How to Loosen Up Your Salon’s Budget

Aug 30, 2017 11:54:17 AM

Being Good with Hair Doesn’t Make you Good with Money


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Sometimes all you need to improve the profits of a business is to manage the money you’re making better and reduce costs. While this industry is full to the brim with brilliant creatives with supreme intellects for shape and color, only a modest percentage of those creatives understand the business side well enough to turn the art into a profitable career. It’s easy for creatives to get sucked into the fallacy that so long as they do great work they’ll be okay. Very often that’s not the case. There are thousands of stylists doing great work out there. And while there are a hundred and one ways to stand out and bring in more money to your salon, you’ll still need to know some solid housekeeping to survive the dry spells and take full advantage of your busy seasons.

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Good Camera Work is about More than Instagram

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Photo courtesy of Zorah Ollivia

These days most stylists immediately equate “better pictures” with a better Instagram following. Generally speaking that’s true. If your pictures look better you’ll get more engagement and reposts and ultimately more followers who convert into customers. But the benefits don’t stop with more people double tapping your latest ombre. Our world is driven by imagery more than ever before, so learning more about how color, lighting, and focus are affecting people’s perception of your work and your salon is almost essential to building a stable career in the beauty industry.

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Don’t Be Afraid to Sell Your Clients Good Shampoo


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Retail is one of the best ways to maintain and grow your salon without working yourself to death. That sounds like a commercial sell: “make big easy money now!” kind of thing. But the truth is that a lot of talented stylists are already working themselves to death while their salons remain financially stagnant because they’re unwilling or unable to sell the hair treatments on their shelves. It’s tough for some to think about selling retail when they’re so focused on refining their craft. Hair styling is an art, and money always complicates art. In this case, though, salon retail directly supports your art and helps your client’s hair stay healthy. Artist or no artist, it benefits everyone when people walk out of the salon with a bag of quality shampoo and treatments.

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Hair Color Round Up Summertime 2017

Jul 6, 2017 2:36:50 PM

Our Favorite Summer Hair Looks So Far


July is in full swing now, so stylists have had plenty of time to flex their repertoire of summer looks. Traditionally this is the season of chopped bobs and light colors in beach waves, but hair stylists are as much creatures of the trend as they are rebels against mainstream standards, so when we say “summer hairstyles” there’s a tacit understanding that it could mean anything from hair designed to be comfortable in hot weather to a collage of bright colors made to incite the impression of summer. This year, we’ve come across a little bit of everything.

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4 Steps to a Healthy Instagram

Jun 21, 2017 12:04:11 PM


Photo courtesy of Ellen De Vos


If you’re a stylist or barber you’re almost certainly on Instagram. If you aren’t, we wish you the best of luck, but we highly recommend you get on there if you want to maintain a good base of clientele. It’s tough to stay on top of Instagram. You have to maintain a consistent level of quality, you have to engage, you have to know what you’re talking about and what to say and who to say it to. Every now and then you hear something about the Instagram algorithm and wonder how important it is that you understand what that actually is. It can be a lot of work, but it’s simpler to keep your Instagram healthy than you think.

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A Rose Balayage out of the Ashes of a Chemical Wasteland

There is a secret to working with over processed hair. Possibly. that secret involves becoming James Miju, but since only one person has accomplished that so far, we’ll have to settle for using his formulas and application method.

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Miju Van Salon Styles Coachella

May 22, 2017 9:53:35 AM


Coachella has travelled far from its roots as a grungy music festival to something more like a free for all fashion show. It usually comes with a wave of free spirited behavior, so when people change their hair for it they’re looking for two simple things: Easy maintenance and a lot more color. Fashion bloggers and Youtubers the world over travel to southern California adorned in meticulously planned outfits, some of them getting their hair ready weeks in advance. So the festival season is really a time for people like James Miju and the team at Miju Van Salon to shine.

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How to Consult Men about Their Hair

May 17, 2017 1:23:40 PM


Photo courtesy of Garry Knight

The male hairstyling movement is in full swing right now. Or at least, this iteration of it. Male grooming has always been a big thing. We just talk about it differently depending on the decade we’re in. Beards are big right now. That will almost certainly change in the next few years, but what won’t change quite so quickly is the way we talk to men about their personal appearance. Even with the growing comfort with men in salons, there’s still a certain stigma about how they approach their appearance outside the salon, and in consultation they still like to be reassured that they’ll retain a certain image of masculinity. It sounds like pandering, and that’s exactly what it is. But if you’re a stylist looking to take in male clients, the man’s hair consultation is something you need to put a little thought into.

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Photo by Francesca Cappa

Pick a magazine with your eyes closed and you’ll find a Spring 2017 hair trend gallery. That’s cool. We like looking at hair trends, even if they look like the same trend we got last year. But after combing through all the spring hair buzz, we have to ask: Where are the curls?

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A New Season Means New Hairstyles

But a new summer means a lot of sun, wind, water, and sand, ie, some of our hair’s worst enemies. Summer can be a great opportunity to find new clientele but the new round of harsh elements presents a challenge to you as a hairdresser trying to style damaged hair, and to your clients trying maintain your beautiful work, so it’s important to start planning out how you’ll deal with it. Thankfully, Fanola has you covered with a huge range of treatments for just about any situation you can think of. Here are just a couple that you’ll find handy to have around in the hot weather.

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