21st-Century investments that salon managers should put on their list

Tues, 16 May.

There are many beauty salons in the USA and, sometimes keeping up with the competition can become a challenge. But, if you are committed to being one of the top players in the field, you should be ready to invest in salon modernization and, most importantly, meet client expectations. Here are some upgrades that successful salon managers swear by and that can give your small business a boost:

You need a smart app for your beauty salon

We live in the era of speed and technology, don’t we? So forget about the old, outdated methods and take advantage of modern tech! Investing in a modern application which includes innovative features such as appointment scheduling, client management and inventory, can save you time and money.

Why is it such a smart investment? First of all, this app is user-friendly. You and your employees can access it from various types of devices such as mobile phones, laptops and tablets. But, usually, smartphones are the most convenient option. In addition to that, the application makes the whole experience of managing the salon hassle-free. For example, your hairdressers can effortlessly schedule appointments by using a familiar calendar. They can create a list of appointments and use tags such as “current”, “upcoming”, “completed”. What is more, this app helps the personnel of a salon be more organized. The hairdressers can gather information about clients and then use them for providing superior services. They are also informed when they run out of products in order to complete the stock. Isn’t that great?

Turn up the speakers!

Believe it or not, there are clients who claim that they feel nervous or tense when going to a salon. Why is that so? Hairdressers say that these bad feelings are related to a previous experience that didn’t quite turn out right. But, if you add some music, the salon will seem friendlier and your clients will relax. Also, you can impress your clientele by investing in some levitating speakers. Say goodbye to regular music players and choose an audio system which includes levitating speakers, because it adds a modern touch to your décor.

Why are they such a smart investment? Tell us, how many salons in the USA have levitating speakers? After you do a small research, you will see that the answer is “none”. Therefore, you may consider it an original approach. It is also a way of thinking outside the box and using décor as a form of branding.

Massage chairs – they never go out of fashion!

The perfect salon doesn’t just provide good hair. It also provides a perfect experience. if your clients feel at home, they are more likely to return. And what can make them feel more at home than a comfy massage chair?

Why are they such a smart investment? Going to a salon should be a pampering experience and clients love it when their service providers go the extra mile. If you have a free spot in your salon, you should consider adding a massage chair there. Clients can try it while they’re waiting, to pass the time, or simply to relax after a tough day. For example, if a client has a very long dye job, a massage would help them unwind and make the experience better.

David Sanderson
MyCuts Founder

Manage your hair salon better by keeping your shelves stocked

Tues, 27 Apr.

Is it important to keep a watchful eye on your inventory? Of course! Managing inventory is one of the most important parts of a hair salon business. The products you use are just as essential as the skills your offer salon clients. The stock of your retail and back bar products has to be enough to cater to the needs of clients. However, inventory should not put a strain on your budget. Overhead costs can leave your hair salon with a low profit margin. It is important to order on time and at the right moment. You need to count the stock on a regular basis and keep your displays looking attractive. We will share some advice that will help you take control of inventory management.

Order new hair products

The best time to order new hair products is when you really need them. It depends mainly on your business. It is important to order the right number. How many products should you keep on hand? Well, this should not be a guessing game. There is no point in ordering, for example, hair spray if you already have ten bottles. Know for sure how much product you need to use for any service. You need to have sufficient inventory, without having too much in the storage room. Here is a good tip: make sure your displays are stellar. You should have more than one of each product. The styling products are usually the hot sellers.

Conduct inventory analysis twice a week

To make sure that your shelves are well-stocked, perform an inventory analysis twice a week in the storage room. It is best for the audit to be performed by someone who is not part of day-to-day operations. In other words, someone other than you. Have one of your hair stylists monitor what is moving and what is not. The inventory analysis will show if the stock levels match the expected inventory levels. If they do not, then you have a problem.

Transform your suppliers into assets

When it comes to working with professional suppliers, it is necessary to track the products you use. Why count the leftover quantity each time you want to make an order? Carrying many products will strengthen the supplier-buyer relationship. However, so will involving the suppliers in your marketing efforts. Promote your own products via your suppliers. They will not refuse business and you have the opportunity to make your hair products known. Getting the suppliers involved in your business is one of the best things you can do.

Use hair salon software for inventory management

Inventory management is important for hair salon profitability. By staying informed about the stock of your retail and back bar products, you avoid inventory errors and challenges. Simply put, you will not have too much inventory on hand. But how can you track your inventory? Simple. Use salon software. When you have salon software, you know exactly how many products were delivered to the storage room and how many products have been used. You can add or remove stock from your inventory items without much difficulty. As a business owner, you should embrace technology. Stop relying on those old paper-based registers!

David Sanderson
MyCuts Founder