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
Before you click a camera, know this: why are you creating the images? The success of a photoshoot hinges on your answer. Even if it’s just for fun, set a goal or purpose and stay focused to attain good results, otherwise, it’s like shooting fish in a barrel—you might get a nice photo, you might not.
In planning our photo shoot, we asked the question: men with makeup, what is it? They have to be men who wear cosmetics for a more significant reason than to cover up a pimple. They want to look better and maintain an air of naturalness. It has to complement their lifestyle, I said to the team.
Employee turnover is expensive. In a business where competition is stiff and profit hinges on excellent customer service, salon owners should consider this checklist for ways to create happier employees.
After an unprecedented and crazy time, how do you want to move forward? What do you want a workday to look like? What needs to adjust, stay in your life or go? Here’s an opportunity to rethink how to lead a more fulfilling life and reprioritize your needs, wellness, and health.
The number one reason a client moves to another salon goes like this: “I always walked out looking the same.” How did this happen? You stopped doing a consultation for returning clients because familiarity fooled you into thinking you knew the client so well it wasn’t necessary. Wrong.
It’s easy to forget that the real reason a client is in your chair is to get their hair, nails, or skin done. There are three items I would never share with someone I see every six weeks for a paid service—no matter how cool they are.