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The salonMonster blogs about the salon industry, hair, fashion, style, design, marketing and business. Great tips to add some style to your salon or get some inspirations for a new marketing campaign
Blog Added: April 16, 2011 03:13:15 AM
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Bold Colour in Salon Design

I was happily procrastinating the other morning digging through Dezeen hunting for some exciting salon design.  What I saw was a lot of the same  – neutral white on white colour schemes (or the bold beige on beige!) and I was getting a bit bored until I came across this eye catching salon. Located in […] The post Bold Colour in Salon Design appeared first on The Parlour by...

I was happily procrastinating the other morning digging through Dezeen hunting for some exciting salon design.  What I saw was a lot of the same  – neutral white on white colour schemes (or the bold beige on beige!) and I was getting a bit bored until I came across this eye catching salon.

waiting room view salon design

Located in the Richmond suburb of Melbourne, The Hues Hair Salon is a breath of fresh air in salon design.  The bold pink and green colour story works wonderfully breaking up the spaces into interesting nooks and crannies.  Architect Adriana Hanna wanted to get away from the standard row of cutting stations that face the wall so instead she created lovely private geometric areas that feel cool and confident.

salon interior

 

wash station salon design

 

hair stations

The hair wash stations have been tucked away in their own area and the cutting stations are situated to best provide privacy so you can comfortably chat with your clients.  My favourite part is the waiting area which is so mellow and stylish I wouldn’t mind if my stylist was running late!

waiting room salon design

In a neighbourhood with a lot of salon competition, I appreciate the efforts The Hues made to stand out and be bold, it really works and it makes me smile!

 

photos: Dezeen  
Architect: Adriana Hanna  
Salon: The Hues Hair Salon  

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Stop the madness! Bringing peace to your year-end accounting

I look towards April with mixed emotions. On one hand, spring is starting to show the first signs of life and the garden is beginning to sprout. On the other, it’s year-end accounting time, and I’m stuck inside doing my bookkeeping, yikes! Here’s the big lesson, and I’ve learned it the hard way: a little […] The post Stop the madness! Bringing peace to your year-end accounting appeared first on The Parlour by...

Stop the madness! Bringing peace to your year-end accounting

I look towards April with mixed emotions. On one hand, spring is starting to show the first signs of life and the garden is beginning to sprout. On the other, it’s year-end accounting time, and I’m stuck inside doing my bookkeeping, yikes!

Here’s the big lesson, and I’ve learned it the hard way: a little bit of work throughout the year can greatly reduce my pain come April.

I’ll admit, I used to be an accountant’s nightmare. All year, I’d pile up my accounting records in the corner of my office. Then, come April, I’d start on a mad, week-long bender of entering it all into our accounting program. Good times!

This had the not-so-unexpected result of making me very grumpy as well as preventing me from giving proper attention to our business and clients. It also irritated our accountants.

Another problem with this once-a-year approach? It’s impossible to truly know how your business is doing month to month. Being in the dark like this is never a good idea!

I’ve developed a system for making April so much more enjoyable. It’s simple, really. Once a month I collect all the paperwork and reconcile that month’s accounts. This allows us to look back at our profits and expenses and resolve any issues as they arise.

What’s even better? Using software that tracks your daily sales.

For example, by using salonMonster’s Point of Sales system, all your daily sales are recorded, along with taxes, tips and payments. You do a daily register closure to balance your till and then enter those numbers into your accounting software. Now you’ve got pretty reports to send your accountant that have all your tax payment details, payment type breakdowns, tips and more.

How do you handle YOUR year end? We’d love to hear from you.

If you don’t have a system that’s working for you, take a few minutes now and sketch out a plan. Does your software track your sales data as you make the sales? Do you need to set aside an hour each month to review the last month?

A little bit of work each month will reward you with a lot less pain at the end of the year!

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Does your online booking software tempt your clients to cheat on you?

You’ve made the leap to using online booking software. Makes life easier, doesn’t it? Your clients can now book appointments online anytime. Reminders get sent automatically and you spend less time on the phone. Awesome. But beware of the dark side! Some online booking software operates as an online directory, advertising all the competing salons […] The post Does your online booking software tempt your clients to cheat on you? appeared first on The Parlour by...

Another hair salon. Does your online booking software tempt your clients to cheat on you?

You’ve made the leap to using online booking software. Makes life easier, doesn’t it? Your clients can now book appointments online anytime. Reminders get sent automatically and you spend less time on the phone. Awesome.

But beware of the dark side! Some online booking software operates as an online directory, advertising all the competing salons in your area to your very own clients!

That’s right, popular online salon booking apps like Vagaro, MindBody and StyleSeat focus on helping clients discover salons near them. If you’re just starting out in business, this can sometimes help bring you new clients.  

But if you’re already established, with a solid client base, this is not good for your business. These salon directories show your clients your competitors’ online booking pages, daily deals and reviews. You’ve worked too hard building relationships to have your salon software sell clients out from under you.

Check out the homepage of your online booking software and make sure they don’t run a salon directory that might be stealing your clients.

P.S. At salonMonster, we don’t operate a salon directory. We believe your clients should stay with you.

 

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When big goals get in the way: smaller goals to the rescue

You probably know that goal setting is a really powerful tool, right? But have you ever set a goal and then gotten scared away? I have. Take this blog as an example. Earlier this year I set myself the goal of writing and sharing more blog posts with our readers. At first, I had great […] The post When big goals get in the way: smaller goals to the rescue appeared first on The Parlour by...

When big goals get in the way: smaller goals to the rescue

You probably know that goal setting is a really powerful tool, right? But have you ever set a goal and then gotten scared away? I have.

Take this blog as an example. Earlier this year I set myself the goal of writing and sharing more blog posts with our readers. At first, I had great success. This motivated me to write bigger and better posts with more research and depth. I was having fun. I felt excited and encouraged!

But then the problems began. I began to experience “goal creep.” I started out with the simple goal of writing more regular posts, and now I was spending 4 to 8 hours on each one. So, after that initial flurry of posts, I found myself writing nothing because I “didn’t have that much time” to spare.

I was letting my goal get in the way of my achievement. The scale of the goal was scaring me away, so I wasn’t writing anything!

Last week I embarrassingly admitted to my accountability partner that I had once again failed to write a blog post. She gave me a challenge: write a post in just one hour. So here I am writing again and enjoying it. Brilliant!

Thinking about it now, I really should have know better. I had a similar experience earlier this year when I was training for an 80km mountain bike race.  I didn’t have the 2 or more hours each day to train, so I bailed on training altogether.

Eventually, I discovered I could trick myself by adjusting my goal. I switched my focus to just starting my workout. I figured even just 30 minutes — heck, even 15 minutes — was better than nothing. The interesting thing was once I got started I usually did the full workout that I thought I “didn’t have time for.”

All I had to do was get past the initial fear caused by the scale of my goal.

Have you set any goals that ended up scaring you off? Try scaling back your objectives and see if that helps you get the ball rolling!

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Five great hair accessories found on Etsy

Whenever I’m looking for new hair accessories the first place I go is Etsy.   Scrolling through pages of fun and unique hair trinkets created by crafty people always makes me feel good! Here are some of my current favourites.   Arrow Bobby Pins – handmade, 3 inches long, made by CollectedEdition   Bronze Minimalist Hair […] The post Five great hair accessories found on Etsy appeared first on The Parlour by...

Whenever I’m looking for new hair accessories the first place I go is Etsy.   Scrolling through pages of fun and unique hair trinkets created by crafty people always makes me feel good!

Here are some of my current favourites.

 

arrow-bobby-pin

Arrow Bobby Pins – handmade, 3 inches long, made by CollectedEdition

 

bronze-minimalist-hair-fork

Bronze Minimalist Hair Fork – hammered bronze, made by silverdawnjewelry

 

great-white-shark-hair-clip

Great White Shark Hair Clips – made by KawaiiHairCandy

 

heart-hair-slide-brass-hair-clip

Heart Hair Clip – brass, made by Kapelika

 

boho-hair-accessory-brass-hair-pin

Boho Hair Pin – made by SpiceWildflowers

 

 

 

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Why you need a squad like Amy Schumer

  The last couple of weeks have been rough on my self-confidence. You know, those times when it feels like life wants to dump everything on you all at once. Thankfully, I have an amazing squad who’ve helped me stay positive and on track. Being part of an incredible group of trusted and supportive business […] The post Why you need a squad like Amy Schumer appeared first on The Parlour by...

Why you need a squad like Amy Schumer

 

The last couple of weeks have been rough on my self-confidence. You know, those times when it feels like life wants to dump everything on you all at once. Thankfully, I have an amazing squad who’ve helped me stay positive and on track. Being part of an incredible group of trusted and supportive business friends can make life so much more fun and rewarding. Just ask Amy Schumer, she know’s what I’m talking about.

When we’re young we can’t wait to be “grown up” and independent. We’re obsessed with “me” and “mine.” It’s not until later in life that we realize an infinitely more powerful and fulfilling way to exist is to be interdependent.

 

As Steven Covey, the author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People says:

“Life is, by nature, highly interdependent. To try to achieve maximum effectiveness through independence is like trying to play tennis with a golf club.”

 

No matter how talented you are, some things just can’t be done by one person. Instead we must build synergistic relationships with people we truly trust and want to be around, people who we want to see win with us.

History is littered with examples of great squads: Taylor Swift and her gang, the Brat Pack, Warhol and his posse, Picasso and Matisse — and we could keep going back to Socrates, Plato and co.

When I’ve got a great squad around me I find I just want to create. I don’t care what we’re creating, I just want to collaborate and share the energy.

Last week I was grateful for a much needed pep talk from two of my posse. The week before that I was saved from an embarrassing marketing faux pas by one of the group who’d been there before and knew better. This week I hope I’ll be helping one of them out in some way.

So who’s in your squad? If you don’t have one yet, maybe it’s time to start collecting. Think of people you trust, like to be with, who challenge and excite you. Then think of how you can help them.

I wouldn’t be where I am today without my squad and I thank you with all my heart. I am a better and happier person for being part of a posse and you will be to.

 

P.S. Hugs to: Christine, Liam, Francis, Marial, Ken and Charlene. You all rock!

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