Best Dressed: There is an old riddle about two barbers that live in the same remote town, one was immaculately dressed and coiffed and the other looked unkempt with a bad hair cut. Which barber would you want to cut your hair? The assumption is when you look good you are good, but the key to this riddle is the assumption that we can’t cut our own hair (which we know is not true, but is here for the old riddle). Therefore, the better barber is not the one that looked good, it was the unkempt one because he cut the well-coiffed barber and visa versa. This assumption, or near guarantee of success, is even the key to an old riddle, because when the bathroom is clean, the kitchen is clean is usually true and “Best Dressed” salons and teams are more successful.
Most Professional: Usually means most successful. I heard a quote once that said, “No one ever lost a client because they were too professional.”
Perfect Attendance: Nothing means more to your guests than being there for them, everyday. This does not include contagious infections, deaths or family milestones, but does include spontaneous beach days, goof-off days or booking out because of an empty book.
Everyone’s Friend: When everyone knows your name and considers you a friend, even if you are not their first option as a service provider, you are their second, so if something ever happens/changes, the opportunity will be there for you to seize.
Most Improved: My daughter won this award on her softball team, and as a salon owner, I would rather have a team of most improved players than anything else. Most improved people know that life can always get better, and the great thing about those who start needing improvement and rise above, they get it. They know they just have to work harder than everyone else and they will continue to do so again, and again.
Sola Salon Studios, one of the largest and fastest-growing salon studio franchise in the United States, has opened its 300th location, a landmark for a company dedicated to helping beauty entrepreneurs realize their dream of salon ownership.
For the first time in its 16-year history, The Millennium Experience will open its doors to all industry professionals. Hosted by Millennium Systems International, the annual conference will include hair shows and inspirational speakers, aimed to celebrate the future of the industry and to inspire attendees to try new strategies that will benefit their brands.
Jirano Beauty is a new hair care line designed specifically for those looking for naturally defined curls, and to address the concerns unique to women with curly, textured hair. The coconut-oil based range is founded by twin sisters Jane and Jedi Nyachiro, with products based on traditional family recipes from their native Kenya that have been passed down through generations.
Forty percent of all hair loss sufferers are women, and Allure Hair Building Fibers, a hair loss concealer, aims to address this issue. Allure, an all-natural, hypoallergenic product, is a safe and instant way to thicken hair for those with thinning and balding hair.
The British Barbers Association embarked on a North American tour during the first week of October 2016, demonstrating men’s grooming techniques and presenting their latest men’s collections and new product range.
For the past five years, Evo has hosted the Study Tour, a program in which they offer stylists from around the world the opportunity to come to NYC during Fashion Week and learn about the business and bustle of doing editorial hair. Of course, they also have the amazing opportunity to work backstage at a fashion show.
The CHI Academy recently hosted its annual Certified Educator Training. Seventeen hairstylists from various cities in Texas, Florida and Mississippi were in attendance working to become Farouk Systems Educators.
The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is hosting its 2016 Executive Summit from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Designed exclusively for upper-level management, it will focus on industry trends, leadership development and application of best practices.
Aveda Master Jam Europe 2016, one of the brand's most significant educational events of the year, was held in Milan, Italy on October 10. Nearly 2,000 salon professionals were in attendance to experience artistic presentations and technical educational workshops by Aveda Artists from around the globe.