Beauty Launchpad Magazine

JUN 2016

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GETTY IMAGES Quick Tips If you're having a slow day, you can still make the most of your time. We asked some of our favorite educators for their advice on staying productive, even when you don't have a client in your chair. —ANGIE REIBER 48 | BEAUTY LAUNCHPAD | JUNE 2016 Downtime Savvy & LE A R N COIF A MANNEQUIN. "Practice a new technique, braid or upstyle," enthuses Sam Villa, Founding Partner of Sam Villa and Education Artistic Director for Redken. Salon guests will take notice, and it creates buzz. You might even teach a simple style to a client while she's under the dryer, thereby adding value to her experience. Notes Villa, "A stylist who brings [this kind of] attention to herself is seen as an innovator who is actively staying on top of her game." GET OUT OF THE SALON. Counterproductive? Not necessarily. A change of scenery can often replenish your energy, spark inspiration and allow you to see your work with fresh eyes. Villa suggests leaving for lunch (when possible, of course!), or just taking a walk. "Fresh air will do you a world of good," he assures. TREAT THE SUPPORT STAFF. Jessica Mills, National Field Education Manager for Keune Haircosmetics, believes in sharing the love. "Offer the customer service team complimentary services to allow them to partake in the guest experience. This will create a real-life testimony of the stylist and product benefi ts," she avers, adding that it's a great opportunity to educate front-desk employees on how best to use and promote retail brands. PERUSE EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS. When you have some free time, the break room can be a great place to further your studies. "Training videos and books should be available in the team room," asserts Wayne Grund, salon owner, stylist and Founder of Surface Hair. Or, he says, use your phone or tablet to connect to manufacturer websites and YouTube channels for online lessons. "We all know that the salon break room can have a bad rap," acknowledges Mills, "but it can also be a great place for owners or stylists to set up an educational library or online resource center." HELP YOUR FELLOW STYLISTS. "Look for ways to support your team and the salon," advises Grund. Out of ideas? Villa recommends offering beverages to guests, chatting with them while they wait for services, straightening up magazines, aligning products on the retail shelves or checking in with other stylists to see what they need. Ultimately, maintains Grund, "Staying productive is imperative for a healthy, positive attitude."

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