If you want to run your salon successfully, you need more than your current technical expertise. The hair styling world does not stand still. The industry is evolving, changing, becoming more technically savvy. You need to keep up with what is new and up coming in all aspects of your field. In order to keep on top of this demanding career, you, as manager/owner and hair stylist extraordinaire, need to know when school is the answer.
Who Should Go on Training
- The Manager/Owner: The salon is your responsibility. You always need to stay up-to-date. You must stay abreast of all innovations and technological advancements. You also need to learn these things to pass them on to your employees. This is why you need to attend cosmetology and other types of training on a regular basis.
- Employees: Learning does not stop as soon as you finish your course. You need to make sure your employees realise this. While you may help improve their ability, it is imperative they return to school to up-grade and up-date their skills. This also gives them a chance to expand their current abilities. They can discover a talent or add another one. This will all benefit the salon.
What to Look for in Beauty Courses
Many schools offer you and your employees the chance to learn more about the industry. Choosing one may not always be easy. Whilst cost may narrow the selection down, this should never be the defining factor. It is crucial you look at such things as
- Reputation – does the school have a solid reputation within the industry?
- Content – what is it offering and is it applicable?
- Currency – how current is the information?
- Applicability – is what they are teaching actually applicable and practical or theoretical?
You should also look into the record of the teachers. Do they have credibility in the industry? Have they actually practised in the field?
Once you have this information, you can then make an informed decision.
Options and/or Supplemental Learning
While going back to school is an excellent move for you and your employees, it is not the only way to keep current and learn more about your craft. Two other options you can explore are education nights and craft shows. Consider hosting a speaker on particular changes, history or aspect of the business. You can make a night of it with refreshments and finger foods. To help with employee involvement, let them make suggestions as to topics for workshops or talks. Make it a reward rather than punishment.
The same applies to craft shows. These are excellent vehicles for you and your staff to learn more about their work. It is also a pale to see their competitors, check out the latest salon equipment and to meet others. With speakers and workshops, these are the perfect places to learn more about being a great salon employee.
Yeah for Education!
We are on the top of our game when we continue to learn. It helps us escape complacency. It lets us keep our current clientele happy while preparing us for future patrons. It helps us to stay competitive in a market that is always shifting.