One of the mottos my salon lives by, that seems to be crazy simple but has been incredibly useful, is "Show Up On Time Ready to Work." So easy, right? There are three pillars to this idea:
1. Be ready and on time when you show up to work
"Show Up On Time Ready to Work," sounds straightforward, but in reality, can be challenging to accomplish. I spend a lot of my time as a coach and a mentor making sure people are out of bed, caffeinated, fed, and functioning at a solid baseline, so they're ready to bring their best selves to the chair. When my team shows up in a healthy headspace, prepared to work, it elevates the entire salon.
2. Restaurants & Salons - Keep em' both spick & span
I often compare restaurants to the hair salon. How much do you hate to sit down at a dirty restaurant table? In this analogy, the stylist's chair is their restaurant. Hairstylists often let clients sit in the excess generated by multiple hair cuts, product-use, and color, throughout the day - waiting until the last client is finished to clean-up. Your chair is your oyster; it can be the catalyst for incredible creativity and financial growth. A regularly cleaned station sends the message that you and your workspace are valuable and deserve respect.
3. Foster a Generous & Caring Atmosphere
I've been lucky to work with everyone on my team. The salon staff, as well as our Sunlights team, focus on generating a collaborative atmosphere to promote new ideas, enhance each other's success, and keep me on my toes. I have a fifty chair salon in Atlanta - without every person contributing work and ideas generously in that salon, we wouldn't be able to keep growing and improving.
Simple things, like cleaning, showing up on time, mentally preparing for the workday, and supporting your fellow stylists, may seem basic. But, when you start implementing these steps in your work life, you will see a tremendous shift in your earning potential. There is no such thing as too small, and as ya'll know from my "devil is in the details" teaching method, the smallest strokes can create the most brilliant overall look.