How to Make Money, Guaranteed!
by Trash Talk with Anna Craig on Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
Hair has been Anna Craig’s passion since she was 12 years old, this has always been her path in life. In 2001, she went to school in Tempe, AZ, at the Carsten Aveda Institute. After doing hair for about 5 years, she realized that precision haircuts were her specialty, after years of thinking that color was her calling. After doing hair in Arizona for several years, she took the plunge and moved to Texas, and her career took off. She soon opened her own salon, Trashy Roots Salon & Spa. There she became a Certified Deva Stylist, specializing in Curly Girl haircuts. She is also an Artistic Educator for Pravana, which gives her the opportunity to go out to different salons in the area and educate them on new products and techniques. She is very involved in her community — holding annual cut-a-thons, participating in benefit hair shows, and helping with local beauty schools.
The one way guaranteed to make money and to stay busy at your salon is to be there! Take this little quiz to see if you are on the right track. Answer yes or no to these questions:
1. Do you call in sick at least once a month?
2. Are you late for work?
3. Do you leave early or before the salon closes?
4. Are you always changing and adjusting your schedule according to your social life?
5. Do you run errands or take long lunches during your scheduled work day?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to take a serious look at yourself, because you can only blame you for not working up to your potential. Clients could be calling to book with you right now and if you’re not at the salon, how are you going to service them? So, if you are having issues being at work, here is a simple solution to help you get back on track to make some money and to build your business.
1. Be on time. Arrive 15-30 minutes early every day so you are ready and can start you day out on the right foot. Sometimes clients arrive early and if you are running late or are not ready, they have to sit around and wait for you, and that is not professional. Your hair and make-up should be completely done 15 minutes before your first client. Your client should not have to watch you get ready for work.
2. Schedule your time off at least 3 months in advance. Plan your time off in advance, not at the last minute. This way you do not have to reschedule and shuffle clients around. Clients do not appreciate being moved a day or two before their appointment so you can go on a last-minute vacation.
3. Stay until the end of your shift. This is hard sometimes if you have a slow day your first instinct is going to be to jet out early, but you can miss those last minute walk-ins or call in. And if you start leaving, after a while it becomes habit and next thing you know, you’re leaving early every day and clients start to think you don’t work nights.
4. Stay your entire scheduled shift. It’s very tempting to take a long lunch or to go shopping with friends if you don’t have clients at the time. But resist the urge and stay and hang around; you never know when a client may call the minute you walk out the door. If you are always out of the salon, clients will have a hard time scheduling with you and you miss the money you could make from potential new clients. Your receptionist might not book you as much if you are always gone and running errands. Save your lunches, shopping, errands, etc. for your days off.
5. Don’t call in sick unless you are actually sick. Save those days for when you are actually miserable. If you are always crying wolf that you are sick, your boss might not believe you any more, especially if you are always supposedly sick. Clients don’t appreciate being canceled on the day of their appointment, especially if it’s just for you to play hooky. Be reliable—stylists already have a bad rap for being “flaky,” so show your clients you’re not like that.
Re-Book Your Client With Celeb-Worthy Hair Accessories!
by Megan Dorcey on Monday, June 21st, 2010
The mercury is rising and we all know what that means: less is more in the clothing department. Coping with the heat can take a client’s wardrobe choices and cut it in half. So what should you suggest to add some glitz and glam without adding unwanted layers and heavy jewelery? Hair accessories.
The days of stick straight hair are long gone. Everyone from that gorgeous model on the runway, to your favorite celebrity, to the girl next door is sporting something pretty in her wavy ‘do. Sparkly brooch-inspired clips, glitzy headbands, and simple up-do tools are popping up all over the hair scene.
This is a very quick and simple way to offer an option to your client and they will be so happy with her style that she won’t hesitate to re-book her next appointment before walking out the door. Simply suggest she bring her favorite hair accessory along to her cut or color and offer to style it in a fun way that they may not have thought of. This will only take a few extra minutes and ensure a returning client. If your client doesn’t have a favorite accessory, stock up on a few trendy and inexpensive pieces that she can take home. Making your client feel special when she walks out the door will mean the world to her, and don’t worry-she will tell her friends how much fun they had with you!
Is your client hesitant to add an accessory? Try a summer-friend celeb craze such as the messy braid or face-framing braids that are a simple way to transform their look.
Need some hair accessory inspiration? Pictured are a couple of my favorites that work perfect in waves, curls, kinks, and coils.