Carlos Valenzuela, initially trained in London and Chicago with Pivot Point International, has a master's degree in international management and forty-six-plus year's experience as a hairdresser, ex-salon/school owner and worldwide spokesperson for professional beauty brands. He is the author of numerous success and personal development programs and published the novella Letters to Young Carlos, about a gay boy growing up along the US/Mexico border in the 1960s. Visit him at www.carlos-valenzuela.com
The time of year when you see everyone in your chair is around the corner. Once it kicks in, you think of nothing but the salon and go on automatic from sunrise to sunset. This year, before the tsunami of work hits your salon, consider how you can minimize stress and enjoy the season with everyone else.
Even when you’re flush, I hope you still watch your pennies. Money isn’t everything; however, not having cash on hand forces you to make choices you don’t want. Here are the critical items to living with inflation for salon professionals.