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How Do You Treat Your Feet?

June 1, 2015 | 10:10 AM
Each Sports Clips location has a cushion-backed Rexcourt brand floor.

Tell us and you could win shoes!

Hairdressing isn’t a sport, but it is physical. Salon work requires stamina, strength, attention to posture and stance, and a fair amount of fancy footwork. The shoes you wear, the floor you stand on and how you treat your feet all matter.

At Sport Clips salons, comfort is a commitment—not just for the guests, but for the stylist team members working behind the chair. The fast-growing chain has exceeded 1,300 locations, offers competitive benefits and a supportive salon environment, from the floor up.

“We made sure we built into our Sport Clips system things that help the hairdresser sustain a long career,” CEO Gordon Logan says. “Shampoo bowls are European-style, so the stylist stands behind rather than leaning over. We design our cutting system to minimize the risk for carpal tunnel. Our floors look like wood, but they’re not. It’s like a sports court.”

Each location installs a cushion-backed Rexcourt brand floor, which absorbs impact, reduces vibration to lessen leg stress and optimizes traction to prevent injuries.

Sport Clips also partners with Skechers shoes to offer a 30 percent discount to stylists on specific styles that deliver salon support.

A good pair of workout shoes can make a difference inside and out of the salon, says Julie Vargas, Sport Clips senior director of career opportunities, who began her own career as a stylist. She encourages a balance between work and self. 

“Maintaining a workout schedule helps keep you at your best by relieving stress, maintaining good circulation and having a strong core, which can prevent poor posture and discomfort in the salon,” Vargas says.

For all of those reasons, Sport Clips’ sponsorship theme of the June 2015 Healthy Hairdresser Challenge is: “Tell us what steps you take to keep your feet and legs comfortable in the salon.”

Go to modernsalon.com/healthy between June 1-30 to participate, and you might be one of 10 salon professionals to win a pair of Skechers shoes.

For more information about Sport Clips and career opportunities, visit sportclipsjobs.com.

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