they will be able to produce the latest in style hair looks? With so many options from academy to college to in house training with day release for apprenticeship, how do you decide whats best? How do you make that choice about the best way to find new committed passionate trainee’s and young newly qualified stylists.

Here in the Uk with a huge number of young unemployed people looking for and thinking about careers many are being actively encouraged into college training. I think in these challenging economic this issue one exists globally. Will this create a glut surplus of young stylists all trying for the same openings in any given area? Will this really produce passionate talented new hair stylist creative and committed wanting to succeed, wanting to being able to create in style hair looks?



An age old question do we cannot sit back relying on the team we have however good they might be. However committed things can and do change. Stylists move on, they want more these days, they want more control. Chair or booth rental is the future many look to as way of taking control being a small business. 

We have to be on the ball ready to deal with change face it head on. Thinking and planning ahead team building bringing in new talent is something we have to always consider and plan for.  A long term plan and strategy to build and develop the team in an ongoing bases. Why you might think not just for growth and expansion but to stay current offer opportunity build and add to your team, remember that nothing is forever in the hair world. Stylists tend to be transient and when one moves it can start a trend the grass always seem’s greener be prepared.

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I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer to the question of. What is the best way to bring in a newly qualified stylist? In house training allows for gradual development within the salon making integration easier but also in some cases that leap from being junior or trainee to stylist can be challenging. Having a hair salon culture that encourages trainee development and progression with the salon structure is a step in the right direction. On going training both on skills and techniques as well as personal development are also I believe really important to success of both the new stylist and the salon. Collaboration between all parties managers owners and staff.  A strong salon brand and culture. A platform for shared innovative creative thinking also are really important.

IMG_2174The other option is new face. A newly trained stylist a new staff member. In some cases this might be easier. They then have to learn and understand salon dynamics. They have to become part of the team You have to put the time in to develop them teach them and share the salon philosophy they have to fit in with the image and brand.  You see nothing is ever in black and white. It’s is all about making choice and living with taking responsibility for the consequences and challenges nothing is ever easy.


What would i chose: Hum! I think i would use in house training with day release to college to gain the required qualification and certification. Allowing the salon to develop the young stylist’s creative and hands on technical skills with in house model nights involving all staff. This encourage team work, sharing, collaboration. Starts to develop commitment to the salon and team allows for encouragement and learning and development at a pace that works. Enables the development of creative talent. Having had experience of some of the college training environment i don’t think that the atmosphere is conducive to development of young stylists ready to assume the role of stylist upon completion of training. They have very little hand on skills  when it comes how a salon works and how to relate to other team and staff members. They are in effect trained school leavers.!! They require and must have an open mind to learn how to integrate in to a salon learn those key skills .be prepared to be mentored. As a salon owner one should expect to put in some time into developing a newly qualified college training hair dresser into a stylist and successful highly skilled professional.

But hey that’s just my vision What’s yours?   love to here your thoughts Mike B2MR

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 WhyAsk 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!

Mike B2MR

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