I have 10 years experience in the hair biz. I was educated at the Toni & Guy Academy before working and educating, in the Chemical Technician department, for Toni & Guy(TIGI) for 8 years.
2rightlove said: I've been working in a commission salon for over 4 years and I'm thinKing about booth renting. Do you have any tips for maintaining or expanding my clientele?
MARKET MARKET MARKET!! Most commission salons will not let you take any of your clientele and probably had you sign a non-compete contract which may even state that you can’t work within a certain mile radius of said salon.
MARKET MARKET MARKET!!! Get some cards made with your name(obv) and years of experience. On the back, offer new clients a discount of some sort. I used 20% but it’s totally up to you. You can do this with stickers, a stamp, or just by hand.
Give your new and existing clients an incentive program: One I used was I give my clients 10 cards with the discount on the back. I told them to write their name on them and if they got 5 of their friends, etc. to come to me they would receive 40% off of one service, i.e partial hi lites, a global colour, etc. If they got 10 people to come to me, I would give them one free service.
Yelp!/Foursquare: Have your clients give you a review on Yelp!, FourSquare, etc. and give them a 10% on their next service if they bring in a printed version of the review. Showing it to you on their phones can be a bit tricky because they might pretend to be someone else who only started a Yelp! account just to give you the review to get the discount. If it’s obvious that it’s them and they already had a standing account and you trust them, then by all means. It’s obviously at your discretion.
Another incentive program: PRODUCT! Clients love and need product. For every $10 they spend I give them a point, towards product. Each point is worth $1.They can either keep building up the points until they reach $40 in free product, or they can use however many points they have toward a product purchase. For example: If the client has 7 points but the product he/she is buying costs $20, they can either use their 7 points toward it and get $7 off or they can choose to keep building their points up.
I really hope this helps and I wish you ALL the best in your future endeavors!
*Keep following because you have given me an idea for a new segment where I will periodically do an article about building up clientele whether you’re in a rental or a commission salon.*
For some reason I am not receiving your questions properly. I am backlogged with questions and I want to first and foremost apologize. I am NOT ignoring you, I would NEVER ignore you. I have been trying t work with Tumblr about this issue but I haven’t had much luck. I will get to your questions ASAP and I want to thank you for your understanding and patience. You mean the world to me and I hope that my late responses are at least of some help….
killuminatibased said: Hey, I dyed my hair about a month ago, and there is still some color left and it was like a dark copper blonde and I wanna go honey blonde. The developer I have is a 4 lift and I want to know if its safe to dye it again without a weird color.
It is safe to colour again but I don’t believe you’re going to be able to achieve a honey blonde with a level 4 developer. Anything lower than a 15% developer is merely depositing colour, not lightening. I also think you’re going to have to lift through the rest of the coppery blonde, which will require bleach. It may be as simple as a bleach wash or or may require straight bleaching. Without a photo of the current state of your hair, I cant give you 100% accurate advice. I’d recommend going to a professional, personally. You can’t be too careful when it comes to projects such as this.
Let me know if I can be of anymore help!
winchester-rising said: Hi! So, my natural hair is a weird dirty blonde that goes anywhere from brown to white blonde. It took about 2 yrs for me to get it back to this after going black. I REALLY want to add bright colors (on majority of my hair) but I'm worried about*cont
only having the bright colors for 3 weeks and being stuck with hair I’m not crazy about when it fades. Any suggestions on this? Thanks!
Unfortunately fashion colours are going to fade. Depending on the fashion colour, the texture and porosity of your hair and what kind of shampoo you use, you may be able to keep your colours looking fresh for longer than you think.
Some more good news: once you’ve lightened your hair(if needed) and applied the colours, it’s easier to re-apply when the time comes since you won’t have to go through the initial process all over again for some time(until your roots grow out).
Here are some tips to keep your fashion colours in longer:
- Use a PROFESSIONAL shampoo and conditioner bought from a salon or trusted website. I use a couple of Pureology’s Complete Colour Care shampoos/conditioners and their Precious Oil line as well
- Don’t wash your hair every day! It’s unnecessary and unhealthy for your scalp. If you are very active, sweat a lot, etc., you can still rinse your hair with water. Personally, I wash my hair once every 7-10 days. I highly recommend purchasing a dry shampoo. I use Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo by Bed Head’s Rockaholic line and I couldn’t live without it.
- Don’t excessively use heat styling tools. Flat irons, blow dryer, etc.
- Wear a swimming cap if swimming
If you don’t want to keep up with the fashion colours after they fade, it should be pretty easy for a professional to get you back to your normal, natural hair colour with very little damage.
I hope this helps, please let me know if I can be of anymore assistance!
lardasstofabulass said: Hey! I love your blog! I just have a few questions; I've been playing with bleach too much and my ends have started snapping (1-3cm at the very ends) so I've booked in for a big chop on the 24th, will this be soon enough or will the damage travel up the hair shaft? Should I trim my ends before my appt? Also, I'd love some advice on what would suit me, I really want a short do with a side cut but I'm worried my face is too fat :(
I know I’m super late on getting back to you and I apologize, first and foremost. Second, thank you! Third, waiting a few more days isn’t going to hurt anything Fourth, never trim your hair if you don’t know what the heck you’re doing.
MOST IMPORTANTLY: Do not EVER think that “your face is too fat” to pull off any hairstyle. This is a misguided and disgusting concept that I hear a lot of. Yes, there are certain cuts that may accentuate round faces and so forth but NOBODY should ever make you feel like you’re inadequate if you want a certain ‘do. If it’s going to make you feel beautiful, FUCK the norm! Go for it! And rock it like you mean it!
secretlifeofasmalltowngirl said: This is a kind of different question, I've wanted short hair for a really long time but both my mom and brother are very against it, she finally compromised and I got it right below the jaw but I really wanted it short short, anyway do you have any tips on convincing parents to let 15 years olds dye their hair?
My advice: Emancipate yourself. Just kidding. I can understand your mom having issues with you changing up your ‘do, but your brother is a whole other story that will most likely end up being written by Jeffery Deaver. Again, kidding.
But seriously, what’s his deal? You know how I convinced my mom to let me chop off my locks? I took a pair of kitchen shears and hacked off such a huge chunk there was no other option but a super cute pixie cut.
Colouring your hair is a little bit trickier. I was lucky enough to have a hairdresser in the family and I hated my natural blonde SO MUCH that I kicked and screamed, begged and pleaded, until she took me to my aunt’s salon. At the tender age of nine I became a brunette :)
You need to let your mom know you are blossoming into an independent young woman and finding your identity is CRUCIAL to the transformation. Just like painting your nails or wearing make up, colouring your hair is a fun way to experiment with your look and all you want is to be the unique individual you are.
If that doesn’t work, threaten to tattoo and pierce every inch of your skin, shave your head and run away with a 45 year old Hell’s Angel the second you turn 18.
Hope I helped a little. Or at the very least made you laugh :D
Lemme know how it goes! xBx
clearerthanink said: I really want white hair. My hair is already a light blonde (Chelsea Kane-except no roots) naturally. My question is, if I do get it to white, will that ruin it? Also, what's the best way to do it so it has minimal damage?
Even though you may be a level 7 or even 8 blonde, I still have to recommend you go to a professional. There is no Hi-Lift blonde that even a professional can use to make your hair white. You’ll have to go with lightener, i.e. bleach. BUT HAVE NO FEAR! If your hair is already in good shape, you should have no issues.
Yes, bleach is a little bit more damaging than most colours. But if used properly, you shouldn’t have any problems. When it comes to wanting white, or “platinum”, hair, your BEST route is a pro if you don’t want to give yourself a chemical haircut. Most likely, he or she will also need to tone your hair after the lightening process to achieve that perfect white look.
Like I said, if your hair is in good shape, you should experience little damage. But if your hair is extremely dry and/or feels like cotton candy, white is just not in your future unless you don’t mind having a buzz cut.
Hope this helps!
kokokorrin said: I need dry/itchy scalp tips please!! I've tried t gel, selsun blue, head and shoulders and diluted tea tree oil. The only thing that worked was a ginger root shampoo from the body shop that's been discontinued. Pleeeaaaaseeeee help me!
I just did a little research online and found you can still buy the Body Shop’s Ginger Root Shampoo online! But here are two of my favorites just in case anybody else out there is having scalp issues.
Nioxin has a great Scalp Recovery line with a shampoo, conditioner and scalp serum that worked extremely well for my boyfriend.
Paul Mitchell also has an awesome Tea Tree Oil line that I use it primarily in the winter, but it’s also AMAZINGLY refreshing on those hot summer days. Added bonus: It keeps blondes from going green from chlorine!!!
I hope this helps and you get your whipped back into shape. Please let me know if I can be of any more assistance!
windowblu3s said: HI, so I wanted to ombre my hair, my hair colour is a darkish brown, wavy, and comes right above my shoulders. What I wanted was for my ends to be a couple shades darker than my natural hair colour, just instead of the normal light to dark ombre I wanted the opposite. Is this possible, and do you think it would look good? I haven't been able to find any example online of it to give to my hair stylist so i'm worried she won't understand what I want!
It’s definitely possible! And I think it would look great. Keep in mind though, you have brown hair so doing a reverse ombre might be more upkeep than you’re ready for. Because your roots are going to be a lot more visible when they come in, versus the point of a regular ombre where your roots are the focal point AND hidden at the same time.
If your stylist doesn’t understand what a reverse ombre is, I would pick a new stylist. It’s pretty self-explanatory. Hope this helps and please let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with!