Why is it that some hairdressers make it big while others just get by? How do they stand above the crowd and gain that all important competitive edge? What secret hairdresser’s guide do they follow to see such sweeping success?
The truth is there are no magic secrets to being a peak performer than just following a few guidelines. The good news is that you will probably win by default because few in our profession will not take the time to learn; far too many hairdressers and salon owners are either in denial or always looking for excuses to fail. Many more follow the crowd of glitter and hype.
However, you will need to prepare now if you wanna succeed in the long run. The best hairdressers follow a set of guidelines to ensure their productivity and increase their income.
I urge all hairdressers and beauty professionals to follow my hairdresser’s guide to success with an open mind if they wish to see positive changes in their work:
Invite Constructive Criticism — Treat criticism from your boss as a positive learning experience with an open mind. If your boss offers suggestions on how you can improve, listen to their suggestions. Their incentive to help you improve is also a bonus to their bottom line as well as yours. Give your boss permission to criticize you and remember: don’t take criticism personally. I have yet to meet a salon owner that wants to see you fail. They will appreciate your efforts towards self improvement. As a salon owner, there’s a great sense of joy and pride when one of my hairdressers asked me how they can improve.
Take Responsibility — Take full personal responsibility for your own success or failure. You can’t always blame your boss, coworkers, family, life or other factors. Nobody is going to stop you from learning and self improvement. The road to your success will always be under construction. Education and opportunities are all around you if you really want to succeed and are willing to work hard.
Self Improvement — Keep challenging yourself every day to keep getting better. The question is do you have a self-management and self-discipline habit towards your own growth and development? I formed Hairdresser Career Development Systems to provide an easy to understand hairdresser’s guide for success to follow to make your journey easier than mine.
Stay Positive — You are what you believe. You will be surrounded by negativity, if you are truly dedicated to learning and self-improvement you will succeed. Never allow yourself to be drawn into salon gossip.
Patience — Dare to think outside the box, sometimes you have to be a contrarian to separate yourself from the crowd. For you young hairdressers just starting your career, keep in mind, your growth and development is a journey, not a sprint. You have chosen a profession that potentially offers unlimited possibilities once you create a demand for your services. Take it one step at a time.
Find Quality Education — Be careful how you spend your money on education. Check the background of the educator and see if they represent a special interest group like a product company. Make sure the education you receive is focused on your growth and development. The more you learn, the more you earn. As you learn more and more and gain experience, you will enhance your confidence and possibilities you never thought possible.
Love People — my mother who owned her own small salon gave me this advice that has stayed with me all these years. When you learn to love and care about people, you will love your profession. And if you love your profession and people, and always strive for excellence in exceeding client expectations, your reward will be a thankful and loyal clientele.
Look and Act like a Professional — Are we not in the profession of making our clients look and feel good about themselves? If you want to be respected and compensated like a professional, then you must look and act like a professional, especially if you want to develop an upscale clientele and stand out among your competitors. After all we are in the image making business. A great appearance is invaluable.
These are the basics of the hairdresser’s guide to success. If you wanna learn more about how you can continue to improve, be sure to sign up for my Personal Growth Success seminar in Las Vegas on Monday November 13, my popular self help seminar for professionals who want to stand above the crowd. Here are some of the other topics I will be addressing:
- How to improve your people and communication skills,
- How to influence your customers,
- How to build a high end clientele,
- Excelling at customer service,
- Renewing your passion towards self improvement,
- Client retention,
- How to promote and create a demand for your services,
- And a whole lot more!
Salon owners I also urge you to attend this seminar with your team. It will help you to develop your leadership skills as you bond together over how to improve your salon. A team that learns together grows together.
Invest in your salon’s greatest profit potential—- invest in educating your staff!
I urge you to share this blog post with your staff, and be sure to read my book where I dive further into the subject: A Hairdressers Guide to Success. Salon owners will find book to be invaluable towards your efforts to improve staff performance and productivity.